Flinders University

Master of Physiotherapy



University Location Adelaide, South Australia
City Population 1.4 million
Student Population 26,100
Int'l Student Population 5,100
Main Campus Bedford Park
Program Campus Bedford Park
Program Duration 2 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $50,000 AUD (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake March
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline Rolling admissions*
International Places 5 – 10


In the Flinders Master of Physiotherapy program, emphasis is placed on preparing you to become a contemporary health professional who can work effectively across a range of settings, and in metropolitan or rural/remote locations. This degree is highly innovative and focuses around interprofessional practice, cultural awareness, leadership and communication, exercise and behaviour change.

Student-centred Learning Environment
Smaller cohort teaching ensures a personal approach to learning. Flinders aims to have highly supportive and long-lasting working relationships with their students and graduates.

As a Flinders physiotherapy student, you’ll focus on developing your confidence and sound communication skills, and will learn the importance of holistic, patient-centred care.

Connect with Industry Leaders
Flinders enjoys strong partnerships with more than 80 organizations such as PhysioXtra, Brain Injury SA, Novita and the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. The university’s partnership with the SA Sports Medicine Association provides all Master of Physiotherapy students with the opportunity to gain Level 1 Sports Trainer accreditation.

Many of Flinders’ physiotherapy teaching staff are also active researchers and members of Flinders University’s Caring Futures Institute, so you’ll be equipped with the knowledge of the latest evidence-based practice.


During the Master of Physiotherapy, you will progressively study the following topics:

  • interprofessional practice
  • musculoskeletal practice
  • cardiorespiratory practice
  • neurological rehabilitation
  • health promotion and leadership
  • research in clinical practice
  • complex case and chronic disease

Clinical Placements
The course includes 26 weeks (approximately 1040 hours) of clinical placement. You will be expected to undertake placements in metropolitan Adelaide and in rural or remote areas of South Australia and/or Australia. Placement settings include acute hospital, rehabilitation facilities, aged care, education and research, and/or community and disability care, and are often scheduled outside of normal university teaching weeks. You will be provided with further details on commencement of your studies.

The integrated practice learning focus of placements may be in any of the core practice areas or a combination of cardiorespiratory, neurological, musculoskeletal, and/or orthopedic physiotherapy.

Students are expected to develop and demonstrate competency in all aspects of the physiotherapy role. This includes demonstration of professional behaviours and ethical practice, effective communication, evidence-based practice, and risk management in all aspects of safe and effective physiotherapy assessment, clinical analysis, planning and intervention delivery.

Placements occur across the year, either a full-time block format, attended over five weeks or, in some instances, attended as longitudinal placement over a number of months. The professional placement calendar for each year will be available upon entry to the program.

Health2Go Clinic
The Flinders Health2Go Clinic is a collaboration with the Master of Physiotherapy program where physio students can gain additional clinical placement hours. Staffed by final-year students and supervised by physiotherapy educators from the university, the service provides comprehensive physiotherapy assessment and management. It’s a wonderful opportunity for staff and the broader community to receive quality physiotherapy care at a low cost, while providing a valuable opportunity for students to gain clinical experience.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree in a related discipline from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7/4.0 (approximately 70% +) and have extensive pre-existing knowledge in the following areas:

  • Human anatomy (cell/systems and musculoskeletal) (2 semesters)
  • Human physiology (cell, systems, exercise physiology) (2 semesters)
  • Psychology / sociology (1 semester)
  • Research methods (1 semester)

Admission Timeline

*Offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible as this program can fill quickly.


“…like teaching methods”

Like: 24 hour access to library, transportation, organized activities, location. Like: use of online lectures and in-person practicals, instructors, and teaching methods.

Steven W
Master of Physiotherapy
Flinders University, 2023

“Flinders University is a great university”

Flinders University is a great university. The university provides adequate tools and resources for their students to achieve. The campus is beautiful. I am enjoying my program. I enjoy my program because of the amount of placement and clinical experience we have.

Francis T
Master of Physiotherapy
Flinders University, 2019