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University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School in Australia

Program Overview - Doctor of Physiotherapy

University and Faculty: University of Melbourne
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
University Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
City Population: 4.8 million
Student Population: 50,000
Campus Location: Parkville (downtown Melbourne)
Program Duration: 3 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2021
Est. Annual Tuition: $51,296 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total: $161,710 AUD (2019)

The University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School offers a Doctor of Physiotherapy which will provide an evidence-based physiotherapy degree that combines theoretical principles, clinical practice and high-level abilities in knowledge transfer and professional leadership. Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy graduates will be professional leaders who are able to apply their discipline-specific knowledge to a wide range of health care settings.

This physical therapy program will combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to assess, diagnose and treat disorders of human movement. The physio curriculum will include integrated theory and evidence-based clinical practice in affiliated clinical teaching hospitals. Students will be exposed to a broad range of clinical experiences and will draw on the strengths of a world-renowned research faculty.

Key defining features of the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy will be the availability of advanced skills subjects, inclusion of business and leadership subjects, participation in group research projects and an explicit focus on interprofessional learning opportunities. The vision of this program is to ensure that its graduates will become leaders in physiotherapy clinical practice, clinical research and knowledge exchange. These features of the course will enable graduates to have high-level knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to practice ethically, safely and effectively in both national and international environments.


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Why Canadians Will Like the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy Program

The Melbourne Physiotherapy School is based in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences, a vibrant multi-disciplinary school that incorporates nursing, social work and physiotherapy. The Melbourne School of Health Sciences is one of four schools in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. The faculty is internationally renowned for its global leadership in health research, policy and practice. The university educates more health professionals, graduates more research and higher degrees students, produces more peer-reviewed papers and attracts more nationally competitive funding than any other Australian university.

In addition, the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Melbourne will offer a focus on professional commitment, responsibility and clinical leadership through

  • clinical placements in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals, primary care, rural and international settings;
  • innovative teaching methods and an extensive clinical program that offers advanced skills that will create work-ready and highly employable graduates;
  • being part of one of the largest health sciences faculties in Australia;
  • an international focus to develop skills and attitudes enabling practice in both national and international environments;
  • being part of Australia's strongest research University; and
  • opportunities to explore advanced practice (e.g., emergency medicine, sports physiotherapy).

Eligible Melbourne DPT candidates for admission will have completed undergraduate studies in human anatomy and human physiology at the university level. Other subjects which may be helpful for physiotherapy applicants include psychology, physics, biomechanics, research methods, evidence-based practice, statistics, biochemistry, and additional units of anatomy.

Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the University of Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy program!

"This program is amazing! If you are looking to get a head start study up on your anatomy- know the origins, insertions, actions, nerve supply of all muscles! It gets pretty busy pretty quickly and you have to keep on top of things. But definitely manageable."

"The culture is similar enough to Canada than I feel at home, yet there are a few differences that made the move exciting. The program is very manageable regardless of your academic background, but if you would like some more free time in your first semester you could revise your anatomy before coming over. Also the physio program at UOM is highly regarded."

"Study your anatomy!! This is not an undergrad program - there is a lot more work required then you think."

"It's hard work so start studying day one. Your anatomy knowledge should be very strong otherwise this course will be hard. Physio school is the best in Australia."

"People are really nice and welcoming! The weather is great! Course is more challenging than expected. Make sure to revise anatomy before the commencement of the program!"

"Like: the wide range of activities and cafes you can find and go to! Wish I would have known: how heavy the workload is compared to undergraduate studies in canada."

"program is very self taught. adjusting to the layout of the program."

"Melbourne University has a beautiful campus and there is a lot of activities going on. My program is very intensive and I have learned an incredible amount of information this past semester. Everyone in the program is willing to help and it has been enjoyable so far. I would say that this has been a great opportunity to experience another part of the world and studying physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne is highly recommended. This program is challenging and intensive but there is also a positive environment which makes the workload more manageable. "

"Like: the students - everyone very calm yet serious about the program. The lecturers: very serious in teaching and wish students to achieve high standards. Dislike: program itself was very disorganized this year. Meet great people. Program is hard work but you go through it with awesome people."

"I like the proffessionalism and the instructors, they are very good at what they do and are very willing to help. The university and program are both great but it is not as glamorous as you would assume to live in australia. Not as much free time to go and explore so make the best of your breaks as there is. lots of work during the semester"

"I love how intensive and regulated the program is. Study lots, the material is very intensive but is taught in an exciting and interactive way."

"All of the teaching staff are amazing and very encouraging. They truly do want every student to succeed. As well this program is not one that is offered in Canada. The university of melboune is the top ranked school in Australia. It also ranks very high internationally. The faculty o fmedical dental and health sciences also ranks very high. The school has a beautiful campus as well. The program is very good and is the first of its kind in Australia."

"It goes without saying that it is a lot of hard work and it drains a lot of your energy. I have already suggested to a few friends about partaking into studies in Australia."

"I'm enjoying experiencing a new culture, seeing new animals, and I love my program. I like my professors and the subject material, I dislike that our classes are spread all over campus and that we don't get our tests back. It's a great program and University, I think it's beneficial to get a different perspective, especially on health care and population statistics."

"Living in a different country, experiencing the new school, meeting new people, learning about new culture. expects you to know everything, goes over things too fast, not enough time to digest. great program, great university."

"First time off North America. the cap on internet bandwidth is hard to deal with! Best way to see the world and complete a degree in a meaningful career!"

"(I like) the weather and change in culture. Self-guided learning approach. Classmates are very helpful, be prepared to study a lot and to be good at time management."

"Dislike: Self-learning, unorganised Like: hands on approach (a lot of clinical experience). It has ups and downs overall."



Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Canadian students who wish to practice as a physiotherapist upon their return to Canada should visit the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators' website for accreditation and certification information: www.alliancept.org/

There are four basic components that are part of the certification process when you return to Canada and it is important that each applicant understand the steps involved in this process.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

The Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in the last 10 years or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

To be considered for admission into this program, a Canadian applicant must

  • have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects. Prerequisite subjects include one semester of human anatomy and one semester of human physiology.
  • participate in a multi-mini interview. Selected applicants will be shortlisted to participate in a multi-mini interview (MMI) to assess interest in and motivation for undertaking the program, likely capacity for establishing and maintaining rapport with patients in a clinical setting, communication skills, and aptitude for collaboration and decision making. The University of Melbourne has advised that international applicants will likely complete a MMI via video conferencing or phone.

Selection will be based on academic record (grade point average--GPA) from a completed three- or four-year university degree. The Selection Committee will also conduct interviews. To be competitive, it is anticipated that applicants will have achieved a standard of at least 70% or higher GPA in their undergraduate degree.

An applicant's GPA results will be measured by considering the last three years of the applicant's undergraduate coursework studies (including Honours). Weightings will be applied according to the approved Melbourne Adjusted Grade Point Average (MAGPA) calculations in force in any given year, or in the absence of any defined MAGPA, by weighting the first of the final three full-time years by 1, the second year by 2, and the final year by 2.

Offers of admission will be made from a combined ranking list where a candidate's GPA and interview results are given equal weightings.

As an international applicant, a Canadian student must also meet the university's English language proficiency requirements. If you have recently completed your undergraduate degree in Canada and the institution's language of instruction is English, the university will refer to your official academic transcript to assess your English language proficiency.

Understanding Prerequisites

Some courses at the University of Melbourne have prerequisite subjects that must be completed in order to be eligible to apply for the course. The Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) requires prerequisite subjects in anatomy and physiology taught at the first-year level, or equivalent. For the two courses, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to commencing.

The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is responsible for assessing prospective students' courses to see if they meet application eligibility. If your subjects (human anatomy and human physiology) have not been previously assessed, OzTREKK strongly recommends having your subjects assessed well in advance of applying. The assessment process may be lengthy, so try to have your subjects assessed as soon as possible before applying. To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne's prerequisites page. You may check the courses you have taken to date by clicking on the "International" link under the heading "List of assessed subjects."

Prospective applicants for the DPT program must submit documentation through the University of Melbourne's webform for assessment by April 30 of the year in which they wish to apply in order to be considered for admission for the following year. Applicants who submit complete documentation by this deadline will be advised of the subject equivalent before the closing date for applications. Note: Submissions received after this date will be processed but applicants will not receive advice about the outcome of the request until after the closing date for applications.

For more information about the University of Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy program, please read the Admissions Guide 2020.

Admissions Timeline for the 2020 intake

Application deadline: June 28, 2019
Prerequisite assessment deadline: June 28, 2019
Interview invitations released: August (dates TBC)
Skype MMI interviews conducted: TBC
Offers of admission released: mid- to late-September 2019
Deadline to accept offer (unconditional): November 8, 2019
Deadline to meet conditions (conditional): November 8, 2019
Enrollment deadline for unconditional offered applicants: December 5, 2019
Enrollment deadline for conditional offered applicants: January 4, 2019
Orientation: January 31, 2020
First day of class: February 3, 2020 (subject to change)

Interested in a University of Melbourne application fee waiver? Of course you are! Be sure to apply before June 14, 2019 and the university will waive their app fee!


Total Number of Places in the Program: 90 - 95

Number of Places Available for International Students: approximately 15 - 20

Application Deadline: Applications for the February 2020 intake closed June 28, 2019. For info about the 2021 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Lindsay Rewi

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