Postgraduate programmes by coursework offer the opportunity to undertake further education within specific areas of physiotherapy study.
Our programmes enable you to update your qualifications wherever you live in New Zealand and beyond.
Postgraduate study offers opportunities for flexible learning through a number of distance learning (extramural) and on-campus options. Due to the technical skills required for physiotherapy practice, some of the post-graduate papers also include residential placements.
The University of Otago is a research intensive university. This means that the academic and clinical skills taught at postgraduate level are intertwined/informed not only by international best evidence but also by University of Otago led research. School of Physiotherapy postgraduate students are supported and expected to be self-directed and life-long learners. Each paper predominantly involves searching and critically engaging with the literature before applying evidence to clinical practice.
Check your eligibility for School of Physiotherapy PG coursework study.
Postgraduate study can be undertaken as:
- Postgraduate Certificate (two papers)
- Postgraduate Diploma (four papers)
- Master's (six papers)
This programme incorporates the theoretical basis of acupuncture, predominantly from a Western/scientific paradigm, and aims to develop the ability to critically review and evaluate acupuncture theory and practice in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
The course is taught in conjunction with the Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand (PAANZ), and is intended to provide practicing physiotherapists with a strong academic and practical-based programme.
This programme is designed to enhance the understanding of clinical and academic issues within the broad neurorehabilitation arena. The focus is on:
- Investigating and analysing contemporary developments in neurorehabilitation practice and research
- Understanding the mechanisms that control human movement
- Evaluating complex clinical problems
- Assessing the outcome of interventions
Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy
This programme is designed to advance practical and clinical reasoning skills in managing patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system, such as chronic spinal problems.
The programme emphasises an integrated clinical approach using concepts and techniques from a variety of approaches to manual therapy, manipulation, and exercise; underpinned by an understanding of clinical anatomy, medical specialities, and other relevant disciplines.
This programme includes skill-based residential components and provides clinicians with the opportunity to advance their knowledge and competence in a sports and exercise-specific physiotherapy speciality.
There is a strong focus on clinical reasoning of patho-anatomical, neurophysiological, and biomechanical factors associated with the assessment and management of patients with sports-related neuromusculoskeletal problems.
Specific modules facilitate discussion and debate on the latest injury prevention strategies, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation principles that affect people engaged in leisure, sports, and recreation activities.
Occupational Health Physiotherapy
This programme provides practicing physiotherapists with specific knowledge and skills to apply in occupational health practice.
It includes the assessment, management, and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and the role of government regulatory bodies and statutory authorities in occupational health practice.
The Occupational Health paper PHTY 539 meets ACC's vocational rehabilitation competencies.