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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 Discipline of Physiotherapy is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences. As one of the foundation schools at the College's inception in 1975, we have played an important role in the development of the Faculty and its academic programs.

Our physiotherapy courses are available at both bachelor and master's level. Step forward into your future physiotherapy career with us.

Career overview

Physiotherapy is a dynamic profession, and students have a vast array of career paths to consider upon graduation. In addition to the high-profile sports side of the occupation, physiotherapists also practise in roles that contribute significantly to the wider community. For instance, physiotherapy is applied in the management of a wide variety of conditions, including neurological illness such as stroke and Parkinson's disease, movement disorders in children, rehabilitation after major injury, and recovery following surgery. It also plays a central role in the management and prevention of chronic conditions such as asthma.

Our graduates work in a wide variety of areas such as health care organisations, community, sports and workplace settings, schools and private practices.

Graduates will be eligible for registration as physiotherapists with the NSW Physiotherapists Registration Board.

Curriculum overview

The Discipline of Physiotherapy aims to graduate physiotherapists who are committed to providing compassionate, people-centric, integrated and evidence-based healthcare. In order to achieve this, the curriculum is designed to ensure breadth as well as depth in students’ knowledge and contextual understanding, incorporating an international perspective in addition to appreciation of local and indigenous health and contexts.

Consistent with this vision is the aim for graduates to become skilled independent learners with the capacity to identify their own learning needs and the ability to monitor and evaluate their practice. The structure of the program is 'scaffolded' to promote knowledge- and skill-contingent progression over time.

Watch these videos for examples of the learning strategies and content in our curricula across 4 key areas:

Head of Discipline of Physiotherapy

Evangelos Pappas

Associate Professor Evangelos Pappas believes that optimal learning happens when the teacher creates a casual, professional and comfortable environment that encourages questions and debate.

“Every semester I learn from my students as much as they learn from me” he says. A strong background in the basic sciences (anatomy, neuroscience, physiology, biomechanics) is essential to allow cultivation of clinical reasoning and the development of excellent clinical skills. In addition, physiotherapists should possess excellent soft skills he adds; empathy, understanding, good listening.

He feels privileged to lead the Discipline of Physiotherapy. “The excellent reputation of the Discipline of Physiotherapy not only within Australia but also around the world is well deserved. Our academics are world renowned experts in their fields of research while also being passionate, generous and gifted educators” he adds.

Evangelos is a member of the Musculoskeletal Health research theme specialising in the prevention and rehabilitation of athletic knee injuries. Preventing long-term disability and allowing athletes of all levels to enjoy active lifestyles for as long as possible is a challenge that his team is passionate about. “We are lucky at the University of Sydney to attract some of the most talented researchers from all over the world so solving problems like the prevention of knee injuries comes with a sense of mission and responsibility” he concludes.



Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

Graduate entry

Master of Physiotherapy