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.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- BACH5026 - Special Investigation
- BACH5042 - Teaching Clinical Reasoning
- BACH5068 - Statistics for Clinical Research
- BACH5085 - Clinical Teaching and Supervision
- BACH5255 - Qualitative Research Methods
- BACH5321 - Psychology for Graduate Students
- BACH5341 - Research & Inquiry in Health Professions
- BACH5343 - Individual and Societal Ageing
- BACH5345 - Workplace Health and Safety
- BIOS5041 - Ageing,Biology and Health
- BIOS5093 - Clin. Oriented Musculoskeletal Anatomy B
- BIOS5094 - Anatomy of Exercise
- EXSS5029 - Exercise Metabolism and Physiology
- EXSS5050 - Human Motor Learning and Control
- HIMT5067 - Evidence Based Health Care
- HIMT5069 - Health Care Systems
- HIMT5094 - Health Informatics Foundations & Systems
- HSBH5001 - FHS Abroad
- HSBH5002 - FHS Indigenous Communities
- HSBH5004 - Bodily Senses in Health and Disease
- HSSX5801 - Health Sciences Exchange
- HSSX5802 - Health Sciences Exchange
- HSSX5803 - Health Sciences Exchange
- HSSX5804 - Health Sciences Exchange
- HSSX5805 - Health Sciences Exchange
- HSSX5806 - Health Sciences Exchange
- HSSX5807 - Health Sciences Exchange
- HSSX5808 - Health Sciences Exchange
- MRTY5056 - Patient/Practitioner Communication
- OCCP5145 - Research Elective Independent Study
- OCCP5187 - Falls Prevention With Older People
- ORTH5060 - Perspectives in Vision
- PAIN5001 - Introduction to Pain Management
- PAIN5003 - Pain Treatment and Management Principles
- PAIN5005 - Orofacial Pain
- PAIN5014 - Cancer Pain
- PAIN5016 - Psychological Approaches in Pain Mgmt
- PAIN5017 - Disability and Pain Rehabilitation
- PAIN5018 - Pain in Children
- PAIN5019 - Pain in Older People
- PHTY5180 - Physiotherapy Practicum 1
- PHTY5181 - Physiotherapy Practicum 2
- PHTY5182 - Physiotherapy Practicum 3
- PHTY5189 - Physiotherapy Practicum 4
- PHTY5192 - Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy
- PHTY5193 - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1
- PHTY5194 - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2
- PHTY5195 - Neurological Physiotherapy
- PHTY5196 - Professional and Scientific Practice
- PHTY5197 - Neurological & Cardiopulmonary Physio
- PHTY5198 - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 3
- PHTY5199 - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 4
- PHTY5200 - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 5
- PHTY5201 - Physiotherapy across the Lifespan
- PHTY5202 - Physiotherapy Healthcare and Society
- REHB5068 - Public Offenders: Aspects of Rehab
- SEXH5407 - Sex Gender and Sexuality
Further course information
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).
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.
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
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.
This course is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC) and recognised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
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.
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;
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. The completed checklist has to be sent to the address provided on the form.
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.
All domestic applications must be made through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).
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.
How to apply
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.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2012 your student contribution may differ.
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 2013, 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 2012 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 tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2013, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013, 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.
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.