The University of Newcastle, Australia
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97.15 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021

AUD36,610 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 12337
CRICOS code: 039298M

Study physiotherapy

A flexible career helping others.

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Newcastle trains world-class physiotherapists. Our graduates work worldwide, helping individuals of all ages overcome movement disorders caused by injuries, disease and disability. In this rewarding career, you can help restore mobility and quality of life for countless patients.

Once you graduate, you can choose to specialise in an area that interests you. You'll learn to work in a hospital to develop exercise programs for older clients with movement disorders. You'll study courses which will prepare you for work on a sports field, supporting athletes’ mobility and treating injuries. Or you could choose to specialise your degree in child development, helping children and adolescents reach important development milestones through individualised programs.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from research leaders - our University is a global leader in medical and health science research, keeping you on the forefront of breaking research discoveries.
  • World-class facilities - hone your skills using our quality on-campus laboratories outfitted with modern physiotherapy equipment.
  • Hands-on experience - gain 1,000+ hours of significant real-world experience through clinical placements in public and private centres. You may also have the opportunity to travel overseas for an international placement.
  • Tick the boxes for professional registration with the Australian Practitioner Health Regulation Agency (APHRA).
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97% Employed ? within four months of graduating
1,000+ hours ? of clinical placement
12 ? Medical and Health Sciences areas rated at 'well above world standard'
ERA 5 ? 'well above world standard' for human movement and sports science research

What you will study

Your physiotherapy studies will teach you theoretical knowledge in biomedical and behavioural sciences. You will also have plenty of opportunities to hone your skills through hands-on professional placements. As part of your physiotherapy coursework you will:

  • Learn about the movement and function of the human body, gaining the medical skills to help patients overcome movement disorders caused by injuries, disease or disability.
  • Gain professional physiotherapy skills through case-based training and interactive team work activities designed to help you become a creative thinker and self-directed learner.
  • Learn exceptional communication and interpersonal skills needed to work one-on-one with patients as a physiotherapist.
  • Develop critical research skills that will set you in good stead for life-long learning in the field of physiotherapy.

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle allows you to study courses in areas such as:

  • Advanced anatomy and physiology
  • Clinical physiotherapy studies
  • Health promotion
  • Community health
  • Research methodology

All University of Newcastle physiotherapy students graduate with an Honours degree, giving you a distinct advantage when seeking employment. As part of the Honours component you can choose from two study pathways.

Career opportunities

University of Newcastle physiotherapy graduates are equipped and prepared to embark on a rewarding career as physiotherapists, working in public and private practice, as well as hospital settings.

Take a look below for some common roles for physiotherapy graduates.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy are likely to find work in public and private practice, as well as hospital settings. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree students will be fully qualified to apply for registration as a Physiotherapist.

The job titles listed below include physiotherapy specialisations that graduates may pursue with further postgraduate study and experience. Click on the job titles to find out more specific information.

  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist
  • Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist
  • Exercise Rehabilitation/Injury Management Advisor
  • Gerontological Physiotherapist
  • Hand Therapist
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
  • Neurological Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Health Physiotherapist
  • Paediatric Physiotherapist
  • Physiologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Research Scientist
  • Sports Physiotherapist
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • University Lecturer/Academic

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Biomechanist
  • Cardiac Technologist
  • Cardiac/Respiratory Physiologist
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Echocardiography Technologist
  • International Aid/Development Worker
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Sonographer
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Technical Sales Representative

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) has full accreditation awarded by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. After graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Practitioner Health Regulation Agency (APHRA).

Practical experience

Practical experience

Professional placement

All University of Newcastle physiotherapy students complete more than 1,000 hours of professional practice during their degree, starting in first year. During your placement, you are mentored and supervised by qualified physiotherapy professionals.

You can undertake your placement in a variety of settings, both locally and nationally, including mandatory rural placements.

Placement settings could include:

  • community health centres
  • hospital outpatient clinics
  • hospital wards
  • private practices
  • rehabilitation units

You will also have access to quality physiotherapy educational facilities on-campus.