Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Professor Grant Tomkinson

Main Campus
City East

Applications Close
05 Dec 2023

Study Level
Master of Research

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate

Tuition Fees:

All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
No stipend available

About this project

Physical fitness is a set of attributes that you have or achieve that relates to your ability to perform physical activity. Among older adults, low fitness is linked with poor health and early death. There are no international norms for physical fitness among older adults. Norms can be used to identify older adults with low fitness who are in the most need of intervention; track fitness levels over time to identify expected, better than expected, or worse than expected age-related changes; and to compare fitness levels of older adults across countries. 

This study will develop gender- and age-specific international norms for functional fitness among older adults. We anticipate this research being published in a leading scientific journal and communicated through social/mass media and at scientific conferences.

This research will be conducted in the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA), which part of UniSA's Allied Health and Human Performance (AHHP) Unit. ARENA is a research centre that creates real-world solutions to help all people be active, eat better, and perform at their best. The student will be located at UniSA's City East campus, in a research environment that includes the supervisors, AHHP faculty, and AHHP graduate students.

Supervisory team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses but no stipend is available. A fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Additionally, any Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant who holds an offer of admission without a living allowance will be eligible for the Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship. This scholarship is to the value of $46,653 per annum (2023 rates). Any Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship recipient will also receive a fee waiver. 

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.
Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Master of Research. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria: 
  • Experience assessing and interpreting muscle fitness tests
The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close Tuesday 5 December 2023. 

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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