Why study physiotherapy?

A degree in physiotherapy can lead to a rewarding career working with people of all ages. You will be able to help your clients achieve the highest possible degree of physical activity, participation and quality of life. Develop the knowledge and skills to formulate physiotherapeutic diagnoses and design appropriate programs of prevention, treatment and exercise. Studies in science, clinical experience and skills in problem solving and decision making will prepare you for employment in a variety of healthcare settings.

Career opportunities

There is a strong demand for physiotherapists and you can expect to work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, rehabilitation and community health centres, private practice, industrial clinics and specialist facilities. You may also work in education and research.


Doctor of Physiotherapy (Professional Doctorate)

Location: Melbourne

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 3 years full-time (4 years maximum)3 years full-time (4 years maximum) or part-time equivalent

Master of Applied Science

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Shepparton

Start dates: See additional informationSemester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 2 years full-time, or the equivalent part-time2 years

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

There are a small number of places available if you wish to transfer into the second year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy Practice degree and have completed common first-year Health Sciences subjects as part of your enrolment in another degree at La Trobe University.

A two-year graduate entry Master of Physiotherapy Practice is available if you hold a relevant undergraduate degree and meet the entry prerequisites.

See Physiotherapy postgraduate information.

Physiotherapy placements

Practical placements are an important part of our program. You will complete 30 weeks of full-time clinical experience in a range of healthcare settings. Placements happen throughout the year and are not limited to standard semester weeks.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Overseas clinical placements may be available in your final semester of study.

Regional campus transfer

Students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to the Bendigo campus for second year, and parts of third and fourth years.

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