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Master of Science Specialisation Sport & Exercise (MSCN)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

  • 2 years or part-time equivalent

  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Become a health and fitness expert

USQ’s Master of Science (Sport and Exercise) is designed for graduate students with an interest in the sport, health and fitness industry who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of the sociocultural, scientific and applied aspects of physical health.

Available to study both on-campus and online, this degree will help you develop in-depth knowledge and practical skills required to promote physical wellness across the lifespan. You will have the opportunity to decide between two different pathways of study in your masters degree:
  • Research track — the Research track equips you with research skills and allows you to develop a research thesis through a project in your chosen disciplinary application area.
  • Professional Studies track — the Professional Studies track allows you to develop your research capability and prepare for a professional career through industry work experience.

Professional links in the sports industry

Take advantage of USQ’s professional links with both local and national organisations such as Western Pride Football Club, Brisbane Roar and Cricket Australia. You will also have the opportunity to undertake professional placement with various other organisations.

Note: The Sport and Exercise specialisation is not available to international overseas students or international students studying on-campus at Ipswich.

As a graduate of the Master of Science (Sport and Exercise) you can expect to find work in areas such as health and physical activity promotion, as a sports coach, gym manager, recreation officer, personal trainer, sports development officer, or work within sports tourism, community sport and recreation. 

The Master of Science (Sport and Exercise) may also provide a pathway for you to gain entry into further research degrees such as a doctorate.

Practical experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete practical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of practical experience within this program.

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
12 x specialisation courses 12
2-4 x research courses 4
Total 16
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9352
Domestic full fee paying AUD 23675

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • 3-year Bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent.
  • or
  • equivalent professional work experience, as determined through the Credit and Exemption procedure.

Note: Students wishing to articulate from the Graduate Diploma of Science (Sport and Exercise) must advise USQ in writing of their intention to articulate prior to graduation from the Graduate Diploma of Science.

Note: Students wishing to articulate from the Graduate Diploma of Science (Sport and Exercise) must advise the faculty in writing of their intention to articulate prior to graduation from the Graduate Diploma of Science.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

To apply for this degree:

Mode Codes
External MSCN12
Toowoomba MSCN06

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2019 - applications close Monday 18 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 25 February 2019.
  • Semester 2, 2019 - applications close Monday 1 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2019.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.