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Master of  Physiotherapy Studies

Program code: 5267

Delivery location

St Lucia


2 Years full-time


Summer Semester (01 Dec, 2019)

The Master of Physiotherapy Studies will build on your undergraduate degree so you can qualify as an accredited physiotherapist in just two years.

  • This postgraduate program is designed for people who have completed an approved bachelor's degree and appropriate prerequisite study in human anatomy, human physiology, psychology and statistics – see Program details.
  • Our intensive six semester program will integrate your previous studies with the principles of physiotherapy and equip you with the theoretical knowledge, clinical ability, and professional attributes for a career in physiotherapy.
  • Learn to care for people of all ages with a range of musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory, and other conditions. You'll understand how to reduce pain, improve movement and restore muscle control for better health and mobility.
  • Apply your learning in a clinical environment with real clients. During the program you will undertake more than 1050 hours of supervised clinical experience, ensuring you're confident and job-ready upon graduating.

Physiotherapists treat the reactions and responses of the body to injury, disease or impairments in development. They are key health professionals in the prevention of injury.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    Learn from experienced physiotherapy educators, researchers and clinicians who are specialists in the areas of disability and participation, musculoskeletal health and injury, and occupational performance. You will gain a solid foundation for your physio career.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Dedicated clinics

    UQ has physiotherapy clinics in specialised areas of practice, including developmental paediatrics, musculoskeletal and sports injury, and neurology, ageing and balance. You'll get to apply your knowledge and develop practical skills during your studies.

  • Alumni
    “I worked as a nurse before starting this program. Placement is a really good part of the program because it lets you apply what you have learnt in class. I found my placements very beneficial and really solid learning experiences.” Rhett, Master of Physiotherapy Studies graduate
  • Campus Facilities

    Train in the award-winning simulation clinic

    The UQ Physiotherapy Standardised Patients program is an award-winning program in which students 'become' the physiotherapist and practice skills on trained actors in simulated clinical settings.

Career outcomes

Graduates from the Master of Physiotherapy Studies program work with a variety of people all over the world in a range of clinical settings. This includes:

  • private clinics
  • hospitals
  • schools
  • sporting teams.

Other graduates choose to undertake further study and go on to specialise in:

  • sports physiotherapy
  • musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • paediatrics
  • orthopaedics
  • women's and men's health
  • research.

Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy Studies may be eligible for membership with the Australian Physiotherapy Association and registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to enable practice as a physiotherapist in Australia.

Graduates wanting to work overseas are provided with assistance and a designated contact person to complete paperwork for the registration process.

  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    We've offered studies in physiotherapy since 1938 and we are leaders in rehabilitation teaching and research. Our health and medical sciences researchers scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA awards.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Further your studies

    On completion of your Master of Physiotherapy Studies, you can further your studies by enrolling in the Master of Physiotherapy, Master of Philosophy (MPhil), or the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Summer Semester (01 Dec, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


An approved bachelor degree and have completed university level studies in human anatomy, human physiology, statistics, and psychology. Please see additional application information for further details on entry requirements.

Entry is competitive based on GPA with a limited intake capacity.

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 5.72.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Physiotherapy Studies 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 Studies. 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

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

Students will engage in clinical experiences from year one before commencing full time clinical placement blocks during year two.

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.

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

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy Studies 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 students who are accepted into the Master of Physiotherapy Studies 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

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Master of Physiotherapy Studies for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load of 16 units over two semesters.

Because the Master of Physiotherapy Studies has a higher-than-usual full-time study load, the actual annual fee may be higher. Fees will also vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The University indexes tuition fees 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 online

Apply now

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

The program code for the Master of Physiotherapy Studies is 5267. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

To be considered for enrolment, an applicant must:
  1. hold a bachelor degree; study in fields such as allied health, human movement science, physical or biological sciences is recommended.
  2. if the bachelor degree was completed more than 10 years prior to program commencement, have subsequently completed a postgraduate qualification, or a minimum of 8 units/4 courses of university level study.
  3. have successfully completed, within the 10 years prior to program commencement, the following university level study:
    • 4 units (2 courses) in human anatomy - 2 units musculoskeletal and 2 units systems anatomy; and
    • 4 units (2 courses) in human physiology - 2 units integrative physiology and 2 units systems physiology; and
    • 2 units (1 course) in statistics; and
    • 2 units (1 course) in introductory psychology.

    Suitable UQ pre-requisite courses

    Human AnatomyBIOM2020 or BIOM3002 (systems) and BIOM3003 (musculoskeletal)
    Human PhysiologyBIOM2011 (integrative) and BIOM2012 (systems)
    StatisticsSTAT1201 or PSYC1040
    PsychologyPSYC1020 or PSYC1030

    Domestic students in enrolled the MPhtySt may be eligible for income support and should contact Centrelink.

    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 postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Physiotherapy Studies is:

  • To commence study in Summer - August 31 of the year of commencement.

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

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