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Master of  Physiotherapy

Program code: 5221

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

Part-time only - further details on the delivery arrangements for studying the Master of Physiotherapy are listed here.

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

The Master of Physiotherapy is an 18-month program for physiotherapists who are looking to broaden and advance their expertise in musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy.

  • Deepen your understanding of evidence-based practice, biological and medical sciences, pain and disability, and therapeutic exercise through the examination of shared topics in one of Australia's leading physiotherapy programs.
  • Our flexible delivery options include part-time, on campus, and online courses. Finish your final four courses on-campus in just one semester (full-time) or across two semesters (part-time) for domestic students.
  • Both fields of study cover high-level clinical sciences and advanced clinical skills. You will also learn how to critically evaluate and contribute to research in either musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy.
  • Gain expertise in both musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports physiotherapy, and double your qualifications. Obtain a second masters degree in the alternate area through an additional semester of full-time coursework.

The Master of Physiotherapy will demonstrate your commitment to professional excellence, health promotion, injury prevention and effective treatment.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is home to award-winning physiotherapy educators and researchers who are specialists in their areas, including disability and participation, musculoskeletal health and injury, and occupational performance.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Dedicated clinics

    UQ has a musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy clinic where you'll get to apply your knowledge and develop your skills during your studies. Both fields of study have an extensive clinical placements component where you will practise under the supervision of dedicated specialist clinical educators.

  • Alumni
    “I chose UQ due to its outstanding reputation in musculoskeletal physiotherapy as well as the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s best physiotherapy researchers.” Damien, Master of Physiotherapy graduate, Ireland
  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    We've offered studies in physiotherapy since 1938 and we're leaders in physiotherapy teaching and research. In fact, our health and medical sciences researchers scored the highest possible rating in the Australian Research Council's 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) awards.

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 2 fields of study available in the Master of Physiotherapy.

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

The Master of Physiotherapy is usually undertaken for professional development reasons – career progression or advancing clinical practice.

Graduates are equipped with developed knowledge, skills and understanding of physiotherapy and can use their qualifications to show evidence of professional development or to fulfil requirements for titled membership of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia, or Sports Physiotherapy Australia within the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

You will also be eligible to pursue the final stage training for clinical specialisation within the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Graduates typically work in:

  • community health centres and agencies
  • preschool, primary school and high school programs
  • private practice
  • public and private hospitals
  • rehabilitation units
  • research or consultation.

  • Why study

    Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

    This speciality focuses on musculoskeletal disorders of the spine and the extremities. Specific emphasis is placed on the development of advanced clinical reasoning and skills in manual therapy and therapeutic exercise.

  • Why study

    Sports Physiotherapy

    This speciality prepares you to work with elite athletes. Learn the practical and theoretical instruction in management and preventative approaches to sports injuries. Emphasis is placed on the development of advanced clinical reasoning skills and the underlying scientific basis of sports physiotherapy practice.

  • Research

    Further your studies

    Upon completion of your Master of Physiotherapy Studies, you may choose to enrol in UQ's Master of Philosophy, or the Doctor of Philosophy.

Summary

  • Program code
    5221
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Part-time only - further details on the delivery arrangements for studying the Master of Physiotherapy are listed here.
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

An approved degree in physiotherapy as well as 2 years full-time relevant professional experience and evidence of continuing professional education OR equivalent qualifications and experience.

Entry is competitive based on GPA.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0. The GPA cut-off for those offered a place in 2018 was 4.19.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Master of Physiotherapy are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Physiotherapy. 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.

Practicals, placements and internships

Both fields of study have an extensive clinical practice component where you will practise under the supervision of dedicated specialist clinical educators.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

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 Master of Physiotherapy is accredited by:

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association

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 Master of Physiotherapy may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy 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.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Physiotherapy.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

This field develops the specialised professional skills used by physiotherapists in respective disciplines. These skills include high level clinical reasoning and problem solving; assessment and diagnosis. Students are trained in the application of advanced preventive and management programs based on basic, behavioural, medical and physiotherapeutic sciences. Students also develop research skills and actively participate in clinical effectiveness, evaluation and research.

Sports Physiotherapy

Students gain specialised professional skills used by physiotherapists in respective disciplines. These skills include high level clinical reasoning and problem solving; assessment and diagnosis. Graduates have a developed ability to apply advanced preventive and management programs based on basic, behavioural, medical and physiotherapeutic sciences. Students also develop research skills and actively participate in clinical effectiveness, evaluation and research.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Government assistance

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Physiotherapy pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-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 $28,320
Indicative fee 2019

An "indicative annual fee" is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Physiotherapy at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.

Scholarships

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 online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Master of Physiotherapy can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Physiotherapy is 5221. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Availability of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are reviewed yearly and are offered to eligible applicants on a limited basis. There is no guarantee that any CSP places will be available.

The following additional documentation must be submitted with your application:

  • the names and contact details of two referees*
  • a curriculum vitae showing full work history
  • evidence of continuing professional education

For Part B of the program, students are required to hold limited registration or if applicable, full registration, with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, which includes the Board's English Language Proficiency requirements.

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.

* Referees must be of a professional or academic nature, from a workplace or from any prior study. Referees cannot be provided by a near relative or close associate. Examples of near relatives are partner, child, brother, sister, or parent. Examples of close associates are close friends, neighbours and partners or children of colleagues.

Important dates

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

The closing date for the Master of Physiotherapy 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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