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Master of Occupational Therapy Studies

Overview

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

Occupational therapists (OTs) help people of all ages improve their quality of life and overcome barriers that affect their everyday activities. OTs use a range of treatment strategies to help people affected by injury or illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delays or ageing.

This two-and-a-half years program focuses on the practice of occupational therapy, emphasising the use of prior skills and knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of OT practice and the development of advanced adult learning skills for ongoing professional development.

The program is designed to build on your previous studies with the principles of occupational therapy practice and see you develop the interdisciplinary knowledge and professional skills needed to practice as an OT. You'll undertake a range of research-focused courses and complete advanced training in clinical reasoning and health research, furthering your understanding of the role of evidence in occupational therapy practice.

Throughout the program you'll undertake more than 1000 hours of supervised clinical placements in UQ’s Occupational Therapy Clinics located at the St Lucia campus and in hospitals, schools and other healthcare organisations.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5147
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$47136 (indicative per year)
Duration
2.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5147
CRICOS Code
002041G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Build on your undergraduate degree and qualify as an accredited Occupational Therapist in just 2.5 years
  • Be confident and job-ready with more than 1000 hours on fieldwork and supervised placements.
  • Learn from experienced occupational therapy educators and join an internationally leading school with more than 60 years of occupational therapy teaching and research.

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Occupational Performance & Evaluation across the Lifespan
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Promoting Occupational Performance for People with Chronic Medical and Mental Health Conditions
  • Social Change in Occupational Therapy

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Occupational therapist
  • Paediatric occupational therapist
  • Rehabilitation consultant
  • Workplace health and safety occupational therapist
  • Mental health occupational therapist
  • Aged care occupational therapist

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Occupational Therapy Australia

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

Program accreditation

The Master of Occupational Therapy Studies is accredited by:

  • Occupational Therapy Council, World Federation of Occupational Therapy

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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 under the 'How to apply' tab 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 2019 was 4.92.

Prerequisites

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 under the 'How to apply' tab 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 2019 was 4.92.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

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 table,th,td{border:1px solid black;border-collapse: collapse;padding:5px}

StatisticsSTAT1201 or PSYC1040
Human AnatomyBIOM2020 or BIOM3002
Human PhysiologyBIOM2011 or BIOM2012
PsychologyNEUR1020 or PSYC1030
SociologySOCY1030

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

At the commencement of the program you are required to obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current First Aid Certificate (including CPR) and Blue Card. You will also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. See habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready

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.

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 table,th,td{border:1px solid black;border-collapse: collapse;padding:5px}

StatisticsSTAT1201 or PSYC1040
Human AnatomyBIOM2020 or BIOM3002
Human PhysiologyBIOM2011 or BIOM2012
PsychologyNEUR1020 or PSYC1030
SociologySOCY1030

At the commencement of the program you are required to obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current First Aid Certificate (including CPR) and Blue Card. You will also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. See habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $47,136

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $29,920

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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.

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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