La Trobe University

Master of Physiotherapy Practice

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

La Trobe’s Master of Physiotherapy Practice could be your best step into an in-demand industry. Our entry-to-practice course boosts your employability while giving you the opportunity to explore different healthcare settings and practice areas. You’ll have the opportunity to find the best fit for you and your career goals. Physiotherapists assess and treat patients with temporary or long-term physical injuries, movement disorders or disabilities, aiming to achieve the highest possible degree of recovery, activity, participation and quality of life. Physiotherapists may work independently or as members of healthcare teams. They are active in the prevention of illness and injury and in the promotion of health. They are also involved in clinical research, movement rehabilitation, ergonomics and the management of healthcare organisations. Following a preparatory subject in the summer semester (Jan-Feb), in the first semester you will develop clinical reasoning, assessment and treatment skills in the core areas of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy across a lifespan. This is followed by 18 months of integrated theory and clinical practice subjects, when you will be primarily located in the clinical environment.


To qualify for the award of Master of Physiotherapy Practice, students must complete a total of 255 credit points across 2 years.


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Graduate-entry Preparation for Master of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Managing Complexity in Clinical Practice
  • Physiotherapy for Cardio-respiratory Dysfunction
  • Physiotherapy for Early Lifespan and Gender-specific Conditions
  • Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Dysfunction
  • Physiotherapy for Neurological Dysfunction
  • Professional Practicum A
  • Professional Practicum B
  • Skill Development for Person-centred Physiotherapy

Standard entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent). Specialisation - Compulsory: Tertiary-level subjects in musculoskeletal anatomy (upper and lower limb, pelvis, spine and thorax, head and neck), neuroanatomy and physiology (including exercise physiology). Specialisation - Recommended: Tertiary-level subjects in pathophysiology, psychology, pharmacology, evidence-based practice, research methods or statistics, determinants of health, human movement, communication or education are also desirable. Applicants must have completed their degree within the last five years. Applicants who completed their degree more than 5 years ago may be considered on the basis of postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience.


The Master of Physiotherapy Practice is conditionally accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council.Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy Practice may be eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Bendigo International: $102,800 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
Melbourne (Bundoora) International: $102,800 No
  • Full-time : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Bendigo, Melbourne (Bundoora).

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Tuesday, Feb 28 2023

Further information

Clinical practice and theory subjects extend outside normal university semesters. In some subjects students are expected to practise on each other during practical classes. Tertiary-level subjects in pathophysiology, psychology, pharmacology, evidence-based practice, research methods or statistics, determinants of health, human movement, communication or education are desirable. Applicants will be ranked on GPA and the number of desirable prerequisites held.

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