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Start date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 39,700 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

  • Develop advanced musculoskeletal competencies.
  • Study at a university that is ranked in the Top 5 in Australia for student satisfaction in Physiotherapy.1
  • Benefit from flexible learning options that include a blend of on-campus and online study, with part-time study options available.
  • Benefit from more than 40 years’ experience in physiotherapy education.
  • Learn from internationally-renowned teachers and clinicians.
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.
  • Advance your clinical skills through supervised practice in our on and off-campus physiotherapy clinics and placements.
  • Study a curriculum informed by well above world-class research in Clinical Sciences.2

1ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19, Rehabilitation Services — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities only.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



This Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia-accredited master degree is for qualified physiotherapists who want to gain advanced clinical skills and knowledge in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. You will develop advanced competencies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy through student-centred, critical, reflective engagement with contemporary theory and supervision by clinical experts in practical and clinical sessions. Graduates from our program work in clinical practice, advanced practice roles in settings such as screening clinics and emergency departments, and academia.


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.

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

Musculoskeletal physiotherapists need to be able to assess and manage a wide range of patient problems within a biopsychosocial framework. This requires advanced biomedical and psychosocial knowledge, advanced physical and psychosocial examination skills, advanced clinical reasoning, and advanced communication, education and procedural management skills. Through a variety of theoretical classes and practical experiences you will develop advanced skills and knowledge in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. You will study topics such as:

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

You will also receive supervision from postgraduate qualified physiotherapists to facilitate application of your new knowledge to clinical practice.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 7)
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 1, 2 or 3)
Pain Assessment, Rehabilitation and Management REHB 5122 4.5
Exercise and Conditioning HLTH 5197 4.5
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice 1 REHB 5114 4.5 Rule(s): 3,4,5,6
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice 2 (Musculoskeletal) REHB 5125 4.5 Rule(s): 3,5,6

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 (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:

  • 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

Why Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal)

Vrinda Suri with Program Director Mark Jones

UniSA has more than 40 years' experience in physiotherapy education. 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 postgraduate qualified physiotherapists, with a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Clinical Sciences1 and receive supervised outpatient practice to advance your musculoskeletal physiotherapy reasoning and clinical skills.

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 No.1 in Australia for quality education.2

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia, with 100 per cent of our assessed research rated at world-class or above.3

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

22019 THE University Impact Rankings.

32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

Real-world connections

You will benefit from our strong industry links and have opportunities to build important industry networks as you meet influential invited speakers and receive supervised clinical education from expert musculoskeletal physiotherapists.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

Contemporary healthcare 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
  • clinics
  • sport and exercise services
  • rehabilitation centres
  • hospitals
  • home and community services
  • disability services
  • aged care facilities.

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 7,900 (24.6 per cent) by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check you meet the full entry requirements for this program
  • 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


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

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. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

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.

Student services

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 program director

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.

AsPr Steven Milanese

Program Director

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AsPr Steven Milanese

Program Director


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