Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBPT(Hons)
CRICOS code079579D
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit

Course coordinator

Professor Jenny Keating


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.


This course provides research skill development for students who have completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Students who successfully complete this honours degree can choose to either graduate with honours or continue as a higher degree by research candidate.

To be eligible to transfer to a higher degree by research (HDR) program (PhD or master's by research) a minimum honours grade of H2A must be obtained. On transfer, full time students will be eligible to apply for scholarships to support their higher degree by research studies. Coursework components of the honours/HDR degree can be tailored to suit skill development targets that are relevant to the candidate's field of research or practice.


On completion of the on-line modules and individualised supervision, graduates will be able to:

  • access, critically appraise and apply best available evidence to practice
  • be effective users of relevant technology
  • sustain collaboration with an academic supervisor
  • construct a systematic review using the principles argued by the Cochrane Collaboration
  • apply knowledge of appropriate research design in the development of a high quality research proposal
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical research through the development and submission of an ethics application to conduct research
  • design and conduct high quality research
  • write a scholarly account of a research project in a 10,000-12,000 word thesis
  • adhere to project timelines
  • archive relevant documents arising from the conduct of research
  • write a final report to the approving ethics committee describing project


Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • hold a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree with distinction average grades (70 per cent or better) in non-clinical units
  • have the support of a physiotherapy department academic willing to supervise the honours degree
  • demonstrate evidence of ability to undertake research training
  • provide evidence that of the ability to commit time required to complete honours.

Applicants who have completed a four year bachelor's degree at a higher education institution other than Monash University must:

  • provide a certified copy of their academic transcript
  • include supporting documentation regarding the content of their course
  • have their course content approved by the proposed supervisor.

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia apply. If the final year of studies upon which admission to this honours course is based was completed more than five years prior to commencement of the course, evidence of more recent academic engagement may be requested.


This course consists of three core units.

Areas of study


  • PTY4010 Honours systematic review (12 points)
  • PTY4020 Honours research proposal (12 points)
  • PTY4030 Honours thesis (24 points)

Progression to further studies

Students can (if a supervisor agrees) elect to convert to higher degree by research candidature to continue their honours research in a master's by research or PhD, on the condition that the research is not submitted for award of the Honours degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Coursework undertaken as part of the Honours degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy will be fully credited towards any coursework requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy or master's by research.


Honours degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy