Course overview

This course has intakes in all terms. View Key Dates for upcoming terms, application dates and important deadlines.

Part-time duration Core subjects Total course fee*
6 months 2 A$6,424

*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 learn the fundamentals of rehabilitation science.

The emphasis in this course is on promoting contemporary best practice rehabilitation in clinical and community contexts in both national and global settings. This course will build on your knowledge and skills to identify and analyse the multiple determinants of health that influence wellbeing, and to design and implement rehabilitation strategies in a holistic, person-centered manner at both an individual and group level.

Course aims

You will learn about the principles of rehabilitation and habilitation, the physiology of fitness and conditioning and the use of evidence informed clinical decision-making. Specifically, you will learn techniques including exercise prescription, goal setting, measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviours and fitness evaluation.

Who the course is for

This unique course has been designed to support students at different stages in their careers, including career starters and those with clinical experience seeking to improve their practice and gain further qualifications. 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 give you an introduction to the foundations of Rehabilitation Science and allow you to build skills for professional development or earn credit towards taking a higher qualification in the nested program.

What you will learn

  • Rehabilitation theory and practice

  • Evidence and innovation

  • Clinical Practice in Context

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 Jennifer McGinley
    Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley, Deputy Head, Physiotherapy Department
    Subject Development Coordinator, Foundations of Rehabilitation Science
  • Associate Professor Louisa Remedios
    Associate Professor Louisa Remedios, Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Health Science

Next: see what subjects you'll be studying

  • Your dedicated student support team

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.