Master of Physiotherapy

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Physiotherapy (MPhty) prepares graduates for professional practice as physiotherapists.

Physiotherapists assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems caused by a wide variety of joint, muscle and nerve disorders. They use a range of drug-free techniques to treat and prevent injuries, and assist their clients to maintain fit and healthy bodies.

The MPhty includes studies in neurosciences for physiotherapists, functional musculoskeletal anatomy, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy, and advanced cardiopulmonary.

The course is a graduate-entry program, which means students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree prior to entry. As the MPhty leads to eligibility to practise, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical fieldwork placements.

Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the contemporary health system.

The pace of work in the MPhty is commensurate with the expectations of postgraduate study, as is the level and complexity of the issues dealt with in the degree, including research project design.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR DOMESTIC STUDENTS

Students will accept and enrol online.

Round 1 offers released through UAC
(OFFERS DELAYED UNTIL 11 DECEMBER 2014)

07 January 2015 – Round 2 offers released through UAC

26 February 2015 -GEM Orientation

Course outline

Unit of study overview

Study plan


You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total 96 credit points (cp) incorporating fifteen core units (90cp) and one elective unit of study (6cp).

Further course information

Progression rules

The Master of Physiotherapy requires the completion of 96 credit points (cp) of core units of study comprising 90cp of core units; and 6cp of elective units.

Capstone experience

A number of clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities are scheduled as part of the course. Fieldwork provides hands on experience with real clients in a supervised environment allowing students to combine academic study with the practical abilities required of the rehabilitation counselling profession.

As part of this course eligible students also have the opportunity to take part in the ‘FHS Abroad' program which involves academic study and a 4-6 week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia. This experience (valued at 6 credit points) enables students to gain a real understanding of global health and make a lasting difference to communities worldwide.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Physiotherapy is applied in the management of a wide variety of conditions, including neurological conditions such as strokes and Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders in children, rehabilitation after major injury, and recovery following surgery and childbirth. It also plays a central role in the management and prevention of chronic conditions such as asthma.

Physiotherapists work in many places, including private practice, sports facilities, hospitals, schools and universities, public health organisations, community centres, aged-care facilities and workplaces.

Course accreditation

This course 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).

Further study

Eligible graduates may consider an additional three years of study with us as a research candidate for the higher research degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/research_innovation/. The PhD is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake in-depth study in a specialised area under the supervision of an academic staff member with expertise in your field of research.

The award of the degree in the health sciences will enhance your profile as a genuine researcher and expert in your chosen field, afford opportunities as a published researcher, and may lead to an academic appointment, or to a research appointment with a government or industrial research and development organisation.

Admission

Admission requirements

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

1. A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and/or a PhD from an Australian institution or equivalent.
2. A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 over 7 (approximately equivalent to credit average or better) assessed on the highest ranked tertiary qualification presented.
3. Have extensive pre-existing knowledge in the following 9 areas;

  • Human Anatomy

  • Human Physiology

  • Neuroscience

  • Biomechanics

  • Psychology

  • Motor Performance and Learning

  • Research Design and Statistics

  • Measurement of Human Performance

  • Exercise Physiology (desirable but not essential)


  • The Faculty of Health Sciences currently recognises a number of undergraduate courses from various Australian universities that meet the academic eligibility for this course. If you have graduated (or will successfully graduate) from any of these recognised courses you are not required to submit a checklist.

    If you have not graduated from any of the recognised courses then complete the checklist and email to the discipline along with all supporting documentation. Please be aware that all documents have to be submitted as softcopies – refer to the checklist for the list of supporting documents that have to be provided. Late or incomplete submissions will result in your application being rejected.

    Please refer to the relevant application close off dates applicable individually to domestic and international applicants.
    Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be considered and the application will be rejected.

    Domestic Applicants
    All domestic applications must be made through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

    International Applicants
    All international applicants can apply online by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button or via an agent. Please refer to the GEM Offer Process page for further information including application timelines.

    Refer to the list of GPA equivalence by country to make a self-assessment of your current GPA on the Faculty prescribed 0-7 scale. If your country is not listed or if you are unsure of the conversion please contact the International Office.

    International students can apply at any time as a rolling application system is in place. Closing date for applications is 1 October each year. Any applications submitted after 1 October in a particular year, that application will be assessed for commencement in the following year. As a general guide, students will received advice regarding their application in 4-6 weeks.

    This course does NOT permit students to defer their offer.

    How to apply

    Domestic students

    How to apply

    Applications for the Sydney Master of Physiotherapy are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of October. This course is not offered in the July semester intake.

    International students

    How to apply

    Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

    International students can apply at any time as a rolling application system is in place. Closing date for applications is 1 October each year. Any applications submitted after 1 October in a particular year, that application will be assessed for commencement in the following year. As a general guide, students will received advice regarding their application in 4-6 weeks.

    Fee disclaimer

    Domestic students

    Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

    Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

    Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

    This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

    Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

    Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

    Additional incidental fees

    For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

    Potential for inaccuracy

    Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

    The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook 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

    Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

    International students

    International tuition fees for postgraduate students

    This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

    Annual review

    Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

    Additional incidental fees and health insurance

    For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

    In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

    Potential for inaccuracy

    Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.