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Australia / New Zealand students

International students

COURSE

Master of Physiotherapy

MG-PHYTH

TAUGHT BY: School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

2years, 5months

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

600

About offering

This course offers a fast-track pathway to becoming a physiotherapist. A series of coursework units will provide you with foundational knowledge in the broad range of specialist and practical areas that encompass the physiotherapy profession.

You will complete case studies and clinical placements to help you apply your knowledge to make well-informed clinical decisions. Furthermore, your studies will emphasise evidence-based practice and encourage you to think critically.

Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes, which require frequent disrobing when acting as clients or patients within the peer group. Being able to physically manipulate people, including lifting and supporting those with disabilities, is also an essential requirement.

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

Please read the supplementary information before applying for this course. 

What you'll learn

  • Utilise knowledge of biophysical, behavioural and clinical science into the safe and ethical delivery of physiotherapy services in diverse and dynamic settings
  • Critically analyse information to plan, implement and evaluate physiotherapy practice
  • Source, appraise, manage and use a wide range of information relevant to evidence-informed physiotherapy practice and effective decision-making
  • Use effective and respectful strategies for communication with diverse stakeholders
  • Use relevant technologies as part of contemporary physiotherapy practice
  • Demonstrate ongoing commitment to professional development and contribution to the profession through building personal lifelong learning capacities
  • Understand the local, national and global factors that inform the delivery of physiotherapy services within a global health care perspective
  • Demonstrate effective cross-cultural capabilities as part of respectful interactions in physiotherapy practice
  • Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within interprofessional teams

Why study Master of Physiotherapy

  • More than 55 years experience underpins Curtin's internationally recognised and challenging, yet very rewarding physiotherapy courses.
  • These courses are taught by highly qualified staff with excellent clinical and research capabilities, in world-class facilities.
  • The School makes innovative use of web technology for staff and student communication and to integrate student feedback into continual course improvement.

Professional recognition

The Physiotherapists Act 2005 requires that all practising physiotherapists must be registered with the Physiotherapist Registration Board of Western Australia.

This course is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates are eligible for registration in any state or territory of Australia. Registration in New Zealand is available under the terms of the Trans-Tasman agreement. Graduates applying for licensure in the United States of America, United Kingdom or Canada will be required to provide details of their program of studies to the relevant bodies and sit a licensing examination.

Admission criteria

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

A three-year bachelor degree or equivalent with a CWA (course weighted average) of at least 70.

Three subjects (units) at Bachelor of Science (BSc) or equivalent (Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7): Human musculoskeletal anatomy, human biology/physiology and health research methods or evidence-based practice. Study of psychology is desirable.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

A relevant bachelor degree or equivalent and completion of units in anatomy, psychology and human biology or physiology at university level. Study of units in research methods or evidence based practice, physics and statistics is desirable.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Course prerequisites

A relevant bachelor degree or equivalent and completion of units in anatomy, psychology and human biology or physiology at university level. Study of units in research methods or evidence based practice, physics and statistics is desirable.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 72

Other requirements for this course

You are required to have a current Senior First Aid Certificate or equivalent and a swimming qualification (Bronze medal or Aquatic Rescue Award, as per Australian Royal Lifesaving awards or equivalent) and criminal record screening prior to enrolment in Semester 1 units. You do not need to satisfy these requirements at the time of application.

Units are structured in a set schedule and you will need to pass all units in a study period before proceeding onto the next study period's units.

Classes are held during semesters and other study periods.

Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$31,800*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $41,700*
Total indicative course fee $111,400*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $1,458 *

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: MG-PHYTH
  • CRICOS code: 038783F
  • This offering was last updated on: August 17, 2018