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Clinical Exercise Physiology

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Become a specialist in clinical exercise interventions for people living with a broad range of health conditions and injuries.

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  • Qualification
    Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Duration
    1 year, 6 months full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
  • Fieldwork
    See requirements
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Deadlines for applying direct to Curtin

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Semester 1, 2023

15 August 2022

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Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

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Why study Clinical Exercise Physiology at Curtin?

Professional recognition

This course has full accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.



This course will expand your specialist knowledge and skills in clinical exercise physiology for a range of target pathologies and population groups.

You’ll gain the expertise to assess, prescribe, deliver and adapt exercise interventions to guide and optimise health and function for people with chronic medical conditions, injuries and disabilities. These include cardiovascular, respiratory, chronic renal, metabolic and neurological conditions; and musculoskeletal pain, mental health and cancer.

This course offers blended learning and throughout the course you’ll learn to work with clients through client-centred care and evidence-based approaches, to provide optimal care that encompasses the whole person (including comorbidities).

You’ll have fully supported clinical practicum opportunities, including the option of a clinical placement in Cambodia, and beneficial interprofessional education with students in other Curtin allied health courses.

In addition to gaining advanced theoretical knowledge, you’ll have the opportunity to develop valuable research skills to confidently take you into the workforce or to pursue research in a specialist area.

Note that practical classes may require students to disrobe as appropriate for the learning of clinical skills.

See the Curtin Handbook for more course information.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • This is a practical course featuring content informed by industry, including the standards of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA).
  • All units are taught by specialist academics and industry experts who have clinical experience in their particular area, giving you direct insights into industry practice.
  • You’ll have opportunities to learn from lived-experience educators and guest speakers.
  • You’ll gain hands-on experience working with a range of accredited exercise physiologists in clinical and community settings.
  • Our Clinical Exercise Physiology Practicum skills units equip you with several professional practice certifications.

What jobs can the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology lead to?


  • Exercise physiologist (accredited)
  • Exercise rehabilitation provider
  • Holistic health case manager.


  • Public and private hospitals and healthcare
  • Fitness and wellbeing.

What you'll learn

  • Apply clinical exercise physiology principles and approaches in the treatment and management of persons at high risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex clinical presentations drawing upon current research to guide clinical decision making
  • Incorporate creativity and initiative to formulate, implement and critically evaluate effective exercise physiology practice
  • Source and synthesise complex information and evidence using a range of technologies; apply professional and independent judgement to exercise physiology practice
  • Exemplify highly developed communication and technical skills, both written and verbal, to effectively design, apply and justify professional practice with clients, health professionals and stakeholders
  • Integrate appropriate technologies to create, amend and validate exercise interventions and professional decisions based on scientific evidence and clinical reasoning
  • Apply a commitment to professional and personal development in the field of clinical exercise through educational engagement and on-going learning, self-evaluation of practice, and advocacy for exercise physiology
  • Understand and promote a global health care perspective in regards to exercise physiology practice
  • Support and respect individual human rights and cultural diversity in regards to exercise physiology services within a variety of settings
  • Independently and through inter-professional working relationships, apply professional and ethical skills and behaviour across a range of professional settings

Professional recognition

This course has full accreditation with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants require a three-year Bachelor degree in Exercise and Sport Science or Human Movement from an Exercise and Sports Science Australia level 1 accredited course with a CWA (course weighted average) of at least 60.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Application Requirements

Please refer to our application requirements before applying for a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (MC-CEXPHY) at Curtin.

Please submit the documents below with your application that are relevant to your applicant type:

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $30,406*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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