The University of Sydney

Master of Occupational Therapy



University Location Sydney, New South Wales
City Population 5 million
Student Population 65,000
Int'l Student Population 10,600
Main Campus Camperdown / Darlington
Program Campus Camperdown / Darlington
Program Duration 2 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $53,000 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake March
Next Available Intake 2023
Application Deadline October 30 each year*


The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney is a world leader in health sciences and allied health research and education. The faculty aims to be the acknowledged leading global hub of excellence in research and education in the health sciences.

The Master of Occupational Therapy prepares graduates for clinical practice in the profession of occupational therapy. Through practical learning and extensive clinical placements, you will learn to work with clients to help them participate more fully in life by focusing on their strengths.

The University of Sydney Occupational Therapy School encourages applications from people from a range of backgrounds into its MOT program. The program is designed to accommodate all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their prior degree. Students who already have a background in health will be able to select their program electives, while those without such experience will be required to take prescribed electives.


During this two-year degree, you will cover a wide range of topics including theories of what people do in daily life and why; knowledge of the development of human capabilities (e.g., cognitive, motor, psychosocial) and the ways in which injury and illness typically disrupt them; activity and environmental analysis; and theories and techniques for promoting participation in daily life.

As part of your studies, you will complete more than 1,000 hours of clinical placements, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and gain hands-on experience with real clients.

The program is a mix of core coursework- and fieldwork-based units, along with elective units. Fieldwork placements are scheduled in both years of the program, and typically take place in full-time blocks. The second year of the course is predominantly based in fieldwork settings with some on-campus attendance.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree

You must have a completed undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3/4.0 (approximately 68% +). Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

Applicants without a degree in a health-related area are welcome to apply; if successful, these applicants complete prescribed units of study in anatomy and/or psychology as electives.

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline is October 30 each year, offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible as this program can fill quickly.