Master of Applied Sport Science

Postgraduate coursework

Prepare for a career as a sport scientist or high-performance manager working at all levels of sport. Graduate with the skills to pursue entry into a PhD.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 in all bands. More information is available at


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

The Master of Applied Sport Science prepares you to lead and manage high performance teams. Combine training in advanced sport science, performance analysis and strength and conditioning, and benefit from professional development opportunities that take your career forward.

Want the career benefits of postgraduate study without having to commit to a longer degree?

The Master of Applied Sport Science is designed for busy professionals looking to progress their career in the sport science industry. You can study while you work and complete your degree online in just one year (full time).

The course prepares you for both the technical and managerial aspects of high performance sport. Build specialised skills in sport science, performance analysis and strength and conditioning; and 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 a recipe for team success and allow you to develop your support staff, as well as your athletes.

The curriculum is underpinned by science and research – just one of the reasons why Deakin has been the number one sport science school in Australia for four years running*. You’ll graduate with the ability to critically evaluate and apply research to make confident, evidence-based decisions in your role. Better still, you’ll have direct access to academics with expertise in a broad range of sport science fields. This includes specialist researchers within Deakin’s multidisciplinary Centre for Sport Research (CSR) and Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN). Draw on their professional experiences when solving complex sport science problems and leverage their industry connections to start forming your own. 

*Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2020

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Applied Sport Science

2023 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.

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 (2 credit points)
  • Year 1 - Trimester 3

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

  • Sport Science Research Project (2 credit points)
  • Or

  • Professional Placement and Development (2 credit points)
  • ^ Practical Intensive components can be completed at Universiti Sains Malaysia or in T3 at Deakin University,Australia

    * Optional intensive requirements can be completed online

    $ Unit with intensive components that will be completed online if studying at Universiti Saims Malaysia

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:

    International students are strongly encouraged to undertake HSE724 Strength and Conditioning Methods for Athletes in Trimester 3 to align the intensive components with HSE721 High Performance Management in Sport and HSE725 Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport. This means you can complete all the course’s intensive requirements within the intensive in Trimester 3.

    International students who commence in Trimester 1 - you can either attend HSE724 Strength and Conditioning Methods for Athletes intensives in Trimester 1 and then attend the Trimester 3 intensive for HSE721 High Performance Management in Sport and HSE725 Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport OR defer the Trimester 1 intensives and complete them in Trimester 3, with the other 2 intensives for HSE721 High Performance Management in Sport and HSE725 Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport units.

    International students who wish to attend the intensives at Deakin University,Australia or at Universiti Sains Malaysia, please refer to the visa information below.

    Additional course information

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

    IMPORTANT: Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s online courses. To participate in the mandatory campus based scheduled sessions, it is suggested that you apply for a Visitor Visa to study for a short period in Australia or Malaysian Single Entry Visa to study for a short period in Malaysia. Please be advised that Deakin University cannot guarantee that you will be granted a Visitor Visa by the Australian or Malaysian Government.

    Read more about Visitor Visas on the Department of Home Affairs website and other options to study in Australia on the government website at
    Read more about a Malaysian Single Entry Visa on the Visa Malaysia website at All places offered to international students in this course are only offered via online study mode. Deakin University is not obligated to provide any students with a COE (confirmation of enrolment) to facilitate a student visa application

    All places offered to international students in this course are only offered via online study mode. Deakin University is not obligated to provide any students with a COE (confirmation of enrolment) to facilitate a student visa application.

    This program requires international students to attend one compulsory on-campus intensive to be held at a Deakin University campus in Trimester 3. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they understand the visa options available to them to allow them to be in Australia to complete these intensive requirements. International Students are required to obtain a Visitor Visa to be able to undertake this compulsory intensive class. International students will not be able to apply for a student visa for this course.

    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

    Applicable only to students undertaking practicum unit as an elective. Not mandatory for all students.

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) for the relevant state prior to undertaking a optional placement as part of this course. Further information and guidance will be provided to students if they enrol into an optional placement unit. Learn more about the Working with Children Check.

    Police record check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for any optional placements as part of this course. Further information and guidance will be provided to students if they enrol into an optional placement unit.


    As a student in an 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 Placement and Development, 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.

    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
    • 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

    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 tuition fees.

    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 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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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International 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.


    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

    We are recognised as an industry provider for the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).

    Upon completion of the Master of Applied Sport Science, you may be eligible to apply for Level 2 ASCA accreditation.

    In addition to the theoretical and practical skills gained through units HSE724 Strength and Conditioning for High Performing Athletes and HSE725 Advanced Training Design for Sport, you will need to demonstrate to ASCA that you meet the journal article and practical coaching experience that can be gained through HSE728 Sport Science Literature Review and Application and HSE730 Professional Placement and Development respectively.

    For more details and to view the application form, visit ASCA.

    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.