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Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy

DClinPhysio(Curtin) - DR-CLPHYT Health Sciences
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus, off-campus and mixed on- and off-campus
Intake February
Duration Between 2 and 4 years full-time

This inaugural coursework doctorate has been developed to allow you to develop your professional physiotherapy knowledge and skills, and complete a significant research program. As well as choosing from a range of specialist coursework units, you will study the philosophy of evidence-based practice and develop practical skills in identifying, acquiring, evaluating and using evidence. You will further your clinical decision-making skills through the use of statistical analysis, including the examination of various forms of statistical testing.

Clinical practice is a significant component of this course. During your placement you will detail a variety of case histories and evaluate each as a reflective practitioner.

In your second year your studies will prepare you for your doctoral thesis. You will explore research methods, learn to generate ideas for research projects and study the research process. You will also complete a minor research project and prepare a journal paper, oral or poster presentation of your findings.

Your final year will be devoted to your doctoral thesis.

Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Applicants require one of the following:

  • A master level degree in physiotherapy; or
  • A bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours in physiotherapy; or
  • A bachelor degree in physiotherapy plus a postgraduate diploma or equivalent in physiotherapy with a course-weighted average of not less than 75%

Applicants must be registered physiotherapists in Western Australia and be able to supply certification of fitness to undergo manipulative procedures.

Applicants holding a bachelor degree with good results in a relevant field and at least six years’ professional experience, or three years at a level which enables full membership of a relevant professional body may be considered.

Please contact the Faculty Graduate Studies Officer and/or Area Coordinator for enquiries.

Please refer to the following statement before applying for this course

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

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Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis. You may apply for CRL for up to one semester based on previous study at an advanced level or 24 months of relevant, full-time clinical experience. Supporting documentation detailing hours and caseload should accompany all applications for recognition of prior learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

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