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Master of  Occupational Therapy Studies

Program code: 5147

Delivery location

St Lucia


2.5 Years full-time


Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Build on your undergraduate degree and qualify as an accredited Occupational Therapist in just 2.5 years with UQ's Master of Occupational Therapy Studies.

  • The Master of Occupational Therapy Studies is designed for students with an approved degree and who have completed courses in human anatomy, statistics, human physiology, and social science (including psychology, sociology, or anthropology).
  • Integrate your previous studies with the principles of occupational therapy practice. This program will see you develop the interdisciplinary knowledge and professional skills needed to practice as an Occupational Therapist.
  • Undertake a range of research-focused courses. You will complete advanced training in clinical reasoning and health research, furthering your understanding of the role of evidence in occupational therapy practice.
  • Be confident and job-ready with more than 1000 hours on fieldwork and supervised placements. Our placements reflect the diversity of occupational therapy practice, and meet the standards set by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy.

Build a rewarding career helping people overcome barriers that affect their participation in life.

  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    We've offered studies in occupational therapy since 1955 and are international leaders in the fields of teaching and research. Our health and medical sciences researchers scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA awards.

  • Teaching spaces

    Dedicated clinical learning facilities

    UQ has a dedicated Occupational Therapy Clinic where you'll practice your clinical skills during your training. In the simulated hospital ward and the simulated mini-house you'll prepare for hospital and community practice.

  • Students
    “I gained so much knowledge while on clinical placement and I really valued this practical aspect of the program. These experiences aided my theoretical learning in the classroom as I could put scenarios I experienced on placement into context.” Lauren, Master of Occupational Therapy Studies student, Canada
  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    You'll be taught by experienced occupational therapy educators and researchers who specialise in areas including disability and participation, aphasia, and occupational performance. Learning from the best will give you a solid foundation to begin your career.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies typically work across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, both in Australia and internationally. They may work in:

  • public and private hospitals
  • community health centres and agencies
  • rehabilitation units (medical, psychiatric and vocational)
  • aged care facilities
  • primary and secondary schools
  • private practice
  • industry and government institutions
  • nursing homes
  • psychiatric clinics and hostels
  • residential and rehabilitation centres for people with intellectual disabilities
  • supported accommodation, employment and leisure services for people with mental issues
  • housing and design services
  • early intervention units in regular and special schools
  • independent living centres
  • research institutions.

Other graduates use the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies to further their research ambitions and proceed to a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they can continue to develope their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


Applicants must hold a bachelor degree and have completed university level studies in statistics, human anatomy, human physiology, and social sciences.

Please see additional application information for further details on entry requirements.

Entry is competitive based on GPA with a limited intake capacity

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0. The GPA cut-off for those offered a place in 2018 was 4.3.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students undertake over 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals, educational facilities, other health care organisations, private practices and UQ's internal clinics. During placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life settings.

Students will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from year one before commencing full-time clinical placement blocks during year three.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Occupational Therapy Australia

Accreditation body

The Master of Occupational Therapy Studies is accredited by:

  • Occupational Therapy Council, World Federation Of Occupational Therapy

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $28,320
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • A clinical uniform shirt is required and may be purchased from the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies is 5147. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

To be considered for enrolment, an applicant must:
  1. hold a bachelor degree; study in fields such as health, education, social, physical or biological sciences is recommended.
  2. if the bachelor degree was completed more than 10 years prior to program commencement, have subsequently completed a postgraduate qualification, or a minimum of 8 units/4 courses of university level study.
  3. have successfully completed, within the 10 years prior to program commencement, the following university level study:
    • 2 units (1 course) in statistics; and
    • 2 units (1 course) in human anatomy; and
    • 2 units (1 course) in human physiology; and
    • 4 units (2 courses) in social sciences, e.g. introductory psychology, sociology, anthropology.

    Suitable UQ pre-requisite courses

    StatisticsSTAT1201 or PSYC1040
    Human AnatomyBIOM2020 or BIOM3002
    Human PhysiologyBIOM2011 or BIOM2012
    PsychologyPSYC1020 or PSYC1030

    Domestic students enrolled in the MOccThySt may be eligible for income support and should contact Centrelink.

    This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

    For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - April 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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