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Sports Physiotherapy Major (M ClinPhys)

MClinPhys - MJRP-SPPTM Health Sciences
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

July intake is part-time only and will extend the course duration.

Duration 1 year full-time

If you’re a qualified physiotherapist with an interest in working with athletes and active people, the Master of Clinical Physiotherapy (Sports Physiotherapy) can help you achieve your professional goals.

This course will enable you to integrate the most up-to-date research and evidence-informed management into clinical and sporting physiotherapy practice.

Physiotherapy practice is a significant component of this course, in both the sporting and clinical environment. Experienced sports physiotherapists will supervise you through your clinical practice placements, and will work collaboratively with you to maximise your professional development.

Sports placements are in a variety of settings including elite sporting environments. Your placements will be tailored to suit your area of interest and level of experience.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

A bachelor degree in physiotherapy or equivalent, plus at least two years of relevant clinical experience.

Applicants must be either:

  • a registered physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia OR
  • eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia.

You will need to provide supplementary information with your application.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


July intake is part-time only and will extend the course duration.

Fieldwork requirements

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $28,400*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

The Sports Physiotherapy Major is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and is part of the APA career pathway.

Once you graduate you can apply to become an APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist as well as a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist with the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapists (IFSPT), potentially enhancing global recognition and professional mobility. Sports Physiotherapy titling is a step towards specialisation and becoming a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Career opportunities

A masters qualification in sports physiotherapy can lead to an exciting range of professional roles in elite and recreational sports teams, sporting organisations and private practice environments, opening up career opportunities in more advanced roles.

Sports physiotherapists are working in high level elite sporting organisations as medical directors, head physiotherapists, researchers and educators. It is a requirement to be a titled sports physiotherapist to work with national teams, institutes of sport and Olympic events.

How this course will make you industry ready

The Sports Physiotherapy Major can help you:

  • gain the professional skills to improve your patient management, confidence and enjoyment of your career
  • develop a high-level clinical reasoning skills using the Musculoskeletal Clinical Reasoning Framework to integrate research and evidence-informed practice into clinical practice.
  • develop the professional skills for advanced management of the active and sporting population, considering biopsychosocial factors in assessment and rehabilitation
  • develop manual therapy skills for advanced level assessment and treatment that are relevant to the active and sporting population 
  • develop advanced level management planning skills including targeted exercise rehabilitation for sport-specific and active populations to improve patient outcomes and achieve successful return to sport
  • develop your skills to work with elite level athletes and manage criterion-based return to sport planning.

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