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1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time
1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time


Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - No
Online - Semester 2



Credit points required


Course code



Our Master of Health Professional Practice, provides experienced health, allied health professionals, and non-health professionals the opportunity gain formal recognition of their knowledge, skills and expertise.

Our program delivers the latest evidence-based research through innovative subjects, to provide you with the skills to navigate the complex and growing challenges faced in organisations, allied health and social service delivery.

As a student you will:

  • Gain the skills to evaluate and implement current research evidence to inform your area of interest or practice
  • Engage in a diverse range of subjects to expand your knowledge and gain practical skills in your area of interest or practice
  • Develop competencies for inter-professional practice required within anticipated environments which services are delivered
  • Learn via flexible online study to suit your busy schedule.

The program has been developed to meet industry demand, by giving you a comprehensive understanding of the latest policy, practice and research. The Master of Health Professional Practice encompasses an interdisciplinary, international and evidence-based approach, facilitating collaboration and networking between students from around the globe. It is intended to fit flexibly around the busy practice of professionals, providing you with the opportunity to gain a new qualification and upskill while still working.

Credit transfers and advanced standing


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU


Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

The first half of the course provides an introduction to professional practices and prepares you for conducting your own research in the second half of the course.

Course structure

This program contains core studies in Interprofessional Practice, Applied Allied Health Professional Practice, Health communication and advocacy, Research Methodology and students conduct a major research project based on your area of interest and expertise with guidance of an experienced Supervisor.

  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
(4 units)

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

HSC501 Interprofessional Practice (available from 2023)
HSC527 Applied Allied Health Professional Practice
HSC578 Research Methodology (available from 2023)
HSC505 Leadership, Change and Reflective Practice

(2 units)

Research units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

HSC810 Research Project 1 (20cp) (available from 2023)
HSC820 Research Project 2 (20cp)

 80Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.


Study plan

  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load.  Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend:CO = Core UnitR = Research Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  HSC505 Leadership, Change and Reflective PracticeCO
  HSC527 Applied Allied Health Professional PracticeCO
  HSC820 Research Project 2 (20cp)R
Year 2
HSC501 Interprofessional PracticeCO  
HSC578 Research MethodologyCO  
HSC810 Research Project 1 (20cp)R  


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master's degree or equivalent international qualification.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.


CDU student

Nikki Govan

Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Master of Health Professional Practice
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Health, Allied Health Sciences

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.


UAC Code
Online (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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