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Postgraduate physiotherapy study

Overview

Postgraduate study at Otago is designed to deliver extended clinical experience and in depth research skills.

Postgrad qualifications allow you to meet an ever changing world of challenges and career options even better prepared.

In physiotherapy the growing demand for effective interventions requires clinicians to have high levels of competence supported by strong research evidence.

Otago's postgraduate physiotherapy programmes aim to equip you with enhanced skills, knowledge, and expertise. You may also develop stronger professional networks and gain transferable skills such as organisation, teamwork and clinical management.

You can find more information and details on postgraduate study opportunities in our Academic Calendar.

Entry requirements

Domestic Students (New Zealand trained) Physiotherapists

1) A recognized three year Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy;
2) A minimum of 1 year of post-qualification clinical experience in physiotherapy relevant to the proposed area of specialisation (we accept clinical undertaken as part of our BPhty);
3) English language requirements;
4) A current Annual Practising Certificate (APC).

Domestic Students (Internationally trained) Physiotherapists

1) A recognized three year Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy with grades of 65% or above;
2) A minimum of 1 year of post-qualification clinical experience in physiotherapy relevant to the proposed area of specialisation (internships not included) (we accept clinical undertaken as part of our BPhty);
3) English language requirements;
4) A current Annual Practising Certificate (APC).

International Students (Internationally trained) Physiotherapists

1) A recognized three year Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy with grades of 65% or above;
2) A minimum of 1 year of post-qualification clinical experience in physiotherapy relevant to the proposed area of specialisation (internships not included);
3) English language requirements
4) Once approved by the School to undertake study, students must gain Special Purpose Scope of Practice registration from the Board of Physiotherapy New Zealand before the course begins. Students are unable to take part in postgraduate programmes without this registration.

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Research programmes

Research options for postgraduate study include:

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Clinical programmes

Clinical programmes in physiotherapy offer the opportunity for further education within specific areas of physiotherapy study. Postgraduate study offers opportunities for flexible learning through a number of distance learning (extramural) options.

Further study can be undertaken as:

  • Postgraduate certificate (two papers)
  • Postgraduate diploma (four papers)
  • Clinical master's (six papers)

These qualifications can be endorsed in the following:

Further information on Clinical Programmes:
Clinical Programmes

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Postgraduate papers

Postgraduate papers are offered as both on-campus and distance papers. 

Our postgraduate clinical programmes provide high quality further education for physiotherapists around the world.

Where do our students come from?

List of postgraduate physiotherapy papers

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Professional registration

Special Purpose Scope of Practice registration is a legislative requirement for physiotherapy students studying at the Otago University. You must obtain Special Purpose Scope of Practice registration from the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand before arriving in New Zealand for study.

Registration with the Physiotherapy Board is an annual process. It is each student's responsibility to ensure that their registration is up-to-date.

A copy of the registration certificate must be given to the Research Coordinator (for PhD students) and the Academic Administrator (for all other postgraduate students).

Further information on Special Purpose Scope of Practice (Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand website)

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