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Master of Physiotherapy research pathway

Why consider doing your master's by research pathway?

The research master's pathway provides an opportunity to learn research skills and apply them to a particular field of research or area of clinical practice. We support potential candidates to develop projects exploring their particular area of interest, and can also provide opportunities to join existing research programmes.

As a master's student you will join the Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation (CHARR) team and be supported by your supervisory team, other staff at the School, and our cohort of graduate research candidates.

The CHARR team and your supervisor are able to support you to apply for scholarships and project funding to support your study.

What is the course of study?

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

PHTY 501 or an approved paper worth 30 points


PHTY 610


A thesis (120 points, which is equivalent of one year full-time study) embodying the results of one year of full-time or equivalent part-time supervised research (unendorsed option).

Who to contact?

As a first step email We will contact you to assess your eligibility for the programme, and if eligible set up a time to chat about your course of study, your options for research study, and the opportunities available to you.

Current students

The list below is of students currently completing papers toward the Masters by Research and those working on the thesis component.

Elisabeth Dacker

The effects of urinary incontinence on Māori women's health and wellbeing
Primary supervisor: Dr Daniela Aldabe

Witana Petley

Experiences and Expectations of Physical Rehabilitation for Māori Stroke Survivors and Whānau
Primary supervisor: Professor Leigh Hale

Read more about Witana Petley

Kristina Saul

Vocal Physiotherapy
Primary supervisor: Dr Ewan Kennedy

Donna Smith

Community centred strengths based approach to empower families/whānau who would benefit from developmental support for their children (currently completing paper requirements)
Primary Supervisor: Dr Meredith Perry

Read more about Donna Smith

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