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A master's level qualification in physiotherapy can be awarded in two ways.

You can choose a research master's by thesis, or as a clinical master's by papers which are endorsed in a particular area of speciality.

Postgraduate student profile

physio_masters Adina Holder 418 2017Adina Holder recently completed her Masters endorsed in Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Otago's School of Physiotherapy.

She decided to undertake further studies after hearing about it from a colleague.

Adina was interested in the Sports Physiotherapy programme as it covered biomechanics, research, anatomy, injury prevention and clinical critical reasoning.

She describes some of the rewards and challenges of postgraduate study here

Masters' pathways

Research master's by thesis

The School of Physiotherapy's research master's programme consists of:

  • PHTY 501or an approved paper worth 30 points


  • PHTY 610


  • A thesis (67% component) embodying the results of one year of full-time or equivalent part-time supervised research (unendorsed option).

Read more about our current research master's candidates

For further information on research at the School of Physiotherapy's research centre, CHARR (Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research)

Clinical Master's (endorsed)

The School of Physiotherapy's Clinical Master's (endorsed) consists of:

  • Six approved papers from the schedule for the area of specialisation concerned, to a total value of 180 points.

Read more about our postgraduate clinical programmes

Contact us

To discuss your options for postgraduate study in physiotherapy, email or

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