The University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours



University Location Newcastle, New South Wales
City Population 446,000
Student Population 37,000
Int'l Student Population 7,000
Main Campus Callaghan (Newcastle)
Program Campus Callaghan
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $36,265 AUD (2021 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2023
Application Deadline Rolling admissions*


The University of Newcastle’s occupational therapy degree program trains world-class occupational therapists. There is an emphasis on problem-based, cooperative learning, designed to encourage you to be a problem-solver, a creative thinker, and a self-directed learner. The program combines studies in the biomedical, behavioural and occupational sciences with a professional practice course strand.


Your occupational therapy studies will teach you theoretical knowledge in biomedical, behavioural and occupational sciences. You will also have plenty of opportunities to hone your skills through hands-on professional placements. You will study a variety of courses to

  • gain professional occupational therapy skills through case-based training and interactive team work activities designed to help you become a creative thinker and self-directed learner;
  • learn exceptional communication and interpersonal skills needed to work one-on-one with patients as an occupational therapist; and
  • develop critical research skills that will set you in good stead for life-long learning in the field of occupational therapy.

Within your courses your areas of study will include

  • anatomy and physiology;
  • biomedical, behavioural and occupational sciences and therapy;
  • mental health;
  • psychology; and
  • sociology and community development.

You will complete more than 1,000 hours of practical experience throughout the program in a variety of settings, both locally and nationally, including mandatory rural placements.

Throughout the program, supervised practice increases in complexity and you will have the opportunity to work with greater autonomy over each year. In Year 4, you will be ready to work independently and carry a caseload under supervision.

Admission Requirements

Completed high school diploma
You must have a high school diploma: BC – 6.2 (BCDDCGD); Ontario – 80 (OSSD 2003 onwards). Recommended subjects include biology and 2U mathematics.

Admission Timeline

*Rolling admissions. Applications are assessed as they are received until the program is filled—the earlier you apply the better.