The Master of Physiotherapy is a 72-unit coursework program which is offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.  It requires two years of full time study and is not offered externally or on a part-time basis.  

The course equips graduates to meet the entry level competency standards specified by the Australian professional accrediting body, the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally:

  • hold an approved degree with a GPA of no less than 5.0, or an equivalent qualification; and
  • have either completed the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Principles of Physiotherapy major) at Flinders University OR demonstrated that they have completed the following pre-requisite topics:
    • the equivalent of 9 units of human physiology, including detailed exercise physiology;
    • the equivalent of 9 units of anatomy, including detailed musculoskeletal anatomy;
    • the equivalent of 4.5 units of study focussed on an understanding of the human and social environment and social perspectives in health such as psychology and sociology;
    • the equivalent of 4.5 units study of research methods; and
    • the equivalent of 4.5 units of study in communication skills.

The Faculty Board may however, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

This is a professional entry-level course covering essential material for registration; credit will not normally be awarded for prior learning unless applicants are transferring from other postgraduate entry-level physiotherapy courses.

Course aims

The overall aims of the program are to:

  • prepare students for professional practice as Physiotherapists.  Graduates will be able to practise across a range of settings, including rural and remote areas.  Emphasis will be placed on preparing a contemporary health professional to be client-centred and to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team.  The course aims have been developed to ensure that graduates meet the Australian Standards for Physiotherapy (Australian Physiotherapy Council).

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • identify and apply key theoretical and practice approaches within physiotherapy;
  • integrate physiotherapy knowledge and skills to manage disorders across the lifespan in a wide variety of settings with both individuals and populations including rural and remote health;
  • collaborate and communicate with clients to meet their health needs in a culturally sensitive manner;
  • select physiotherapy interventions relevant to the needs of clients using reflective and evidence-based practice;
  • apply physiotherapy skills in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of clients and in health promotion and disease prevention;
  • collaborate and communicate effectively with other health professions in providing high quality health care; and
  • reflect on their practice and plan their ongoing professional development as lifelong learners.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Physiotherapy, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

Students who commence the Master of Physiotherapy but elect not to complete that degree may be eligible to be awarded with the Graduate Diploma in Health Studies, subject to passing 36 units of study from the core topics in the Master of Physiotherapy or a minimum of 27 units of study from core topics in the Master of Physiotherapy and a maximum of 9 units of study from elective topics from other relevant graduate awards in the university.

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 PHYT8001  Musculoskeletal Practice 1  (9 units)
 PHYT8002  Performance of Movement and Function   (4.5 units)
 PHYT8003  Cardiorespiratory Practice   (4.5 units)
 PHYT8007  Musculoskeletal Practice 2  (9 units)
 PHYT8011  Physiotherapy Clinical Practice  (4.5 units)
 REHB8101  Interprofessional Practice  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 AGES9026 Design and Ethics in Research with Vulnerable Populations  (4.5 units)
 PHYT8004  Neurological Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 PHYT9006  Complex Case and Advanced Practice  (4.5 units)
 PHYT8008  Clinical Practicum 1 (Clinical Placements 3 and 4)  (9 units)
 PHYT9009  Clinical Practicum 2 (Clinical Placements 5 and 6)  (9 units)
 PHYT9010  Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management (4.5 units)

Except with the permission of the Faculty Board:

  • the course must be completed within four consecutive years, or where credit has been granted for previous work, a period determined by the Board;
  • a student may not proceed to a higher year unless they have satisfactorily completed the previous year’s topics.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or failure to complete the course within four consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.