Studying Occupational Therapy at UQ

14 November 2014

If you’re great with people and have excellent communication skills, you should consider studying occupational therapy at UQ! This OT program prepares students for a rewarding and in-demand career—helping patients unlock the skills they need for life’s journey. While physiotherapy evaluates, helps to maintain and restore physical function, occupational therapy helps to solve the problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do everyday things, such as getting dressed, bathing, washing dishes, eating, and other tasks most of us take for granted. OT can also prevent a problem or minimize its effects.
At UQ, students learn from internationally recognised educators and take advantage of excellent facilities and resources. UQ occupational therapy students gain clinical experience working with patients, ensuring they are confident and job-ready. Employers globally recognise the strength of UQ’s occupational therapy program, providing graduates with the best platform for future success.

Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program equips 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 for ongoing professional development. In second year, management, research, and advanced clinical practice is covered.
Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: November 2015
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 31, 2015

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. Once prerequisites are met, entry is via a competitive selection process based on grade point average (GPA).
It is recommended that you apply for this program if you have achieved a minimum 65% cumulative average in your university studies. Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the program.

Apply to the UQ Occupational Therapy School!


Do you have any questions about studying occupational therapy at the UQ Occupational Therapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Officer Sarah Bridson at, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.