Why study the Master of Physiotherapy Studies

This program will equip you with the theoretical knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary for careers in physiotherapy. Physiotherapists treat the reactions and responses of the body to injury, disease or abnormalities in development. They are key health professionals in the prevention of injury.

Physiotherapy often involves:

  • assisting in the physical management of the cardio-respiratory system
  • improving balance and motor control for better performance and function
  • physical methods to control pain
  • promotion of motor development and coordination
  • therapeutic exercise for impaired muscle systems.

Choose the Master of Physiotherapy Studies and you will graduate with an integrated body of knowledge and the clinical abilities, problem-solving skills and professional attributes to provide competent physiotherapy service in a wide range of contexts. You will also commit to self-learning and professional growth, and be able to adapt to change and respond to challenge. You will gain extensive practical experience in hospitals and clinics, both off and on campus.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Summer Semester (26 Nov, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


An approved degree (other than physiotherapy) in a field such as physical or biological sciences or allied health.

Entry is competitive based on GPA.

University level or equivalent courses are required in human anatomy, human physiology, psychology and statistics. Refer to the information sheet for further details.

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

You will 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, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life settings.

Throughout the program, you will engage in clinical experiences and commence full time clinical placements in the second year of the program.

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

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:

Courses and Programs

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