Study an exercise physiology course that’s achieved outstanding levels of teaching excellence, clinical supervision, learning outcomes and employment in the sector.
Deakin’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is the first clinical exercise course in Victoria to get accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).
The course provides graduates with a simple pathway to accreditation as Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) and access to Provider Numbers with Medicare Australia, WorkSafe Victoria, DVA, TAC, and other compensable funds and schemes.
The teaching team has expertise across all of the pathology areas needed for clinical exercise practice. The program covers all of the requirements for AEP accreditation and features the award-winning Clinical Exercise Learning Centre at Burwood (Melbourne), where you will develop your practice skills under close supervision and mentoring.
You will then embark on a range of external clinical practicum experiences designed to optimise your exposure to a wide range of clientele, practitioners and institutions. Some of these placements lead directly to future employment.
You will develop knowledge and expertise to prevent and treat many chronic medical conditions, injuries and disabilities. You will also learn the effects of acute and chronic exercise on physiological and pathophysiological processes in individuals with injury and disease.
This course, along with our graduates, has received a number of ESSA awards, including runner-up exercise physiology practice of the year (2012), supervisor of the year (2014) and graduate of the year (2014).
To complete the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology students must attain 12 credit points. All units are equal to 1 credit point completed over three trimesters (minimum 18 months) of full-time study and/or part-time equivalent undertaken in campus mode of study. All units are core units (these are compulsory). There are no elective units.
Students cannot complete the course in less than 18 months.
Course structure applies to students commencing in 2016 onwards.
Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.
Year 1 - Trimester 1
Year 1 - Trimester 2
Year 1 - Trimester 3
* Trimester 3 clinical practicums available for flexibility and to accommodate part time students
Year 2 - Trimester 1
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:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Applications close on Friday 24 November 2017 for students commencing in 2018.
Additional course information
Domestic students enrolled in this postgraduate coursework program may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.
Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.
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 the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, placements and online interaction. 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.
This course provides you with the required knowledge and necessary skills, developed through theoretical and pre-clinical units to enable you to take full advantage of the three clinical placements on offer. The clinical placement program consists of a fully integrated internal and external placement system. The internal placements occur in the award winning Deakin Clinical Exercise Learning Centre (CELC) and Baker IDI Clinical Exercise Service, with supervision provided by expert AEPs. The external placements are in a wide variety of settings aligned to the scope of practice for clinical exercise physiologists and sometimes lead directly to future employment. All placements are organised by MCEP staff who will provide you with professional industry links, reinforce your understanding of the role of an AEP and give you extensive opportunities to gain practical knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable you to practise confidently in this field.
Additional costs incurred for clinical placement may include:
- Police check, up to $46, however a lesser rate is available when signed by the University Placement Officer
- Vaccinations: Students are expected to show evidence of vaccinations as per external placement requirements. Costs incurred will depend on the student’s vaccination status.
- Current First Aid and CPR certificate
- Deakin Clinical Exercise Polo shirt, approximately $25
In addition students may be required to complete a placement in a setting away from their current residence, i.e. a regional or rural placement. Any costs associated with this placement will be at the expense to the student. Further information for student financial support can be found at General Student Loans.
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.
International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.
The minimum entry requirement to this course are completion of a three-year bachelor degree in a related discipline from an approved university or other educational institution, applicants have to be eligible to obtain Exercise Scientist accreditation from Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and completion of 140 hours of exercise science service delivery for apparently healthy clientele. Please refer below for more information on entry requirements into this course.
Students are advised to aim for at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65% or greater; however achieving 65% or greater WAM does not provide guaranteed entry into the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
To satisfy the entry requirements for the course, applicants will need to meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Graduates of the H343 Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University after 2010. This course is accredited at the Exercise Science level by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and is designed to provide direct entry into the MCEP course.
- Applicants who have previously completed an ESSA accredited undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at another university. Please refer to ESSA webpage to view the list of accredited universities.
- Current or past full member of ESSA. Applicants are required to provide membership evidence with their MCEP application.
- Graduates of undergraduate degrees other than those above, who can demonstrate that they have covered all or most of the elements required for accreditation at the Exercise Science level of ESSA (most undergraduate degrees in Exercise and Sports Science will cover this criteria), will need to complete an ESSA Non-NUCAP Graduate Entry Assessment. Please see instructions below (*).
For all four categories above, applicants must have completed 140 hours of exercise service delivery for apparently healthy clientele, as this is required for Accredited Exercise Physiology (AEP) registration and is not provided within the MCEP course. Applicants must also submit their ‘apparently healthy clientele’ log book with their course application.
(*) For applicants who have not graduated from an accredited ESSA course, there is a requirement to complete the ESSA Non-NUCAP Graduate Entry Assessment as follows:
- Complete the ESSA Non-NUCAP Graduate Entry Assessment Application Form.
- Mail the application form and all relevant documents to ESSA (it must be hard copies), and upload a copy of the application form with your MCEP application.
- ESSA may take 45 days to review applications. During this time, ESSA assessors may contact applicants for more information.
- Upon successful completion of the assessment, ESSA will send the applicant a letter confirming the outcome of their application. Please provide a copy of this confirmation letter to Deakin via the School’s Student Adviser or Course Director. This letter is required as part of the MCEP admission application documents.
Without evidence of meeting the ESSA requirements, applicants will not be able to meet the entry requirement into the course and a full offer will not be made. However, a conditional offer can be made which may require applicants to fulfil the conditions (such as obtaining ESSA accreditation) before a full offer is made.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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.
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.
The Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (H743) is the first AEP course in Victoria to be accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Students are eligible to apply for accreditation as Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) upon completion of the course, and are then eligible for provider numbers with Medicare Australia, WorkSafe Victoria, DVA, TAC, and other compensable funds and schemes.
Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students for membership of the accrediting body is subject to meeting the requirements of ESSA. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.
You can find additional careers information about this course here.
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 knowledge of clinical exercise physiology to provide appropriate exercise prescription.
Communicate clinical exercise physiology theory and practice effectively to a range of audiences.
Utilise various forms of information and apply them to authentic problems in clinical exercise physiology.
Utilise research to inform appropriate clinical exercise physiology decision making.
Apply evidence based practice clinical exercise physiology solutions to chronic and complex clinical conditions.
Reflect on practice and become an adaptable and responsible clinical exercise physiology practitioner.
Work effectively within clinical exercise physiology and interdisciplinary teams.
Be professional and ethical in clinical exercise physiology practice.
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 Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
Need more information on how to apply?
This course can be a pathway to H541 Graduate Certificate of Health Research Practice
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.