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The Degree of Master of Physiotherapy Practice – MPhysioPrac

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations including the Academic Statutes and Regulations.


1 In order to be admitted to this degree a student must have completed a relevant Bachelors degree from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II or the equivalent as approved by Senate or its representative.

2 Applicants will be required to consent to a disclosure of criminal convictions and safety checks required to ensure that they meet the requirements for both the Children’s Act 2014 and the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

3 Applicants will be required to demonstrate in accordance with the approved selection criteria determined by the Faculty of Science the qualities necessary for a person seeking to become registered as a Physiotherapist. This will normally require an interview, submission of academic transcripts and appropriate letters of reference.


(i) A relevant degree may include one of health sciences or science. Whether a degree is considered relevant will also depend on the courses taken. Relevant areas may include exercise sciences, health sciences, physiology, psychology, and sport and exercise science.

(ii) This is a limited entry programme as per the Limitation of Entry Statute 1991 and selection criteria apply. Selection criteria are available from the Faculty of Science.

Duration and Total Points Value

4 A student admitted to this degree must:

a pass courses with a total value of 240 points


b complete within the time limit specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees


c not exceed 280 points for the total enrolment in this degree.

Structure and Content

5 A student enrolled for this degree must complete the requirements as listed in the Master of Physiotherapy Practice Schedule.

6 A student who has previously passed any course the same as, or similar to, those required for this degree, must substitute an alternative course(s) approved by the Head of Department of Exercise Sciences.

7 A student must complete the University of Auckland Academic Integrity course as specified in the Enrolment and programme regulations, Academic Integrity, of the University Calendar.

Practical Requirements

8 A student enrolled for this degree who is required to carry out practical or clinical work must satisfactorily complete such work to the standard that the Faculty of Science requires.

9 Candidates must continue to meet the requirements of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003) for professional and ethical behaviour.

Fitness to Practise Requirements

10 a In order to complete the requirements for this degree, a student must meet the applicable fitness to practise requirements for this programme.

b Where a student is being investigated with regard to a fitness to practise matter under the policy, and there is a concern that the student’s attitudes or practice are inappropriate, offensive, disruptive, or may pose a risk of harm to the welfare of any party, that student’s attendance at lectures, classes and any clinical, industry or practice attachments may be suspended by the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science pending the outcome of the investigation.

c If a student is found, after due and fair inquiry, and taking into account any written response from the student, to be not fit to practise, the student’s enrolment in the programme may be suspended or terminated in accordance with the policy.

d Where a student’s enrolment in the programme has been terminated under Regulation 13c, any application to re-enrol may be declined.

e A student whose enrolment is suspended or terminated under Regulation 13c or whose application to re-enrol is declined under Regulation 13d may apply to the Provost for the appeal of that decision in accordance with the policy.


11 A student may apply to reassign courses passed to the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Exercise Sciences.


12 This degree may be awarded with Honours as specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.


13 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme which does not conform to these regulations.


14 These regulations and/or schedule have been amended with effect from 1 January 2023.

Master of Physiotherapy Practice (MPhysioPrac) Schedule


Taught Masters

Part I

120 points: EXERSCI 731–737, 751

Part II

90 points: EXERSCI 738, 741, 752–755

30 points: EXERSCI 790 Research Project