Physiotherapy - M6032


Professional entry master degree

As a physiotherapist, you have the opportunity to make a big impact on someone’s life. Whether you’re part of a transplant recipient’s first steps with a new set of lungs or helping an athlete get back on the field after an injury, it’s a highly rewarding job.

The Doctor of Physiotherapy provides you with the knowledge, skills and clinical experience to start your career as a physiotherapist. Based at our Peninsula campus, you’ll become part of a growing specialist precinct for allied health and primary care education and research.

A physiotherapist in training from day one

Get hands-on experience and exposure to the clinical environment from the start of your degree. We offer early work-integrated learning, where you’ll see physiotherapists in action, take part in simulation activities and practice your new skills in our physiotherapy practice labs and rehabilitation gym on campus. You’ll also have opportunities to learn collaborative practice alongside students from other areas of health, preparing you to provide the best possible patient care.

Practical experience at Victoria’s leading hospitals and health services

We partner with some of the state’s major healthcare providers to give you access to high-quality clinical training. Our placements take place in a range of facilities from hospitals to rehabilitation centres to private practice. Your placement could take you to the Alfred, Australasia’s largest trauma centre, community rehabilitation with Peninsula Health, or even with a rural healthcare service.

Creating future healthcare leaders

At Monash, we’re not just educating tomorrow’s physiotherapists, but preparing the next generation of leaders in health. You’ll complete your own research project, under the guidance of one of our physiotherapy experts and have the opportunity to make a difference to physiotherapy practice and services. With training in leadership, advocacy and education as part of your degree, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of potential career pathways.


Full accreditation is expected in 2023, when the first cohort of Doctor of Physiotherapy students complete our program, in-line with the Australian Physiotherapy Council accreditation guidelines.

Visit to keep up-to-date on the accreditation process.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Peninsula: Full time
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date
Second Semester (July)
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Course Handbook

Course theme

Our Doctor of Physiotherapy curriculum is underpinned by four major themes, which are integrated throughout each unit you complete:

Personal and professional development

Develop the personal attributes and related skills to assist you in the transition to becoming a physiotherapist. This includes communication and interprofessional collaboration skills and ethics and legal issues.

Population, society and health

Consider the broader cultural, society and population issues that impact on health and health care delivery. Dedicated studies in leadership, business, education and advocacy support this theme.

Applied practice

Gain the clinical competencies integral to physiotherapy practice. This focuses on incorporating the best available research evidence with the clinical reasoning skills of assessment, management and evaluation of patients within a range of environments and the delivery of appropriate health care.


Build the knowledge and skills that are required to independently collect, interpret and critically evaluate research issues relevant to physiotherapy practice.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Already registered as a physiotherapist in Australia? Unfortunately, you will not be eligible to enter this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree* (or equivalent) in a relevant area of study** with at least 70% distinction average.

*Completion of undergraduate degree within last 10 years

** Relevant area of study must include human anatomy AND human physiology AND biostatistics.

Example units: BMS2011 (human anatomy), BMS2031 (human physiology), BMS1042 (biostatistics)

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Extra requirements for all applicants:

National Police Check, Working With Children Check, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Worker Screening check & Immunisation: Successful applicants must satisfy the immunisation requirements specified by the Faculty, complete Working With Children Check, a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Worker Screening check and a National Police Check each year before undertaking clinical placements and hold a valid Working with Children Check. Failure to hold satisfactory checks may result in students being unable to complete this course.

Information regarding the full requirements is available at Mandatory compliance (

In this course, you will develop the relevant knowledge, practical and analytical skills required for physiotherapy practice, as well as extend your undergraduate skills of communication, ethical and reflective practice, collaboration, research and leadership. This graduate entry course consists of thirteen units delivered over three years. Foundational knowledge and skills are introduced in year one, with the focus on integration of prior science knowledge and principles into the context of physiotherapy in addition to the development of clinical skills. An integrated and case-based learning approach facilitates active learning and development, which include exposure to early workplace and interprofessional learning opportunities. Clinical placements occur in year two and three, with practice in a simulated setting as well as acute, subacute and community contexts. A learner-centred philosophy allows preferences to be pursued in the final year selective placement and an independent research project in the final year.

The integrated curriculum is delivered over three years and develops across four key themes: personal and professional development; population, society and health; applied practice; and research. These themes are interwoven horizontally and vertically throughout the course at the unit level.

Making the application

Future students

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6032


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Fees are subject to change annually.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2022 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.