Master of High Performance Sport

Available to:
Domestic and Overseas applicants.
  • Online

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

This program is not open to international students to study full-time in Australia on a student visa. Applicants residing overseas may undertake this program online and should apply as domestic students.

Domestic and overseas applicants please note: an intensive on-campus, attendance-based core unit (EXSC652 Contemporary Issues in Sports Science) must be undertaken during the degree as a:
  • four day offering at the Melbourne Campus, 4-7 February 2021 (to be confirmed), or
  • three day offering at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA), 11–13 June 2021 (to be confirmed).

Applications close 27 January 2021.

Domestic students


The high performance sport industry is a global, multi-billion dollar entity that provides employment opportunities for a vast range of professions. In Australia, there are employment opportunities in professional and semi-professional sport, Australian and state institutes of sport and academies of sport, and other sporting organisations, and these opportunities extend to the international market. At the heart of high performance sport is the conditioning of the athlete, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance for successful outcomes.

A professional working in this 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.

Professionals in this area also need to be equipped with problem solving and self-management skills that promote independent learning and thinking and for pursuing further learning if they are to maintain relevance in an industry that is, by definition, fiercely competitive and constantly evolving.

This course is designed to suit a postgraduate clientele that is already in the workforce, as well as graduating students. The course provides flexible learning pathways that can accommodate:

  1. professional employment commitments;
  2. national and international-based students;
  3. full-time or part-time enrolments;
  4. exit points with a qualification (Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport; Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport); and
  5. specific career, industry and vocational needs of the individual student.

To meet these objectives, the primary design feature is that the majority of the course is delivered in the online mode.

A suite of coursework subjects focus on the preparation and performance of high performance athletes, including technological advances for athlete monitoring, strength and conditioning, fatigue, recovery and adaptation, and injury prevention and management.

Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary foci built into the curriculum will bring together current and new knowledge from allied health professions within the industry, for example, sports psychology, skill acquisition, nutrition and dietetics, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, sports medicine and rehabilitation, including a specialist seminar series of guest speakers from sports science and related fields.

Issues of leadership, culture, and communication in high performance sport setting area addressed, and a foundation of project design and research skills is incorporated into the program with direct application to high performance sporting contexts.

To support these subjects, an intensive on-campus component is incorporated as a four day offering during the course. This component offers students hands-on experience with the latest technology in the industry, while providing the added opportunity to network directly with industry specialists and other students in the course.

Course duration

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Online

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

(with an on-campus intensive component at Melbourne campus or offshore by arrangement)

Deferment, credit points & course units


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.

Credit Points


Exit Point

Students may exit with either of the following relevant awards provided they have completed the required units specified within the degree:

Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport
80 cp
Duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport
40 cp
Duration: 6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $20272 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

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
    have evidence of relevant industry experience;
    submit a supporting professional referee's report regarding suitability for this postgraduate program and/or experience in the industry.


  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;
    submit a supporting professional referee's report regarding suitability for this postgraduate program and/or experience in the industry.


  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.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Applicants may be requested to attend an interview as part of the admissions process.

Direct Applications

Applicants for our High Performance Sport courses must also provide a referee report. Your referee can fill out and submit their reference online using the High Performance Sport Referee Report form.


Overseas students need to apply as ‘domestic applicants’ on the next screen, as the course does not provide eligibility for a student visa. Overseas students must apply for another type of visa to attend the four day intensive component held in Melbourne 4-7 February 2021 (to be confirmed). It is the individual applicant’s responsibility to ensure they can obtain a valid visa on time.

Career paths

Examples of the types of work settings the course prepares graduates for:

  • Fitness advisor
  • Fitness coach
  • Football or other sport manager
  • High performance manager
  • Performance analyst
  • Professional coach
  • Rehabilitation coach
  • Sports science manager
  • Sports scientist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Team manager

Professional experience

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.

English language requirements

Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

The degree is designed with elective options of research training as a pathway to higher degree research, for example, PhD and Masters by research.

More course information

The program structure also provides the opportunity for elective choices to allow students to tailor the degree to their specific needs. This includes the flexibility to elect additional units in research training to provide students with a pathway into future higher degree research, an opportunity for an industry based internship, as well as additional units from fields such as sports science, rehabilitation, psychology, leadership, management and business.

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