Course overview

Full-time duration Part-time duration Core subjects Elective Subjects Capstone subject* Next term starts Applications close Total course fee**
1.5 years 3 years 6 4 1 23 April 2018 2 April 2018 A$37,283

*Capstone subjects vary, and may involve work placements, project-based learning, a research project, or a coursework subject outlining business best practice. Please review the course page for more information on this component.
**The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.

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The Rehabilitation Science program is for physiotherapists, exercise scientists, occupational therapists, nurses and other qualified allied health professionals, who want to become experts in rehabilitation and health promotion to help rehabilitate people recovering from injury and illness.

The course has been developed around three major themes: theory and practice; research and innovation; and rehabilitation in context. Within these themes, you can focus your studies on a variety of subjects including women’s health, paediatrics, neurology, acute care, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and emerging technology as they relate to your specific profession. You will also have the opportunity to develop skills in leadership and health advocacy.

As a student of this course, you’ll deepen your skills and learn the principles of best practice rehabilitation, including how to help people regain lost skills, the physiology of fitness and conditioning, the pathophysiology of common conditions, and the specific needs of those affected by limited ability and function.

Course aims

As part of the course, you will identify and analyse the determinants of health that influence wellbeing. You will learn to design, implement and evaluate rehabilitation strategies holistically.

You will learn about the principles of rehabilitation, the physiology and, pathophysiology of common conditions and rehabilitation strategies for the effective and safe implementation of rehabilitation in a range of practice contexts. Specifically, you will learn techniques including exercise prescription, goal setting and health behaviour modification, measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviours, fitness evaluation and a selection of appropriate outcome measurements and indicators. The course will emphasise contemporary best practice rehabilitation in multiple clinical and community contexts, nationally and globally.

Who the course is for

The unique course structure allows you to personalise your degree and design a program that best meets your practice needs and builds your professional profile and expertise. It is relevant to a range of qualified allied health professionals including, but not limited to:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Exercise Scientists
  • Nurses
  • Prosthetists
  • Orthotists
  • Podiatrists.

Career outcomes

A postgraduate qualification in Rehabilitation Science will build your professional profile and reputation which can open up new employment opportunities. Graduates of this program will gain leadership prospects within a range of health professions.

What you will learn

  • Learn the principals of best practice rehabilitation

  • Become an expert in health promotion

  • Evidence informed clinical decision-making

Who you will learn from

You will be taught by leading academics in their field via an engaging online learning experience, enriched by interaction with lecturers and your fellow students. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.

Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.

  • Associate Professor Louisa Remedios
    Associate Professor Louisa Remedios, Director of Teaching and Learning, Physiotherapy Department, Course Development Coordinator, Master of Rehabilitation Science
  • Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley
    Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley, Head Physiotherapy Department, Course Coordinator, Master of Rehabilitation Science, Subject Development Coordinator, Foundations of Rehabilitation Science
  • Associate Professor Alicia Spittle
    Associate Professor Alicia Spittle, Deputy Head Physiotherapist Department and Subject Development Coordinator, Rehabilitation in Paediatrics
  • Professor Linda Denehy
    Professor Linda Denehy, Head School of Health Sciences, Expert contributor Rehabilitation in the Acute Setting
  • Sonya Moore
    Sonya Moore, Subject Development Coordinator, Musculoskeletal Rehabiliation
  • Gavin Williams
    Gavin Williams, Associate Professor of Physiotherapy Rehabilitation
  • Dr Margaret Sherburn
    Dr Margaret Sherburn, Subject Development Coordinator, Rehabilitation for Women’s Health

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Contact student support

You can talk with a dedicated online Student Support Consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page or connect through by phone. Alternatively, click on the Enquire Now tab below and fill out the form to find out about key details relating to this program, including:

  • Entry requirements
  • Time commitment required for each subject
  • Fees and payment options.

Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149
Email: study-online@unimelb.edu.au
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT
Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.