Master of Applied Sport Science

Postgraduate coursework

The postgraduate Master of Applied Sport Science course is designed to meet the need for high level sport scientists employed in professional and semi-professional sport and at various institutes of sport.

Domestic student information

Key facts


Trimester 1 commencing students: 1 year over 3 consecutive trimesters

Trimester 2 commencing students: 1.5 years over 5 consecutive trimesters

Trimester 3 commencing students: 1.5 years over 4 consecutive trimesters


Course information

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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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.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Applied Sport Science
    2018 course information
    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.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Trimester 3 - November

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

    Additional course information

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

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.


    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 CloudDeakin. 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

    For those enrolled in HSE730 Professional Practice a minimum of 220 hours of practical experience in an exercise and sport science work practicum in the final trimester is required.

    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.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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 entry requirement to this course is completion of a three year bachelor degree in Exercise and Sport Science or equivalent from an approved university or other educational institution. 

    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:  and upload it with their application.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $25,712 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    Not applicable

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    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.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

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

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.


    You may be eligible for the Government's FEE-HELP scheme. This scheme covers your tuition fees and can help make studying significantly more affordable.

    It's similar to HECS-HELP, but designed for full-fee place courses. It doesn't matter how much you earn, you may still be eligible for FEE-HELP.

    Learn more about your FEE-HELP options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    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. 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

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    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. 


    Application information

    How to apply

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    Entry 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

    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

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