Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal)
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
This master degree is for qualified physiotherapists who want to gain advanced skills and knowledge in the specialised area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
You will study musculoskeletal-focused courses covering topics such as:
You will learn from registered physiotherapists and above world-class researchers1, and experience first-hand what it’s like to work in clinical practice in our contemporary Physiotherapy Clinic, located on-campus. Practical experience will be further highlighted when you undertake real-world clinical placements.
A blend of on-campus and online classes offers flexibility, so you can fit your postgraduate study in among work and other life commitments.
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.
For more information visit the Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy website.
12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
All students in the Division of Health Sciences 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 obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the program.
If you want to further advance your skills and knowledge in a tailored physiotherapy area of interest this is the degree for you.
In this intensive one-year degree you will learn from practicing physiotherapists in our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinic – here you will treat real patients and build important industry networks.
You will also benefit from our experienced teaching staff and academics – at university that has more than 40 years’ experience teaching in this field.
As Australia’s university of enterprise:
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.
We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.
12017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50
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.
As a physiotherapist you will assess and treat patients with injury or disease, you will devise and implement rehabilitative plans and provide ongoing care and assessment.
Due in part to an ageing population, career growth in this sector is expected to increase by 31 per cent through to November 20201.
As a graduate, you may further your physiotherapy career across a variety of settings, including:
1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.
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.
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:
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:
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.
|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 Mechanisms||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|
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.
City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >
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.
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.
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