Master of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy)

Information valid for students commencing in 2015.

Course code




Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must be registered Australian Physiotherapists or have completed an overseas recognised physiotherapy qualification.

Note: Completion of the Master of Rehabilitation (Physio) will not enable Australian registration of overseas qualified physiotherapists.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3aSchedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements


Post admission

Telephone and computer access

Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

The Masters of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) is a coursework program which qualifies students to

apply an advanced body of knowledge in rehabilitation treatment settings.

On successful completion of the Masters of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) coursework degree

graduates will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of theoretical knowledge, skills and technical competencies across diverse contexts as a physiotherapist

  • Design assessment, management and evaluation plans across the lifespan, for culturally and demographically diverse peoples, especially in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to physiotherapy practice to develop solutions for complex problems

  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions to specialist and nonā€specialist audiences using advanced oral and written English language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills

  • Demonstrate high-level responsibility and accountability for future professional development requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to design, analyse and ethically implement research and critically reflect on implications of findings for physiotherapy practice.

Course Structure (Coursework or Coursework/Research)

Students can choose from 2 streams: (1) coursework or (2) coursework and research. Students enrolled in the coursework masters program may choose the research core subjects as elective subjects and students enrolled in a coursework/research masters program may choose the coursework core subjects as elective subjects.  If this course is to be used as a pathway to enrolment in a PhD, students will need to complete the coursework/research stream.


Select either all specified Coursework subjects or all specified Coursework/Research subjects


PS5101:03 Clinical Expert Updates

PS5103:03 Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Research and Evidence Based Practice

PS5104:03 Physiotherapy Rehabilitation for Disability across the Lifespan

PS5106:03 Physiotherapy Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions

PS5108:03 Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice

PS5109:03 Ergonomics


PS5501:06 Physiotherapy Research 1

PS5502:06 Physiotherapy Research 2

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health


Select 18 credit points of subjects from the specified list:

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals or TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

OT5007:03 Issues of Sexuality for Allied Health Professionals

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

TM5573:03 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion







Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements

Not applicable

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A candidate who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

Master of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy)

Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation.

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation.

Course articulation

Not applicable