Course Description

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.

The Master of Physiotherapy is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC) and recognised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This allows our graduates to work in any state or territory in Australia and New Zealand, with a wide variety of career options available in both the public and private healthcare sectors.

Important Information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in Physiotherapy.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $40,000 total course cost.Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $9,050 total course cost.

Starting dates

March, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Rehabilitation postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 44.4% (national average 65.9%)
Improved skills: 65.8% (national average 82.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 62.6% (national average 81.3%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Rehabilitation postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 92.8% (national average 93.2%)
Studying full time: 2.7% (national average 2.7%)
Median full time salary: $64,100 (national average $65,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 047794F
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MAPHYSIO1000

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