Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)

University Of South Australia

Program Overview

Designed for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and meet entry requirements, this intensive master’s degree will qualify you to practise as a registered Occupational Therapist in just two extra years of study.

Occupational Therapists empower people to live full and rewarding lives, every day. They help people of all ages achieve their goals, optimise their lifestyles and actively participate in society irrespective of limitations.

At UniSA, you’ll learn from registered Occupational Therapists and accomplished researchers at the top of their field. With a strong focus on practical skills, you’ll complete 1,000 hours of field placements across health, rehabilitation and community agencies, children’s centres, kindergartens, schools, aged care facilities and programs. This prepares you for professional practice and a seamless transition from study to work.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 42,400



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In the Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry), you’ll study the major theoretical approaches and practical skills Occupational Therapists use to work across all types of clients.

In the first year, you’ll focus on foundational occupational therapy knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • Occupational science
  • Environmental modification and occupational adaptation
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Human neuroscience
  • Professional competencies through simulated and part-time field work.

In the second year, you’ll apply your knowledge to areas of practice such as mental health, chronic conditions and community, rehabilitation and return to work. As part of this, you’ll work on a collaborative project with a community agency.

You’ll get hands-on experience in real scenarios when you complete 1,000 hours of field placements. Emphasis is placed on preparing you to become a contemporary health professional, so with industry placements built-in while you study, you’ll get to work on professional relationships and networks while you study.

Applicants must:

  • Have completed a recognised Bachelor Degree or higher within the past 10 years with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0
  • Have completed the prerequisite courses at a Bachelor level or higher within the last 10 years

All applicants are required to demonstrate their eligibility by completing the Additional Information Form and providing supporting evidence.

Prerequisite courses

Applicants are required to provide evidence of satisfactory completion of the following prerequisite courses:

  • 0.125 EFTSL of Human Anatomy that includes musculoskeletal and systems anatomy; AND
  • 0.125 EFTSL of Human Physiology; AND
  • 0.125 EFTSL of either Human Psychology or Sociology/Anthropology; AND
  • 0.125 EFTSL of Research Methodologies

Note: Applicants who are overseas trained occupational therapists and are eligible to apply for assessment by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia to meet the qualification requirements for registration by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia are not eligible to apply for this program.


AUD$ 42,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

A successful Occupational Therapist is professional, an excellent communicator, observant, logical, a critical thinker, and evidence based. You’ll be the type of person who enjoys working with people; and be mentally, emotionally and physically capable. This field of work is immensely rewarding and can offer exciting challenges, assisting people in the everyday occupations of life.

You can gain employment in a range of settings, including: 

  • public and private hospitals
  • private practice
  • community mental health services
  • ambulatory and rehabilitation services
  • aged care facilities and community restorative programs
  • local council services
  • government departments
  • schools
  • not-for-profit and non-government sector. 

This degree prepares you for working overseas, as the qualification is recognised in most countries.

Some key areas of activity where Occupational Therapists provide support include:

  • Daily living activities such as showering, dressing, grooming and eating.
  • Activities which involve caring for others such as household management activities, shopping, childcare, budgeting, banking, financial management, home maintenance and driving.
  • Education activities which allow a person to participate in a learning environment.
  • Leisure and play activities.
  • Social participation.
  • Work (paid and voluntary).
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