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Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM107 (Internal)

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Degree overview

  • Take your bachelor’s degree to the next level and gain the requirements practise as a registered occupational therapist with two extra years of study.
  • Be part of a university with more than 50 years' experience in occupational therapy education and research.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers.1
  • Benefit from our strong industry alliances with not-for-profit organisations, aged care facilities, community programs, disability and children’s service providers.
  • Take part in real-world industry placements as part of your study.
  • Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics, practising health professionals and researchers in the field.
  • Learn from a university with above world-class research in occupational therapy.2
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,3 we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021-23– Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities. 2Results in Clinical Sciences – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings.



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 with two extra years of study.

Occupational therapists empower people to live full and rewarding lives. 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 and aged care facilities. This prepares you for professional practice and a seamless transition from study to work.

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

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 to your degree, you’ll get to work on building your professional relationships and networks while you study.

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
Occupational Therapy Field Practice 2 REHB 6005 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Enabling Occupation 3 REHB 5107 4.5
Enabling Occupation 4 REHB 6012 4.5
Participatory Community Practice GE: Planning 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
Participatory Community Practice GE: Implementation 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. 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 clinical assessments 
  • 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

This degree is a high-demand, highly intensive program with core occupational therapy knowledge condensed into two years of study. 

As an occupational therapist, you’ll make a real difference in people’s lives. You’ll help people overcome any barriers they have – physical, environmental or emotional – to doing any activity big or small, and empowering them to live their best lives.

With UniSA, you’ll benefit from more than 50 years' experience in occupational therapy education and research. We’re proud of the rich knowledge base we’ve created and continue to evolve in line with industry and our above world-class research1, which means your career path is always informed by evidence-based practice.

Students who successfully complete this degree will be eligible to register as an occupational therapist through the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia/Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

You’ll complete over 1,000 hours of practice placements in metropolitan, rural or regional settings, providing you with valuable networking opportunities and industry connections.

UniSA’s educators are registered occupational therapists and accomplished researchers, which means you receive exceptional learning opportunities and develop valuable industry contacts. During your industry placements you’ll develop relationships and networks to prepare you for entering the workforce. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on a collaborative project with a community agency.

We also host regular University-wide alumni events, employee master classes and employment expos 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’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
  • home based services
  • 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).

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd (OTC).

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 7.4 % by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


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

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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.


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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. 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 modern facilities including 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

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You’ll have access to:

  • occupational therapy teaching rooms 

You’ll also get to use a range of on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, libraries, collaborative teaching rooms, and relaxed student lounges.

Your program director

With over twenty years of knowledge and research experience in Occupational Therapy, I make sure students learn with the latest information to support innovative and responsive practice. With a strong focus on primary health care, my teaching combines the theory and practice of the field, preparing students to understand the full scope of their future role. I aim to have all students graduate confident to face challenges raised by clients, families, health services and policymakers alike when they step into their careers.

Dr Ben Sellar

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Ben Sellar

Dr Ben Sellar

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
Occupational Therapist | Motivate Kids


Jordan Liseno

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