Career Pathways

Become a physiotherapist

Rehabilitate people recovering from injury and illness

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How long will it take?

3 years Bachelor degree
3 years Doctor of Physiotherapy

Why study with us?

Learn to assess and treat a variety of conditions that affect people’s movement and physical function.

The Doctor of Physiotherapy is a professional entry masters program that provides students with theory and practical skills to assess, diagnose and treat the human body.

Graduates work in many areas, including private practice, major public and private hospitals, sports, community health, paediatrics and aged care.

Where will this take me?

Career outcomes

The Doctor of Physiotherapy prepares students for the changing roles of the physiotherapist in areas such as chronic disease management, health promotion and prevention, emergency medicine, acute care and private practice.

You will have experience through approximately 37 weeks of clinical placement across major metropolitan teaching hospitals, primary care, rural and international settings to prepare you for future careers in:

  • Hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Sporting and rehabilitation facilities
  • Community organisations
  • Government advisory
  • Industry bodies.

Professional accreditation

  • Register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

What are the study options?

Standard entry

1. Undergraduate degree

First you must meet the entry requirements for your undergraduate degree.

2. Graduate degree

The Doctor of Physiotherapy also has specific prerequisite and grade entry requirements to be considered for entry. Specifically you must complete studies in human anatomy and human physiology or equivalent and a Multi Mini Interview.

Other entry pathways

Graduate Degree Packages

The University also offers guaranteed entry to high–achieving domestic and international students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia baseed on your ATAR.

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Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars

Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars are guaranteed a place into the graduate degree of their choice following successful completion of their undergraduate degree.

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The University offers a range of scholarships at both undergraduate and graduate level.

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Guaranteed entry

Guaranteed entry means you’ll have the peace of mind of a secure graduate pathway with us without having to make any big decisions from Year 12. You will also be able to leave Melbourne with an undergraduate qualification if you decide further study isn’t right for you.

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Looking for personalised advice?

Find out more about our graduate degrees and get support with your application. Speak to our expert staff online, via phone or at an upcoming event. You can also register to learn more about your course options and opportunities via email.

Why study at the University of Melbourne

Industry-ready skills

Industry-ready skills

Innovative teaching methods and an extensive clinical program offering advanced skills that will create work-ready and highly employable graduates.

Taught by leading experts

Taught by leading experts

Highly credentialed and networked lecturers and mentors, as well as connections with leading hospitals, research institutes and the private sector.

Career ready

Career ready

Graduates of the Doctor of Physiotherapy will be eligible to apply for registration to practise as physiotherapists in Australia and New Zealand.

Talk to us

Please speak to our expert staff to discover more about our learning opportunities and get support with your application.