Master of Clinical Rehabilitation


    What you will learn

    Learn the principals of best practice rehabilitation

    You will learn about the principles of rehabilitation and habilitation, including how to help people regain lost skills, the physiology of fitness and conditioning and the pathophysiology of selected conditions and specific needs in different chronic disease populations.

    Become an expert in health promotion

    This course will build on your knowledge and skills to identify and analyse the multiple determinants of health that influence wellbeing and to design and implement rehabilitation strategies in a holistic, person-centred manner at both an individual and group level.

    Evidence-informed clinical decision-making

    You will learn about emerging technologies and rehabilitation approaches and develop strategies for the effective and safe implementation of rehabilitation in a range of practice contexts.

    Course structure

    To gain the Master of Clinical Rehabilitation you must complete 150 points comprising of:

    • Six core subjects
    • Four elective subjects
    • One capstone subject.

    Capstone subjects are compulsory and provide students with an opportunity to consolidate and extend the learning that they have undertaken across their course of study. These subjects vary and may include project-based learning, a research project, or coursework outlining best practice.


    On average, it is estimated that students will be required to allocate 15-19 hours per week for study time for each subject. However, the time commitment required can vary for each student based on individual task management and planning skills, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

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    Single subjects

    You can also study single subjects to contribute to your professional development. For more information, please contact Student Support.

    Please note: The elective subject, Rehabilitation in Global Health, will not be offered in 2021.


    Edward Mohandoss

    Edward Mohandoss is a Physiotherapist in a public hospital in Melbourne and is relishing online learning despite his early reservations. The 43-year-old who works in geriatric rehabilitation says, “I was a bit apprehensive about the online mode of study as I was not confident with IT skills.” He adds enthusiastically that he found he was “able to cope with online learning with appropriate support from staff and fellow students.”

    Shaking off his initial fears about the online learning environment has meant that the busy working father of a young family can now fulfil one of his long-time goals – to complete a masters degree. He explains, “The online nature of the course offered me flexibility so that I can spend time with my young family and balance the stress of full-time work.”

    Edward says he hopes “to gain knowledge on current trends in rehabilitation and basic concepts in research” and describes the online Master of Clinical Rehabilitation as a confidence booster.

    "Some of the assessment tasks such as writing a research proposal and feasibility proposal have given me immense confidence in participating in clinical research and quality improvement projects."

    The highlight of online study for Edward has been the relationships he’s established with his peers. He says, “My favourite part of studying this course is the interaction between fellow students in the discussion boards and webinar sessions. Even if you miss the webinar sessions there is an option of watching the recorded version which was very useful for someone like me with full-time work.”

    Edward explains that online learning has enabled him to “become knowledgeable about healthcare systems across the world.” He adds, “Given our interaction with students from different countries, it was interesting to compare similarities and differences in health care systems and its impact on patient outcomes.”

    The Future looks bright for Edward. Already, he’s reaping the rewards of his new-found skills and confidence. He says, “The knowledge I’ve gained so far has made me a better clinician and people respect me when I share this knowledge, especially in my work place.”

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