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Start date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2020: 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]
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Degree overview

  • Experience a rewarding career helping people of all ages maintain and improve day-to-day activities.
  • Benefit from over 40 years' experience in occupational therapy education.
  • 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 Therapy1.

1Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



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 provides 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 community agencies, kindergartens 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, child related employment clearance 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 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.

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
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
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 and 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
  • 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

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 manage complex and difficult problems.

You will spend over 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 teachers 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.

Career outcomes

Your career

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 and can offer exciting challenges, assisting people of all ages to overcome physical and mental barriers 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

There are also opportunities to work with both children and their families, to assist with the child’s development of functional skills and strategies to build their motor skills, social skills and self-care.

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

You may also choose to pursue a career in research – graduates with honours degrees are highly sought after by prospective employers, particularly within academia and research settings. 

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

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • 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 student at the University of South Australia 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, laboratories, and areas 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 have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, 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 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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As an occupational therapy student you will have access to:

  • Occupational Therapy teaching rooms
  • Anatomy laboratory
  • Physiology laboratory

Your program director

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

Dr Angela Berndt

Program Director

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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)