Macquarie University

Master of Chiropractic

Graduate

Details

University Location North Ryde, New South Wales
City Population 6 million
Student Population 44,000
Int'l Student Population 10,000
Main Campus North Ryde
Program Campus North Ryde
Program Duration 2 – 3 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $46,000 AUD (2023 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2023
Application Deadline Rolling admissions*
International Places no set limit

Overview

The Macquarie University Department of Chiropractic has state-of-the-art facilities to enable teaching of manual therapy and patient assessment. Purpose built rooms for radiology, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and case management complete the space.

The Macquarie chiropractic program is a rigorous evidence-based program and educates you in the clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic skills required for registration as a chiropractor. The Master of Chiropractic program is an internationally recognized degree that strives to graduate inquiring, diligent, and ethical clinicians and researchers who practice person-centred health care with a focus on the musculoskeletal system.

Benefits of Studying Chiropractic at Macquarie

  • Smaller class ratio at approximately 1:10–12
  • Macquarie has a 99% employment rate within 6 months for domestic and international students
  • 3-year degree, with internship

A Conversation with students from the Macquarie Master of Chiropractic

Program

This rigorous chiropractic program will prepare you for a rewarding career in one of the largest primary health professions. As a graduate, you’ll be equipped with the full diagnostic and clinical management knowledge and skills you need to work in private practice, chiropractic sports medicine, allied health areas, health insurance assessment, medico-legal advising, work health and safety, rehabilitation and research.

Key Benefits

  • A year-long internship at one of the university’s chiropractic clinics
  • Ensures you are eligible for registration in both Australia and New Zealand: you can undertake additional examinations to practice in other countries
  • You will learn how to run a practice, operate X-ray equipment, and practice spinal manipulation

As a student undertaking the Master of Chiropractic degree at Macquarie University, your learning and development will be facilitated by a number of different teaching methods. The variety of teaching methods are intended to meet the various learning styles students have, and in this way enable you to master the requirements of this discipline.

Broadly speaking, you will learn how to assess and manage patients. The content in the postgraduate course builds upon the framework that you developed in your undergraduate studies.

  • Lectures, tutorials and practical sessions are used to help students gain the clinical knowledge and high-level technical-skills necessary for a chiropractic practitioner. These are further enhanced through readings and online presentations.
  • There is an emphasis on case-based scenarios which prepare you for real-life clinical encounters.
  • Equal importance is given to the theoretical and practical components in the course so that you may become proficient at operating in a clinical environment.
  • A large component of your final year, and a culmination of much of what you have learned in the program, is the clinical internship. You will serve as a chiropractic intern at one of the three Macquarie University Chiropractic Clinics. The structure of this internship is designed to hone your clinical capacity in a safe and fully supervised clinical environment. You will be given the opportunity to interact with, diagnose and formulate management plans for the patients that you see in the clinics.
  • Clinical placements are also arranged so that you will be exposed to a variety of patient profiles and healthcare settings. You are encouraged to co-manage patients with other healthcare professionals which will foster your interpersonal and professional communication skills.
  • In order to develop an evidence-based approach to the profession there is an emphasis on research methodology and research development, culminating in a final year research project. Exposure to the appraisal of research papers throughout this program develops the skills necessary for you to comprehend and appraise clinical research and incorporate this into your clinical practice. This also equips you with the skills required to become a lifelong learner.

Clinical Placements
The Master of Chiropractic is a rigorous program that further develops the concepts and techniques introduced in the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science.

In conjunction with coursework, you will be required to participate in a year-long internship working within one of Macquarie University’s chiropractic clinics. Combined with the Macquarie Bachelor of Chiropractic Science, Master of Chiropractic chiro students receive more than 4,500 hours of practice. You’ll combine coursework with clinical practice to effectively assess, diagnose, and treat people with movement disorders.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree from a recognized university (related discipline preferred) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 (approximately 60% +). Related discipline areas include but not limited to human anatomy, human neuroanatomy, human physiology, human pathophysiology, human pathology, human biology, chemistry, human biochemistry, epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology, human neurophysiology, physics, human biomechanics, human health-related discipline.

Pathway program
Students without a strong background in human systems may want to consider the pathway program, the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science. Combined with the Master of Chiropractic, this will qualify students to practice as a chiropractor in Australia or Canada. The total duration for the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Master of Chiropractic is 5 years and includes an internship.

Admission Timeline

*Rolling admissions. Offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible as this program can fill quickly.