Start date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 43,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024
AUD$ 46,200 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2025

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Develop advanced musculoskeletal competencies to treat a wide range of disorders and conditions which cause pain and limit movement.
  • Benefit from flexible learning options including a blend of on-campus and online study, with part-time study options available.
  • Benefit from more than 50 years’ experience in physiotherapy education.
  • Learn from internationally renowned teachers and clinicians.
  • Study a curriculum informed by well above world-class research in physiotherapy.1
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.
  • Advance your clinical skills through supervised practice in our on and off-campus physiotherapy clinics and through placements.
  • 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.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings.



This Australian Physiotherapy Association accredited master’s degree is for qualified physiotherapists who want to gain advanced clinical skills and knowledge in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. This is a critical specialisation within physiotherapy, as the skeleton provides a framework for the muscles and other soft tissues. Together, they support the body’s weight, maintain posture, and help a person to move freely.

You'll develop advanced competencies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy through critical and reflective engagement with contemporary theory and supervision by clinical experts in practical and clinical sessions.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients or 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 assess and manage a wide range of patient problems within a biopsychosocial framework. With your master’s degree, you'll gain advanced biomedical and psychosocial knowledge, advanced physical and psychosocial examination skills, and advanced clinical reasoning.

You'll learn to communicate effectively with clients, community and industry partners to provide advanced physiotherapy management. You’ll also develop an appreciation of cultural diversity in promoting health and wellbeing in a range of clinical environments and among diverse populations, including patients and peers.

Your study topics will cover:

  • allied health evidence translation
  • pain theory and management
  • advanced musculoskeletal examination and management
  • exercise and conditioning
  • advanced scope practice

Clinical practice is a significant component of this degree. You'll be able to apply your new knowledge to clinical practice, under the supervision of postgraduate qualified physiotherapists.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester
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
Integrated Pain Sciences REHB 5122 4.5
Second Semester
Advanced Scope Physiotherapy REHB 5130 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, 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:

  • 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. 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

Why Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal)

Why this Degree

With over 50 years' experience in advanced physiotherapy education, UniSA is will develop your in-depth theoretical knowledge and specialised physiotherapy skills, placing patient-centred care at the heart of your practice. 

You'll learn from postgraduate qualified physiotherapists, with a curriculum informed by above world-class research in physiotherapy1. You’ll receive supervised practice opportunities to advance your musculoskeletal physiotherapy reasoning and clinical skills.

Graduating with a master’s degree will give you a competitive edge as you continue your career as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist. Graduates from our program work in clinical practice, advanced practice roles in settings such as screening clinics and emergency departments, and academia. Master’s graduates can seek formal recognition for titling as Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

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

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

As a musculoskeletal master’s graduate, you can advance 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

This program is accredited by the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy National Professional standards committee of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and graduates are eligible to apply for titling as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with the Australian Physiotherapy Association. This accreditation is also recognised by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists for reciprocal recognition.

Industry facts


Employment for physiotherapists in Australia is projected to increase by 28.7% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


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

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


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 UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 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 international 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:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. 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

Student helping patient at Magill Health Clinic

As a physiotherapy student you'll have access to:

You’ll be able to access a range of on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms, and relaxed student lounges.

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.

Dr Daniel Harvie

Program Director

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Dr Daniel Harvie

Program Director


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