Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: postgraduate papers and qualifications you can study

This page has the postgraduate Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy papers and qualifications (courses) that you can study at AUT. See links to paper descriptions and outlines of each qualification.

Who can study Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at postgraduate level?

  • The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy pathway is open to registered physiotherapists.
  • Students, provided they meet the entry requirements, can enter postgraduate programmes at the postgraduate diploma or masters levels outlined below.

More information 

  • Below is a summary only. Detailed information sheets for each paper can be downloaded or printed from the More Information web page.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (AK3487) 120 points

The PgDipHSc is a coursework programme which can lead into the Master of Health Science or Master of Health Practice. It provides you with the opportunity to undertake an approved course of study to advance your specialty discipline, knowledge and scholarly development.

This programme meets the educational requirements for membership of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

Select one research paper:
HEAL840 Critical Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice^ (15 points)
HEAL811 Integrative Research (15 points)

Select one professional paper:
HEAL812 Health Professional Practice (15 points)
HEAL813 Practice Reality (15 points)

Complete the following papers:
RHAB817 Biomechanics (15 points)
PHTY801 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
(45 points)
RHAB818 Pain: Mechanisms and Management (15 points)

And one approved 15 point paper.**

Master of Health Practice in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (AK3733) 180 points

The MHPrac is designed for health professionals with at least three years’ relevant clinical experience and an undergraduate degree or professional qualification.

It is ideal for those practitioners who wish to extend their practical knowledge and take their career to a higher level.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy papers (120 points)

HEAL997 Practice Project (60 points)

Alternative papers approved by the Associate Dean Postgraduate might be chosen as well.

Master of Health Science*** (AK3485) 240 points

The MHSc provides an opportunity for graduates from a variety of health backgrounds to advance their scholarly and professional knowledge in an interprofessional and collegial learning environment, and to develop research capabilities.

This degree comprises core and specialist papers and a thesis or dissertation, which gives you the opportunity to complete research relevant to your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy papers (120 points)

HEAL999 Thesis** (120 points)

Within this subject area other relevant optional papers may be undertaken with the approval of the Programme Leader. Optional papers may be selected from other relevant subject areas.

Doctor of Health Science

The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) is designed for health professionals with at least five years’ professional experience who wish to broaden their professional practice competency and expertise.

It comprises papers and research development, which culminates in a thesis.


Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is undertaken by research only. There is no compulsory coursework involved.

The PhD is an advanced postgraduate degree that is particularly suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career. A successful candidate will make a significant original contribution to the body of knowledge in relation to a contemporary issue in health and environmental research.

Students will have supervisors to guide and advise them, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.

What the symbols mean

Flexible learning options may be available. This involves online, block course or distance learning (subject to change).
^ For non research-thesis pathway.** If completing a 120 point thesis, you need to have completed either: Qualitative Research II OR Quantitative Research II.
*** Unendorsed

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.40pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.