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C04306v1 Master of Physiotherapy

Award(s): Master of Physiotherapy (MPhysio)
UAC code: 940912 (Calendar B Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 091975B
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 96
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Applications
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Master of Physiotherapy is a two-year, graduate-entry degree leading to eligibility for registration as a physiotherapist in Australia. Innovative and practice-based in approach, the course's core areas of study include musculoskeletal, sport rehabilitation, neurological, orthopaedic and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, across the lifespan.

In addition to core areas of physiotherapy, students have the opportunity to learn about evidence-based and professional practice, interprofessional teamwork, leadership, and undertake a research project. Advanced subjects include treatment of complex patients, health promotion and community rehabilitation, telehealth and quality assurance. All students develop a professional portfolio, designed to reflect professional competencies.

Developed by leading physiotherapy academics, the course's subject matter is delivered in an integrated, student-focused manner, making use of cutting-edge technologies. The course has been developed in consultation with experienced physiotherapy clinicians, ensuring strong links with the profession.

Over the two-year course students complete approximately 700 hours of clinical placement, sourced for them, addressing a variety of client groups across the lifespan. Clinical placements in hospitals and private practice are carefully selected to complement in-class learning and offer supervision by experienced physiotherapists. Students are allocated placements within the Sydney metropolitan area, with potential opportunities also available in rural and regional settings.

Course aims

The course aims to prepare students for role as registered physiotherapists, competent to apply their knowledge and skills to the assessment and practical care of humans across the lifespan. The course goes beyond traditional educational models to engage students in self-directed and problem-based learning to develop their professionalism, critical reasoning skills and experience with emerging technologies.

Career options

Physiotherapists work in a variety of specialisations across public, private or community settings, sporting clubs and rehabilitation centres. The UTS Master of Physiotherapy prepares you for a rewarding career as a clinician with the skills to specialise in musculoskeletal, sport, neurological, paediatric, cardiorespiratory rehabilitation, academia or research.

Course intended learning outcomes

.01 Integrate core biomedical and social health science knowledge across the breadth of physiotherapy practice to inform assessment and safe, competent and skilled practical care of individuals across the lifespan as an autonomous practitioner and as a member of an interprofessional team.
.02 Identify impairment, activity and participation deficits in individuals in accordance with the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health framework and develop evidence-based care plans in accordance with best-practice physiotherapy.
.03 Provide empathetic, compassionate and respectful patient-focused care, facilitating client self-management, advocating for best-practice care and empowering clients by education.
.04 Embody the physiotherapy profession, demonstrating globally relevant ethical and professional behaviour and social accountability, while utilising deliberate critical analysis, self-reflection and self-awareness to constantly improve practice.
.05 Critically analyses the evidence underpinning practice and effectively applies new knowledge to practice, conducts and disseminate high quality research to improve professional knowledge and influence direction of future practice.
.06 Communicate effectively using high level interpersonal skills in both traditional modes of communication and when integrating advances in technology and methods of intervention delivery into patient care.
.07 Engage in leadership and collaboration, representing the profession in interprofessional teams and seeking advanced practitioner roles to ensure the future vitality of the profession.
.08 Demonstrate respect and value for diverse ways of knowing, being and doing, in particular recognising the diversity of Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing and integrating this knowledge into practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Entry is competitive and assessment is based on grade point average (GPA). Applicants must have completed the following prerequisites at a tertiary level within the past 10 years:

  • two human anatomy subjects (structural and functional)
  • one human physiology subject
  • one exercise physiology subject
  • one neuroscience subject
  • one psychology subject, and
  • one research methods subject

For prerequisite checking, students must provide a copy of the subject or unit descriptions from the university handbook (or equivalent) of the university where they completed the subjects. If students are unsure whether the previous study meets prerequisite requirements, they should email the subject outlines for pre-assessment.

UTS: Health degrees that may be recognised for entry into the Master of Physiotherapy include:

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (C10300)
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Management (C10301)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (C10360)
  • Bachelor of Human Movement (no longer offered)
  • Bachelor of Management in Sport and Exercise (no longer offered).

Note: students need to complete the prerequisites as electives within each degree listed above.

Selected applicants are required to undertake a short interview with a panel. Applicants are assessed in the areas of communication skills, interpersonal skills, interest in physiotherapy, and commitment to physiotherapy as a career.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Applications

Local students

Domestic applicants apply via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly at an information session (see how to apply for further information).

Applications should include a certified copy of any relevant academic transcript(s), subject outlines, and any other relevant supporting documentation.

International students

International applicants apply via UTS: International.

Course duration and attendance

The course is an intensive two-year, full-time degree. In addition to coursework during sessions, students are required to undertake clinical placements during session and block clinical placements during mid-session breaks.

Course structure

This course comprises a total of 96 credit points. Students undertake a total of 12 6-credit-point subjects and four 6-credit-point clinical subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91190 Core subjects (Physiotherapy) 96cp
Total 96cp

Course program

A typical course program is provided below.

Year 1
Calendar B Autumn session
96080 Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning   6cp
96081 Professional Practice   6cp
96082 Core Practice for Physiotherapists   6cp
96083 Pain Neuroscience and Management   6cp
Calendar B Spring session
96084 Sub-acute Rehabilitation   6cp
96085 Outpatient Rehabilitation   6cp
96086 Research Project 1   6cp
96087 Clinical Placement 1   6cp
Year 2
Calendar B Autumn session
96088 Acute Physiotherapy Care   6cp
96089 Prevention and Rehabilitation in the Community   6cp
96090 Specialist Practice   6cp
96091 Clinical Placement 2   6cp
Calendar B Spring session
96092 Research Project 2   6cp
96093 Transition to Practice   6cp
96094 Clinical Placement 3   6cp
96095 Clinical Placement 4   6cp

Professional recognition

The Master of Physiotherapy is fully accredited (with conditions) by the Australian Physiotherapy Council, and approved by the Australian Physiotherapy Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a qualification leading to registration as a physiotherapist in Australia.

Other information

Register to attend an information session and/or contact:
UTS: Physiotherapy
email gsh.future@uts.edu.au
telephone +61 2 9514 1448