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Honours Degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy




What will I learn?

Transform lives through freedom of movement

Physiotherapists help us recover, maintain and enhance our ability to move freely and without pain. They help us overcome injury, preserve physical condition during and after illness, and improve athletic performance.

But the psychological impact of that is far from purely technical; it’s a critical component of positive mental health and an enabler of a rewarding quality of life.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) equips you to assess and manage a range of health conditions.

With many courses taught by registered practising physiotherapists, the degree places an emphasis on real-world experience. In over 900 hours of work-based training, you’ll work with children and adults of all ages in multiple settings: public and private health organisations; schools; rehabilitation centres; sporting organisations; aged care and more.

You’ll gain high-level knowledge and skills in: human anatomy, biomechanics and physiology; clinical assessment and management of patients with cardiothoracic, musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunction, and developmental disorders; safe patient handling practices and patient education; broad public health issues; evidence-based, patient-centred care.

You’ll regularly access our purpose-built training facilities and state-of-the-art simulation suites—among Australasia’s most advanced. In addition, you’ll benefit from collaborative learning with key complementary disciplines, speech pathology and occupational therapy.

From third year, you’ll choose one of two streams—research* or industry—and undertake a major project. Research will hone your skills in developing new knowledge; industry focuses on integrating research into practice.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate eligible to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. You could help cancer patients improve their condition—and spirit—during treatment. You could help a range of people better manage a variety of health conditions. You might help a child take their first steps, or you could help someone get back to work, sport or other activities. Those in the research stream may change the way we assess and manage a range of conditions, leading to better health outcomes for the population.

Career Readiness

Qualified physiotherapists have a wide range of career options in metropolitan and rural settings. Physiotherapists work in public and private hospitals, community health care, private practice, aged care, sporting organisations, rehabilitation centres, education, and research.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$43,500.00 (US$ 29,016) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

26 February 2024


The University of Adelaide (Adelaide)

North Terrace,


South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification. IELTS: Overall 6.5; Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 6; TOEFL Internet-based: Overall 79, Reading and Listening: 13, Speaking 18, Writing 21; Pearson – Overall 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50 and Cambridge - Overall 176, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing – 169.

For international students

Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject

IELTS: Overall band score of 7.0 and Band score of 7.0 in all bands; TOEFL total score of 94 with a minimum of 27 in Writing, 23 in Speaking and 24 in Reading and Listening; Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 65 and Skills profile of 65 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening; and Cambridge English-Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 185 and Individual score of 185 in Writing and Speaking, Reading and Listening.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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About The University of Adelaide (UoA)

The University of Adelaide works alongside governments, businesses, and other universities across Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Based in South Australia.
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
  • Top 10 world’s most liveable city (The Economist)

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