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Sports Physiotherapy Major (M ClinPhys)

MJRP-SPPTM

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.

N/A

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.

200

About offering

If you’re a qualified physiotherapist with an interest in working with athletes and active people, the Master of Clinical Physiotherapy (Sports Physiotherapy) can help you achieve your professional goals.

This course will enable you to integrate the most up-to-date research and evidence-informed management into clinical and sporting physiotherapy practice.

Physiotherapy practice is a significant component of this course, in both the sporting and clinical environment. Experienced sports physiotherapists will supervise you through your clinical practice placements, and will work collaboratively with you to maximise your professional development.

Sports placements are in a variety of settings including elite sporting environments. Your placements will be tailored to suit your area of interest and level of experience.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of specialised Sports physiotherapy at an advanced level in diverse and changing settings
  • critically analyse information at an advanced level to plan, implement and evaluate specialized sports physiotherapy practice
  • locate, extract and critically appraise evidence and information from a range of resources and apply to advanced sports physiotherapy practice
  • use appropriate written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills to effectively provide sports physiotherapy management at an advance level to individuals and groups
  • use new and existing technologies relevant to advanced sports physiotherapy practice responsibly and effectively
  • understand and implement varied learning strategies, and take responsibility for ongoing professional and personal development
  • understand and apply ways of practicing specialized sports physiotherapy internationally through continued development of cross-cultural awareness within a global health care perspective
  • demonstrate respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
  • independently and collaboratively apply specialized professional skills in an ethical manner across a range of professional settings

Why study Sports Physiotherapy Major (M ClinPhys)

  • More than 60 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.
  • Curtin prioritises a supportive learning environment for you to maximise your postgraduate goals. There is a strong emphasis on individual mentoring, supervision and feedback on skills and their application.

How this course will make you industry ready

The Sports Physiotherapy Major can help you:

  • gain the professional skills to improve your patient management, confidence and enjoyment of your career
  • develop a high-level clinical reasoning skills using the Musculoskeletal Clinical Reasoning Framework to integrate research and evidence-informed practice into clinical practice
  • develop the professional skills for advanced management of the active and sporting population, considering biopsychosocial factors in assessment and rehabilitation
  • develop manual therapy skills for advanced level assessment and treatment that are relevant to the active and sporting population
  • develop advanced level management planning skills including targeted exercise rehabilitation for sport-specific and active populations to improve patient outcomes and achieve successful return to sport
  • develop your skills to work with elite level athletes and manage criterion-based return to sport planning.

Professional recognition

The Sports Physiotherapy Major is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and is part of the APA career pathway.

Once you graduate you can apply to become an APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist as well as a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist with the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapists (IFSPT), potentially enhancing global recognition and professional mobility. Sports Physiotherapy titling is a step towards specialisation and becoming a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Career information

A masters qualification in sports physiotherapy can lead to an exciting range of professional roles in elite and recreational sports teams, sporting organisations and private practice environments, opening up career opportunities in more advanced roles.

Sports physiotherapists are working in high level elite sporting organisations as medical directors, head physiotherapists, researchers and educators. It is a requirement to be a titled sports physiotherapist to work with national teams, institutes of sport and Olympic events.

  • Sports Physiotherapist

Admission criteria

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

Applicants must be either:

  • a registered physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia OR
  • eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia.

You will need to provide supplementary information with your application.

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

Applicants must be either:

  • a registered physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia OR
  • eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia.

You will need to provide supplementary information with your application.

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

Applicants must be either:

  • a registered physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia OR
  • eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia.

You will need to provide supplementary information with your application.

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

Other requirements for this course

July intake is part-time only and 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.

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

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.

Next steps

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Please visit the course for more information and how to apply.

Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Applicants with other international qualifications

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-SPPTM
  • This offering was last updated on: August 17, 2018