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Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM106 (Internal)

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Degree overview

  • Study at a university with over 40 years' experience in delivering physiotherapy education.
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances when you complete clinical placements as part of your study.
  • Graduate with clinical experience when you learn in our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinics.  
  • Enjoy a rewarding career helping people to develop, maintain, restore and optimise their health and function.
  • Study a degree that is informed by our above world-class research in Clinical Sciences.1
  • 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.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



This Master’s degree enables students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a health-related area to meet the registration requirements to practice as a physiotherapist with just two years of extra study.

Your studies will develop your capability to assess, treat and prevent human movement disorders, enabling people to lead healthy and functional lives. 

Throughout your studies you will undertake supervised clinical practice with patients within a vast range of industry organisations. Some of your placements will also take place in our very own state-of-the-art Physiotherapy Clinics, located on-campus. This practical experience is a great way for you to apply what you have learnt during your studies and encourages you to build industry networks and relationships.

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

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.

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

Physiotherapists assess, treat and prevent human movement disorders across various areas of practice, including sport, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions in people of all ages. 

At the beginning of the program you will cover topics in evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning skills, professional practice skills, the theory and science behind pain and the theory, assessment and management for cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal 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 ethics and communication skills along with developing clinical competence in a range of clinical settings including rehabilitation and community clinics. You will learn to work with people of all ages including working with children.

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
Physiotherapy Clinical Skills (Rehabilitation) REHB 5112 4.5
Physiotherapy Clinical Skills (Acute) REHB 5128 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Physiotherapy Practice in Acute Care REHB 5111 9
Pain Theory and Science REHB 5123 4.5
Physiotherapy Clinical Skills (Community) REHB 5129 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Physiotherapy Practice in Adult Rehabilitation REHB 5103 4.5
Physiotherapy Practice with Children REHB 6017 4.5
Physiotherapy Practice in Primary and Ambulatory Care REHB 6018 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice (Community) REHB 6011 4.5
Ethics and Communication for Moral Action REHB 6016 4.5
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice (Acute and Rehabilitation) 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 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

Why Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry)

Physiotherapy patient

This degree will provide you with the requirements to practice as a registered physiotherapist in just two extra years of study.

When you study this degree at UniSA you will learn in our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinics. You will learn from registered practising physiotherapists when you take part in laboratory classes and gain further practical experience through clinical placements within a variety of metropolitan, rural, regional or overseas health settings.  

You will also benefit from the expertise of our above world-class researchers in Clinical Sciences,1 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.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

You will benefit from our strong industry links when you complete clinical placements in a variety of metropolitan, rural, regional or overseas health settings. This offers you the opportunity to build important industry networks as you work alongside expert physiotherapists in hospitals, rehabilitation centres and community clinic and aged care organisations. 

This affiliation not only provides exceptional learning opportunities, but is also an important network opportunity.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

In Australia, growth in the physiotherapy industry has been on the rise with career prospects continuing to look very strong, with a projected total of 39,800 jobs for physiotherapists by May 2024.1

As a Registered physiotherapist you can work with people with a diverse range of injuries and conditions related to sport, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, and neurological in a variety of settings including:

  • private practice
  • 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. 

Physiotherapists also work in management, administration, education, research, policy development, advisory contexts, and regulatory contexts

Use your qualification as a pathway to further learning, including Masters by Research and doctoral studies.

1Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Projections 2019.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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 7,900 (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 the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • 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

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.

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

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As a physiotherapy student you will have access to:

  • Physiotherapy Clinics
  • Physiotherapy laboratories
  • Simulation clinic
  • Anatomy laboratories
  • Physiology laboratories

Your program director

I have the privilege of directing a degree delivered by world-class researchers and educators who enable students to graduate ready to work autonomously to meet the needs of the community. I strive to create innovative and supportive learning environments that enable students to flourish and fulfil their potential.

Dr Gisela Van Kessel

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Gisela Van Kessel

Dr Gisela Van Kessel

Program Director


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