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Master of Occupational Therapy

Fast track your career in occupational therapy

Hear from alumni of our 2 year graduate entry masters degrees on why they decided to undertake postgraduate study.

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Overview

Provide high-quality healthcare and change lives. 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.

Why study this course?

  • Students will learn to help people with disabilities, recovering from injury or with ongoing conditions to overcome barriers, teaching alternative techniques to achieve a given task and facilitating skill improvement.
  • Learn in our purpose-built laboratories, on-site health clinics and use high-calibre equipment across our dedicated health facilities.
  • Recognised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), this course allows graduates to work in any Australian state or territory in both the public and private sector.

What will you learn?

Students will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • theories of what people do in daily life and why
  • activity and environmental analysis
  • theories and techniques for promoting participation in daily life.
  • knowledge of the development of human capabilities (e.g. cognitive, motor, psychosocial) and the ways in which injury and illness typically disrupt them

How will you learn?

The Master of Occupational Therapy is offered on-campus and is available as a two-year full-time program or four years part-time.

Students will complete over 1,000 hours of clinical placements, providing the opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain hands-on experience with real clients.

In 2021, we will move to the purpose-built Health Precinct at Camperdown campus, which will for the first time bring multiple health disciplines together in a facility that translates research into education and clinical services.

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Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total 96 credit points (cp) incorporating  core units (90cp) and one elective unit (6cp).

Year 1

  • Assessing Evidence for OT Practice
  • OT Assessment and Planning
  • Introduction to OT Theory and Practice
  • Biomechanical and Sensorimotor Strategies
  • OT in Home and Community Environments
  • OT in School and Work Environments
  • Developing OT Prof. Skills in Practice

and choose one of the following units

  • Clin. Oriented Musculoskeletal Anatomy A
  • Psychology for Graduate Students
  • Clinically Based Neuroscience
  • e-Health for Health Professionals

Year 2

  • Psychosocial and Cognitive Strategies
  • Enabling Occupation with Communities
  • Community Based OT Fieldwork
  • Implementing Skills in OT Prof Practice
  • Reflexivity and OT Professional Practice

Choose one research elective:

  • Research Project Elective

or choose one elective from Occupational Therapy table (refer to faculty handbook for elective choices)

and either

  • Evaluation of OT Practice

or select Research Stream

  • Research Elective Dissertation

Please note: in the first semester of the course, students may have classes at both Cumberland and Camperdown campuses (depending on the core elective chosen). Classes will be timetabled to allow students with a standard enrolment pattern to come to a single campus each day.

Units of Study

Transition to Camperdown

We're moving to the Camperdown campus in 2021, and we've begun the transition. In some semesters, students may have classes at both the Cumberland and Camperdown campuses in 2019 and 2020. Classes will be timetabled to allow students with a standard enrolment pattern to come to a single campus each day, where possible.

For example, the following units of study will be taught at the Camperdown/ Darlington:

Year

 Units of study

 

Year 1

Some ‘core electives’ will be offered at Camperdown/Darlington campus:

BIOS5090 Clin. Oriented Musculoskeletal Anatomy A

BIOS5091 Clinically Based Neuroscience

HSBH5003 e-Health for Health Professionals

Semester 1

Year 2

Some electives may be offered at Camperdown campus

Semester 1

For further information about unit of study teaching locations, please refer to the Health Sciences Handbook.

Progression rules

The Master of Occupational Therapy requires the completion of 96 credit points (cp) of units of study, including 90cp of core units; and 6cp of elective units, chosen from the list of elective units in the Table as set out in the Faculty handbook.

Capstone experience

A number of clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities are scheduled as part of the course. Fieldwork provides hands on experience with real clients in a supervised environment allowing students to combine academic study with the practical abilities required of the occupational therapy profession.

As part of this course eligible students also have the opportunity to take part in the ‘FHS Abroad' program which involves academic study and a 4-6 week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia. This experience (valued at 6 credit points) enables students to gain a real understanding of global health and make a lasting difference to communities worldwide.

Admission criteria

To be eligible to apply you will need to fulfill the following criteria;

  1. A bachelor's degree, master's degree or PhD from an Australian institution or equivalent.
  2. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 over 7 (credit average). This does not guarantee an offer as the places are limited and offers are made based on academic merit.

Admission process

For more information on the graduate entry masters admission process for domestic and international applicants, read this document.

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Professional accreditation

Master of Occupational Therapy graduates can apply for membership to Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. The course is recognised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), which allows graduates to work in any Australian state or territory in both the public and private sector.

Future Study Options

Eligible graduates may consider an additional three years of study with us as a research candidate for the higher research degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The PhD is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake in-depth study in a specialised area under the supervision of an academic staff member with expertise in your field of research.

The award of the degree in the health sciences will enhance your profile as a genuine researcher and expert in your chosen field, afford opportunities as a published researcher, and may lead to an academic appointment, or to a research appointment with a government or industrial research and development organisation.

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Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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