Start date

2 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 48,100 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

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

  • Gain the requirements to practise as a registered physiotherapist with just two extra years of study.
  • Become an expert in the structure and function of the human body, and help enable people of all ages to lead healthy lives.
  • Study at a leading university with more than 50 years of experience delivering physiotherapy and allied health education.
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances when you complete clinical placements in acute care, rehabilitation, paediatrics, aged care and disability, musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy.
  • Get practical experience in UniSA's on-campus, student-led physiotherapy clinics.
  • 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 researchers at the forefront of their fields.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in health.2
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,3 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). 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Health Services and Support – Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic Postgraduate). SA public universities. 3Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings.



This challenging master’s degree enables students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and meet the prerequisites for registration as a physiotherapist with just two years of full-time study.

This graduate entry degree prepares you for a rewarding career helping people of all ages reach their bodies’ full potential. Physiotherapists can work across an enormous variety of healthcare settings across the globe, both as a first contact professional and as an integral member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Your studies will develop your capability to assess, treat and prevent a range of health conditions, enabling people to lead healthy and functional lives.

Applicants who are overseas trained physiotherapists and are eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Physiotherapy Council are not eligible to apply for this degree.

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 broad and strict 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 about what you’ll need 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 Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry) will teach you to assess, treat and prevent health conditions across various areas of practice, including sport, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological disciplines across the lifespan.

In this intensive degree, you will learn to think like a physiotherapist from day one of your study. The beginning of the degree will cover topics in evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning and critical thinking, physiotherapy professional practice, and basic musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. Semester Two will challenge your understanding of the mechanisms and management of pain; and cover the theory, assessment and management for cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions. A central component of this master’s degree is clinical placements, which commence in the second half of your first year of study, in the area of acute care.  

Your second year will focus on developing clinical competence in a range of clinical settings including rehabilitation, musculoskeletal and paediatric clinics.

You'll become qualified to work with prevention and management of disability/illness in the workplace or community, and also as a member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. This holistic view of a patient’s health recovery is critical, especially across the different types of care needed for people of all ages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Evidence Informed Clinical Reasoning in Physiotherapy REHB 5127 4.5
Physiotherapy Professional Practice REHB 5066 4.5
Musculoskeletal Skills in Physiotherapy REHB 5133 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Acute Care Skills in Physiotherapy REHB 5131 9
Rehabilitation Skills in Physiotherapy REHB 5134 9
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pain Science (GE) REHB 5123 4.5
Acute Care in Physiotherapy Practice REHB 5132 4.5
Physiotherapy Practice in Rehabilitation REHB 6022 4.5
Applied Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice (GE) REHB 6021 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy GE REHB 6011 4.5
Physiotherapy Practice with Children and Families REHB 6017 4.5
Advanced Practice in Physiotherapy GE REHB 6019 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:

  • group work
  • individual assessments
  • workbooks
  • clinical reports
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • placements

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 Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry)

Physiotherapy patient

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

You’ll be taught by registered practising physiotherapists in our on-campus physiotherapy clinics and gain real-world experience through clinical placements across metropolitan, rural and regional health settings. Not only will you complete 30 weeks of practical experience across a variety of locations and physiotherapy disciplines, you’ll get to apply the knowledge and skills you learn in your degree in a practical way to ensure success in your career. 

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.

You’ll graduate with a degree that is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. You will also be eligible for membership with the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

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

Physiotherapy careers snapshot

Find out where a career in physiotherapy could take you. Hear from UniSA graduate, Tristan Chai, about his role as Head Physiotherapist of professional men’s basketball team, Adelaide 36ers, as well as Owner of Good Physio.

UniSA Video

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 program director

I have the privilege of directing a degree delivered by world-class researchers and educators, who support students to graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to work independently and meet the needs of our community. I strive to create innovative and safe learning environments that enable students to pursue excellence and fulfil their highest potential.

Dr Julie Walters

Program Director

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Dr Julie Walters

Program Director


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