Master of Physiotherapy (M7C)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Launceston
Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported and Full Fee Paying places available (check your Letter of Offer for details)

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 1.4 MB) for courses that are offered to international students

Help people lead healthy and functional lives as a practicing physiotherapist.

The Master of Physiotherapy will give you the qualifications and skills you need to become a practicing physiotherapist. Developed in collaboration with health professionals, industry leaders and professional bodies, this course will equip you with the future facing capabilities required to adapt and respond to rapidly occurring changes in health, and the health system.

Through problem-based and practical learning experiences, this course will introduce you to a range of health care settings that have widespread community health impact. You will be challenged to reflect your yourself to consider how your values and strengths influence your practice as an emerging physiotherapist.

You will participate in community-based projects and authentic experiential learning activities to develop and apply lean and system thinking skills to learn how to respond to complex health care problems. These are distinctive areas of professional development that will build your capacity for work readiness, ensuring client-centred, quality and safe health care across diverse service delivery settings experienced in regional, rural and metropolitan landscapes.

Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy complete the degree equipped with the theoretical and practical skills required by for their future career as a registered Physiotherapist.

The Master of Physiotherapy is designed to set up a new generation of agile health professionals, with capability in leadership and future-focused health care.

With many graduate job opportunities currently available and anticipated to grow, our objective is to prepare students to be leaders in current and emerging jobs, by forging relationships with communities, mentors and health and social care facilities to apply their skills across healthcare sectors.

In preparing for modern practice, students will be digitally equipped, and have the right mindset to become leaders of future health care improvements across private and public practice settings as they develop in their career.

  • Apply core values of physiotherapy using a high level of professionalism to make legal, ethical and socially responsible decisions in health care practice.
  • Identify and apply key theoretical, conceptual and practice approaches to safe quality physiotherapy practice.
  • Communicate effectively with clients, families, significant others and referrers to meet desired health and physiotherapeutic needs in a culturally sensitive and collaborative manner.
  • Apply sound evidence based clinical reasoning in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of clients to improve function, health and wellbeing.
  • Demonstrate agility and a commitment to ongoing development using life-long learning, critical reflective practice, and self-directed learning in physiotherapy practice for working in complex and changing health care environments.
  • Function as leaders and change agents for improving public health and actively driving system reform through, inquiry, innovation and translational research.

Undertake immersive hands-on learning in real healthcare environments with experienced physiotherapy practitioners and learn about contextual aspects of population health and service delivery. Your work placement will span a range of physiotherapy settings (paediatrics, youth, aged, rural, community, aged and acute), as well as musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological areas of physiotherapy practice.

You will build vital professional skills such as client-centered care, clinical reasoning, quality assurance, evidence based practice, interprofessional teamwork and leadership by engaging in authentic case and problem based learning.

Through our on campus simulated learning environments, you will have the opportunity to practice your physiotherapy assessment and intervention skills and enhance your clinical reasoning, organisation, time management, communication and conflict resolution skill.

Career outcomes

Allied Health professionals are in high demand across the health sector with employment for Physiotherapist projected to increase in Australia by 14% by November 2025*. Our Master of Physiotherapy will provide you with qualifications that can lead to various job opportunities in Tasmania, Australia and overseas.

As a physiotherapist, you can work across a range of different industries including;

  • Aged Care
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Emergency
  • Government sector
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurological
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Private Industry
  • Sports health
  • Women’s health

*Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2020 Occupational Projections.

Professional Recognition

As an accredited course**, once you graduate from this program you will have the knowledge and skills to apply for registration as a physiotherapist in Australia with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

**This program is subject to accreditation by the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

Course structure

Globally, health systems are tasked with responding to contemporary challenges and the related disease burden and health needs of their population. This unit takes a systems approach to examine how health systems are designed, the key components, who pays, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces the scope of public health practice in the 21st century and the social, political and economic context within which public health practitioners operate. The unit combines theoretical and practical material to assist students to understand the social…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to foundational concepts related to joining a regulated profession and practicing in a health discipline. Allied health roles and contexts of professional practice area introduced and situated within the health care system. With a focus on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to foundational knowledge and skills required for physiotherapists to perform their roles as resilient, confident and autonomous practitioners in the delivery of safe, quality, person centered, evidence-based practice. The first module introduces the concept of person-and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This professional experience placement unit brings together core fundamental physiotherapy practice knowledge and skills and requires students to apply them to work in supervised practice with clients who present with musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory or neurological conditions. The focus is on professional…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds upon the foundational knowledge and skills introduced in the previous units to examine musculoskeletal physiotherapy. It therefore retains the focus on applying the biopsychosocial model of practice, person and family centred practice, evidence-based practice, reflective practice, critical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This professional experience placement unit brings together core foundational physiotherapy practice knowledge and skills and requires students to apply them to work in supervised practice with clients who present with musculoskeletal or neuromuscular conditions. There is a retained focus on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores how historical, cultural and social elements, as well as previous and contemporary policy frameworks, shape the health and wellbeing of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. Cultural safety, self-determination and collaboration are central concepts within…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastAccelerated Study Period 3
Cradle CoastNursing Study Period 3
Cradle CoastSemester 2
LauncestonAccelerated Study Period 3
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonNursing Study Period 3
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2
Rozelle - SydneyAccelerated Study Period 3
Rozelle - SydneyNursing Study Period 3
HobartNursing Study Period 3
HobartSemester 2
HobartAccelerated Study Period 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides health and human service professionals with the opportunity to critically analyse a range of contemporary leadership frameworks and theories. There is a focus on the exploration and practical application of theories and techniques to improve understanding of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will equip students with an understanding of the research methods used in health disciplines in order to interpret published research, and design research of their own. The Unit content includes the theoretical underpinning of both qualitative and quantitative…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit uses the lifespan continuum to equip students with an understanding of the core knowledge and skills related to conditions associated with motor delay or coordination difficulties; neurological impairment; sensory impairment; attention and behaviour; genetic, intellectual and/or multiple impairments;…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit further extends and integrates knowledge and skills related to professional practice issues and communication in physiotherapy. The unit retains the focus on applying the biopsychosocial model of practice, person and family-centred practice, evidence-based practice, reflective practice, critical thinking…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This professional experience placement unit brings together core developing physiotherapy practice knowledge and skills and requires students to apply them to work in supervised practice with clients who present with cardiorespiratory conditions. There is a retained focus is on the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit consolidates knowledge and skills related to leadership and public health and synthesises them with business skills critical for allied health professionals working in community-based settings or moving into business within health care. Principles of population health are used…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit consolidates knowledge and skills related to professional practice issues and communication in physiotherapy. The unit retains the focus on client assessment, planning and interventions using a clinical reasoning approach. Physiotherapy approaches are studied in relation to prevention, management…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This professional experience placement unit consolidates physiotherapy practice knowledge and skills and requires students to apply them to work in supervised practice with clients who present with complex neurological, advanced, chronic and complex conditions. The focus is on professional experiential…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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