The University of Queensland

Master of Physiotherapy Studies



University Location Brisbane, Queensland
City Population 2.3 million
Student Population 52,350
Int'l Student Population 18,000
Main Campus St Lucia
Program Campus St Lucia
Program Duration 2 years (4 regular semesters & 2 summer semesters)
Estimated Annual Tuition $58,920 AUD (2020 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake November
Next Available Intake November 2020
Application Deadline August 30 each year*
International Places 10 – 15 (40 total)


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.

You will learn from 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.


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.

UQ also has physiotherapy clinics in specialized areas of practice, including developmental paediatrics, 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 1,050 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals, educational facilities, other health care organisations, private practices and UQ’s internal clinics. During your placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop your clinical skills in real-life settings.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of human kinetics/kinesiology or physical or biological sciences); have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your university studies; and completed the Master of Physiotherapy Studies prerequisite subjects as follows:

  • one full year, or two semesters, of human anatomy (including systems and musculoskeletal anatomy); and
  • one full year, or two semesters, of human physiology (including systems and integrative physiology); and
  • one semester of psychology; and
  • one semester of statistics.

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

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 82%.

Admission Timeline

*UQ has a general application deadline of August 30 each year. Please note applications are assessed on a rolling-admissions basis (as they are received)—the sooner you apply the better.


“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.
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.
The University of Queensland, 2018