Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM106 (Internal)

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Degree overview

  • Gain the requirements to practice as a registered Physiotherapist in just two extra years of study.
  • Study at a leading university with 50 years' experience in delivering physiotherapy education.
  • Study at a university ranked Top 5 in Australia for teaching quality in physiotherapy.1
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances when you complete clinical placements in acute care, rehabilitation, paediatrics, musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy.
  • Graduate with clinical experience when you learn in UniSA's on-campus physiotherapy clinics.
  • Learn how to integrate technology such as robotics into clinical practice.
  • Enjoy a rewarding career helping people to develop, maintain, restore and optimise their health, independence and quality of life.
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in physiotherapy.2
  • Learn from award-winning teaching staff including practicing health professionals and researchers at the forefront of their fields.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Rehabilitation (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public universities only 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).


Health_and_MRP_Group_Physiotherapy_Clinic-2.jpg This master’s degree enables students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and meet the prerequisites to practice as a Physiotherapist with two years of extra study.

This degree prepares you for a rewarding career in helping people reach their bodies’ full potential. As a registered Physiotherapist, you’ll be at the forefront of care, being eligible to work as a first contact professional and valued member of allied health care teams.

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

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 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

The Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry) will teach you to assess, treat and prevent human movement disorders across various areas of practice, including sport, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions in people of all ages.

The beginning of the degree will cover topics in evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning skills, professional practice skills, the mechanisms and management of 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, 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 children and adults alike.

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, as well as to 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. 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 practicing 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 45 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 as well as that of practicing Physiotherapists and award-winning academics. We’ve been teaching in this field for more than 50 years and are proud of the rich knowledge base we’ve created.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

You’ll experience UniSA’s enterprising spirit and strong industry links when you complete more than 30 weeks of practical experience in real-world settings, including our on-campus physiotherapy clinics, public and private health organisations, schools, rehabilitation centres, sporting organisations, and aged care. 

This affiliation not only provides exceptional learning opportunities but also networking opportunities.

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

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

Career outcomes

Your career

Growth in Australia's physiotherapy industry is continually on the rise, with a projected total of 13,000 job openings for Physiotherapists by May 2024.1

Physiotherapists work across a diverse range of settings including:

  • 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. 

Physiotherapists work across management, administration, education, research, policy development, advisory and regulatory contexts.

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

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family 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 14% by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


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

Australian 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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those 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 advanced facilities including modern 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

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Physiotherapy students have access to:

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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