The University of Queensland

Master of Physiotherapy Studies

Graduate

Details

University Location Brisbane, Queensland
City Population 2.5 million
Student Population 56,278
Int'l Student Population 20,982
Main Campus St Lucia
Program Campus St Lucia
Program Duration 2 years (4 regular semesters & 2 summer semesters)
Estimated Annual Tuition $61,720 AUD (2023 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake November
Next Available Intake 2023
Application Deadline August 30 each year*
International Places 26 (64 total)

Overview

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland has a long tradition of high achievement in teaching and research in audiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology. As one of Australia’s leading health and rehabilitation educators, ​the school is recognized internationally for its teaching and research staff, alumni, and quality of students.

Established in 1938, the physiotherapy program features experienced physiotherapy educators, researchers, and clinicians who are specialists in the areas of disability and participation, musculoskeletal health and injury, and occupational performance so you will gain a solid foundation for your physio career.

Supporting the school’s strong research contributions are two Centres of Clinical Research Excellence, along with a number of research centres, units, and collaborations which enhance UQ’s research capacity and translation of research into practice.

Program

The Master of Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland will introduce you to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester (November – January). It focuses on developing core knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory, and physiotherapy across the lifespan, and integrates this knowledge and skill and application of clinical reasoning in supervised clinical practice. The program also incorporates advanced training in clinical reasoning, independent research, and health management.

As a UQ physiotherapy student, you will participate in the UQ Physiotherapy Standardised Patients program, an award-winning program in which you “become” the physiotherapist and practice skills on trained actors in simulated clinical settings.

Clinical Practice
UQ features physiotherapy clinics in specialized areas of practice, including developmental pediatrics, musculoskeletal and sports injury, and neurology, ageing, and balance. You’ll get to apply your knowledge and develop practical skills during your studies.

You will engage in clinical experiences from Year 1 before commencing full-time clinical placement blocks during Year 2, when you will undertake more than 1,025 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings including hospitals, educational facilities, other health care organizations, private practices, and UQ’s internal clinics.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree (related discipline preferred), from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3/4.0 (approximately 65% +) and have extensive pre-existing knowledge in the following areas:

  • Human anatomy, including musculoskeletal anatomy (one semester)
  • Human physiology, including systems (one semester)

Please note the above criteria are minimum requirements. Once prerequisites are met, entry is via a competitive selection process based on grade point average.

OzTREKK recommends that you apply for this program if you have achieved a minimum 75% cumulative average in your university studies. Past successful OzTREKK applicants achieved cumulative GPAs in their four-year undergraduate studies of approximately 78% to 83%.

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline is the end of August each year, applications are assessed on a rolling-admissions basis (as they are received)—the sooner you apply the better. This program fills early.  (This program filled July 26, 2022 for the November 2022 intake.)

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“The program is very professional”

Love it,  UQ is beautiful and a top university.  The program is very professional and my professors are super helpful. Content is also very interesting. Review your anatomy.  

Haeley K
Master of Physiotherapy Studies
The University of Queensland, 2019

“I’m learning a ton and well on my way to becoming a Physio”

Great program I'm learning lots and great campus with lots to do all the time. it's difficult but I feel I'm learning a ton and well on my way to becoming a Physio. I would suggest doing some [anatomy] review before starting because it with help with every class down here.

James D
Master of Physiotherapy Studies
The University of Queensland, 2019

“I get lots of hands on practical classes”

I like my university as it has a great atmosphere to study and the campus is also great. I am enjoying my program because I get lots of hands on practical classes which helps deepens my knowledge.

Konnie C
Master of Physiotherapy Studies
The University of Queensland, 2019

“I love my program, so much hands on activity already in our first year.”

I love the university! Great atmosphere, beautiful campus, and well developed programs. I love my program, so much hands on activity already in our first year. It's a bit more difficult than I had imagined but I'm loving the challenge. Get ready to work hard but also enjoy yourself along the way! Make time to meet people and build relationships so you have a good foundation to put the hard work in.

Bronte B
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
The University of Queensland, 2019

“I liked how the classes are smaller and every course also has a practical class”

I wanted the opportunity to study abroad and UQ has a really good reputation it also helps that the campus is gorgeous! The GEMS physio program is two intense years, but through those two years you make some really good friends... I liked how the classes are smaller and every course also has a practical class, meaning you get to take what you learned in the lecture and try them out yourself.  When they recommend you brush up on your anatomy, it really does help! Also you really... Read More

Julia P
Master of Physiotherapy Studies
The University of Queensland, 2019

“UQ is rated one of the highest in Australia and I’m hoping to take a lot back home especially manual handling skills which is years ahead of Canada.”

I like that our class is of 38 which means we have greater exposure with professors and they teach us handling techniques themselves. UQ is rated one of the highest in Australia and I'm hoping to take a lot back home especially manual handling skills which is years ahead of Canada.

Tony K
Master of Physiotherapy Studies
The University of Queensland, 2018

“In the 8 months I’ve studied here I feel like I have learned so much.”

I love UQ and this program. It’s intense but so fulfilling. In the 8 months I’ve studied here I feel like I have learned so much. The professors are awesome and you really feel as if you are getting the best most up to date evidence presented to you every day.

Joel T.
Master of Physiotherapy Studies
The University of Queensland, 2018