University of South Australia

Physiotherapy

Interested in Physiotherapy?

Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in physiotherapy.1

Start your unstoppable career helping people to 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 healthcare teams. UniSA's physiotherapy programs will develop your capability to assess, treat and prevent human movement disorders, enabling people to lead healthy and functional lives.

UniSA's Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is the only accredited undergraduate four-year physiotherapy honour's degree in South Australia. This degree will give you the opportunity to build industry networks through 45 weeks of practical experience in metro, rural and regional health settings. 

Graduates of any health-related bachelor's degree may be eligible for the Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry), a two-year program designed to meet the registration requirements to practice as a Physiotherapist.

If you're a practising Physiotherapist seeking to gain advanced knowledge and clinical skills, take your unstoppable careers further with a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy or a Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy. You'll complete supervised placements with personal mentoring from advanced clinicians in your area of practice.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Rehabilitation – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in physiotherapy.1

  • Learn from internationally-renowned teachers and clinicians.

  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in physiotherapy.2
  • Gain 45 weeks of practical experience in UniSA's physiotherapy clinics and during clinical placements in acute care, rehabilitation, paediatrics, musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy.

  • Join a Top 5 university in Australia for teaching quality in physiotherapy.3
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Rehabilitation – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3Ranked #5, ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Rehabilitation (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public universities only.

Why UniSA?

UniSA has more than 50 years' experience in physiotherapy teaching and research.

As one of the World’s Top Young Universities1, we never rest on our laurels to find you the industry-relevant experience your future profession demands. Our enterprising spirit has made UniSA a renowned centre of innovation in the sectors driving Australia's future forward, including health.

At UniSA, you're encouraged to build industry relationships from day one of your degree. You’ll advance your knowledge and skills through supervised clinical placements across metro, rural and regional health settings.

We’re Australia’s youngest university to receive five stars in research3, and this excellence shines through our teaching. You’ll be taught by registered practicing Physiotherapists and award winning academics at the top of their fields, and have the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice in UniSA's physiotherapy clinics.

1Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50. 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 32019 QS Stars Ratings.

UniSA offers the following Physiotherapy degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

Physiotherapists can work across management, administration, education, research, policy development, advisory and regulatory roles in:

  • 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. 
Your Career

Global networks

As a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Aged Care and Housing Group (ACH)
  • Antipodeans Abroad
  • Back in Motion Health Group
  • Department for Education and Child Development
  • Flinders Medical Centre
  • Helping Hand Aged Care
  • Novita Children’s Services
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Industry facts

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Employment for Physiotherapists in Australia is projected to increase by 14% by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Projections 2020

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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 Projections 2020

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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 Projections 2019

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What others are saying

UniSA provides students with the opportunity to work onsite in the real world, through practical placements. This was the highlight of my degree, particularly working with Port Adelaide Football Club where I got to analyse injury data and assess the relationship with injuries.

Leigh Schneebichler

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Leigh Schneebichler

Leigh Schneebichler

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

I always knew I wanted to be on my toes and work outside an office, which is why physiotherapy was a good fit for me. I also like the idea of working in the health industry and helping other people. Physiotherapy is a broad profession, with many different areas like sport injuries, rehabilitation, acute care and paediatrics.

Liam McAuliffe

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Liam McAuliffe

Liam McAuliffe

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017