Degree details

A professional working in the High Performance Sport industry needs to know about testing protocols to assess athlete performance, principles of strength and conditioning, and the technologies available for monitoring and training the high performance athlete. They will need to understand the relationships between fatigue, adaptation, performance and injury, how to acquire meaningful performance data, and how to work within the culture of a high performance industry. 

The application of this knowledge and understanding to the planning and delivery of meaningful interventions for athletes to enhance performance and reduce the likelihood (and/or duration) of injury and illness, using appropriate techniques of analysis to accurately interpret competition and training information, and using advanced information literacy skills to communicate ideas and outcomes to specialist and non-specialist audiences is essential for a professional working in the high performance sport environment. 

  • Sports scientist
  • High performance manager 
  • Strength and conditioning coach 
  • Professional coachFitness coach 
  • Rehabilitation coach 
  • Performance analyst 
  • Fitness advisor 
  • Sports science manager

Career objectives

To work with elite athlete athletes and optimise their performance.

Higher education

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:

  1. hold a Bachelor degree or higher in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline
    AND 
    have evidence of relevant industry experience;
    AND
    submit a supporting professional referee's report regarding suitability for this postgraduate program and/or experience in the industry.

    OR

  2. hold a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline, with a grade point average of at least 4.8 on the ACU 7 point scale;
    AND
    submit a supporting professional referee's report regarding suitability for this postgraduate program and/or experience in the industry.

    OR

  3. have completed one of the following ACU degrees:
    1. Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport
    2. Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis
    3. Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership; or
    4. Graduate Certificate in Exercise Rehabilitation for Sports Injuries

NOTE: Applicants holding a Bachelor degree (or higher) in a related allied health discipline will be considered, dependent upon specific qualifications and evidence of industry experience.

NOTE: Applicants having completed ACU’s Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport will be eligible for recognition of prior learning of 80 credit points.

NOTE: Applicants having completed ACU’s Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport, Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis, Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership or Graduate Certificate in Exercise Rehabilitation for Sports Injuries will be eligible for recognition of prior learning of 40 credit points.

English Proficiency Requirements

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (with minimum scores of 6.0 in all tests).

On campus requirements

Fully online with a one-week on-campus intensive component in Melbourne or offshore by arrangement. 

Practicum placement

The Master of High Performance Sport is designed as a program of structured learning that includes relevant professional practice-related learning, independent research and work integrated learning, as well as the opportunity for an industry based internship. 

If you have already studied at university level or have significant relevant work experience, you can apply for credit towards your ACU course. Credited units replace units you would otherwise study, so you can finish your course earlier.

https://www.acu.edu.au/study_at_acu/applying/recognition_of_prior_learning

ACU’s postgraduate courses in High Performance Sport aim to help students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills for a career in high performance sport. Using cutting-edge interactive technologies for online delivery wherever you are in the world, cross-disciplinary study units will bring together current and new knowledge from a range of professions within the industry. Specific topics will be developed and delivered by internationally-renowned experts, with a focus on world’s best practice. 

Recommended Study Pattern

To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 120 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings comprising of:

    70 cp from Specified Units;
    AND
    10 cp from Elective Unit;
    AND
    40 cp comprised of:
        20 cp from Project Units;
        AND
        20 cp from Internship Unit;
        OR
        20 cp from Elective Units

One compulsory unit, EXSC652 Contemporary Issues in Sports Science is delivered in intensive, on-campus (attendance) mode.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 120 cp from the Schedule of Unit offerings.