Macquarie University

Doctor of Physiotherapy



University Location North Ryde, New South Wales
City Population 5 million
Student Population 40,200
Int'l Student Population 8,600
Main Campus North Ryde
Program Campus North Ryde
Program Duration 3 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $53,600 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake July
Next Available Intake 2022
Application Deadline January 30 each year*
International Places approximately 20


At Macquarie University, you’ll study physiotherapy within purpose-built facilities and collaborate with leading researchers and respected clinicians to promote health and well-being throughout the community.

You will learn the skills of the physiotherapist based on the best available evidence to effectively assess, diagnose, treat and educate people across all ages with disorders of movement resulting from a range of conditions. As a graduate, you will possess advanced clinical skills as well as business, management, and leadership training and will be ready to launch a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist across a broad range of health-care setting.

The Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy is an extended master’s level, professional-entry degree and will produce physiotherapists with advanced clinical decision-making abilities to practice person-centred health care in contemporary health-care environments.


The Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program consists of a combination of coursework and supervised clinical placements. You will undertake 150 days of clinical practice, both integrated throughout your program and in five-week blocks.

As a physio student, you will learn from leading physiotherapy academics and researchers as well as from expert clinicians to provide you with a sound foundation of evidence-based physiotherapy practice. You will also be required to complete a research project.

Key Features

  • More than 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice
  • Learn from leading physiotherapy academics and researchers, as well as expert clinicians
  • Access to state-of-the-art specialized teaching facilities that simulate authentic clinical environments such as a rehabilitation gym and a clinic
  • Smaller cohort than most comparable courses means greater interaction with teachers
  • More advanced physiotherapy skills (third year) as well as skills in business management, leadership and advocacy

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.3/4.0 (approximately 68%+). The starting point to a competitive average is generally 70% cumulative average or higher; however, competitiveness changes each year depending on the quality and quantity of each year’s applicants. You must have extensive pre-existing knowledge in the following areas:

  • Human anatomy (cell / systems and musculoskeletal)
  • Human physiology (cell and systems)
  • Psychology
  • Research methods

The courses in the following subject areas are desired, yet not mandatory:

  • Biomechanics
  • Pharmacology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Motor learning and performance
  • Neuroscience

There are a limited number of places available and selection will be competitive; therefore, meeting eligibility criteria will not guarantee selection for admission. University study of desired knowledge areas will also be considered.

Selection process
Once entry requirements for each candidate have been met the following processes occurs:

  • Candidates will be ranked on their academic merit based on their highest GPA for any tertiary qualification.
  • Secondary level of consideration will be given to students who have completed desired tertiary units of study.
  • The highest-ranked candidates will be offered a place in the Doctor of Physiotherapy.

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline is generally the end of January, 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.


“It is a beautiful campus with great staff and facilities.”

It is a beautiful campus with great staff and facilities. The work life balance is great. Only being in class 3x a week gives you lots of time to study and leisure or work as well. However I may have preferred to do a more condensed two year program.

Macquarie University Daphne N
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Macquarie University, 2019

“They [the instructors] are enthusiastic and passionate about the content and deliver it in an interesting way.”

I like the small cohort; I feel like you get to know your classmates a lot more closely. I also like the enthusiasm of the instructors. They are enthusiastic and passionate about the content and deliver it in an interesting way.

Macquarie University William B.
Macquarie University, 2018

“…everyone really cares about the students here which is really comforting.”

Program is great but difficult (fast pace). Very nice teaching staff for the most part. The university itself is situated a little far from th city which is sometimes inconvenient however everyone really cares about the students here which is really comforting. Also, MD and DPT students have many lectures together and clinical hours together which is really interesting and fun !

Macquarie University Eric A.
Macquarie University, 2018