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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Postgraduate Major


Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Major (M ClinPhys)


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This major promotes an advanced standard of musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice through biomedical sciences knowledge, clinical and research skills development, and a broad appreciation of the concepts of evidence-based practice. In recent years a code of practice has been developed which considers the scope, limitations, evidence base and research prospects of musculoskeletal physiotherapy as it relates to community health care. The development of confidence and professionalism in clinical practice is also promoted. This is achieved primarily through the development of advanced patient examination and treatment skills, advanced clinical communication skills and prescription of appropriate patient management. This major within the Master of Clinical Physiotherapy focuses on the integration of evidence-based practice and contemporary methods of clinical practice. It is designed to develop advanced knowledge, skill and clinical competencies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice.

How to apply

This course sits within the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy degree. To apply for this course, you will apply for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the stream you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.


What you'll learn

  • Synthesise evidence-based knowledge to provide advanced level physiotherapy services in diverse and changing settings
  • Critically appraise evidence and information from a range of resources and apply to advanced physiotherapy practice
  • Communicate effectively with clients, community and industrial partners to provide physiotherapy management at an advanced level
  • Appraise current and emerging technologies that are relevant to advanced physiotherapy practice
  • Justify personal and professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, and the impact of these on the provision of advanced physiotherapy practice
  • Apply international standards and practices in advanced physiotherapy through continued development of cross-cultural awareness within a global health care perspective
  • Demonstrate respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity in promoting health and well-being in clinical and diverse populations amongst clientele and peers

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

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

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential course prerequisites

A bachelor degree in physiotherapy or equivalent, plus at least two years of relevant clinical experience.

You must be a registered physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, or be eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia.

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

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants must be registered physiotherapists with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, or eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia.

Commonwealth supported places are not available for new students.

The mid-year intake is part-time study only. This will extend the course duration.

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.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

Please view the Master of Clinical Physiotherapy degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-MNPTM
  • Last updated on: September 23, 2020