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4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

464177 (Internal)

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Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Physics
SACE Stage 2 Biology
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Degree overview

  • Become an expert in the structure and function of the human body, and help enable people of all ages to lead healthy lives.

  • Graduate ready to register as a physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

  • Complete 45 weeks of practical experience in local, industry-based clinical placements in areas like acute care, rehabilitation, paediatrics, aged care and disability, musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy.

  • Graduate competent and confident to work across all areas of physiotherapy's scope with a respected honours degree, with opportunity to specialise in research or professional practice.

  • Experience quality face-to-face teaching, and benefit from the relaxed environment, small class sizes and strong community connections of our Whyalla campus.

  • Immerse yourself into the local workforce while studying and benefit from our established links with industry to kick-start your career.

  • Study a contemporary and culturally diverse curriculum informed by above world-class research in physiotherapy.1

  • Learn from award-winning teaching staff, including practising health professionals and expert researchers at the forefront of their fields.

  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,2 we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



Kickstart your unstoppable career helping people to reach their full potential, and lead healthy, functional lives as a physiotherapist. This four-year honours degree will develop your expertise in the prevention, assessment and management of health conditions across the full lifespan.

Allied health professionals play an integral role in improving the health and wellbeing of regional South Australians. 1 As a registered physiotherapist, you’ll be one of the most sought-after allied health professionals in Australia. Pursue careers in a range of areas such as working with children, disability, brain injury, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal, sports and aged care.

Further study opportunities to specialise your scope of practice or increase your research capacities include a Master of Research, doctoral studies or the Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Sports or Musculoskeletal).

Applicants who are overseas trained physiotherapists should explore their eligibility for registration with the Australian Physiotherapy Council before they apply for this degree.

1SA Rural Allied and Scientific Health Workforce Plan 2021–26, Government of South Australia 

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, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements.

Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists. 

Physiotherapy is a physically and cognitively demanding profession. Please refer to the degree’s Rules and Notes for further information on requirements to successfully complete this degree. 

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

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (Whyalla) will teach you to assess, treat and prevent health conditions across various areas of practice, including sport, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological disciplines.

You’ll start practical courses from day one and will learn foundational medical sciences in courses such as human anatomy and physiology. You also begin your training in physiotherapy-specific skills, starting with biomechanics and movement assessment.

You’ll also study important aspects of pharmacology and pain sciences; courses that will challenge your understanding of the mechanisms and management of pain in the biomedical model of health, and how to work collaboratively with patients to help them achieve their best outcomes. Experiential teaching is delivered through clinical placements that develop and refine your reflective physiotherapy practice.

You’ll graduate with qualifications to not only work as an autonomous practitioner concerned with prevention and management of movement disorders in the workplace or community, but also as a member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. This holistic view of a patient’s health is critical, especially across the different types of care needed for people of all ages.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Human Physiology 100 BIOL 1049 4.5
Aboriginal Health: Culture, Community and Country HLTH 1063 4.5
Physiotherapy Studies 100 REHB 1026 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Anatomy 101 HLTH 1030 4.5
Human Physiology 101 BIOL 1050 4.5
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
Physiotherapy Studies 101 REHB 1027 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Anatomy 200 HLTH 2022 4.5
Fundamentals of Pharmacology PHAR 2019 4.5
Physiotherapy Studies 200 REHB 2041 4.5
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Neurosciences in Physiotherapy REHB 2048 4.5
Biopsychosocial Practice REHB 2047 4.5
Physiotherapy Studies 201 REHB 2042 4.5
Physiotherapy Practice with Older Adults REHB 2012 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3) or Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Applied Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy REHB 3065 9
Pain Sciences REHB 3009 4.5
Advanced Evidence Based Practice HLTH 3057 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6) or First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Acute Care REHB 3007 9
Rehabilitation REHB 3011 9 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3) or Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Physiotherapy with Children and Families REHB 4057 4.5
Clinical Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy REHB 4056 9
Health Promotion in Physiotherapy B REHB 4035 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6) or First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice B REHB 4050 9
Work Health and Safety Practice REHB 4011 4.5
Ethics and Communication REHB 4034 4.5
Note(s): 4
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Applied Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy REHB 3065 9
Pain Sciences REHB 3009 4.5
Health Science Honours Preparation REHB 3010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Acute Care REHB 3007 9
Rehabilitation REHB 3011 9 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Physiotherapy with Children and Families REHB 4057 4.5
Work Health and Safety Practice REHB 4011 4.5
Health Science Honours Thesis REHB 4012 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice B REHB 4050 9
Clinical Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy REHB 4056 9

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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: 

  • essays 
  • group assignments
  • workbooks
  • practical skills tests
  • Vivas 
  • examinations
  • clinical competence 

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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


This is a four-year professional degree with honours. You’ll graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher-level qualification than a bachelor’s degree. From your third year, you will be able to specialise in a professional or research stream, depending on your career outcomes.

Professional stream: This option will see you working in a small group on an evidence-based literature review under the supervision of an experienced UniSA academic. You’ll also complete a group project with an industry supervisor to address a real-world need identified by their organisation. This pathway will strengthen your communication, collaboration and management skills. Your work will include recommendations for clinical practice and will inform industry practice and scientific knowledge. 

Research stream: This option is offered to high achieving students as part of their honours studies. You will independently complete a real-world research project guided by a UniSA supervisor, develop a proposal and write a thesis about your findings (and possibly a journal publication), making a true contribution to scientific knowledge.

Examples of previous research honours projects include: 

  • the impact of hamstring injuries related to AFL and SANFL football players 
  • core concepts patients should know about living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) 
  • the impact of fitness on foot function, comfort and jump performance in children aged 8-12 years 
  • an investigation of the effect of 3D printed foot orthoses on lower limb biomechanics during running.

Why Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (Whyalla)

Why this Degree

At UniSA, you’ll gain in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to excel as a physiotherapist with patient-centred care at the heart of your practice.

Graduating with an honours degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study. 

At UniSA, you're encouraged to build industry relationships from day one of your degree. You’ll advance your knowledge and skills through supervised clinical placements, completing a minimum of 45 weeks of practical experience across a variety of physiotherapy disciplines. Your learning is carefully designed to gradually reduce your need for support as you move toward graduation, to ensure you have the confidence and capacity to walk into a job as a new graduate physiotherapist. 

You’ll benefit from the expertise of UniSA’s above world-class research in physiotherapy.1 We’ve been teaching in this field for more than 50 years and are proud of the rich knowledge base we’ve created. You’ll be taught by expert registered practicing physiotherapists and award-winning academics at the top of their fields throughout your studies.

1Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  

Real-world connections

You’ll benefit from UniSA’s enterprising spirit and strong industry links when you complete clinical placements across public and private health organisations, schools, rehabilitation centres, sporting organisations, aged care and more. Overall, you'll embark on a minimum of 35 weeks of practical experience. This includes at least seven placements, each in a different discipline of physiotherapy and with a different industry partner, ensuring you have broad exposure to the profession prior to joining it.

These experiences not only provide exceptional learning opportunities but are important networking opportunities. 

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

Career outcomes

Your career

The demand for physiotherapists continues to grow, with 9,400 new job openings projected to become available over the next five years1.  
A successful physiotherapist is a biopsychological expert that understands the human body, but can also adeptly communicate, assess, manage and problem-solve a variety of issues for their clients.

Physiotherapists can work across management, administration, education, research, policy development, advisory and regulatory contexts. Industry settings can include:

  • private practice 
  • clinics 
  • sport and exercise services
  • rehabilitation centres 
  • hospitals 
  • home and community services
  • disability services 
  • aged care facilities
  • women's health and paediatric services
  • occupational and health promotion units 
  • research.

This qualification can also be used as a pathway to further learning, including a Master of Research, doctoral studies or the Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Sports or Musculoskeletal). 

1Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021.  

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

Alternative Pathways


There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:



This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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 study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a physiotherapy student you'll have access to purpose-built facilities, including:

  • physiotherapy practical rooms 
  • anatomy and physiology laboratories 

You’ll also have access to a range of on-campus spaces including collaborative teaching rooms and relaxed student lounges. 

Your study spaces

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