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Study Physiotherapy at Otago

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Apply for the Master of Physiotherapy (MPhty) through the Dunedin campus in 2020

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Apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (PGCertPhty) through the Dunedin campus in 2020

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Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (PGDipPhty) through the Dunedin campus in 2020

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The course for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty) degree is taught in the School of Physiotherapy within the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago. The purpose-built Physiotherapy Building has spacious laboratories and state of the art equipment of an international standard.

Students applying for the School of Physiotherapy’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme must have a recognised Master's degree (with thesis component) in Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy or a related area. Students with a Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy qualification must either have a current Annual Practising Certificate or obtain Special Purpose Scope of Practice from the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand before beginning their PhD.

Students must have a supervisor for this programme. Before acceptance can be granted applicants must work with their potential supervisor to submit a draft proposal with their application. For assistance with finding a supervisor please contact the Research Administrator.

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See the full list of Physiotherapy (PHTY) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty)

Year Papers Points
1st year

Health Sciences First Year Course

Note: Students enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course will be required to achieve a satisfactory mark in a standard diagnostic English test or another approved measure of achievement.

2nd year

PHTY 250  Anatomy (for BPhty)

PHTY 251  Physiology (for BPhty)

PHTY 252  Pharmacology (for BPhty)

PHTY 254  Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Science 1

PHTY 255  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 1






3rd year

PHTY 353  Pathology (for BPhty)

PHTY 354  Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Science 2

PHTY 355  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 2




4th year

PHTY 455  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 3

PHTY 456  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 4

PHTY 457  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 5

PHTY 458  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 6

PHTY 459  Research for Physiotherapy






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Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours (BPhty(Hons))

Year Papers Points
Fourth year

PHTY 468  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice for Honours

PHTY 469  Physiotherapy Research for Honours

Note: Papers in the First, Second, and Third Years are the same as in the Schedule for the ordinary degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy.



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