Specialist Certificate of Rehabilitation Science

6 months part time, 100% online.

Course overview

Get a Specialist Certificate of Rehabilitation Science from Australia’s leading university

  • Get an introduction to the foundations of Rehabilitation Science
  • Earn credit towards a Master of Rehabilitation Science
  • Open to Australian and international health science professionals
  • 100% online for total flexibility
  • Complete part time over six months

Course description

The Specialist Certificate in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Melbourne will give you an introduction to the foundations of Rehabilitation Science and allow you to update your skills for professional development or earn credit towards taking a higher qualification in the nested program.

Course structure

To gain a Specialist Certificate in Rehabilitation Science you must complete the two core 12.5 point subjects listed.

Specialist Certificate of Rehabilitation Science

Core subjects

Foundations of Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2 & term 4) 12.5

Foundations of Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2 & term 4)

This subject is a foundation subject to introduce you to selected core theory and frameworks that underpin the development and delivery of best practice, evidence informed rehabilitation services across a range of disciplines and clinical practice contexts over the lifespan.

Detailed Information REHB90001
Rehabilitation, Activity and Exercise (Offered in Term 1 & Term 3) 12.5

Rehabilitation, Activity and Exercise (Offered in Term 1 & Term 3)

Learn how to critically draw on research evidence to understand physical activity and exercise and to understand the health risks of sedentary behaviour. You’ll learn how to design and evaluate appropriate programs to manage these risks.

Detailed Information REHB90002

Please note: subjects will run subject to minimum student numbers.

Entry requirements

To apply for the Specialist Certificate in Rehabilitation Science, applicants are required to have:

  • An undergraduate degree in the discipline of Physiotherapy, Medicine, Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Nursing, or another relevant discipline; and
  • At least two years of documented relevant professional work experience.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance; and
  • Professional work experience.

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band seven is required.

Fees and scholarships

Online course fees

25 point program A$5,592

The typical course fee per year is calculated on the basis of one full-time year of study (1 EFTSL). If a course duration is less than one year, you will pay the indicative total course fee. Actual fees vary depending on the subjects you are taking. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5% per annum. More information about tuition fees.

Financial assistance

The fees you pay for graduate study will vary depending on the type of enrolment or place you are offered.

If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may choose to defer your tuition fees through FEE-HELP.

Visit the Future Students page for detailed information around financing your graduate study.

Assistance options:


    FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies.

    Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.

  • Domestic scholarships

    The Melbourne Scholarships Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia – supporting approximately 3000 students at the University. The scholarships program serves to both reward outstanding academic achievement and provide access for students who might otherwise be prevented from undertaking further study. For full details of all domestic graduate scholarships, visit the Future Students website.

    Further information regarding financial aid options for current students is available on the Student Services website.

  • International scholarships

    For overseas online students there are no scholarships available from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organisations and charities may provide scholarships.

Key Dates

Term Applications close Term starts
Term 4, 2016 4 September 3 October
Term 1, 2017 20 November 9 January

Apply online

Once you have accessed the online application system, you will require the following code SC-REHABSC to search for your course.

To complete your application you require:

  • A detailed CV (including work history if applicable and specifying if the positions were part time or full time and the number of years/months employed),
  • Transcripts for ALL courses completed including an explanation of the grading system used. Students who have studied at the University of Melbourne do not need to provide this information.

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