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Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM106 (Internal)

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Key features

  • Benefit from over 40 years' experience in physiotherapy education.
  • Experience first-hand what it’s like when you take part in real-world clinical placements as part of your study.
  • Graduate with clinical experience when you learn in our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinic
  • Enjoy a rewarding career in the assessment, prevention and treatment of injuries and conditions.
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.
  • Learn from experienced internationally-renowned teachers and clinicians.
  • This master degree is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council.
  • This degree is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.



This master degree enables students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a health-related area to qualify as a registered physiotherapist with just two years of extra study.

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 clinics, located on-campus.

Practical experience will be further highlighted when you complete real-world clinical placements. These field placements are not only a practical way for you to apply what you have learnt during your studies, but are also a great way to build industry networks and relationships.

All students enrolled in this degree must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Students who do not meet registration criteria and are refused registration by AHPRA, or who have their registration rescinded during the degree, will be unable to continue.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

What you'll need

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.  

Students must also be registered to practice physiotherapy in Australia. Applicants who are overseas trained physiotherapists and are eligible to apply for Australian registration with the Australian Physiotherapy Council are not eligible to apply for this degree.

Applicants for this program must complete the Additional Information Form

Why Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry)

Why this Degree

When you study this degree at UniSA you will learn in our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinic.

You will take part in practical classes and gain further experience through clinical placements within a variety of metropolitan, rural and regional health settings. You will also benefit from the expertise of our above world-class researchers1, as well as that of practicing physiotherapists and award-winning academics.

We’ve been teaching in this field for more than 40 years, and are proud of the rich knowledge base we have created. As Australia’s university of enterprise we are No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction2, the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students and ranked 26th in the world’s top 50 under 503.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 nationwide 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. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
32017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

A pivotal part of your learning will take place in our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinic where you will work alongside practicing physiotherapists treating real patients. This is a valuable learning opportunity and a great way to build industry contacts and networks.

You will also complete a substantial clinical placement, culminating in 1,000 hours of real-world experience. 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.

We host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events[3] in Australia and overseas.

Your career

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. To do this you will need to have a genuine desire to help people, as well as patience and good communication skills. 

The career prospects are excellent, with very strong growth in Australia expected in this field through to November 20201.

As an accredited physiotherapist you can gain employment in a range of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • women’s health services
  • disability services
  • aged care centres
  • home care 
  • sports centres and sporting teams
  • mental health services
  • occupational health units
  • research

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.

Professional accreditation

The program is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

Successful completion of the program is accepted for membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

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


Healthcare and social assistance in Australia is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth (increasing by 250,200) nationwide1.

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 1990s nationwide1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What others are saying

Since graduating at UniSA I have started three companies, sat on three boards, lectured at a University and developed some new movement assessment technology. UniSA provided me with the most up to date research and education, giving me the skills I needed to help advance the Physiotherapy and Osteopathy professions.

Dr Stephen King

Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry)

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Dr Stephen King

Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry)

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. 

A central component of this master degree is clinical placements, which commence in the first year of study. You will complete 1,000 hours of field placements in areas such as:

  • aged care
  • paediatrics
  • acute hospital care
  • rehabilitation
  • primary and ambulatory care
  • advanced hospital care

You will also complete courses in:

  • ethics
  • communication
  • pain sciences
  • evidence-based practice

The first year of study aims to prepare you for clinical placements, which begin in the second half of the first year and continue for the next 18 months.

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:

  • group work
  • individual assessments
  • workbooks
  • clinical reports
  • 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

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Physiotherapy Clinical Studies GE REHB 5067 4.5
Neurosciences in Physiotherapy GE REHB 5112 4.5
Physiotherapy Practice GE REHB 5104 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Acute Care GE REHB 5111 9
Rehabilitation GE REHB 5103 4.5
Physiotherapy Clinical Studies 201 GE REHB 5066 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pain Sciences GE REHB 5113 4.5
Physiotherapy with Children GE REHB 6017 4.5
Primary and Ambulatory Care in Physiotherapy GE REHB 6018 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Rehabilitation GE REHB 6011 4.5
Evidence Based Practice GE HLTH 6012 4.5
Ethics and Communication for Moral Action REHB 6016 4.5
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice GE REHB 6002 4.5

My interests lie with investigating interventions, as well as ways of translating research into practice. I have a keen interest in exercise therapy, clinical biomechanics and injury prevention in older people.

AsPr Shylie Mackintosh

Program Director

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AsPr Shylie Mackintosh

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 scholarship search page for more.

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.

Adelaide - City East campus

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 >

Your study spaces

As a physiotherapy student you will have access to:

Your study spaces

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:

  • 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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