Health Sciences

Master of High Performance Sport

Master of High Performance Sport

Course overview

The Master of High Performance Sport (MHPS) includes relevant professional practice related learning, independent research and project work, and work integrated learning, as well as an elective opportunity for an industry-based internship. A series of study units focus on the technological advances for athlete monitoring, advanced principles of strength and conditioning, and the relationships between fatigue, adaptation, performance and injury. The Master of High Performance Sport can also provide a pathway into further research study (eg PhD).

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This course is aimed at people already in the workforce as well as graduating students. It provides flexible learning pathways that can accommodate: professional employment commitments; internationally-based students; full-time or part-time enrolments; specific career and industry needs of individual students.

The course prepares graduates for the following roles:

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

Course structure

To achieve the Master of High Performance Sport you must complete 120 credit points (CP). As you progress through the course you will be advised by your Course Coordinator on the appropriate units to take to fulfil the requirements.

Breakdown of credit points required to complete the course:

70 CP from Coursework Units

AND

10 CP from Elective Units

AND

40 CP comprised of:

  • 20 CP Project Units AND/OR
  • 20 CP Internship Unit AND/OR
  • 20 CP from Elective Units

Did you know?

The Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis and Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership are pathways into the Master of High Performance Sport!


Seven core units are to be undertaken to complete the Master of High Performance Sport

Unit code Credit points Unit name
EXSC510 10 Strength and Conditioning
for the High Performance Athlete
EXSC512 10 Leadership and Culture
in High Performance Settings
EXSC513 10 Data Analysis and Interpretation
for High Performance Sport
EXSC650 10 Fatigue, Recovery, Adaptation and Performance
EXSC651 10 Performance and Injury: Prevention and Management
EXSC652 10 Contemporary Issues in Sports Science *
EXSC668 10 Performance Nutrition

* EXSC652 Contemporary Issues in Sports Science includes a one-week, on-campus intensive component at ACU in Melbourne (February each year) or off-shore (overseas) by invitation in June/July each year.

There are 8 elective units available for students to select from as part of the course work. Students are advised to select elective units in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Unit code Credit points Unit name
EXSC511 10 Technology in high performance sport
EXSC653 10 Project Design for High Performance Sport
EXSC658 10 Performing Under Pressure
EXSC659 10 Athlete Development: Strategies, Capabilities and Wellbeing
EXSC670 10 Team Dynamics #
EXSC671 10 The Business of High Performance Sport
EXSC672 10 Theoretical Foundations of Performance Analysis *
EXSC673 10 Application, Measurement and Evaluation in Performance Analysis **

#  EXSC670 Team Dynamics is delivered in intensive, on-campus (attendance) mode at ACU in Melbourne (February each year).

*  EXSC672 is a prerequisite for EXSC673

** EXSC673 is delivered in intensive, on-campus (attendance) mode at ACU’s Strathfield (Sydney) Campus in February each year.

Unit code Credit points Unit name

Prerequisites (P)
Incompatible units (I)

EXSC654 20 Major Research Project Part A #

EXSC513 Data Analysis and Interpretation for High Performance Sport (P)
EXSC653 Project Design for High Performance& Sport (P)
EXSC656 Minor Project (I)
EXSC657 Industry Internship (I)

EXSC655 20 Major Research Project Part B # EXSC513 Data Analysis and Interpretation for High Performance Sport (P)
EXSC653 Project Design for High Performance Sport (P)
EXSC654 Major Industry Project (Part A) (P)
EXSC656 Minor Project (I)
EXSC657 Industry Internship (I)
EXSC656 20 Minor Project

EXSC513 Data Analysis and Interpretation for High Performance Sport (P)
EXSC654 Major Research Project (Part A) (I)
EXSC655 Major Research Project (Part B) (I)

EXSC657 20 Industry Internship

EXSC654 Major Research Project (Part A) (I)
EXSC655 Major Research Project (Part B) (I)

Students either choose 40 CP of project work (EXSC654 and EXSC655) or 20 CP of project work (EXSC656) and 20 CP of elective units or 20 CP of internship work (EXSC657) and 20 CP of elective units or 20 CP of project work (EXSC656) and 20 CP of internship work (EXSC657).
# Students must have a GPA ≥5.5 in the first 8 units of the MHPS to be considered for EXSC654/EXSC655.


Duration

Three semesters full-time or part-time equivalent.


Study mode

The course is primarily delivered online, however students taking EXSC652 Contemporary Issues in Sports Science are advised that this includes a one-week, on-campus intensive component at ACU in Melbourne (February each year) or off-shore (overseas) by invitation in June/July each year.

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