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Start Date
February

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IMOG

SATAC Code
4CM107 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time

Key features

  • Benefit from over 40 years' experience in occupational therapy education. 
  • Experience first-hand what it’s like when you take part in real-world clinical placements as part of your study. 
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.
  • Experience a rewarding career helping people of all ages maintain and improve day-to-day activities.
  • Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics, practicing health professionals and researchers in the field.
  • This degree is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Ltd. This degree is also approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Snapshot

Snapshot

This master degree provides you with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to become an innovative and competent occupational therapist.

With a strong focus on practical skills, you will complete a substantial 1,000 hours of clinical field placements during your studies. This real-world experience will constitute a large portion of your learning. It is here that you will gain valuable practical skills that will enable a seamless transition from study to the workforce. Important industry connections will be made during these clinical placements.

Patient outcomes are also a focus and therefore communication and relationship skills essential for patient care are key components.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program. 

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the program.

Why Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)

Why this Degree

If you already have an undergraduate degree and want to become a registered occupational therapist, this is the degree for you.

You will gain further experience through clinical placements within a variety of settings. We’ve also been teaching in this field for more than 40 years, and are proud of the rich knowledge base we have created.  

As Australia’s university of enterprise, we are No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction1, the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students and are ranked 26th in the world's top 50 under 502.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 nationwide Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above.

1QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
22017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

Many of our teachers are practicing occupational therapists and accomplished researchers, which means you are not only offered exceptional learning opportunities but also valuable industry contacts.

A major focus of your study will be centred on practical learning and you will complete 1,000 hours of clinical field placements. During this time you will build important industry relationships and valuable networks.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Occupational therapists assist people in managing physical constraints caused by injury or illness, as well as emotional, developmental, environmental, societal, age-related and psychological limitations, such as autism and dementia. They help people of all ages achieve their goals, optimise their lifestyles and actively participate in society irrespective of personal and environmental limitations.

A successful occupational therapist is practical, logical, attentive and observant. You will enjoy working with people and be mentally and physically capable – this field of work is immensely rewarding, but can also offer challenges, which you need to be ready to manage. If you think you are capable of meeting these challenges, and are ready for a rewarding and stimulating career, then a career in occupational therapy may be for you.

As an occupational therapist you can gain employment in a range of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • community mental health services
  • rehabilitation centres
  • aged care facilities
  • community services
  • home care programs
  • local council services
  • government departments
  • schools

Job growth in this sector is looking good, with strong growth expected in Australia through to November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

This program is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Ltd.

This program is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists

This program is approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia for the purpose of professional registration as an occupational therapist in Australia.

What others are saying

I am in my final year of Masters of Occupational Therapy and currently undertaking two placements. One of the placement focuses on project management and working with the community. The other placement involves facilitating a group program with older adults who have some cognitive changes or dementia.

Brian Lai

Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)

Brian Lai

Brian Lai

Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will study the major theoretical approaches and skills occupational therapists use to work with a broad range of clients.

Practical learning is a strong focus of this master degree and you will practice your skills in real clinical scenarios when you complete 1,000 hours of field placements. Placements will take place in a variety of settings.

The importance of critical thinking, superior communication skills, ethical action and problem solving are also explored in depth. 

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • portfolios
  • presentations
  • reports
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice GE REHB 5109 4.5
Enabling Occupation 1 REHB 5105 4.5
Occupational Therapy Field Practice 1 REHB 5070 4.5
Evidence Based Practice Skills REHB 5108 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Neuroscience GE BIOL 5013 4.5
Enabling Occupation 2 REHB 5106 4.5
Enabling Occupation 3 REHB 5107 4.5
Occupational Science (GE) REHB 5110 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Occupational Therapy Field Practice 2 REHB 6005 4.5
Enabling Occupation 4 REHB 6012 4.5
Occupational Therapy Field Practice 3A REHB 6014 4.5
Evidence Based Practice GE HLTH 6012 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Enabling Occupation 5 REHB 6013 4.5
Occupational Therapy Field Practice 3B REHB 6015 4.5
Occupational Therapy Field Practice 4 REHB 6006 9

I have an active interest in play, sensation, assistive technology, research and physical disability; I also have a wide and varied background in teaching, rehabilitation and child healthcare

Mr Hugh Stewart

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As an occupational therapy student you will have access to:

  • occupational therapy teaching rooms
  • anatomy laboratory
  • physiology laboratory
Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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