University of Technology Sydney

C04306v3 Master of Physiotherapy

Award(s): Master of Physiotherapy (MPhysio)
CRICOS code: 091975B
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 96
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus


For 2025 Intake (Autumn B session), applications will open August 2024 and close 31 October 2024. Read how to apply for more information.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Rules and regulations
Professional recognition
Other information


The Master of Physiotherapy is a two-year, graduate-entry degree leading to eligibility for registration as a physiotherapist in Australia. Innovative and practice-based in approach, the course's core areas of study include musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopaedic and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy across the lifespan.

In addition to core areas of physiotherapy, students learn about evidence-based and professional practice, interprofessional teamwork and leadership, and undertake a research project. Advanced subjects include treatment of complex patients, health promotion and community rehabilitation. All students develop a professional portfolio designed to reflect professional competencies.

Developed by experienced physiotherapy academics, the course's subject matter is delivered in an integrated, student-focused manner, making use of cutting-edge technologies. This course has been developed in consultation with a working party of experienced physiotherapy clinicians in hospitals and private practice. The discipline has strong links with industry.

Over the two-year course students complete approximately 700–800 hours of clinical placement, sourced for them, addressing a variety of client groups across the lifespan. Clinical placements in hospitals and private practice are carefully selected to complement in-class learning and offer supervision by experienced physiotherapists. Students are allocated placements within the Sydney metropolitan area, with potential opportunities also available in rural and regional settings.

Course aims

The course aims to prepare students for roles as registered physiotherapists, competent to apply their knowledge and skills to the assessment and practical care of humans across the lifespan. The course goes beyond traditional educational models to engage students in self-directed and problem-based learning to develop their professionalism, critical reasoning skills and experience with emerging technologies.

Career options

Physiotherapists work in a variety of specialisations across public, private or community settings, sporting clubs and rehabilitation centres. The UTS Master of Physiotherapy prepares students for a rewarding career helping improve peoples' quality of life.

Course intended learning outcomes

01.01 Knowledge and skills: Integrate core biomedical and social health science knowledge across the breadth of physiotherapy practice to inform assessment and safe, competent and skilled practical care of individuals across the lifespan as an autonomous practitioner and as a member of an interprofessional team.
01.02 Clinical reasoning: Identify impairment, activity and participation deficits in individuals in accordance with the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health framework and develop evidence-based care plans in accordance with best practice physiotherapy.
02.05 Critical thinker: Critically analyse the evidence underpinning practice and effectively apply new knowledge to practice; conduct and disseminate high-quality research to improve professional knowledge and influence direction of future practice.
02.09 Research-enabled: Apply scientific research skills to advance the evidence base supporting physiotherapy practice.
03.04 Professional and ethical practitioner: Embody the physiotherapy profession, demonstrating globally relevant ethical and professional behaviour and social accountability, while utilising deliberate critical analysis, self-reflection and self-awareness to constantly improve practice.
03.06 Communication: Communicate effectively using high-level interpersonal skills in both traditional modes of communication and when integrating advances in technology and methods of intervention delivery into patient care.
03.07 Teamwork and leadership: Engage in leadership and collaboration, representing the profession in interprofessional teams and seeking advanced practitioner roles to ensure the future vitality of the profession.
04.03 Client focus: Provide empathetic, compassionate and respectful patient-focused care, facilitating client self-management, advocating for best practice care and empowering clients by education.
05.08 Indigenous awareness and cultural competence: Demonstrate respect and value for diverse ways of knowing, being and doing, in particular recognising the diversity of Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing and integrating this knowledge into practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Entry is competitive and assessment is based on grade point average (GPA). Applicants must have completed the following prerequisites at a tertiary level within the past 10 years:

  • two human anatomy subjects (structural and functional)
  • one human physiology subject
  • one exercise physiology subject
  • one neuroscience subject
  • one psychology subject, and
  • one research methods subject

For prerequisite checking, students must submit a Prerequisite Assessment Table with their application. Prerequisite subject approvals are subject to change as they undergo an annual academic review. This means a new assessment is required for each new intake.

Prior to applications opening, the Prerequisite Assessment Table may be submitted to for pre-assessment. A pre-assessment is not required in order to apply and will not be conducted once applications open.

Prerequisites may be completed as non-award units at a recognised tertiary institution if students did not complete them as part of their undergraduate degree.

UTS: Health degrees that may be recognised for entry into the Master of Physiotherapy include:

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (C10300)
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Management (C10301)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (C10360)

Note: students need to complete the prerequisites as electives within each degree listed above.

Selected applicants are required to undertake a short interview with a panel. Applicants are assessed in the areas of communication skills, interpersonal skills, interest in physiotherapy, and commitment to physiotherapy as a career.

The Master of Physiotherapy is a graduate-entry master’s degree leading registration as a Physiotherapist in Australia. Applicants who have already completed a physiotherapy degree overseas are also required to submit a personal statement to articulate their motivations for wanting to repeat a physiotherapy qualification.

Professional and clinical requirements

All successful applicants are required to:

  1. acquire a Working With Children Check and an Australian National Police Check
  2. complete a series of NSW Health forms including a Code of Conduct, and
  3. demonstrate evidence of protection against a number of specified infectious diseases

This degree leads to registration as a physiotherapist in Australia. Applicants who have already completed a physiotherapy degree overseas are also required to submit a personal statement stating their motivation for wanting to repeat a physiotherapy qualification.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: IELTS Academic: minimum 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest; or TOEFL: internet based: minimum 94 overall with a minimum score of 24 for reading and listening, 23 for speaking and 27 for writing; or PTE: minimum 65 overall with a minimum score of 65 in each subtest.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.


Local students

Domestic applicants can apply directly.

Applications should include a certified copy of any relevant academic transcript(s), subject outlines, and any other relevant supporting documentation.

International students

International applicants apply via UTS: International.

International applicants, in addition to the above requirements, are required to obtain a police certificate/criminal clearance from every country they have resided in. If a country does not issue police certificates/criminal clearances, applicants are required to complete a Statutory Declaration for Overseas Students.

Course duration and attendance

The course is an intensive two-year, full-time degree. Students are not permitted to enrol part time. As this is a full-time degree, it is expected that students can be available during standard Monday to Friday working hours. In addition to coursework during sessions, students are required to undertake clinical placements during session and block clinical placements during mid-session breaks.

Course structure

This course comprises a total of 96 credit points. Students undertake a total of 12 6-credit-point subjects and four 6-credit-point clinical subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91190 Core subjects (Physiotherapy) 96cp
Total 96cp

Course program

A typical course program is provided below.

Autumn B commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn B Session
96080 Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning   6cp
96081 Professional Practice   6cp
96082 Core Practice for Physiotherapists   6cp
96083 Pain Neuroscience and Management   6cp
Spring B Session
96084 Sub-acute Rehabilitation   6cp
96085 Outpatient Rehabilitation   6cp
96088 Acute Physiotherapy Care   6cp
Year 2
January Session
96087 Clinical Placement 1   6cp
Autumn B Session
96089 Prevention and Rehabilitation in the Community   6cp
96090 Specialist Practice   6cp
96091 Clinical Placement 2   6cp
96086 Research Design in Physiotherapy   6cp
Spring B Session
96092 Research Project   6cp
96093 Transition to Practice   6cp
96094 Clinical Placement 3   6cp
96095 Clinical Placement 4   6cp

Rules and regulations

Inherent Requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are inherent in or essential to the successful completion of a course. The inherent requirements framework for the Master of Physiotherapy is based on the following six themes:

  1. Legal and Behavioural Requirements;
  2. Communication Tasks – verbal; written; non-verbal;
  3. Cognitive/Intellectual Tasks – literacy; numeracy; knowledge and information;
  4. Sensory Tasks – visual; auditory; tactile;
  5. Physical Tasks – gross and fine motor requirements; and
  6. Sustainable Performance.

It is a requirement of this course to complete a number of clinical placements. Clinical placements involve a physiotherapy student going into a clinical setting to undertake the practical components of the course required for registration. If a student has a condition or disability that prevents them from completing a placement, completion of the degree may be hindered. Students should consult the full inherent requirements.

Professional recognition

The Master of Physiotherapy is fully accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council, and approved by the Australian Physiotherapy Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a qualification leading to registration as a physiotherapist in Australia.

Other information

Register to attend an information session and/or contact:
UTS: Physiotherapy
telephone +61 2 9514 1448