The University of Sydney

Master of Occupational Therapy



University Location Sydney, New South Wales
City Population 6 million
Student Population 73,000
Int'l Student Population 10,600
Main Campus Camperdown / Darlington
Program Campus Camperdown / Darlington
Program Duration 2 years
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$57,000 AUD (2025 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline October 29 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.

Why study occupational therapy at Sydney?

  • The university is ranked first in Australia and 4th in the world for graduate employability
  • You will have world-leading academics, clinical educators, policy makers, and researchers to guide you through your degree.
  • You’ll learn within the new Susan Wakil Health Building, featuring state-of-the-art facilities, clinical simulations, and practical experiences.
  • While working with Sydney’s leading health partners, you’ll gain real-world, hands-on training through work-integrated learning and clinical placements within the university’s extensive network of top-tier hospitals and primary and community healthcare facilities across metropolitan, regional, and rural NSW.


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 an occupational therapist, you’ll frequently work in teams with other health professionals in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Private practices
  • Occupational health providers
  • Community centres
  • Schools
  • Nursing homes and private homes

Within these settings they contribute in a variety of ways such as through early intervention, health promotion, education, consultancy, industry, primary health, environmental design and accessibility, advocacy services, non-government agencies, housing services and palliative care.

Clinical Placements
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.

This course requires you to complete the following number of work hours:

  • 40 hours per week over 25 weeks
  • 1000 total hours

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. 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 generally the end of October, 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. For the 2024 intake, this program filled August 8, 2023.


“The teaching staff is amazing”

The teaching staff is amazing at USYD! However the administration could be a bit more organized. I really enjoy working with the professors and you get the opportunity to learn and engage in various learning experiences that are applicable to your future career! The organization and clarity for some classes have been unclear.

university of sydney black and white logo Minisha T
Master of Occupational Therapy
The University of Sydney, 2023