Macquarie University has developed a unique suite of capability-based medical educational programs within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, aimed at post-graduation sub-specialty medical education and training. Our Doctor of Physiotherapy degree is the only three-year extended masters-level, professional-entry physiotherapy program in NSW.
Beyond Macquarie University, research continues to show an ongoing and increasing demand for physiotherapists in the workforce across Australia. Our graduates are work ready and highly qualified to launch a long, fulfilling and broad career both here in Australia and internationally.
This program is an extended masters degree under the Australian Qualification Framework Level 9 classification. It is not a doctorate. A three-year masters degree has approval allowing the title of 'Doctor of' for five professions, including physiotherapy.
No, you will not graduate with a specialisation. This is a professional entry level degree which means you will be eligible to apply to register and practice as a physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. It is not a masters awarding a specialisation to currently practising physiotherapists.
The program has a mid-year intake.
You must have completed at least a three-year undergraduate degree with prerequisites in specific subject areas. Typically, students will have completed bachelor degrees in health related areas however we will accept any undergraduate degree provided your GPA is higher than 4.5/7.0, you have completed the specified prerequisite units and you meet English proficiency requirements.
Entry into the Doctor of Physiotherapy is highly competitive and the degree attracts future professionals who are committed to practicing as a physiotherapist, have great interpersonal skills, and an ambition for a fulfilling career in healthcare.
There is an intake of approximately 66 students each year.
There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) awarded to students of this program. These are allocated on equity and merit basis, using specific eligibility criteria for the equity-based places.
Being a graduate-entry program, you will study the foundation sciences of physiotherapy graduating with work ready skills in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and education of people with a wide range of conditions affecting movement across the lifespan. You will also learn and develop advanced clinical skills, business, management and leadership, preparing you for a long and broad career in a variety of clinical settings, research and management. You will be well prepared for a career in private practice, sports or rehabilitation physiotherapy, hospital or community based practice. You may also choose to work in government or with industry bodies as advisors or policy leaders.
The Discipline of Physiotherapy works collaboratively with Macquarie University Hospital and clinics to give you extensive clinical experience. In addition, you will undertake clinical placements in a range of relevant community and hospital settings.
The Doctor of Physiotherapy program is a full-time three-year degree. This program is not offered on a part-time basis.
You will be eligible to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with work ready skills. You will also graduate with business, management and leadership skills relevant for a private or public sector appointment.
International students can visit Macquarie International to get more information about studying in Australia. Please note you must demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level 7, with no component less than 7, or the equivalent. Completed degrees and units of study would also need to be evaluated for equivalency.
The Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy has achieved full accreditation with the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC).