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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Some units of study and/or placements relating to this course cannot be delivered remotely or online for students commencing their study in Semester 1, 2021. You will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 2, 2021.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

The Master of Physiotherapy develops the ability to use highly-developed clinical reasoning skills to assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems caused by a wide variety of joint, muscle, nerve and metabolic disorders. You will also learn to help people avoid injuries and maintain a fit and healthy body.

As a physiotherapy student, you will learn from leading academics how to use a range of drug-free techniques to treat and prevent injuries, as well as promote a healthy body. In addition to the high-profile sports side of physiotherapy, graduates also practice in roles that contribute significantly to the wider community, such as the management of neurological conditions, movement disorders, rehabilitation and recovery.

During this two-year degree, you will explore introductory and advanced musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy, applied to patients across the lifespan. Biomechanics, occupational health and community health are incorporated in various units of study, and evidence-based practice and professional practice are embedded throughout the curriculum. Four five-week clinical placements in your second year will provide the opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and gain significant practical experience in a range of clinical areas including rehabilitation, acute care, ambulatory care/outpatients and community/general care.

Why study with us?

  1. You'll gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of clinical partners.
  2. You'll learn from highly respected practitioners, clinicians and researchers.
  3. With a multidisciplinary focus, we prepare graduates with generalist and specialist healthcare knowledge and skills.
  4. Our research ranks "well above world class" (Excellence in Research for Australia level 5).
  5. We offer a range of leadership and student support programs to give you the best possible opportunity for success.
  6. We have world-class facilities, with purpose-built laboratories and on-site health clinics.
  7. In 2021, we will move to the purpose-built Health Precinct at Camperdown campus, which will for the first time bring multiple health disciplines together in a facility that translates research into education and clinical services.

Learn more about studying health sciences at Sydney. 

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Application dates

Applications open - 1 July of the preceding year

Applications close - 31 October of the preceding year

Early offers:  A small number of rolling offers released to applicants with high academic merit

Offers released: December - January

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

 

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Application dates 

Applications open - 15 March of the preceding year

Applications close - 31 October of the preceding year

Offers released: Offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total 96 credit points (cp).

Year 1

  • Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy IA & IB
  • Neurological Physiotherapy
  • Neurological and Cardiopulmonary Physio
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II & III
  • Physiotherapy across the Lifespan

Year 2

  • Physiotherapy Practicums 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy IV
  • Physiotherapy Health Care and Society
  • Advanced Physiotherapy Practice
  • Advanced Clinical Reasoning

Faculty Handbook:  Unit of study overview

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 840 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

Progression rules

The Master of Physiotherapy degree requires the completion of 96 credit points (cp) of study. Each unit of study (UOS) is worth 6 cp and four UOS are undertaken each semester.

Capstone experience

Clinical reasoning is developed throughout the course. In the second year of the course knowledge and experiences from clinical placements, advanced musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy, and evidence-based and professional practice are all drawn upon in the capstone unit of study advanced clinical reasoning. In addition, the final clinical placement provides the opportunity for students to practice their clinical reasoning skills just prior to graduating as a physiotherapist.

Admission criteria

To be eligible to apply you will need to fulfill the following criteria;

  1. A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or a PhD from an Australian institution or equivalent.

  2. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 over 7 (credit average). This does not guarantee an offer as the places are limited and offers are made based on academic merit.

  3. Provide evidence that you have the pre-existing knowledge requirements in all 5 areas listed below:
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

The faculty has a list of approved degrees and units to meet the knowledge requirements listed above. Applicants will need to complete the pre-requisite information form if their undergraduate degree is not listed as an approved degree.

Please read all instructions carefully and ensure that you refer to the supplementary information, approved degrees and units document before completing the form. 

Admission process

Download the graduate entry masters admissions guide (pdf, 180KB) for more information on the admissions process for domestic and international applicants.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course.

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Physiotherapy is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC).

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as physiotherapists with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (PBA), overseen by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

More information can be obtained from the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.