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Start date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2019: AUD$ 37,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
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Degree overview

  • Learn from internationally-renowned teachers and clinicians.
  • Benefit from over 40 years' experience in physiotherapy education.
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.
  • Further your clinical experience in our on-campus physiotherapy clinics or on placement.
  • Curriculum is informed by well above world-class research in Clinical Sciences1.
  • Develop advanced competencies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical practice.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)


This master degree is for qualified physiotherapists who want to gain advanced clinical sPhysiotherapy_student.jpgkills and knowledge in the specialised area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

It aims to provide you with an advanced qualification in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice through enhancing your knowledge, clinical skills and application of evidence based practice.


What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Physiotherapists assess, treat and prevent human movement disorders across various areas of practice, including sports, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions in people of all ages.

Through a variety of theoretical classes and practical experiences you will develop advanced skills and knowledge in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

During your studies you will explore evidence-based learning and the integration of research, clinical expertise, client values and circumstances.

You will also cover topics such as:

  • allied health evidence translation
  • facilitating change in cognitions, behaviours and lifestyle
  • pain science, assessment and management
  • advanced musculoskeletal examination and management

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • practical examinations
  • quizzes
  • presentations
  • online activities
  • clinical examinations
  • clinical assessments
  • essays and assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Allied Health Research Evidence Translation REHB 5118 4.5 Note(s): 3
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 1 REHB 5120 4.5
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 2 REHB 5121 4.5
Pain Theory and Science REHB 5123 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 7)
Pain Assessment, Rehabilitation and Management REHB 5122 4.5
Facilitating Change HLTH 5192 4.5
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice 1 REHB 5114 4.5 Rule(s): 3,4,5,6
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice 2 REHB 5115 4.5 Rule(s): 3,5,6

Why Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal)

UniSA has over 40 years' experience in physiotherapy edVrinda Suri with Program Director Mark Jones ucation, and are proud of the rich knowledge base we have created. If you want to advance your skills and knowledge in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy then this may be the degree for you.

You will learn from registered physiotherapists and clinicians, with a curriculum informed by well above world-class research in Clinical Sciences1, and experience first-hand what it’s like to work in clinical practice in our contemporary physiotherapy clinics, located on-campus. Practical experience will be further highlighted when you complete real-world clinical placements in a sport setting which is tailored to your needs.

We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

As Australia’s university of enterprise:

  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students
  • we are ranked 26th in the world’s top 50 under 501

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above.

12017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

You will benefit from our strong industry links when you complete clinical placements. This offers you the opportunity to build important industry networks as you work alongside expert physiotherapists in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community clinics and aged care organisations.  

You will also work alongside practicing physiotherapists in our on-campus physiotherapy clinics.   

We host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Contemporary health care and clinical practice require therapists’ reasoning and practice to be critical, reflective, patient centred and evidence based. Postgraduate clinical education is the optimal way to develop the advanced clinical knowledge and skills essential to expert physiotherapy practice.

As a graduate, you may further your physiotherapy career across a variety of settings, including:

  • private practice
  • hospitals
  • academia

Professional accreditation and recognition

The program is accredited by the Professional Standards Committee of the Australian Physiotherapy Association national group Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia and satisfies the requirement for Titled Membership, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia.

Industry facts


Employment for physiotherapists in Australia is projected to increase by 7,800 (31 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

Postgraduate clinical education is the optimal way to develop the advanced clinical knowledge and skills essential to expert clinical practice. Graduates have testified that their advanced knowledge and expertise has created new opportunities, enhanced their patient outcomes and increased their professional work satisfaction.

Mr Mark Jones

Program Director

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Mr Mark Jones

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

Student helping patient at Magill Health Clinic

As a physiotherapy student you will have access to:

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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