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Australian Occupational Therapy Schools

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University of Queensland Occupational Therapy School in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Occupational Therapy Studies

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University and Faculty: University of Queensland
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
University Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 2.3 million
Student Population: 52,331
Campus Location: St. Lucia, Brisbane
Program Duration: 2.5 calendar years
Semester Intake: July each year
Next Avail. Intake: July 2020
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $44,672 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total: $119,882 AUD (based 2019 fees)

The University of Queensland Occupational Therapy School offers a two-and-a-half year graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program designed for students who have a bachelor's degree and wish to gain qualifications to register as an occupational therapist.

This program is designed for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. On successful completion of this program, graduates are eligible for registration as an occupational therapist.

The Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program

  • emphasizes the integration of previous skills and knowledge with the principles of occupational therapy practice;
  • offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master's-level program;
  • introduces graduates to the profession of occupational therapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester;
  • focuses on the practice of occupational therapy, interdisciplinary clinical studies in child health, psychiatry, and pathology, and directed study courses in the first year; on management, research, and advanced clinical practice in second year; and
  • incorporates advanced training in clinical reasoning and independent research.

The Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program at the University of Queensland aims to equip graduate-entry students with the theoretical knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes necessary for a career in occupational therapy. In addition to a focus on clinical occupational therapy practice, emphasis is placed on the use of prior skills and knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of occupational therapy practice and the development of advanced adult learning skills, allowing for ongoing professional development.

Students will be required to complete a variety of clinical areas of practice and caseloads (e.g., acute/ long-term stay) with clients of different age groups. Placements are dependent on availability, but may include hospitals, community and charity settings, private providers and emerging areas of practice in both metropolitan and rural and regional areas. Students will work under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapist who has a vital role to play in clinical education of occupational therapy students by providing placement opportunities and professional supervision of students undertaking clinical placements.


Unique Features of the Program

At UQ, students' fieldwork experiences are integrated throughout the entire academic program. In the first semesters of the Occupational Therapy program, clinical experiences are undertaken within course frameworks. In the final semesters of the graduate-entry, master's program, more intensive placements are provided, with students required to complete block placements across a range of clinical settings.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Graduate qualifications in occupational therapy from Australian universities are recognized internationally. The University of Queensland's Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Canadian students who wish to practice as an occupational therapist upon their return to Canada, should visit the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists website for accreditation and certification information: http://www.caot.ca/


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

There are 10 places available in the program each year for international students, including students from Canada. Offers will be made to applicants with the highest academic rank.

To be eligible to apply, you must have
  • completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of Human Kinetics/Kinesiology or Physical or Biological Sciences);
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your university studies; and
  • completed the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies prerequisite subjects as follows:
    - one semester of statistics;
    - one semester of human anatomy;
    - one semester of human physiology.
    - one year (or two semesters) in social sciences, e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology;

    Please note that the above criteria are minimum requirements for entry to this program. Once prerequisites are met, entry is offered to students via a competitive selection process based on cumulative grade point average (cGPA). Early offers may be issued in advance of the application deadline to those students that meet the prerequisites and have a competitive cGPA.

    OzTREKK recommends that you apply for this program if you have achieved a minimum 65% cumulative average in your university studies, though it is important to note that not all students meeting the minimum cGPA will receive an offer. Students who do not meet the minimum cGPA threshold will be waitlisted in merit order and will be considered for offer after the application closing date.

    Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing UQ Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program. If an applicant is currently in their final semester of studies, and has met other program prerequisites, their application will be sent to school for assessment after the application closing date. If eligible, a conditional offer would be issued.


    Total Number of Places in the Program: 40

    Number of Places Available for International Students: 10

    Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Applications are assessed as they are received—the sooner you apply the better. UQ has a general application deadline of March 30 each year.

    OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Lindsay Rewi

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