Master of Physiotherapy Practice

Want a career in physiotherapy and already have an undergraduate degree? Study the Master of Physiotherapy Practice to develop the skills for registration as a New Zealand physiotherapist.

As a physiotherapist you work with a wide range of people, helping them overcome physical problems due to ageing, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions, or environmental factors.

This graduate-entry master’s programme focuses on real-life problems and clinical case scenarios. Content will be delivered using a combination of case studies, role plays and simulations incorporating e-learning and collaborative learning opportunities. Clinical placements will be embedded throughout the programme, allowing for integration of theoretical learning with practice.

After successfully completing the Master of Physiotherapy Practice, graduates will be able to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.

This new qualification is subject to New Zealand Physiotherapy Board accreditation.

Start date: 2022

Minimum entry requirements

  • Must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a B+ grade average (GPA 6) or higher in courses at level 7; or equivalent
  • Must be capable of meeting the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements and Children's Act 2014, including police clearance
  • Immunisations must be current as per the School of Clinical Sciences requirements schedule
  • Must be able to travel to clinical placements
  • Ranking of applicants will occur. Preference will be given to applicants with the highest level of academic achievement and/or evidence of accomplishments in the relevant field
  • Applicants may be required to attend a selection interview
  • Admission is subject to the approval of the programme leader

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with all bands 6.5 or higher

Applicants with English as a second or other language who have not completed at least three years of secondary schooling in New Zealand will be required to meet IELTS requirements (see above).

English language requirements

The Master of Physiotherapy Practice prepares you to contextualise your physiotherapy practice, applying advanced and current knowledge. You’ll also use a range of communication methods, critical reflection tools and clinical skills to work interprofessionally with clients, whānau and other health professionals while practising autonomously to provide safe, effective and efficient care.

Courses are taught at the AUT North Campus. Clinical placements can take place throughout Auckland.

Year 1

Semester 1 courses

You develop an understanding of general healthcare and health conditions in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand. You begin to learn clinical reasoning principles and evidence-based physiotherapeutic assessment and management techniques, and are introduced to the clinical environment with an observational experience.

Semester 2 courses

You develop an increasing range of assessment and management skills applicable to a wider range of patient populations, health needs and contexts. You’re introduced to research methodologies and approaches to interpret evidence and apply it to practice.  Clinical experiences will now also include clinical practice opportunities.

Year 2

Semester 3 courses

You develop a deeper understanding of the rehabilitation of disorders of respiration, movement and function, and learn how to undertake exercise-based rehabilitation. You also demonstrate and justify deeper clinical reasoning and research methods to your practice. You explore a topic and research area of interest with a supervisor, and expand your supervised clinical practice experience.

Semester 4 courses

  • PHTY808 Primary Care and Community Practice (15 points)
  • PHTY809 Secondary Care and Acute Care Practice (15 points)
  • PHTY810 Tertiary Care and Specialist Practice (15 points)

You refine your clinical practice skills in a wider range of clinical settings demonstrating more detailed assessment and advanced treatment strategies, together with an understanding of reflective, professional and ethical practice.

Many physiotherapists work privately, treating acute sport and accidental injuries, chronic pain, back and neck problems. They also work in rehabilitation for people after a stroke or head injury, improving fitness and quality of life for people with chronic heart and lung disease and working across the lifespan, from neonatal to the very elderly.

Some physiotherapists maintain a general practice. Other physiotherapists can focus their practice on:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiothoracic and respiratory health
  • Hand therapy
  • Health promotion and primary healthcare
  • Leadership and management
  • Musculoskeletal and manual therapy
  • Mental health
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Occupational health
  • Older adult health and wellness
  • Paediatrics
  • Pain management
  • Pelvic health
  • Sports
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Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3840
Level:
9
Points:
240
Duration:
2 years full-time
Campus:
North Campus
Starts:
Jul 2022
to be confirmed
Fees:
Domestic
$8,956
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points of this 240-point programme in 2022. The exact tuition fee will depend on courses selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for beyond 2022, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$39,100
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points of this 240-point programme in 2022. The exact tuition fee will depend on courses selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for beyond 2022, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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