Master of Applied Sport Science



The Master of Applied Sport Science is designed to meet the need for high level sport scientists employed in professional and semi-professional sport and at various institutes of sport. The course is intended to build on prior knowledge and expertise gained at the undergraduate level. This will provide appropriate professional development to underpin career advancement to senior sport scientist positions or transitioning into a sport science research environment.

Graduates will be equipped with the skills necessary to function with a high degree of autonomy, and the knowledge required to implement new initiatives designed to enhance the performance of elite athletes. Master’s graduates will have the skills needed to evaluate such initiatives. Graduates will demonstrate a conceptual understanding that enables the student to critically evaluate current research in Sport Science as well as be able to apply their skills to make a contribution to research in Sport Science.

Graduates will have advanced and integrated knowledge and understanding of sport science. The core units developed specifically for this course will provide a framework by which graduates will develop the skills necessary to integrate the knowledge gained to solve complex and authentic problems drawn from real professional experiences. Assessments will have a strong link to professional practice and emulate work-relevant tasks.

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Key facts


Trimester 1 commencing students: 1 year over 3 consecutive trimesters

Trimester 2 commencing students: 2.5 years over 5 consecutive trimesters

Trimester 3 commencing students: 1.5 years over 4 consecutive trimesters


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode with on campus intensives

Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud campus

Key information

Award granted

Master of Applied Sport Science


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$24,960 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code



Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree related to Exercise and Sport Science, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination. Applicants are recommended to provide a copy of their resume and written statement outlining the reasons for applying into the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Applicants must complete the Master of Applied Sport Science Pre-requisite template (link to:  and upload it with their application.

Professional Recognition

After completing this course students may meet most of the requirements for accreditation with:

  1. Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) as a level 1 Sport Scientist
  2. Australian Strength and Conditioning Association as a level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach
  3. The International Society of Performance Analysis in Sport as a level 1 Accredited Performance Analyst

Students will need to contact the organisation/s to enquire about their application requirements and process.

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply expert and integrated knowledge of sport science to sport performance related problems and contribute to the development of new knowledge through use of appropriate research principles and methods of sport sciences.


Use appropriate modes of communication to interpret, contextualize and transmit evidence based sport science knowledge to specialist and non- specialist audiences. Create, disseminate, and exchange sport science knowledge with a view to inform and effect change at the individual and organisational level.

Digital Literacy

Use digital technologies to effectively locate, use, curate and disseminate information and resources relevant to sport science and to connect, engage and share with professional networks and communities.

Critical thinking

Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in sport science.

Problem Solving

Investigate complex sports science problems and respond effectively using an evidence-based framework and a range of sources to identify and define problems, locate, analyse and organise information, and generate and evaluate practical solutions, contributing new insights or understanding.


Employ high level personal responsibility, accountability and autonomy to demonstrate expert judgement, adaptability to new situations and responsibility as a sport scientist. Plan, implement, evaluate and continually adapt strategies to learn and work effectively, autonomously and responsibly.


Establish, contribute to and maintain a key role in collaborative and interdisciplinary relationships, with a range of stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes to advance sport sciences across the broad spectrum of contexts. 

Global Citizenship

Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates a high level of personal autonomy, awareness of, and adaptability to, diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts in sport sciences. 


Course Structure

To complete the Master of Applied Sport Science students must attain 12 credit points.

Core units

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Athlete and Program Development in High Performance Sport HSE720
  • The Scientific Process for Sports Scientists HSE722
  • Strength and Conditioning Methods for Athletes HSE724 ^
  • Sport Performance Analysis HSE726
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Data Analysis and Program Evaluation for Sports Scientists HSE723
  • Advanced Sport Performance Analysis HSE727
  • Applied Sport Science Project - Part 1 HSE728
  • Year 1 - Trimester 3

  • High Performance Management in Sport HSE721 ^
  • Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport HSE725
  • Plus

  • Applied Sport Science Project - Part 2 HSE729 ^*
  • Or

  • Professional Practice HSE730 *
  • *Students will be able to undertake the research pathway with HSE728 and HSE729 OR the professional pathway with HSE728 and HSE730.

    ^Unit with on-campus intensive activities delivered at Geelong Waurn Ponds.

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Course pathways

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    Duration of H707 will be 4-12 credit points based on past experience and qualifications. Lower trimester loads may be available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' award for H707 is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in sport science, exercise science, or human movement science. Credit for prior learning will be assessed on a case by case basis to match units in the completed award with units in H707. Note that most units in H707 are valued at one credit point each but HSE728, HSE729 and HSE730 are two credit points each.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777


    As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend at least 11-13 hours per unit every week participating in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, placements and online interaction via CoudDeakin. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time. Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.

    Work experience

    Work integrated learning

    This course features a minimum of 220 hours of practical experience in an exercise and sport science work practicum elective unit in the final trimester (HSE730 Professional Practice).

    You have the opportunity to undertake hands-on experience in a variety of sporting environments. These may vary from local, state or national sporting organisations, elite and semi-elite sporting clubs and state and national institutes of sport. The roles can involve sport science, performance analyst, strength and conditioning, and high performance sport management.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

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    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    There are two alternative exit points available from H707 Master of Applied Sport Science:

    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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