Bachelor of  Physiotherapy (Honours)

Program code: 2369
QTAC code: 726002
CRICOS code: 082622B


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

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 supervised clinical placements to hone your skills 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 ERA outcomes.

  • 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 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


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

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BEP and OET are not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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.


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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $46,752
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit 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 through the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to allow adequate time for their student visa to be processed. At the start of the program, you must obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue Card and First Aid Certificate (including CPR). You will also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. For more information, visit

International students currently enrolled at UQ

International students who are currently enrolled in a different UQ program and are seeking to program change to the BPhty(Hons) are advised to lodge a new application with International Admissions by 30 November in the year prior to commencement. As places are limited, students who submit an internal program change request via mySi-net cannot be guaranteed an offer even if a student has met the pre-requisites.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, 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".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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