Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (IMAP)


The Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy program is a coursework Masters degree with a tailored offering responding to the advanced learning needs and goals of qualified physiotherapists. The program is offered with the flexible delivery of a combination of external and internal study. The eight courses (36 units) which make up this Master’s program have been developed to meet the competency requirements of the national special groups of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and in turn of College of Physiotherapists. Areas of tailored self-directed and directed study can be negotiated and may include but not are not limited to paediatrics, neurology, cardiorespiratory, rehabilitation and women’s health physiotherapy.

Contemporary health care and clinical practice require therapists' reasoning and practice to be critical, reflective, patient-centred and evidence-based. It is the aim of this program to provide physiotherapists with focussed physiotherapy education to enable them to develop an advanced level of evidence-based practice.

Unique features of the program include:

  • advanced education in clinical theory and practice including active, passive and educative management with practical skills supervision provided in intensive blocks as required;
  • dedicated core courses in evidence-based practice, range of electives available to suit diverse interests and backgrounds of students including pain mechanisms, and pain assessment, rehabilitation and management available;
  • dedicated clinical course in selected areas of practice in intensive blocks.


The Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy enables qualified and experienced physiotherapists to gain advanced theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in their professional field of practice. It aims to provide physiotherapists with an advanced qualification relevant to their professional field of practice through advancing their knowledge, clinical skills and application of evidence based practice.

Content and structure

The program consists of 36 units of study offered over 1 year full-time. Students are required to complete 9 units of evidence based practice and are able to select 9 units of electives to tailor their study relevant to their field. The program culminates in completion of the capstone courses Advanced Physiotherapy Clinical Studies 1 & 2 where students apply their acquired advanced knowledge and skills in a clinical setting.

International students studying in Australia should note that up to 25% of the courses will be delivered in external mode.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have:

  • completed a Bachelor degree level, or equivalent professional entry level qualification, from a recognised higher education institution, in Physiotherapy; AND
  • a minimum one year full-time, or equivalent, clinical practice following completion of the professional entry level qualification; AND
  • met the requirements for eligibility for registration as a physiotherapist or limited registration under supervision with the Australian Health Practitioner Registering Authority.