Postgraduate studies in Physiotherapy

Entry to Practice qualification:

Commencing mid-year 2020 we will offer an entry to practice qualification - the Doctor of Physiotherapy (Masters extended). This three-year, full time, integrated program will provide you with the knowledge, skills and clinical practice experience required to work as a physiotherapist, with a particular focus on the development of leadership skills. Building on an undergraduate degree in foundational sciences and learning from expert physiotherapists and researchers, the Doctor of Physiotherapy will prepare you to work in public and private hospitals, private practice, sports, aged care and community health, both locally and beyond.

Research degrees for qualified physiotherapists:

The Physiotherapy Department at Monash University, offers the Masters (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by research degrees. These degrees combine coursework (up to 30%) with research (thesis or publications 70 - 100%) and are ideal for physiotherapists seeking individualized advanced practice and research skills.  The Australian Government's Research Training Scheme (RTS) covers course fees for research candidates who are Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents for the specified duration of their course.

Both degrees can be completed full or part time, and tailored to suit your employment obligations. Students work with their choice of academic supervisor and can contribute to the design of expert practice modules to study with field experts. The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be submitted for the Masters award or converted to PhD providing the expected academic milestones are achieved.  Work included in thesis and coursework components must be completed during the period of enrolment in the degree. The minimum enrolment period for both degrees is 12 months prior to submission. Most students would complete the Masters over 1 -2 years (full time or equivalent) and the PhD over 3 years, although shorter time periods are not uncommon.

Enrolment in Masters or PhD research degrees can occur at any time during the year.

For further information, please see the Master of Philosophy page or the “PhD studies” page.

Eligible students must hold an honours degree or equivalent. A pathway has been created for eligible students without these pre-requisites. One of the requirements is that there are department staff who are interested in supervising your degree. Review the staff research profiles to determine which staff may be suitable and arrange for a time to have a discussion with potential supervisors. Find out how to apply to begin your research at Monash.

Master of Advanced Health Care Practice

For qualified Physiotherapists  interested in paediatrics and eager to take the next step in expanding their careers, the Master of Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice is an innovative postgraduate program. It provides the opportunity to gain a Masters level qualification that enhances professional practice, and reflects the collaboration required in practice to deliver paediatric health care of the highest quality.

For qualified Physiotherapists with particular expertise and interest in delivery of primary care services, such as working in a private practice, the Master of Advanced Primary Health Care Practice is an innovative post graduate program. With scope to tailor the content to specifically meet the needs of physiotherapists working in primary care, this course provides the opportunity to gain a Masters level qualification that advances professional practice, and reflects collaboration required in practice to deliver primary health care of the highest quality.

If you are interested in a Master of Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice as part of the Master of Advanced Health Care Practice, please view the handbook for more details or download the Master of Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice brochure here.