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Master of Physiotherapy

Overview

Take your career in physiotherapy to the next level through a masters program specialising in musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy, or extend your study to obtain qualifications in both.

This 18-month program is designed for physiotherapists wanting to gain advanced skills in musculoskeletal physiotherapy or sports physiotherapy. It will deepen your understanding of evidence-based practice, biological and medical sciences, pain and disability, and therapeutic exercise. You'll develop your knowledge through advanced coursework, research and clinical placements. 

Through the program, you'll gain in-depth knowledge and advanced clinical skills which will enable you to critically evaluate and contribute to research in your clinical specialisation. The program is flexible, with multiple delivery options, including part-time, on campus and online courses. You'll finish your final four courses on-campus in just one semester (full-time) or across two semesters (part-time). You'll also have the option to obtain a second master’s degree in the alternate field of study through an additional semester of full-time coursework.

Both specialisations have an extensive clinical placements component where you'll practice under the supervision of dedicated specialist clinical educators.

As a graduate you'll have fulfilled the requirements for titled membership of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia or Sports Physiotherapy Australia within the Australian Physiotherapy Association. You'll also be eligible to pursue the final stage training for clinical specialisation within the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
Part-time and full-time components required.
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
5221
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$49024 (indicative per year)
Duration
Part-time and full-time components required.
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
5221
CRICOS Code
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Enjoy a flexible program that includes part-time external study and an option of intensive full-time study.
  • Upskill and specialise by gaining extra qualifications to broaden your knowledge and career.
  • Develop your clinical expertise through supervised placements at UQ's musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy clinic.
  • Learn from award-winning physiotherapy educators and researchers.

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Clinical Reasoning in an Evidence Based Practice Paradigm
  • Pain, Disability and the Biopsychosocial Model in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy
  • Clinical Reasoning and the Biomedical Model in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy
  • Exercise is Musculoskeletal and Sport Physiotherapy

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapist
  • Sports physiotherapist

Next steps after graduation

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.

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Physiotherapy Board of Australia

Program accreditation

The Master of Physiotherapy is accredited by:

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association

Entry requirements

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.

All successful applicants are required to hold registration in the jurisdiction in which they practice physiotherapy prior to commencement of the program and for the duration of Part A.

For Part B, 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.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0. The GPA cut-off for those offered a place in 2020 was 4.97.

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.

All successful applicants are required to hold registration in the jurisdiction in which they practice physiotherapy prior to commencement of the program and for the duration of Part A.

For Part B, 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.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0. The GPA cut-off for those offered a place in 2020 was 4.97.

English language requirements

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.

Other OET - A minimum grade of B for each sub skill (L,S,R,W).

BE is not accepted.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

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.

Before commencing placement courses you must obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current First Aid Certificate (including CPR) and Blue Card. 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. See habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready.

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.

Additional application information

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.

Before commencing placement courses you must obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current First Aid Certificate (including CPR) and Blue Card. 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. See habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready.

* 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.

Student visas

This program does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

To study this program in Australia, you will need a temporary visa or residency status with study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia.

Contact us for more information

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $49,024

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Physiotherapy for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $29,920

Indicative annual fee 2020

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Physiotherapy at 2021 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. The program code for the Master of Physiotherapy is 5221

International students who want to study this program will not be eligible for a Student Visa (subclass 500). 

To study this program in Australia, you will need an Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia. 

Contact us with any questions 

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Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - October 31 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit