Start date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 40,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Experience a rewarding career helping people of all ages maintain and improve day-to-day activities.
  • Benefit from almost 50 years' experience in occupational therapy education.
  • Study at a university that is ranked in the Top 10 in Australia for student satisfaction in Occupational Therapy.1
  • Take part in real-world practice placements as part of your study.
  • Benefit from our strong partnerships and alliances with not-for-profit organisations, aged care facilities, and disability and children’s service providers.
  • Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics, practicing health professionals and researchers in the field.
  • Learn from a University that has above world-class research in Occupational Therapy.2

1ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20, Rehabilitation — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities only.
2Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



Designed for students who have completed a health-related bachelor’s degree, this program will provide you with the requirements to practise as a registered occupational therapist in just two extra years of study.

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

This Master’s degree ensures you graduate 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 more than 1,000 hours of field placements in settings such as health, rehabilitation, community agencies, children’s centres, kindergartens, schools, and aged care facilities, providing valuable hands-on experience that will enable a seamless transition from study to the workforce.

What you'll need

Students 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 demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The student 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 learn

Rochelle Mutton, OT graduate

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

In the first year you will focus on foundational occupational therapy knowledge and skills such as occupational science, environmental modification and occupational adaptation, evidence-based practice for occupational therapy outcomes, human neuroscience and professional competencies through simulated and part-time field work.

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

Practical learning is a strong focus of this master’s degree and you will practice your skills in real scenarios when you complete 1,000 hours of field placements. Placements will take place in a variety of settings, such as health, disability and community agencies, kindergartens and aged care facilities.

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

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
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
Occupational Science (GE) REHB 5110 4.5
Enabling Occupation 3 REHB 5107 4.5
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

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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.



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

  • portfolios
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • evidence based practice reviews
  • reports
  • skill demonstrations and OSCAs
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

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. The degree is a high demand program with core occupational therapy knowledge condensed into two years of study. 

UniSA has close to 50 years' experience in occupational therapy education and is proud of the rich knowledge base we have created.

Occupational therapists understand that health and wellbeing is affected by a person’s environment, the things they do, and their state of health. They work with a wide range of people in a number of settings and support people to manage complex and difficult problems.

You will spend more than 1,000 hours completing practice placements in metropolitan, rural or regional settings, providing you with the opportunity to consolidate and apply your knowledge and skills. You could have the opportunity to complete a placement overseas.

Real-world connections

All of our educators are registered occupational therapists and accomplished researchers, which means you are not only offered exceptional learning opportunities but also valuable industry contacts. During your practice placements you will develop relationships and networks to prepare you for entering the workforce once you’ve graduated.

You will also work alongside experienced researchers when you complete a research project and thesis during your final year of study. This affiliation not only provides exceptional learning opportunities but is also an important networking opportunity.

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

Occupational Therapy Careers Snapshot

Gain insight into the rewarding careers of UniSA Occupational Therapy graduates, Rochelle Mutton and Jordan Liseno. Rochelle is the Owner and Director at Motivate Kids and employs Jordan as part of her growing team.

UniSA Video

Career outcomes

Your career

A successful occupational therapist is professional, an excellent communicator, observant, logical, a critical thinker, and evidence based. You will enjoy working with people and be mentally, emotionally and physically capable. This field of work is immensely rewarding and can offer exciting challenges, assisting people of all ages to overcome physical, mental, cognitive, emotional, environmental and societal barriers to participation in their life.

As an occupational therapist you can gain employment in a range of settings across the various health, disability and community sectors, working with people across the lifespan including: 

  • hospital and acute services
  • private practice
  • community mental health services
  • ambulatory and rehabilitation services
  • aged care facilities
  • community services
  • home care programs
  • local council services
  • government departments
  • schools
  • not for profit and non-government sector
  • primary health networks.

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

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

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

This program is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Industry facts


Employment for occupational therapists in Australia is projected to increase by 22.4 per cent by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check you meet the full entry requirements for this program
  • 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.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

Anatomy laboratory.jpg

As an occupational therapy student, you will have access to:

  • Occupational therapy teaching rooms
  • Anatomy laboratories
  • Physiology laboratory.

You will also be able to experience a range of on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, libraries, collaborative teaching rooms, and relaxed student lounges.

Your program director

I am a graduate of this program and bring more than 30 years of hands on and research experience to my role. I am an active member of the national occupational therapy community with excellent industry networks.

Dr Angela Berndt

Program Director

Portrait image for Dr Angela Berndt
Portrait image for Dr Angela Berndt

Dr Angela Berndt

Program Director


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What others are saying

I was interested in helping people maintain or regain their independence at an occupational level. I liked that I would have the ability to work with people at different developmental stages, whether it be children or the elderly community.

Brian Lai

Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)

Brian Lai

Brian Lai

Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)

I have always wanted to help people and I see Occupational Therapy as a way to enrich the lives of others through enabling individuals and providing a holistic rehabilitation service. In the future I wish to have my own private practice after I have experienced the many different areas of Occupational Therapy. I hope to develop my skills in the fields of pain science and neurological injuries.

Christian Burden

Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)

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Christian Burden

Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)

After completing a degree in human movement, I was attracted to the diverse areas of occupational therapy and wanted to help others reach their full potential. I completed placements within mental health, aged care, school and rehabilitation settings. From these experiences I explored different opportunities that aligned with where I saw myself in the future, which was a great steppingstone to achieving my current position working with children at Motivate Kids.

Jordan Liseno

Bachelor of Human Movement and Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry) graduate
Role: Occupational Therapist, Motivate Kids


Jordan Liseno

Bachelor of Human Movement and Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry) graduate