The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours

Undergraduate

Details

University Location Brisbane, Queensland
City Population 2.5 million
Student Population 55,044
Int'l Student Population 21,000
Main Campus St Lucia
Program Campus St Lucia
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$53,760 (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline November 29 each year*

Overview

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland is ranked number one in overall student satisfaction and is in equal first place for the greatest number of teaching and learning awards, citations, grants and fellowships.

Occupational Therapists help people of all ages to improve their quality of life and overcome factors which affect their everyday activities.

They use assessment and treatment to develop, recover or maintain the daily living and work skills of people affected by injury or illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delays or ageing.

Occupational therapists focus on working with individual clients to identify and eliminate environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities. They do this through a range of treatment strategies designed to enhance the client’s ability, such as modifying the task or environment, skill development, and/or education.

Program

In the UQ Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours program, you’ll be taught by experienced occupational therapy educators and researchers who specialize in areas including disability and participation, aphasia, and occupational performance. Learning from the best, will give you a solid foundation to begin your career. You will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from Year 1 before commencing full-time block placements during Years 3 and 4.

Throughout the program, you’ll explore and practice a range of approaches to develop, recover or maintain your client’s engagement, despite challenges from injury or illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delays or ageing.

You’ll learn how to collaborate with your clients and other healthcare partners to identify effective solutions, such as modifying tasks or the environment, skills development and education.

Program Highlights

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of occupational therapy and build your knowledge of the medical, social, behavioural, psychological and psychosocial sciences.
  • Gain practical experience from your first year in a variety of community and healthcare settings, in on-site clinics and with external partners.
  • Graduate with a highly respected and internationally renowned honours qualification, with advanced knowledge and skills that will set you apart in a competitive job market.
  • Create a pathway to future research or learning.

Clinical Placements
You will undertake simulated learning activities in the school’s six-bed simulation ward to enhance your skills prior to going on clinical placement. Approximately 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice is offered in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals, educational facilities, other health-care organizations, and private practices.

UQ has two dedicated occupational therapy clinics where you’ll hone and develop your skills. The clinics specialize in child development and learning needs, and the assessment and treatment of people of all ages with muscular tightness in their arms and hands. During your placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop your clinical skills in real-life settings.

Admission Requirements

Completed high school diploma
You must have a high school diploma, including Grade 12 subjects in English and one of biological science, chemistry, or physics with a minimum GPA of 91%.

 

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline is November 29 each year, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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“I also really like that we are a class of 35 students”

Occupational Therapy is all about bettering the lives of others through their daily occupations. I love that I will soon be qualified to help people who experience challenges in their every day life and I love that everyone in my class has the same mindset as me in that we are all very helpful towards each other. I also really like that we are a class of 35 students because in less than a month we are all friends with each other and kind of feel like a family.

Alina K
Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
The University of Queensland, 2017