La Trobe University

Master of Physiotherapy Practice


Start dates
15 January, 2018 (Compulsory preparatory subject) 2018
2 years full-time
Fees and costs
$38,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

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.

The clinical practice and theory subjects extend outside official University semester dates. The course fosters small-group learning to master the practical aspects of physiotherapy practice. You will be given the opportunity to assess and treat patients in hospitals and other clinical settings under the supervision of a qualified clinician.

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The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

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 musculoskeletal anatomy (upper and lower limb, pelvis, spine and thorax, head and neck) and neuroanatomy, physiology (including exercise physiology). 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.

Career outcomes

Physiotherapists are employed in a wide variety of settings, including private practice, general hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community health centres, industrial clinics and specialist centres. Physiotherapists are also involved in movement rehabilitation, ergonomics and the management of healthcare organisations. You may also work in education and clinical research.

Professional recognition

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.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$38,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

Additional costs

You'll need to obtain the following: National Police check: A$15.50 annually Immunisations: approximately A$500 Working with Children Check: no fee. Practical books: A$100 Student name badge: A$15 Clinical shirt: A$40 Stethoscope: A$110 Goniometer: A$20. Textbooks are optional. You can purchase books and equipment from any supplier, however the clinical shirt must be purchased from La Trobe University. Students are also required to register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia annually (no fee), and encouraged to complete a First Aid Level II course (not conducted by La Trobe University) approximately A$160. All equipment purchases remain your personal property. Accommodation and travel costs for clinical placements may also be incurred and will vary according to the venue. Note the quoted costs are approximate only and subject to change.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

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Additional information

La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply. This course commences in January 2017 with the summer semester subject (PTY3GEP) Graduate-Entry Preparation for Master of Physiotherapy Practice (from Weeks 2-7) held at the Melbourne Campus prior to Semester 1 (March) 2017. To enable clinical placements, you will be registered as a student, at no cost, with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Prior to clinical placements, you may be required to provide evidence of your immunisation history. Students must comply with the Clinical and Professional Placements requirements.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: