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Start Date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM185 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


$AU 28,700 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2019

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 your contemporary knowledge and advanced skills in a tailored physiotherapy area.
  • Benefit from flexible learning options that include a blend of on-campus and online study, with part-time study options available. 

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)


Karli Wise and Alison Harvey with patient RoyThis master degree is for qualified physiotherapists who want to gain advanced skills and knowledge in a specialised area. You may choose to specialise in:

  • cardiorespiratory
  • clinical neuroscience
  • occupational health and safety
  • paediatrics

To help you understand what is involved in tailoring your stream to best fit with your area of interest and career objectives, we recommend you send an enquiry to discuss your options with our Program Director.


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

This flexible coursework master degree meets the advanced learning needs and goals of qualified physiotherapists. You’ll complete a range of core courses in evidence-based practice, advanced clinical theory and advanced clinical practice.

You’ll also have the opportunity to tailor your selected study to your individual learning and career objectives.

  • cardiorespiratory
  • clinical neuroscience
  • occupational health and safety
  • paediatrics

We will work with you to identify the clinical area you wish to explore, and facilitate a placement in the environment most suited to your needs.


In addition to the core courses, you will be assisted during your studies to choose from a range of elective subjects that suit your individual learning and career objectives. These may include UniSA electives as well as others through cross-institutional study. Please see the UniSA electives listed underneath the ‘What courses you’ll study’ section.  


Learn how to improve the quality of life for patients living with, or at risk of conditions affecting the heart and lungs. You’ll develop advanced knowledge, clinical reasoning and competencies in a range of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice areas. Support patients recovering after surgery, educate them on their condition and use exercise to improve physical activity levels. Your studies can be individually tailored to your interests, in acute/critical illness, and chronic disease and rehabilitation.

Clinical neuroscience

Recent advances in neuroscience have revolutionised the way clinicians work with clients, giving us a greater understanding of the mechanisms that underpin recovery and rehabilitation. You’ll prepare to work with those affected by illness, degeneration or injury to the nervous system, in this rewarding and challenging field through the latest knowledge across the neuroscience disciplines.
This stream has been developed to meet the competency requirements of the national special groups of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).

Occupational health and safety

Develop advanced competencies and refine your skills in the area of Occupational Health and Safety Physiotherapy. You’ll learn to support the health and wellbeing of workers, assist injured workers effectively return to work, and reduce risks in the workplace. If you’re a physiotherapist looking to develop your skills and advance your career in this growing area of practice, this stream of study will assist you in fast-tracking your development, with access to evidence-based knowledge and our experienced practitioners.
This stream has been developed to meet the competencies as set by the Professional Practice Standards Committee of the Occupational Health Physiotherapy Australia group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).


Develop advanced competencies in a broad range of paediatric assessment and management approaches. Our experienced paediatric clinicians and researchers support your learning through tailored, family-centred approaches to clinical care and clinical reasoning. We also have a strong focus on the developmental and rehabilitation needs of children in physiotherapy, drawing on our expert paediatric multidisciplinary networks – particularly important if you are interested in pursuing community or hospital-based paediatric practice at an advanced level.
This stream has been developed to the competency requirements of the national special groups of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).

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:

  • critical appraisals of published research
  • portfolios
  • quizzes
  • clinical examinations
  • clinical assessments
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations

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): 4
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice Theory REHB 5116 9
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 7)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3
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
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Allied Health Research Evidence Translation REHB 5118 4.5
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice Theory REHB 5116 9
Foundations and Applications of Human Factors BEHL 5050 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
General Risk and Workplace Management BUSS 5212 4.5
Contemporary and Future Issues in Human Factors BEHL 5055 4.5
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice 1 REHB 5114 4.5
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice 2 REHB 5115 4.5

Why Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy

Christopher Press observing workerUniSA has over 40 years' experience in physiotherapy education, and are proud of the rich knowledge base we have created. If you want to advance your skills and knowledge in a tailored physiotherapy area of interest 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 areas tailored to your needs.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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 to name a few.

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.

Cardiorespiratory: Work collaboratively with allied health colleagues and medical staff to support patients with cardiorespiratory conditions.
Clinical neuroscience: Work with patients who require assistance with neurological and movement disorders.  
Occupational health and safety: Work with employers, employees as well as engineers and designers.
Paediatrics: Focus on children and adolescents at an advanced level.

Depending on your chosen stream, you may work in a variety of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • disability services
  • aged care centres
  • home care
  • community health centres
  • rehabilitation centres
  • acute care
  • academia

You may also be interested in our dedicated Sports or Musculoskeletal physiotherapy qualifications.


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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Portrait image for Mr Mark Jones

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

Emma Lowe and Clinical Educator Sophie Lefmann

As a physiotherapy student you will have access to:

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. 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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