Courses in physiotherapy

Learn how to assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems caused by a wide variety of joint, muscle and nerve disorders. Our curriculum incorporates international, local and indigenous perspectives to ensure a breadth and depth in students’ knowledge.

Our courses in physiotherapy are accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC), which qualifies graduates to register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and practice as a physiotherapist in Australia.

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate research

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a clinical allied health profession that aims to rehabilitate and improve the physical well being of patients with movement disorders resulting from a wide variety of joint, muscle and nerve disorders.

Physiotherapists are responsible for assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing injuries utilising drug-free techniques such as exercise, adapted equipment, education, and motivation.

Physiotherapy is used to manage a wide range of conditions including neurological illnesses, movement disorders in children, rehabilitation after injury, post-operative recovery, and chronic conditions such as asthma.   

Career opportunities

Physiotherapists work in diverse settings including hospitals and healthcare organisations, private practice, sports settings, workplaces, schools, universities and research institutions.

Career paths include a range of specialised clinical areas such as sports medicine, paediatrics, orthopaedics, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, neurological physiotherapy, cardio-respiratory physiotherapy and more.

Research opportunities

Applied research in physiotherapy at the University of Sydney is aimed at improving evidence-based treatment and prevention strategies to improve the lives of people with physical disorders or disabilities. Our research staff support higher degree research candidates to develop research expertise.

Research Supervisor Connect matches your research interests to available PhD and master’s research opportunities and supervisors.


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