University of Queensland Physiotherapy School in Australia
Program Overview - Master of Physiotherapy Studies
University and Faculty:
The University of Queensland
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
St. Lucia, Brisbane
2 calendar years
(6 semesters: 4 regular semesters and 2 summer semesters)
November each year
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition:
$53,180 AUD (2018; over 3 semesters)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition:
$114,809 AUD (2018; estimated, over two full years)
The University of Queensland Physiotherapy School offers a graduate-entry two-year Master of Physiotherapy Studies designed for
those students who have a bachelor's degree and wish to gain qualifications to register as a physiotherapist.
The objectives of the Master of Physiotherapy Studies program are
- to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, skills and clinical competencies required of an entry-level graduate in
- to develop abilities to extend knowledge in physiotherapy practice and organizational management, and to provide skills in
research for physiotherapy.
The Physiotherapy School at the University of Queensland offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to
facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master's-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies
introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an
initial summer semester. 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.
There are 40 spots available in the program; 30 places for domestic Australians and 10 places for international
students. For the 2016 intake, 10 international student offers were awarded to OzTREKK students.
About the UQ Physiotherapy Standardised Patients’ (SP) program, a distinctive, intensive and innovative program using trained actors to portray patients in authentic simulated environments.
Unique Features of the Program
UQ physiotherapy students develop an understanding of the principles of scientific method, critical analysis and research
design and apply them to professional practice. Students learn to appreciate the physiotherapist's role in health promotion,
injury prevention and effective treatment planning, implementation and evaluation.
Graduates possess an integrated body of knowledge, the clinical abilities, problem-solving skills and professional attributes
to provide competent physiotherapy service in a wide range of contexts. They are also committed to self-learning and professional
growth, and adapt to change and respond to challenge.
Why Canadians Like the Program
Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the UQ Master of Physiotherapy Studies program!
2013 Intake Reviews
"The campus is beautiful and its great to learn from leading researchers in physiotherapy at UQ. I dislike having classes
with undergraduates because it changes the dynamics of the class from more mature grad students to students who start
packing up early at the end of class to leave. Furthermore, I find the graduate program is not well organized. We have
undergraduate classes where previous courses that the undergrads have already taken naturally flow into them, where our
knowledge is not at yet at that level and so we are constantly playing the catch up game. It would be a much better program
if graduate students had their own classes that naturally progressed into each other. The other issue with the program -
never enough TAs to help out with prac class. The ones we have are incredibly helpful and great sources of knowledge, but
the ratio to students is not high enough to get proper feedback."
"The University of Queensland is a beautiful campus that is very easy to become accustomed to. The staff in the international
office are extremely helpful with processing all your papers require us international students very little effort or confusion.
As far as I've experienced as well the teaching personel are unbelievable. They are very helpful and approachable. They truely
have the students best interests in mind. The campus transit and accessibility is also excellent. There are a few things I've
notcied about the University of Queensland that I disagree with. They charge students a ridiculous amount for everything. As
an example a gym membership is nearly $500 and an additional $180 if you want a locker. They have you pay for things you would
expect to be included in your tuition fees, after all we are paying an extreme amount to attend. Once Canadian students arrive
to begin there program the majority of the students have left for the summer holidays and everything on campus is closed.
Very difficult to find study area during the summer semester or even cafes and cafeteria are closed. The University of
Queensland offers a great Masters of Physiotherapy Program. I've enjoyed it thoroughly thus far and have no complaints
regarding the program. The combination of pracs and lectures helps students grasp concepts quickly and how to relate theory
to the clinic. Despite the heavy workload and a few stressful moments with a little hard work everything is very managealble."
"I like that the program is very hands on and they have a great reputation world wide. I didn't like that in the summer term
it was a little disorganised. it is a great program anf what makes it great are the people that are teaching you. We
learn from the leaders in the field and get the most current education."
"The University of Queensland is a beautiful campus that is very easy to become accustomed to. The staff in the international
office are extremely helpful with processing all your papers require us international students very little effort or
confusion. As far as I've experienced as well the teaching personel are unbelievable. They are very helpful and approachable.
They truely have the students best interests in mind. The campus transit and accessibility is also excellent.
The University of Queensland offers a great Masters of Physiotherapy Program. I've enjoyed it thoroughly thus far and have no
complaints regarding the program. The combination of pracs and lectures helps students grasp concepts quickly and how to
relate theory to the clinic. Despite the heavy workload and a few stressful moments with a little hard work everything
is very managealble."
"Likes: -small class sizes -friendly and approachable staff and educators. It's a good experience. Overall the university and
program both provide good quality education."
"I would tell them that UQ is a welcoming, beautiful campus, with all kinds of different people and things to do on
campus everyday. You have everything you want, from good food to a good sport atmosphere. Physiotherapy is a really
close knit program, and from day one you get right into practical exoeriences as well as lecture format. the combination of
both will give you the most out of your learning experience, for sure!"
"I like the fact that the graduate program is small so that i've gotten a chance to be friends with all my classmates. Also
the university is known for its research and experts in the field of physiotherapy and its great to be taught by all
these experts. The program is intense and there is a lot of emphasise on self based learning but it is very interesting and
you learn a lot and get a lot of hands on practice as well."
"The program itself is amazing, what I want to learn about, tough, but necessary in order to be a physio. The location
and bus service is great. It is a big beautiful campus, with excellent profs and will learn tons!"
"We have incredible professors here and are getting a fantastic education but the program is extremely hard and stressful,
more so than anyone seemed to realize ahead of time. I really like all of the practical time we get to work hands on with
our classmates but also to practice real life situations during assessments. The program is extremely well set up and you
learn heaps. UQ is also a really gorgeous campus which is a bonus. UQ is a really great campus and has a lot of very
knowledgeable professors. Specifically in physio we have several world renowned professors which really round out our
education. However, the program is very full on and stressful so you need to be prepared to really devote all of your
time to your studies."
"Like: the material I am learning, my classmates, professors, beautiful campus. Dislike: the international student costs!
Masters in Physio at UQ is a lot of work and studying, but it is like that any where you take physio so you might as well
do it in Australia! With renowned physiotherapists teaching you, you can be sure you're learning the latest in physiotherapy."
"I love the campus and being in Australia. The professors are great and a lot of them are key researchers in the
physiotherapy community. The program is very challenging, and time is going really fast, but overall I am enjoying the program.
It's full on. Lots of work to do. But worth it. You get to meet tons of new people from a bit of everywhere."
"Like: Beautiful campus, great professors, small class. Dislike: -organization of program. Great university, easy to get around.
PT program is difficult, and frustrating at times."
"I love the program and all the lecturers are among the top in their feilds and they all will help you in any way they can. The
university itself is so beautiful and everyone at the university is so friendly, its an amazing place to learn! The UQ physio
program is really diverse with 10 internationals, Kiwi's and Australians so its a crazy fun mixture of people! There are tons
of other canadians at the uni so for things like the olympics you can always find people to celebrate Canada with if you want
or are homesick :)"
"The program has been great, the class size is fairly small which allows for great individual feedback iwhich is really
valuable in a hands on program. The professors and other students have been great resources and amazing people to meet.
The program is amazing, the knowledge base of the professors and the design of the program seems to be really help you get
the most out of the program. There is a great opportunity to learn up and coming techniques based on the leading research
in the field coming from Australia."
"I love the Uni. The campus is beautiful!!! and it's great to be in Australia!! I love being in the program. I think it's
great to do a master program in another country. It's offered life experience that I wouldn't have gained by staying in
Canada. In some way the program at this university is geared more toward the undergraduate program and it for the GEM students
it seems a bit disjointed, but it's only the beginning and I'm sure it will all come together in the end.
Overall it's a great program and a great experience. The staff are awesome and super supportive. There are a lot of great
researchers involved in the uni. and I would recommend looking into programs in australia."
"I would tell them that the University of Queensland is one of the most renowned/presitigious universities in Australia and
studying physiotherapy here would be a great choice since we are being taught by experienced professors and associate
lecturers/researchers. UQ is also really known for its research and the teachers are very approachable and are always there
to help. program coordinators can sometimes be a bit disorganized."
Other noted comments from OzTREKK students who are currently completing the UQ MPT program:
Exams are very applicable, not just theory. Also performing abilities are examined.
The fact that the professors are on a first-name basis makes them seem much more approachable.
The campus is beautiful, which makes you really excited to study here.
Everything is laid out well and easy to understand and follow.
The school calendar is planned one year ahead, so holidays home can be figured out.
Australia was an awesome place to spend Christmas!
The holiday season in Australia felt very wrong with no snow, but I survived! We had all the Canadians in the
program, mostly OzTREKK kids, over to our place for a turkey dinner, so it was great!
One thing I really like about University of Queensland is how easily accessible it is. I'm fortunate enough to
live very close to UQ that I can walk but I also have the option to ride my bike, take the bus or the ferry.
Everyone is so friendly and helpful which makes for a very enjoyable experience!
Everything I've learned seems so practical to the working world.
The material is laid out in a very exciting way.
Nice-looking campus right on the water, well-kept buildings, clean environment.
Professional Certification/Accreditation Information
Canadian students who wish to practice as a physiotherapist upon their return to Canada should visit the Canadian Alliance of
Physiotherapy Regulators' website for accreditation and certification information: www.alliancept.org/
There are four basic components that are part of the certification process when you return to Canada and it is important that
each applicant understand the steps involved in this process.
Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
There are 10 places available in the program each year for international students, including students from Canada. Offers will
be made to applicants with the highest academic rank.
To be eligible to apply to this physiotherapy program, 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 that 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
Past successful OzTREKK applicants achieved cumulative GPAs in their four-year undergraduate studies of approximately 78% to 82%.
Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to
commencing UQ Master of Physiotherapy Studies program.
Total Number of Places in the Program: 40
Number of Places Available for International Students: approximately 10 - 15
Application Deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of May 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply
as early as possible.