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    Master of Rehabilitation

    James Cook University

    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Program Level

    Master by Course Work

    Study Type

    Full Time



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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake DeadlinesFebruary-2025
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    Duration 1.5 years
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 45,520  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Master of Rehabilitation


    Expand your career by developing specialist knowledge in the research or practice of rehabilitation. Gain an advanced understanding of evidence-based practice in rehabilitation, specialising in either occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, or rehabilitation. Your expertise will make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of people and communities in the Tropics.

    Enhance your career in rehabilitation and health promotion with JCU’s Master of Rehabilitation. Advance your ability to design, manage, and evaluate rehabilitation plans for individuals and communities in culturally diverse populations. You will learn to develop solutions for complex issues in rehabilitation and develop the skills to make a difference in regional, rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

    This Master of Rehabilitation degree is designed to maximise your professional expertise and extend your capacity in key areas of rehabilitation. You will choose from two streams — coursework or coursework and research — to build specialist knowledge, skills, and technical capability across a range of health contexts. In each stream, you will gain a broad understanding of rehabilitation and important topics including chronic conditions, evidence-based practice, and cultural practice.

    The coursework stream will build your knowledge and technical understanding of areas including lifestyle medicine, health coaching and behaviour change, models of care, education for the health professional, advanced practice in a rural and remote context, rehabilitation for disability and palliative care.

    The research stream incorporates two main subjects, with the first focusing on an extensive literature review and the second comprising the main portion of the research project. Your research project will investigate an issue or topic relevant to rehabilitation and the allied health sector. Undertaking this research project can open doors to a future PhD.

    Tailor the Master of Rehabilitation to suit your interests, experience and career goals by choosing from one of four majors: General Major in Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology.

    Consult the handbook for more information.
    Additional information

    Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation

    If you want a rewarding and challenging career working with and helping people, becoming a Master of Rehabilitation can be right for you. With this degree, you can become a fully qualified physiotherapist, occupational therapist or speech therapist, allowing you to make a tangible difference in people’s lives and work in a field you feel passionate about. Studying at JCU will provide you with expertise targeted toward helping communities in the Tropics, in particular, as well as improving the health and wellbeing of people all over Australia. With a course that you can study online there are few better options for rehabilitation than JCU. Learn all the skills you need to become employable in the field you choose and succeed in your new career by studying for the JCU master’s degree in rehab.

    The Majors

    The field of rehabilitation is wide and the JCU Master of Rehabilitation degree offers you the opportunity to choose a major that aligns with your interests and career goals.

    • General Major in Rehabilitation: This major enables you to help people recover from illness and injury and support them in their everyday life. It will provide you with plenty of new knowledge, skills and evidence-based practice to implement into your current practice.
    • Occupational Therapy: Occupational therapists help people improve their ability to perform everyday tasks they struggle with due to disability, illness and injury. This also includes people with mental health difficulties or learning disabilities, as well as the elderly. It’s the perfect career path for those who care about helping others and want to empower them to live their lives independently.
    • Physiotherapy: The physiotherapy major is meant to enhance your existing qualifications as a physiotherapist, providing you with even more skills to help clients rehabilitate from injuries and illness.
    • Speech Pathology: Speech pathologists assist individuals of all ages who have difficulties with communication or swallowing. Studying speech pathology provides you with advanced skills to support clients and empower them to communicate.

    What You Will Learn

    Studying for the master’s degree in Rehabilitation at JCU will provide you with a variety of useful skills that enable you to pursue a rewarding career in one of the fields described. You will gain the ability to design, manage and evaluate rehabilitation plans and learn how to work with culturally diverse populations, developing complex solutions for rehabilitation and maximising your professional expertise. You will gain a broad understanding of rehabilitation, chronic conditions, evidence-based practice and more. You will choose between coursework or coursework and research depending on your own aspirations.

    Why Study a Master of Rehabilitation at JCU in QLD?

    JCU rehabilitation graduates see great career outcomes and are highly employable. You will benefit from high-quality teaching and excellent learning resources. The master's degree in rehabilitation is taught entirely online, making it a flexible option you can complete from anywhere in the country from the comfort of your own home. Set yourself up for success by choosing JCU and applying for the master’s degree in rehab through the online application portal.
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    Inherent requirements

    Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Master of Rehabilitation.


    General Major in Rehabilitation

    Take the General Major in Rehabilitation to advance your career. Learn high-level skills to enable individuals to rehabilitate from illness and injury. Your advanced skillset will equip you for a range of roles to support clients in their daily life. Implement evidence-based practice by integrating your new knowledge and skills into your current practice.

    Occupational Therapy

    Choose the Occupational Therapy Major with a specialisation in rehabilitation for a highly valued qualification. Advance your skillset and successfully assist individuals in overcoming barriers that impair activities of daily living.


    Major in Physiotherapy with a specialisation in rehabilitation to enhance your existing qualifications. Deepen your knowledge and advance your skills to successfully assist clients with their rehabilitation journey.

    Speech Pathology

    Gain advanced skills with the Speech Pathology Major. Assist individuals of all ages with communication and swallowing-related issues. Build your career and support clients through their rehabilitation and day-to-day life.

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

    AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or B Physiotherapy, B Occupational Therapy, or B Speech Pathology

    English language requirements

    Band 3a

    If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    Grow your career in rehabilitation with the Master of Rehabilitation at JCU. Benefit from unique experiences in tropical, rural, remote, and regional areas and familiarity with Indigenous communities and their health.

    JCU’s Master of Rehabilitation gives you the contemporary knowledge, skills and experience to update your clinical practice and expand your career prospects. You will gain advanced skills in your specialisation and valuable expertise in tropical, Indigenous, rural, and remote practice.

    Graduates pursue careers in various areas including acute wards and rehabilitation settings with public and private health providers, aged care, private practice, policy development, or research. You could pursue your specialisation in roles such as clinician, case manager, or researcher. Additionally, you progress further to study a PhD.

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 45,520 

    How to Apply

    STEP 1: Choose and research your course

    STEP 2: Prepare your documents

    STEP 3: Lodge your application

    STEP 4: Accept your offer

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