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Bachelor of  Physiotherapy (Honours)

Program code: 2369
QTAC code: 726002
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

If you want to get people moving, this degree is for you. Physiotherapists work with patients with all kinds of injuries and ailments, from office workers with stiff necks to elite athletes with recurrent injuries.

  • This four-year program examines the theory and practice behind physiotherapy to prepare you for a career where you'll care for people of all ages and backgrounds who suffer from musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory or other conditions.
  • Benefit from a diverse range of learning approaches. Courses integrate lectures, seminars, skill sessions, practical classes, tutor and peer feedback sessions, and assignment work that covers topics such as injury prevention, pain management and more.
  • Undertake more than 1050 hours of supervised clinical placements in a range of settings that include hospitals, educational facilities, healthcare organisations and private practice as well as UQ's physiotherapy clinics.
  • Graduate with an honours qualification that will set you apart as a leader among your peers. This qualification will also allow you to continue your passion for learning in further postgraduate studies both in Australia and internationally.

Earn an internationally recognised qualification and become a skilled healthcare professional who helps people improve their physical mobility.

  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    We've offered studies in physiotherapy since 1938 and we're leaders in rehabilitation teaching and research. In fact, our researchers scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia awards.

  • In the classroom

    Dedicated clinics

    UQ has three dedicated physiotherapy clinics where you’ll get to apply your knowledge and develop specialised skills during your studies. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn sub-specialties such as women’s health and telerehabilitation.

  • Professional membership


    Graduates of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program are eligible for membership with the Australian Physiotherapy Association and registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), which enables practice as a physiotherapist in Australia.

  • In the classroom

    Hands-on experience

    Gain practical skills through the UQ Physiotherapy Standardised Patient's program. In this award-winning program, students 'become' the physiotherapist and practice skills on trained actors in simulated clinical settings.

Career outcomes

There are many career options in Australia and internationally for graduates of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). Graduates may specialise in sports physiotherapy, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, paediatrics, obstetrics and orthopaedics and work in:

  • community health centres and agencies
  • preschool, primary school and high school programs
  • private practice
  • public and private hospitals
  • rehabilitation units
  • sporting teams
  • research, advisory or consulting positions.

Many of our graduates choose to undertake postgraduate studies, such as a Master of Physiotherapy in the streams of Musculoskeletal or Sports Physiotherapy, or a research based Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

  • Beyond the classroom

    International options

    During your studies you may have the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement in Vietnam, Timor Leste, Scotland or Canada, which will allow you to experience health services outside of Australia while under the supervision of excellent clinical educators.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    You'll be taught by experienced physiotherapy educators, many of whom have received national awards for their teaching excellence. Our educators and researchers are specialists in the areas of disability and participation, and musculoskeletal health and injury.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Clinical placements

  • Beyond the classroom

    Simulated learning


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


Year 12 or equivalent English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2018:

2 97 39

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2018

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median2 / 97 1 / 99
Lowest4 / 94 2 / 97

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in Semester 1, 2018:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study76 45.24%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study0 0%
(C) Work and life experience0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
73 43.45%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
<5 <5
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International studentsN/P N/P
Total168 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students undertake supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals, educational facilities, other health care organisations, private practices and UQ's internal clinics. During placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop clinical skills in real life settings.

Students will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from year one before commencing full time block placements in year four.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

^ hours can vary depending on elective course chosen and whether a student elects to undertake the research stream.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Australian Physiotherapy Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Physiotherapy Board of Australia

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,063
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • A clinical uniform shirt is required and may be purchased from the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is 726002. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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