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Master of Science (MSc) in Exercise Sciences

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 - 2 years
Start date: 01-December-2019
Campus:
University of Auckland
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Course details

Summary

The Master of Science (MSc) programme enables you to pursue advanced study in your area of interest with the opportunity to work on independent research.

Programme overview

Studying for an MSc is an opportunity for committed scientists to focus on a relevant area of interest or practise and pursue an advanced qualification. While taught masters will provide you with specialist training in your chosen field, a research masters will develop advanced research skills, working alongside Faculty of Science researchers - many of whom are major contributors in their field.

120-point MSc

Most students enter an MSc following completion of a PGDipSci. You will need to complete 120 points (maximum of 160 points) in a specialisation within one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study (research masters) or four years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

240-point MSc

If you enter a MSc directly from an undergraduate degree you will need to complete 240 points (maximum of 280 points) in a specialisation in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study (research masters) or six years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

Postgraduate study in Exercise Sciences is designed to provide you with the opportunity to achieve an advanced level of knowledge in a range of areas relevant to exercise, sport, health and rehabilitation science. You will gain academic and clinical experience required to work as allied health professionals and provide innovative practice across the health industry to assist people living with a wide range of health conditions and disease. You will gain advanced knowledge of the evidence-based processes associated with investigating and understanding how the brain and body function.

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

  • Biomechanics and computational movement science
  • Exercise physiology and metabolism
  • Exercise and sport psychology
  • Movement neuroscience and motor control

Examples of research topics include:

  • The development of artificial intelligence in gait classification for children with spastic cerebral palsy
  • Investigating non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and thermoregulation during exercise
  • The role of physical activity in adults with depression
  • Understanding the effects of healthy ageing and stroke on neural circuits within the brain and the implications this may have for motor function and recovery

120-point (one-year) research masters

120 points:

  • EXERSCI 796 MSc Thesis in Exercise Sciences

240-point research masters

15 points:

  • EXERSCI 705 Research in the Exercise Sciences

75 points:

  • EXERSCI 702 Projects in the Exercise Sciences
  • EXERSCI 703 Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • EXERSCI 704 Advanced Techniques in Biomechanics
  • EXERSCI 706 Seminar in Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • EXERSCI 708 Advanced Seminar in Movement Neuroscience
  • EXERSCI 710 Exercise Rehabilitation
  • EXERSCI 712 Advanced Exercise Prescription
  • EXERSCI 713 Psychology of Active Living
  • EXERSCI 714 Special Topics in the Exercise Sciences

Up to 30 points from other 600 or 700-level courses in a related subject (approved by the Head of Department):

  • Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Exercise Sciences, Food Science, Health Science, Health Psychology, Medical Science, Population Health, Psychology, Physics, Statistics

120 points:

  • EXERSCI 796 MSc Thesis in Exercise Sciences

Entry criteria

Research 120 points:

You must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution), in a similar field to your intended specialisation. You will need a GPE of 4.0.

Research 240 points:

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science in a similar field to your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 and an Essay (TWE) of 4.5; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

Course variations

01-December-2019 - Grafton Campus

Campus:
Grafton Campus
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Duration:
1 - 2 years
Start date: 01-December-2019
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01-December-2019 - Leigh Marine Campus

Campus:
Leigh Marine Campus
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Duration:
1 - 2 years
Start date: 01-December-2019
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01-December-2019 - Newmarket Campus

Campus:
Newmarket Campus
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Duration:
1 - 2 years
Start date: 01-December-2019
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01-December-2019 - Tamaki Innovation Campus

Campus:
Tamaki Innovation Campus
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Duration:
1 - 2 years
Start date: 01-December-2019
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