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Master of Occupational Therapy - 132JA

Course Code: 132JA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Occupational Therapy
UAC Code: 880820
CRICOS Code: 069273E
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Learn how to empower and transform the lives of those in need

Delve deeper into the science and strategies that help people live full and meaningful lives regardless of age, disability, social or mental limitations, with this thought-provoking 2-year, full time, UC Master of Occupational Therapy course.

This study path is perfect for students who are committed to a career transforming the lives of everyday people, groups, and communities and are serious about earning the qualifications to prove it.

In this course, you will get to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of health-related issues, top up your credentials with researched based competencies; and gain valuable on-the-job experience in real life scenarios.

Successful completion of this course will earn you a qualification recognised by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists which can open doors and opportunities in the health profession on a global scale.

Apply today and become the difference in the lives of others.

Study a Master of Occupational Therapy and you will:

  • learn how to work with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they need to, want to, or are expected to perform in
  • work with a variety of people, including those who have an impairment of body structure or function, are restricted in their participation or are socially excluded
  • develop the qualities of critical thinking, curiosity, and reflective practice
  • use your foresight, initiative and leadership skills to communicate effectively with clients and work in inter-professional teams
  • acquire essential professional practice ethics and traits, such as multi-cultural appreciation, and respect for others.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is an integral part of this course, giving you an invaluable opportunity to gain practical experience and form strong relationships with industry stakeholders and professionals before graduating.

Over two years, you’ll participate in 1000 hours of practical education in places such as hospitals, health clinics, community organisations, school and aged care facilities both locally or nationally.

Placements are full-time basis and will require interstate travel. Accommodation and transport costs are the student’s responsibility. For further information on WIL please visit

There is also scope for international study/work placements in countries such as Canada and South East Asia, all of which offer incredible learning experiences and unique opportunities to network at a global level.

Note: local/national/international placements include credits that count towards your degree.

Career opportunities

UC Master of Occupational Therapy students will graduate into an industry that is expected to experience enormous and continuous growth as the aging population of Australia, and the rest of the world continues to grow.

As a result, there is expected to be a high demand for those with a master’s in occupational therapy to help guide research and policy practices in a variety of areas including aged care, disability services, paediatric services as well as many other community-based support services.

Once graduated, students can choose to continue with further study, or move into a variety of jobs in a range of public, private and voluntary sectors, including:

  • homes, schools, and workplaces
  • health and rehabilitation centres
  • supported accommodation
  • aged care
  • hospitals

Course-specific information

To apply for admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy course, students will need to have completed a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a credit or higher average.


Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email
Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342

Admission Requirements

A completed bachelor's degree in any discipline with a credit or higher average.

This course has an early closing date to submit applications by 30th April of every year. Domestic applicants must apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places.
Please be advised that if you submit your application after the advertised closing date, your application may not be considered.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 2
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 2
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 2
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for Domestic Applicants

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this course are limited. If you wish to be considered for a CSP for 2021, you will need to apply for admission before midnight Sunday 8 November 2020.

Course Requirements

Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Occupational Therapy M OccupationalTherapy

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Health Studies Graduate Diploma in Health Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International

CSP/Domestic Tuition Fee (see below)


The indicative CSP Student Contribution Amount for this course is $8,400
The domestic tuition fee rate for this course is $29,500

Important Notice: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this degree for 2021 are now limited. If you wish to be considered for a CSP for this degree, you will need to apply for admission before midnight Sunday 8 November 2020. The process for allocation of CSPs in 2022 and beyond will be published in April 2021.

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols.

Domestic students have access to Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) within this course. New applications will automatically be considered for a CSP, subject to the advertised admission deadline. CSPs are university places subsidised by the Australian Government. CSP students are still required to pay a discipline-based Student Contribution Amount (SCA). The indicative SCA amount above only applies to commencing students.

Government financial assistance is also available to eligible domestic students regardless of the type of place they hold. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

A police check and immunisations record are required prior to commencing practice education. Results of the police check must be satisfactory for students to be accepted for practice education placements in a variety of health care settings.

Domestic applicants to this course must apply for admission via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). See for further information.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra fulfills the requirements for entry level education of occupational therapists and has been awarded the status of a professionally accredited occupational therapy course by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates will have well developed interpersonal and communication skills suited to the work of allied health professionals. They will communicate effectively with clients and acquire the skills needed to work well in inter- professional teams.
Graduates will acquire the key elements of professional practice, including respect for others and professional ethics.
UC graduates are professional
Graduates will have the ICT skills required to enable them to work effectively in their chosen profession, and remain up to date with professional development. They will also be equipped to understand and use relevant health research findings. UC graduates are life long learners
Graduates will have problem solving skills, the ability to critically reflect on relevant local, national and global issues and be open to alternative perspectives, which will enable them to work effectively as occupational therapists in environments of complexity, ambiguity and change. UC graduates are global citizens

Course Duration

Two years full-time or four years part-time. Maximum 6 years from date of enrolment to date of course completion.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Alternative exit award - Graduate Certificate in Health Studies: Students may exit early with this award if they have passed 12 credit points from the Master course. Alternative exit award - Graduate Diploma in Health Studies: Students may exit early with this award if they have passed 24 credit points from the Master course, with at least 12 credit points at Postgraduate Level.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2021 YES YES


  • Past Offerings
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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