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University of Sydney Physiotherapy School in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Physiotherapy (MPT)

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University and Faculty: University of Sydney
Faculty of Health Sciences
Program: Master of Physiotherapy (MPT)
University Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 5 million
Student Population: 60,000
Campus Location: Cumberland campus
(in Lidcombe, a suburb of Sydney)
Program Duration: 2 years
Semester Intake: Semester 1 (March) each year
Next Avail. Intake: March 2020
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $56,000 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $112,000 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

The University of Sydney offers a two year, graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program, which is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist.

The Master of Physiotherapy at Sydney University aims to

  • prepare graduates to become professional physiotherapists by providing them with the education to properly assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems caused by a wide variety of joint, muscle and nerve disorders; and
  • encourage the undertaking of research within the profession.

Coursework throughout this program builds on the major areas of the profession, such as musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological physiotherapy, as well as looking at the profession in its societal context.

Sydney physiotherapy students complete four block-mode clinical placements throughout their program, which are complemented by coursework studies. Sydney MPT students are required to complete at least one of those placements in a rural or regional location. Eligible students are also given the opportunity to complete the "Faculty of Health Science (FHS) Abroad" program, in which six elective credits from the final year of the program can be undertaken South and South East Asia.

Clinical and academic components to this program seek to create graduates who are ready to enter the profession and who have a range of experience in different social and clinical contexts.

Some of the clinical and professional fieldwork sites that Sydney MPT students have attended previously:

  • 3 Combat Support Hospital, RAAF Base, Richmond
  • Alice Betteridge School, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
  • Byron District Hospital
  • Hunter Brain Injury Service
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society, NSW/VIC
  • Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick
  • Rehab on the Move
  • Sutherland Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic

Unique Features of the Program

The Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences has a whole campus dedicated to its programs, located on the Cumberland Campus in Lidcombe, which is 16 kilometers from the city centre. Students entering the Master of Physiotherapy on this campus will have access to amenities such as a Health Science Library, specialized laboratories and discipline specific equipment, on-site health clinics a state-of-the-art sports centre and recreational and social amenities.

Eligible students in the University of Sydney's MPT degree are given the opportunity to complete the "Faculty of Health Science (FHS) Abroad" program, in which six elective credits from the final year of study can be undertaken in South and South East Asia. This opportunity allows Sydney Health Sciences students to make a meaningful contribution to a community in need and gain hands-on experience in community development through a 4- to 6-week placement with non-government organizations and other development agencies. In past years, students were placed in destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Nepal.


Why Canadians Like the Program

On top of being able to study in Sydney, which is one of Australia's largest and exciting cities, students undertaking the Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney have to opportunity to study within one of the largest health science faculties in Australia. The Master of Physiotherapy program itself aims to create graduates who are able to deal with the prevention and treatment of human movement disorders, but on a wider picture, also seeks to create graduates who are ready to enter their profession in a number of settings, such as health care organizations, community, sports and workplace settings, schools and private practices.

Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy program!

"The Aussies are extremely friendly and the students and staff made me feel incredibly welcomed. The weather here is warm, no need for winter jackets, which is what I'm used to in the Canadian climate. I like the layout of the courses. The material is relevant, up to date and organized in the way it is presented by the university staff. I dislike my campus and it's location. The main university campus in downtown Sydney has many more facilities and overall a more enjoyable study environment. It also has a swimming pool, where I would love to go for a swim after my classes. The Health Science campus is located across the street from the largest cemetery I've ever seen and I find that many students simply go straight home after their classes."

"I like meeting new students and learning from them. I dont particularly like the teaching style, I feel that the professors are not as in depth as I am used to from Canada. It is a great program and the experience is priceless."

"it's very hands on and interesting. very practical based especially my program"

"The best part about being in australia is meeting people from all over the world and being 'dropped' into a new melting pot of culture......the beaches and great weather certainly doesn't hurt. I dislike the location of the health science campus for our program and the facilities are a bit dated. The other thing i disliked about the program was that they did not accept the canadian St. John's ambulance first aid certificate that has the same certifications here. The administrators expected us to take their exact program and pay more money, especially since we had already been certified by the programs in Canada. I like the program and its reputation for world renowned manual therapy. The transition to the culture was streamline once you get your flat situated. The program offers a lot of professional opportunities to become involved at all levels of school."

"I dislike their enrollment method and process at the University of Sydney. Everything is slower and more confusing. I would tell other Canadians to take a plunge and study abroad."

"Don't like the small secluded campus in the middle of nowhere. No atmosphere of being in uni, just going to uni and leaving right after cause nothing opens later than 6 usually. Things are quite slow on this campus and don't have much information about bus passes or about anything administrative because they aren't the main campus."

"I like the other students, professors and teachers. I also like the hands on tutorials. I dislike the size and lack of things to do on campus (Cumberland campus). it is worth coming overseas to study here. They would learn a lot and the classes are very enjoyable."

"Program is fun here and is definitely an experience to be here right now. Dislike the large classroom sizes and the program seems to be a bit disorganized. I like the program that there are tutorial classes to help with further education."

"I love the material being presented and the hands on part of the courses. Everything I learn is very practical. I am also very happy with the friends I have made thus far. There isn't really anything I dislike about the program. I am loving life! It is a great program with heaps of good instructors that know what they are talking about. They are happy to be there to teach you the skills you need to succeed as a physiotherapist."

"I really like the tutorials as it is a lot of hands on practical work. It allows more interaction with your classmates. University of sydney (Cumberland) is a much smaller campus so you don't feel overwhelmed and the program is very interesting."

"Its amazing! And totally worth the trip and time away from home while you are down here! Dislike: Being so far away from family and the tuition rates. Likes: The WEATHER! Everything here is so alive all the time! I love it! :D It is also nice that I don't have to learn a new language to study here (although the English is a little different)."

"Dislikes: the cost (really expensive), they aren't very organised prior to the start of school, Lidcombe campus is quite a trek away from the main campus (and pretty much anything) Likes: the tutors are quite friendly and answer questions well, the campus has most required amenities (adequate study spaces and computer access), the program starts at a relatively slower pace so you can ease in to it. "

Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The University of Sydney's Master of Physiotherapy program is accredited with the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for registration as physiotherapists with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and may be eligible to study and work overseas.

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

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

1. Completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5/7, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between 65% and 74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

3. Have extensive pre-existing knowledge in the following 5 areas:
  • human anatomy
  • human physiology
  • exercise physiology
  • neuroscience
  • psychology

OzTREKK recommends that you apply for this program if you have achieved a minimum 65% cumulative average in your university studies. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply. Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Sydney MPT program.

Sydney MPT applicants will be offered places of admission based on academic merit/standing. The Faculty of Health Sciences will assess MPT applications on a rolling admissions basis.

There are approximately 40 - 45 places for international students. This number can vary each year, depending on quality of applicants.


Total Number of Places in the Program: Approx. 165 - 170

Number of Places Available for International Students: approximately 40 - 45

Application Deadline: October 30 each year; however, offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible as this program can fill quickly.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Lindsay Rewi

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