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C04362v1 Master of High Performance Sport

Award(s): Master of High Performance Sport (MHPSport)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: Moore Park

Notes

International students can only study this course in distance mode. They are not eligible for a student visa to study this course in Australia.

Domestic students can only study this course in standard mode, which is delivered online with a week of face-to-face teaching every teaching session.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information

Overview

The Master in High Performance Sport is designed for students from diverse backgrounds and delivered using flexible learning methods suitable for working professionals, domestic and international students. The course structure enables full-time or part-time study where students can enter or exit at a Graduate Certificate (4 subjects), Graduate Diploma (8 subjects) or Master’s (12 subjects) level. This nested course structure provides a solid grounding of the knowledge and skills required in a variety of high performance sport careers whilst offering the opportunity to advance and tailor knowledge and skills development at an advanced level.

The course is developed and delivered in collaboration with industry experts from the field, with each subject comprising of a mix of theory and evidence-based practice. Research-inspired course content is delivered by world-leading academics and industry partners, which allows students to apply an expert level of knowledge and understanding to a range of areas that meets the diverse needs of the high performance sport industry. Graduates enter the workforce as expert and collaborative problem solvers, who are capable of leading, managing and inspiring in the field of high performance sport.

In the Master in High Performance Sport students undertake up to three professional internships with organisations in the sport industry. This allows students to apply their knowledge, develop professionally, and network with industry partners. Students are encouraged to develop their ideas and test these in real world environments with practical relevance. Current workplace employment may also be considered for supplemental credit towards these internships. With the completion of three internships, students may be eligible for individual professional accreditation with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), the peak national professional association for sport and exercise scientists.

Staff are highly respected globally in the field of sport and exercise science, health and human performance with extensive links to industry both locally and internationally. Their work focuses on collaborating with coaches to enhance athlete welfare and highlights the relationships between physical exercise and optimal performance, health and wellbeing in a range of diverse populations. Unique characteristics of the Master in High Performance Sport include its flexible curriculum, exposure to world-leaders in high performance sport and content suited to student-specific learning goals that meet the extensive requirements of industry.

For International students, subjects are delivered online with no requirement to leave their home country. Students are able to contextualise their learning to their local industry and community needs as well as experience expertise from Australia and other world leading sport performance countries.

For domestic students, the course is delivered through online content and a face-to-face intensive week each semester at the UTS Sport and Exercise Science building at the Moore Park Precinct, where students are supported by world-class infrastructure and state of the art research laboratories, alongside several leading sporting organisations. This location provides a unique environment and access to teams and athletic organisations who can also offer students practical placements and internship opportunities. Overall, this course ensures graduates are prepared both theoretically and practically to succeed in a competitive, dynamic and global environment to enable athletes and teams achieve lasting success.

Course aims

The Master of High Performance Sport course aims to produce graduates that:

  • Are effective, collaborative and responsive professionals capable of leading, managing and inspiring in the field of high performance sport.
  • Exhibit reflective critical thinking to optimise decision making and enable positive change through creative, effective and evidence-based solutions.
  • Take personal, social and ethical responsibility for their contribution to sport, exercise and health by demonstrating professional sports science practice including ethical considerations, legislated requirements and the service delivery setting.
  • Acquire knowledge of methods to increase performance and reduce injury, and apply a detailed process of planning to deliver high-quality sports performance services and optimised health outcomes for users.
  • Demonstrate professional relationships, effective and sensitive communication techniques, teamwork and engagement with key stakeholders in a multidisciplinary and diverse high performance sport environment.
  • Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness.

Career options

The Master of High Performance Sport degree is designed for those seeking to work at an expert level in high performance sport, in a variety of settings. Graduates plan, deliver and analyse strategic approaches for elite athletes and coaches, aiming to enhance performance and reduce injury. Throughout the course, students develop skills in critical thinking to optimise holistic decision making and enable positive change through creative, effective and evidence-based solutions.

Career options include practitioner roles (eg sport scientist, strength and conditioning coach, performance analyst, high-performance manager) in a variety of sport settings (eg professional sporting organisations, national and international performance institutes, schools, university research institutions, government and non-government funded sporting programs).

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Expertly lead change that delivers the highest quality athlete care across sport populations and program settings within multidisciplinary high performance sport environments.
1.2 Adapt to an extensive array of stakeholder circumstances and integrate evidence to empower optimal and sustainable sport, exercise and health outcomes for service users.
2.1 Critically appraise, assess and synthesise evidence relevant to high performance sport practice from an extensive range of sources to develop creative, innovative and effective evidence-based solutions.
2.2 Expertly solve problems by applying advanced methodologies of sport, exercise and health interventions in a logical and systematic manner; and the ability to document decisions appropriately.
3.1 Demonstrate expert judgement, legal responsibility and ethical accountability to practise within the ethical boundaries of high performance sport professions and in accordance with professional practice, governance and privacy obligations to uphold ethical practice and the values of sporting excellence, fairness and athlete safety and wellbeing.
4.1 Expertly apply high-quality knowledge and technical and non-technical skills within sport, exercise and health professions to contribute to the safe development of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
4.2 Expertly integrate expertise and synthesise evidence to determine the validity and reliability of a range of advanced methodologies, tools and techniques and employ those relevant to high performance sport practice.
5.1 Demonstrate holistic collaboration with key stakeholders to expertly design, deliver and interpret safe, effective and evidence-based high performance sports interventions for service users in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner.
5.2 Expertly communicate with key stakeholders and adapt to challenging, complex and diverse industry contexts to create positive and professional relationships in a high performance sport environment.
6.1 Practise sensitively and to communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders in diverse social and cultural settings, and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-and-a-half-year, full-time or three-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 72 credit points, made up of 66 credit points of core subjects and 6 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91353 High Performance Sport Level 1 18cp
STM91354 High Performance Sport Level 2 18cp
STM91355 High Performance Sport Level 3 18cp
STM91358 High Performance Sport Masters Internship 12cp
CBK91822 Electives (PG High Performance Sport) 6cp
Total 72cp

Course program

Examples of full-time and part-time programs are shown below.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
96301 High Performance Science   6cp
96302 High Performance Coaching   6cp
96303 Conditioning the High Performance Athlete   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
96304 Internship 1 6cp  
96313 Performance and Culture in High Performance Sport 6cp  
Spring session
96305 Injury Prevention and Management in High Performance Sport   6cp
96306 Recovery and Nutrition for High Performance Sport   6cp
96307 Applied Research Skills for High Performance Sport including Statistics   6cp
96308 Internship 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
96309 Performance Analysis and Data Science   6cp
96310 Leading and Managing in High Performance Sport   6cp
96311 Developing and Managing Talented and Expert Performers   6cp
96312 Internship 3   6cp
Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
96301 High Performance Science 6cp  
96302 High Performance Coaching 6cp  
96303 Conditioning the High Performance Athlete 6cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
96304 Internship 1 6cp  
96313 Performance and Culture in High Performance Sport 6cp  
Spring session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
96305 Injury Prevention and Management in High Performance Sport 6cp  
96306 Recovery and Nutrition for High Performance Sport 6cp  
96307 Applied Research Skills for High Performance Sport including Statistics 6cp  
96308 Internship 2 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
96301 High Performance Science 6cp  
96302 High Performance Coaching 6cp  
96303 Conditioning the High Performance Athlete 6cp  
Spring session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
96305 Injury Prevention and Management in High Performance Sport 6cp  
96306 Recovery and Nutrition for High Performance Sport 6cp  
96307 Applied Research Skills for High Performance Sport including Statistics 6cp  
96308 Internship 2 6cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
96309 Performance Analysis and Data Science   6cp
96310 Leading and Managing in High Performance Sport   6cp
96311 Developing and Managing Talented and Expert Performers   6cp
Spring session
96312 Internship 3   6cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program made up of the Graduate Certificate in High Performance (C11268), the Graduate Diploma in High Performance (C07130), and the Master of High Performance.

Other information

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Dr Hugh Fullagar
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