Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy - Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Study the AUT Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and develop advanced knowledge and critical analysis skills in this field in as little as one year.

This programme meets the educational requirements for membership of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

The programme can prepare you for further study at master’s level. It's a great postgraduate study option if you have been out of study for some time, or are unsure if postgraduate study is for you.


This is part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science.

Start date: 2020

You need a total of 120 points to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy qualification.

Complete the following papers

And select 15 points from

And select 15 points from

Practice as a health professional in New Zealand is governed by legislation and a number of ‘Responsible Authorities’ (such as the Physiotherapy Board and the Nursing Council who register practitioners). Overseas qualified health professionals who wish to practise in New Zealand should communicate directly with the relevant Responsible Authority. Qualifications recognised for professional registration at AUT are undergraduate; study at postgraduate level is not considered equivalent recognition for NZ Board certification.

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Key features
  • Equips health professionals for advanced practice in musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Open to all registered physiotherapists
  • Flexible study options, including on-campus block courses and online learning
  • Staff who are internationally recognised as experts in this field

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