Start date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 43,600 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]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Study at a university with more than 50 years' experience in delivering physiotherapy education.
  • Study at a university that is ranked in the Top 10 in Australia for student satisfaction in Physiotherapy.1
  • 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.2
  • Learn from award-winning teaching staff including practicing health professionals and researchers in the field.

1ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20, Rehabilitation — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities only.
22018 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. This involves being exposed to research and learning opportunities in collaboration with other allied health students including exercise physiology and podiatry, in our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinics. 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, 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.

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

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. Not only will you complete more than 30 weeks of practical experience across a variety of locations, you will be applying the knowledge you learn in your degree in a hands-on way to gain the skills needed in your career.   

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 50 years and are proud of the rich knowledge base we have created.

12018 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 at Glenelg.

UniSA Video

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

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 gainaccess 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 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 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 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 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 Julie Walters

Program Director

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Dr Julie Walters

Program Director


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