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Postgraduate physiotherapy study

Overview

Postgraduate study at Otago is designed to enhance your clinical practice and develop in-depth research skills.

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

Postgrad qualifications - gained on campus or by distance - can better prepare you to meet and match an ever changing world of challenges and career opportunities.

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.

Research programmes

Research options for postgraduate study include:

Clinical programmes by coursework

Clinical programmes in physiotherapy offer the opportunity to further your education within specific areas of physiotherapy study.

You can undertake postgraduate programmes either on campus or by distance-learning. You can choose to be a full-time student, or you can study part time which gives you flexibility to learn as you earn as you add to your skill set with further study.

Note that some of these programmes by coursework do include on-campus block work so that you can meet face-to-face with other students and teaching staff.

Further study can be undertaken as:

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

At this time qualifications can be endorsed in Acupuncture, Neurorehabilitation, Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy, Sports Physiotherapy and Occupational Health.

Find more complete details about clinical programmes by coursework here

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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.

List of postgraduate physiotherapy papers

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.

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)

Find out more and contact us

To find out more about postgraduate study in physiotherapy email the Academic Administrator

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