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Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Physiotherapy - 252JA

Course Code: 252JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Physiotherapy
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Become an expert in your field.

Bring your professional experience into an academic sphere by studying a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Physiotherapy. Enhance your understanding of physiotherapy practice and research, enrich your career and give something back to the field you excel in. 

Build on your masters in clinical physiotherapy to craft a PhD in your specialist area of health sciences at UC. 

Complete your Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Physiotherapy to:

  • reinforce, complement and deepen your existing skills
  • pursue a rigorous and satisfying piece of original research
  • develop the skills you need to communicate your work to other professionals
  • demonstrate a deep knowledge of physiotherapy practice
  • make a contribution to the future of research in your field. 

Career opportunities

By completing a PhD in Clinical Physiotherapy, you will be equipped to: 

  • teach physiotherapy at the most advanced level
  • enhance your professional standing
  • advertise with greater authority to patients. 

Important to know

  • Your doctorate will take 8 full-time semesters to complete.
  • You can choose to finish early with a Graduate Certificate or a Postgraduate 

Diploma in Extended Scope Physiotherapy.

  • You will need a masters level degree or equivalent and 5 years of clinical experience to start your doctorate at UC.
  • Bridging courses are available depending on your desired area of study.
  • You will need to be currently registered as a physiotherapist in Australia.  
  • You may be able to count your current qualifications towards your doctorate. Check on our Articulation Database.


Current and Commencing Students
Prospective Students
Please email or telephone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

A recognised coursework graduate degree at Masters level, or other approved degree or equivalent, in a post entry level physiotherapy discipline from a recognised tertiary institution, with demonstrated capacity and/or aptitude for research.

Depending on the desired area of study and the applicant's discipline background, appropriate research skills bridging courses may be required as approved by the University.

Current registration as a physiotherapist in Australia.

Additional Admission Requirements


Assumed Knowledge


Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Physiotherapy PhD ClinPhysio

Alternate Exit Awards

Postgraduate Diploma in Extended Scope Physiotherapy Graduate Certificate in Extended Scope Physiotherapy

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International


The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

Recognition of the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Physiotherapy as a specialist qualification will be sought from the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To demonstrate a thorough knowledge of extended scope of physiotherapy practice in their field of study and be aware of current or potential areas of contention likely to form the focus of future research in their field. 2,3,4,5
To conceive, design and carry to completion a piece of original research in the physical therapies domain which, in the opinion of two independent assessors of recognised standing, adds substantially to existing knowledge in the field of study. 1,2,3
To develop the skills necessary for communicating the results of their work effectively to other professionals in their field of study. 1,5
To demonstrate creativity in developing new knowledge and understanding in their field of study. 1,2,3,4,5

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum sixteen semesters.



Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Extended Scope Physiotherapy are subsumable into the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Physiotherapy.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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