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Bond University

  • 50% international / 50% domestic

Doctor of Physiotherapy

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Are you ready to take your career in physiotherapy to the next level? The highly regarded Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond will provide you with over 1,200 hours of clinical placement to broaden your knowledge and skill level, ready for the next step in your career.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
Course Code
CC-63034, 075478G
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
May
Domestic Fees
$63,240 per year / $63,240 total
International Fees
$66,960 per year / $66,960 total

About this course

Are you ready to take your career in physiotherapy to the next level? The highly regarded Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond will provide you with over 1,200 hours of clinical placement to broaden your knowledge and skill level, ready for the next step in your career.

Not only will you graduate from this program and be eligible for registration as a physiotherapist in Australia, but you will also graduate earlier with Bond's accelerated degrees you can finish the Doctor of Physiotherapy in just two years.

Unique experiences in the physiotherapy industry
Complete 1,400 hours of clinical placements

Physiotherapy at Bond places a strong emphasis on clinical experiential learning with 50 percent of the program undertaken in a clinical context.

Our Alumni are changing the lives of children with disabilities

Starting out with a goal of working with sports teams, Physiotherapy Alumna, Clare MacFarlane discovered her passion for paediatric care through her classes at Bond University. Clare now works with children as a Physiotherapist at NAPA Centre, where she gets to help children achieve their developmental milestones on a daily basis.

Fighting fires with physiotherapy

The ability for Bond Physiotherapy students to be placed in tactical environments for rehabilitation training during their degree is unique. Watch as student Adam Walker takes part in measuring rehydration levels in fire fighters as they fight fire!

Wading deep

Students are using the very latest technologies to improve future outcomes for surfers, stand-up paddle boarders, swimmers, lifesavers and more.

Prepping for patients

Before working with actual patients, Doctor of Physiotherapy students at Bond get to practise their skills in a simulated environment with actors who mimic the type of patients they will encounter. This allows students to combine the theory they learn in class with realistic execution.

What our students and graduates say

"Bond University has provided me the networks, skills, and opportunities to make my dreams a reality. Since leaving the US Air Force in 2014, I have been committed to improving the health and wellbeing of tactical personnel. Through the Doctor of the Physiotherapy program, the Tactical Research Unit (TRU) has provided me the means to do exactly that. The excellent mentoring and extensive work both clinical and research-based has put me on track to pursue a Ph.D. in the field and make meaningful impacts on tactical personnel training and managing injuries."

Colin Tomes Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student, Bond University

"As a learner, the small class sizes, being on first-name terms with academic staff and having access to exceptional teaching facilities made my journey through Bond an enjoyable one. I am now in a full-time research role (HDR) working towards a Ph.D. and career in academia. In 2015 - 2017, I was Director and Physiotherapist in my own practice on the Gold Coast. Bond University gave me the opportunity to chase my career aspirations as a business owner and now fulfil my passion for learning through a research degree."

Neil Meigh Clinical Facilitator / Tutor Bond University "My Bond experience was entirely positive. I really enjoyed the content and was constantly intellectually stimulated. Socially, I made many lifelong friends that I still keep in touch with. This has also allowed me to develop a referral network in Australia and internationally. Bond facilitated me in gaining my international registration so I could work in the UK. Head of the Physiotherapy Program, Professor Wayne Hing provided me with a number of contacts within the industry, which ultimately helped me secure a job in London." Jared Powell Senior Physiotherapist Physio Place "My experience as a Doctor of Physiotherapy student has been extraordinary and truly indescribable. I cannot speak highly enough about the amazing clinical experiences, the peer- to - peer learning environment, and the staff facilitation and support. The opportunities to travel throughout Australia and Solomon Islands has been such a unique and diverse experience, which I believe has prepared me for my future as a Physiotherapist. Amongst, these things, lastly, I am grateful for the friendships I have gained within our cohort. It has truly been an overall beyond experience, and one of the best decisions I hav" Lisa Hicklen Doctor of Physiotherapy Student, Bond University

"The Bond Physiotherapy staff members have helped in more ways than I can count. There is a real closeness here at Bond, the relationships formed with lecturers and clinical educators are unlike other universities. Staff members show a real dedication to our learning that you will not find anywhere else. Bond University gave me incredible travel opportunities and valuable skill sets to help make a difference in the community."

Jessica Strader Doctor of Physiotherapy Student, Bond University

"My Bond teachers have been pivotal in both my student and postgraduate life I would not be where I am today without their support, guidance, instruction, and belief in me. The Faculty staff were amazing and took time to get to know all of us. I really admired the way they helped us discover our individual learning styles which not only helped me as a student but is an approach I've embraced in my thera"

Clare MacFarlane Director of Rehabilitation / Paediatric Physiotherapist NAPA Centre, Sydney "I'm now working with the cast and crew of Aladdin on the Australian tour. This involves working across all areas of performance, props, costumes, staging, and backstage.

For the performers, I take each one through a physical capacity screening assessment - the intensity of their physical performance is extremely high. If an injury occurs on stage, I need to be there in the wings as soon as a performer comes off so I can assess the issue and decide if we need to send on a replacement. I also liaise with external health and medical professionals on the performer's behalf and now have a great list of doctors, sports physicians, speech pathologists, massage therapists and Pilates studios in every state of Australia!"

Renee Meffan Physiotherapist - Walt Disney Company, Australian Musical Theatre Productions

"Having played a lot of sport I spent a lot of time at physio's if you can't beat them, join them! As a physiotherapist at Surf Life Physio, I've had the opportunity to work with some of the best stand-up paddlers in the world, as well as elite surfers and surf lifesavers.

When I learned that Bond offered a physiotherapy degree that ranked higher on the Australian Qualifications Framework than a Bachelor or Masters' degree, I was sold. What I really enjoyed about Bond's Doctor of Physiotherapy was the practical nature of the degree. The Faculty staff went out of their way to arrange relevant and interesting placements, both locally and internatio"

Josh Carter Physiotherapist - Surf Life Physio

"The best part of studying at Bond was the way we interacted with Faculty staff. They were all very hands-on, always available to answer your questions and guide you to be the best physio you can be. They gave me the right skills for the real world.

I had my heart set on working in paediatrics and in private practice long before I started my physiotherapy degree. The Physiotherapy staff supported my area of interest in Paediatrics and provided appropriate clinical placements to support this. During job interviews and resume prepping they were most helpful, also providing me with a reference for the job that I secured before graduating."

Claire Bock Director & Physiotherapist - Osana, Sunshine Coast

"I chose Bond for both my Bachelor of Sports Science and Doctor of Physiotherapy because of its good reputation and the small class sizes that allow the lecturers to get to know and support their students.

When I was doing my undergraduate degree, the Faculty staff organised an internship with Sharon Hannon who was then coach of Olympic gold medallist, Sally Pearson. It was fantastic to get the first-hand experience of program design and drill progression for a world-class athlete."

Ben Wilkes Physiotherapist - Allied Connect

"My favourite aspects of studying at Bond were the small classes, intensive learning and the large amount of practical clinical experience which made up more than 42 weeks of the course.

The Faculty staff arranged a variety of placements so I was exposed to all areas of specialisation. This really broadened my perspective on the profession and I nearly switched my pathway from sports to paediatrics which I would never have considered if it hadn't been for a great placement that allowed me to see into that domain.

For me, the most satisfying part of being a physiotherapist is developing a plan and successfully implementing a program for patients who have struggled with an injury for an extended period. In some instances, you have quite literally changed the course of their life."

Kyle Mitchell Physiotherapist - Pindara Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  1. Successful completion of a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science degree from Bond University, or equivalent degree from a recognised institution with a cumulative GPA 2/4 or 5/7 or better.
  2. Evidence of the following tertiary subject prerequisites:
    • Two semesters of Human Anatomy
    • Two semesters of Human Physiology
    • One semester of Biomechanics
    • One semester of Research Design/Statistics
    • One semester of Physiology of Exercise
    • One semester of Exercise Prescription

    For more information please go to Doctor Physiotherapy Prerequisites.

  3. Successful performance at a selection interview.
Application

Please lodge a Direct Entry Application Form for Postgraduate Study form online. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

  1. Applications must be lodged online by Friday 2 August 2019 and should include all accompanying documentation, including your academic transcript and subject outlines (if they are not listed on the Doctor Physiotherapy Prerequisites page).
  2. Applications will then be assessed by the Faculty to determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance.
  3. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview to be preferably held on-campus (at the expense of the applicant). Interviews are offered in person or utilising video calling software.
2020 application process for international students

Please lodge a Direct Entry Application Form for Postgraduate Study form online. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

  1. Applications must be lodged online by Friday 2 August 2019 and should include all accompanying documentation, including your academic transcript, subject outlines (if they are not listed on Doctor Physiotherapy Prerequisites page) and documented proof of your English language proficiency.
  2. Applications will then be assessed by the Faculty to determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance.
  3. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview to be conducted remotely utilising video calling software.
English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Study locations

Robina