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, or part-time equivalent

Trimester 2 commencing students: 1.5 years over 5 consecutive trimesters, or part-time equivalent

Trimester 3 commencing students: 1.5 years over 4 consecutive trimesters, or part-time equivalent


Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2021 close 24 October 2021
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2022 close 20 February 2022

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

This industry-leading degree prepares you for the full spectrum of challenges faced by sport scientists and high-performance managers working at all levels of sport, from local to elite level. You will graduate with 220 hours of professional practice, or with the knowledge and skills to pursue entry into a PhD. Through our partnerships and your placements, you’ll build advanced skills and networks that open the door to senior roles.

If you are looking to elevate your career, why not do it with the number one sport science school in Australia?*

Jobs in the sports industry are set to rise in the next five years.^ But that doesn’t mean sport scientists expecting career growth can afford to be complacent. An industry that demands so much of its athletes also demands practitioners who are committed to self-improvement and finding new ways of optimising performance. Deakin’s Master of Applied Sport Science prepares you for this pursuit. It provides valuable professional development opportunities and trains you in skills that give you an edge in a competitive job market. You’ll study at the cutting-edge of sport science, access world-class facilities and benefit from extensive industry partnerships that help move your career forward.

The course prepares you for both the technical and managerial aspects of high performance sport. Build specialised skills in:

  • high-performance management
  • advanced sport performance analysis
  • strength and conditioning
  • training design and program evaluation
  • scientific processes for sport scientists.

Complement these skills by boosting your management capabilities through studies in leadership, culture development and continuous improvement. These management skills don’t just make you more employable – they give you the ability to implement systems to optimise opportunities for team success and allow you to develop your support staff as well as your athletes. Importantly, you will get to practise your new skills in simulated and real sports science settings. Just a few examples of these practical learning experiences include:

  • 220 hours of professional practice – work at an organisation that matches your career aspirations and see what it’s like to be a leading voice within a high performance team.
  • Research projects – work with a supervisory team to produce a critical review of literature that can be published in a journal relevant to your career path – and be ready for entry into a PhD.
  • Hands-on access to world-class facilities – study, work and play at our new multi-million dollar Specialised Indoor Exercise and Sport Science Teaching Building and Elite Regional Sports Precinct.

The curriculum is underpinned by science and research. You will graduate with the ability to critically evaluate and apply research to make confident, evidence-based decisions in your role. Better still, you will have direct access to academics with expertise in a broad range of sport science and nutrition fields. This includes specialist researchers within Deakin’s multidisciplinary Centre for Sport Research (CSR) and Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN).

These ties to industry extend to our extensive partnerships. We have a network of over 150 industry connections, including Netball Australia, Geelong Football Club, Deakin Melbourne Boomers, Cricket Victoria, Swimming Australia, Tennis Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport. This gives our sport science students a big advantage. It means that everything you study is closely linked to the state of the industry. It also gives you the opportunity to learn alongside established professionals, building relationships that shape your career.

The Master of Applied Sport Science is available on our premium online learning platform. This gives you the flexibility to study when and where you want, so you can complete your degree on your terms.

*Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2018
^ Australian Government 2018 Occupation Projections

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Course structure

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

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Please refer to the Course Map page for course map information. The course maps will guide the units you need to enrol in each trimester.

Core units

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)
  • Athlete Development and Performance Management
  • Evidence Based Practice for Sport Science
  • Strength and Conditioning for High Performing Athletes ^
  • Notational Analysis of Sport Performance ^
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Program Evaluation for Sport Science
  • Time and Motion Analysis of Sport Performance
  • Sport Science Literature Review and Application
  • Year 1 - Trimester 3

  • Management and Leadership in High Performance Sport ^
  • Advanced Training Design for Sport ^+
  • Plus

  • Sport Science Research Project *+
  • Or

  • Professional Placement and Development *+
  • ^ Unit with oncampus intensive activities.

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

    + Unit has prerequisite unit/s

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Applied Sport Science

    2022 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 Qualifications 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

    Trimester 2 - July

    Trimester 3 - November

    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.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a National Police Record Check, a Working with Children Check or other check. Refer the relevant unit guide.


    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 will include online learning activities and may be inclusive of online discussion boards and seminars. 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.

    Participation requirements

    HSE721, HSE724, HSE725 and HSE726 require attendance at on campus intensives.

    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.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

    • Bachelor Degree or higher in a related discipline
    • Bachelor Degree or higher in any discipline AND two years relevant work experience or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    Principles underlying the field of sport science, research, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and exercise prescription are all applied throughout the Master of Applied Sport Science. Students without a comprehensive background in each of these fields are unlikely to achieve all of the course’s learning outcomes.

    Applicants are recommended to provide a copy of their resume and written statement outlining the reasons for applying into the course.

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

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $21,200 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    Not applicable

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. 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 Recognition of 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 eight 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.

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    What is FEE-HELP?

    FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $46,620.

    Please note: fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and based on 2021 rates. Actual fees may vary. We advise confirming fees with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

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    Please note that the fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and actual fees may vary. Users are advised to confirm the actual course fee with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

    The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
    • assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if recognition of prior learning is granted;
    • assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
    • assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
    • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

    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.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application 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.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Students completing the appropriate elective (HSE729) with the appropriate grade (>70%) will be eligible for entry into higher degree by research (i.e., PhD) studies.

    Pathways diagram

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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.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888



    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    #1 sport science school in Australia**

    Pathway to becoming an Accredited Sports Scientist

    Experience interactive learning with online study***

    Graduate job ready with 220 hours of practical experience

    Career outcomes

    The course prepares you for career growth in the sports science industry. Graduate with a sought-after combination of sports science and managerial skills that set you up for success in roles such as:

    • high performance manager
    • sports scientist
    • strength and conditioning coach
    • rehabilitation coach
    • sports performance analyst

    Looking to become an Accredited Sports Scientist? This course may enable you to meet the study requirements to become a Level 1 or Level 2 Accredited Sports Scientist. Other requirements, such as work experience, may apply. Visit the Exercise & Sports Science Australia website for more details on gaining accreditation.

    Accredited Sports Scientists are becoming more and more highly sought after by national and local sporting organisations across the country, with many organisations now choosing to exclusively hire sports scientists with a minimum level 1 accreditation as an Accredited Sports Scientist

    Professional recognition

    To become an Accredited Sport Scientist (ASpS) with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), graduates need to be able to meet the ESSA ASpS requirements.

    The Master of Applied Sport Science is one component of the requirements that may allow you to become a Level 2 Accredited Sports Scientist. Visit the Exercise & Sport Science Australia website for more details on gaining accreditation.

    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. 


    Master of Applied Sport Science at Deakin

    Deakin’s Master of Applied Sport Science is designed in conjunction with industry professionals to meet the need for qualified, high-level sport scientists wanting to work in professional and semi-professional environments.

    **Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2018
    ***Plus two, one week intensives

    +Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of media references.