The University of Melbourne

Doctor of Physiotherapy



University Location Melbourne, Victoria
City Population 4.8 million
Student Population 69,000
Int'l Student Population 27,000
Main Campus Parkville (Melbourne)
Program Campus Parkville
Program Duration 3 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $53,888 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2023
Application Deadline TBA*
International Places 25 – 30 (100 – 120 total)


The Doctor of Physiotherapy draws on the University of Melbourne’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research to inspire and enable students to become outstanding physiotherapists ready to excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

Graduates can pursue careers in a range of health settings including hospitals, private practice, sporting and rehabilitation facilities, community organisations or as an advisor to government or industry bodies. The Melbourne DPT is accredited by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.


The Melbourne DPT prepares you for the changing roles of the physiotherapist in areas such as chronic disease management, health promotion and prevention, emergency medicine, acute care and private practice.

Key program features include advanced theoretical knowledge in areas such as pharmacology, leadership and management, and inter-professional education, including a faculty/student conference.

The program includes

  • clinical placements in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals, primary care, rural and international settings;
  • innovative teaching methods and an extensive clinical program that offers advanced skills that will create work-ready and highly employable graduates;
  • being part of one of the largest health sciences faculties in Australia;
  • an international focus to develop skills and attitudes enabling practice in both national and international environments;
  • being part of Australia’s strongest research university; and
  • opportunities to explore advanced practice (e.g., emergency medicine, sports physiotherapy).

You will be allocated to a clinical teaching school at the beginning of Year 1. The clinical program builds progressively to independent practice, with approximately 37 weeks of clinical practice in your final year.

Year 1: Complete 100 points of compulsory subjects.

Year 2: Choose one of “Lifespan and Chronic Disease Practice” and “Sports and Manual Therapy” to take in second year, and then take the other in third year.

Year 3: Choose one of “Lifespan and Chronic Disease Practice” and “Sports and Manual Therapy” to take in second year, and then take the other in third year.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7/4.0 (approximately 70% +) and have extensive pre-existing knowledge in the following areas:

  • Human anatomy (musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, and neurological systems) (1 semester)
  • Human physiology (cell and systems) (1 semester)

Your GPA results will be measured by considering the last three years of your undergraduate coursework studies (including Honours). Weightings will be applied according to the approved Melbourne Adjusted Grade Point Average (MAGPA) calculations in force in any given year, or in the absence of any defined MAGPA, by weighting the first of the final three full-time years by 1, the second year by 2, and the final year by 2.

2. Multi-mini interview
Selected applicants will be shortlisted to participate in a multi-mini interview (MMI) to assess interest in and motivation for undertaking the program, likely capacity for establishing and maintaining rapport with patients in a clinical setting, communication skills, and aptitude for collaboration and decision making. Shortlisted offshore DPT international applicants residing outside Australia will be invited to participate in the MMI via Skype.

As an international applicant, you must also meet the university’s English language proficiency requirements. If you have recently completed your undergraduate degree in Canada and the institution’s language of instruction is English, the university will refer to your official academic transcript to assess your English language proficiency.

Offers of admission will be made from a combined ranking list where a candidate’s GPA and interview results are given equal weightings.

Understanding Prerequisites
The Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy program requires prerequisite subjects in anatomy and physiology taught at the first-year level, or equivalent. For the two courses, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to commencing.

Prerequisite Assessment Process
The University of Melbourne is responsible for assessing prospective students’ courses to see if they meet application eligibility. If your subjects (human anatomy and human physiology) have not been previously assessed, you are encouraged to have your subjects assessed well in advance of applying. The assessment process may be lengthy, so try to have your subjects assessed as soon as possible before applying. To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne’s Prerequisites page. Check the courses you have taken to date by clicking “List of assessed subjects” and then “DPT prerequisite subjects.”

If your courses aren’t listed, you must submit documentation through the University of Melbourne’s webform for assessment as early as possible (by May 3) to be considered for admission for the following year.

If you submit complete documentation by this deadline, you will be advised of the subject equivalent before the closing date for applications. Note: Submissions received after this date will be processed, but you will not receive advice about the outcome of the request until after the closing date for applications.

For more information, please read the Melbourne International Admissions Guide.

Admission Timeline

*Applications for the 2022 intake closed July 2, 2021. For information about the 2023 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.

Admissions Timeline for 2022 Intake

(2023 intake info will be posted as soon as it becomes available)

Prerequisite assessment deadline: July 2, 2022
Application deadline: July 2, 2021
Deadline to submit final transcripts: July 19, 2021
Interview invitations released: August 12, 2021
Skype MMI interviews conducted: August 16 – August 30, 2021


“Anatomy cadaver lab is pretty cool and the only uni in Victoria that has one!”

I love my professors and how supportive and understanding they are. Anatomy cadaver lab is pretty cool and the only uni in Victoria that has one! :)

Ansley L.
Doctor of Physiotherapy
The University of Melbourne, 2018