Master of Physiotherapy Practice

La Trobe University

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

Physiotherapists assess and treat patients with temporary or long-term physical injuries, movement disorders or disability, aiming to achieve the highest possible degree of recovery, activity, participation and quality of life. They may work independently or as members of healthcare teams. Physiotherapists 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.


In the first semester students develop clinical reasoning, assessment and treatment skills in the core areas of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy across the lifespan. This is followed by 18 months of integrated theory and clinical practice subjects, during which students are primarily located in the clinical environment. The clinical practice and theory subjects extend outside official University semester dates. The course fosters small-group teaching to master the practical aspects of physiotherapy skills. Students are given the opportunity to treat patients in hospitals and other clinical settings under the supervision of a qualified clinician. Please note: overseas study options are unavailable for international students in this program, due to requirements to fulfil physiotherapy registration criteria in Australia. Students with a relevant first degree obtain a professional qualification in physiotherapy in this course.


  • Physiotherapy

Standard entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree completed within the past five years with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 percent
  • Applicants who completed their degree more than 5 years ago may be considered on the basis of postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience
  • Applicants must also have completed tertiary-level subjects in regional musculoskeletal anatomy (upper and lower limb, pelvis, spine and thorax, head and neck), neuroanatomy, physiology (including exercise physiology) and biomechanics
  • Completed 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
  • NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place
  • Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


The Master of Physiotherapy Practice is 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

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne International: $84,400 No No information available
Bendigo International: $84,400 No No information available

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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