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Master of Physiotherapy Studies

Overview

Build on your undergraduate degree and qualify as an accredited physiotherapist in just two years with the Master of Physiotherapy Studies.

This two year full-time program is designed to equip you with the theoretical knowledge, skills and professional attributes for a career in physiotherapy. You'll gain an extensive body of knowledge and the clinical abilities, problem-solving skills and professional attributes to provide competent physiotherapy service in a wide range of contexts. 

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.

Through the program you'll learn how physiotherapy can be applied in assisting in the physical management of the cardio-respiratory system, improving balance and motor control for better function and the promotion of motor development and coordination. You'll also study physical methods to control pain and therapeutic exercise for impaired muscle systems. 

You'll undertake extensive supervised clinical placements in UQ’s onsite clinics, hospitals, schools and other healthcare organisations and private practices, allowing you to apply your learning with real clients.

You'll graduate with the skills, knowledge and confidence to flourish in your career as an accredited physiotherapist.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years full-time
Start Semester
Summer Semester (30 Nov, 2020)
Program Code
5267
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$58920 (indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Summer Semester (30 Nov, 2020)
Program Code
5267
CRICOS Code
039545A
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Gain clinical experience throughout the program to be confident that you're job-ready upon graduation.
  • Open pathways to further specialisation such as a Master of Physiotherapy or a PhD.
  • Join a school that leads in rehabilitation teaching and research, and has offered physiotherapy studies since 1938.

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
  • Seminars

Placements and work experience

Students undertake more than 1025 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that include 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 and practical skills acquired through coursework and research and further 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.

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:

  • Foundations of Physiotherapy I: Fundamentals of Communication, Movement & Exercise
  • Foundations of Physiotherapy II: Fundamentals of Examination & Measurement
  • Theory, Practice & Research: Musculoskeletal Phty - Lower Limb
  • Theory, Practice & Research: Musculoskeletal Phty - Lumbar Spine

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 Studies is accredited by:

  • Australian Physiotherapy Council

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

An approved bachelor degree and have completed university level studies in human anatomy, human physiology, statistics, and psychology. Please see additional application information under the 'How to Apply' tab 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 4.5. The GPA cut-off for those offered a place in 2019 was 5.72.

Prerequisites

An approved bachelor degree and have completed university level studies in human anatomy, human physiology, statistics, and psychology. Please see additional application information under the 'How to Apply' tab 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 4.5. The GPA cut-off for those offered a place in 2019 was 5.72.

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.

BE and OET are 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

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 table,th,td{border:1px solid black;border-collapse: collapse;padding:5px}

Human AnatomyBIOM2020 or BIOM3002 (systems) and BIOM3003 (musculoskeletal)
Human PhysiologyBIOM2011 (integrative) and BIOM2012 (systems)
StatisticsSTAT1201 or PSYC1040
PsychologyNEUR1020 or PSYC1030

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

At the commencement of the program 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.

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 table,th,td{border:1px solid black;border-collapse: collapse;padding:5px}

Human AnatomyBIOM2020 or BIOM3002 (systems) and BIOM3003 (musculoskeletal)
Human PhysiologyBIOM2011 (integrative) and BIOM2012 (systems)
StatisticsSTAT1201 or PSYC1040
PsychologyNEUR1020 or PSYC1030

At the commencement of the program 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

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Physiotherapy Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

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 $58,920

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Physiotherapy Studies for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on an intensive full-time study load.

If you do not enrol in the intensive 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 Studies 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

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Master of Physiotherapy Studies for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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.

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

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 Summer - August 31 of the year of commencement.

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

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