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Duration: 
4.5 years full time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Block
Face to Face
Workplace
Application due dates:
Applications are not being taken at this time.

Overview

Become a physiotherapist and use rehabilitation, injury prevention and exercise to improve people's quality of life, with the Bachelor of Applied Movement Science/Master of Physiotherapy from Victoria University.

Our 4.5-year dual degree will prepare you for real-world, contemporary physiotherapy practice. You will learn how to restore, maintain and enhance people's mobility, function and health – regardless of their age or physical ability.

Studying with expert physiotherapists and world-leading researchers, you'll develop knowledge and clinical-reasoning skills for managing complex situations concerning individuals, families and communities.

You will graduate with diverse and complementary skills in:

  • human structure and function
  • exercise physiology
  • Indigenous health
  • population health and wellness
  • human psychology
  • applied clinical skills for evidence-based practice.

These will be underpinned by respect for cultural diversity, and commitment to person-centred care.

The Master of Physiotherapy is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Successful graduates are eligible for membership of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia enabling them to practise in Australia.

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Taught by experts in the field, our courses are designed to fully prepare you for work.

Our unique small-group learning approach lets you develop clinical-reasoning skills alongside students from other health professions, contributing to your inter-professional education before you begin clinical placements.

You'll complete supervised professional practice (work-integrated learning) in a range of settings, including:

  • elite sports
  • private practice
  • acute care and rehabilitation clinics
  • aged care
  • community care.

Our world-class sport and learning precinct at the Footscray Park Campus features the most advanced exercise technology available. The facility is used by students, researchers, professional sports teams and community organisations.

Our facilities include:

  • exercise physiology labs
  • biomechanics labs
  • motor learning and skilled performance labs
  • heat chambers
  • motor control and biofeedback labs
  • integrated teaching and learning facilities.

VU has strong, unique partnerships with more than 350 local, national and global organisations across the sport, exercise and recreation industries. These partnerships inform the content of our courses and provide joint research opportunities. Our partnerships also give you access to industry contacts and work placements, which mean superior career development.  

Some examples of our partners include:

  • Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Netball Australia
  • Victorian Racing Club
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Real Madrid Football Club Foundation
  • Beijing and German Sports Universities
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame
  • National Heart Foundation
  • VicHealth
  • National Ageing Research Institute
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Football Federation Victoria
  • Tennis Australia
  • Western Health
  • Australian Football League (AFL)

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and job-related skills, with 24/7 online suppport.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

Course information webinar 

Attend our course-information webinar via Zoom on Thursday 17 September from 5.30pm to find out about this course.

The course director will be there to describe the course and take questions.

We have first-rate facilities for you to practise physical rehabilitation techniques.

Careers in physiotherapy

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Applied Movement Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy you will be eligible to register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and, once registered, to practise as a physiotherapist.

You may work as part of a multidisciplinary team in a variety of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • aged and community care
  • centres for people with physical disabilities
  • rehabilitation centres
  • private practice
  • elite and community sports
  • health research and health promotion
  • paediatrics
  • women’s and men’s health.

The Master of Physiotherapy has accreditation from the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Successful graduates are eligible for membership of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia enabling them to practise in Australia.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Applied Movement Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy, students must successfully complete 432 credit points in total, consisting of:

  • 288 credit points in the Bachelor of Applied Movement Sciences
  • 144 credit points, in the Master of Physiotherapy (4 additional units “nested” within the final 4 units of the Bachelor of Applied Movement Sciences)

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

Year 4, Semester 1

Year 4, Semester 2

Year 5, Semester 1

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

  1. Apply foundation knowledge from biomedical, exercise and social sciences, including determinants of health, to plan and deliver safe and effective physiotherapy services;
  2. Practise as a physiotherapist autonomously and as a collaborative member of an interprofessional team to provide professional, ethical, person-centred and culturally responsive management across diverse health populations, settings and environments;
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills to safely, effectively and creatively provide physiotherapy services for clients with cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, neurological and other conditions across the lifespan;
  4. Provide high quality person-centred management by basing practice decisions on the best available research evidence including translational research, available resources and clinical expertise, ethical considerations and with careful consideration of the clients' preferences, values and cultural and spiritual beliefs;
  5. Effectively function as a champion of health and facilitator of client self-management for the enhancement of physical and emotional health and wellness across the lifespan;
  6. Communicate and interrelate effectively and collaboratively with clients, families, the community, other health professionals and the public appropriate to the context;
  7. Maintain and improve knowledge and skills through self-reflective practice, peer assisted learning, commitment to lifelong learning, self-care strategies, work-life balance and career planning;
  8. Manage time, workload, resources and priorities effectively, responsibly and ethically;
  9. Demonstrate and role model effective leadership, management and education skills within relevant clinical and professional frameworks;
  10. Demonstrate culturally responsive practice, value diversity among peoples and engage in decolonising practices that acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as Traditional Owners of Australian lands; and
  11. Demonstrate readiness for entry level Physiotherapy practice in Australia and articulate the ability to contribute to advancing the future of the Physiotherapy profession in Australia.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

To calculate the total cost of your course either use our fee calculator, or:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English; plus a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Mathematical Methods (any) or Specialist Mathematics.

Subject adjustments

A study score of 30 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English (any except EAL) Mathematical Methods (any) or Specialist Maths or a study score of 35 in English (EAL) equals 5 aggregate points. Overall maximum of 20 points.

ATAR profile

To be advised.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent) in Health Sciences.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Completion of at least two semesters of Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent) in health or medical sciences.
OR
Completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent) in any discipline
Second year entry:
Completion of at least two semesters of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (HBBS) or Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Exercise Science (HBES) at Victoria University.
Note: Meeting the minimum requirement for entry to second year does not guarantee entry. Places are limited and applicants will be competitively ranked based on their course WAM in their first two semesters of study.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago, including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English; plus a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Mathematical Methods (any) or Specialist Mathematics.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Additional information

Students are notified at enrolment of professional practice requirements including: appropriate uniform/attire, equipment, travel, ‘Police Check’ and ‘Working with Children Check’, record of immunization, First Aid and CPR certification, and a signed agreement to nominate oneself as fit for practice. Students must be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia to be eligible to undertake clinical placements and must pass essential pre-requisite units before undertaking clinical placements.

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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