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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Occupational Therapy Studies

Build a rewarding career helping people overcome barriers that affect their participation in life.

Occupational therapists (OTs) help people of all ages improve their quality of life and overcome barriers that affect their everyday activities. OTs use a range of treatment strategies to help people affected by injury or illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delays or ageing.

This two-and-a-half years program focuses on the practice of occupational therapy, emphasising the use of prior skills and knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of OT practice and the development of advanced adult learning skills for ongoing professional development.

The program is designed to build on your previous studies with the principles of occupational therapy practice and see you develop the interdisciplinary knowledge and professional skills needed to practice as an OT. You'll undertake a range of research-focused courses and complete advanced training in clinical reasoning and health research, furthering your understanding of the role of evidence in occupational therapy practice.

Throughout the program you'll undertake more than 1000 hours of supervised clinical placements in UQ’s Occupational Therapy Clinics located at the St Lucia campus and in hospitals, schools and other healthcare organisations.

Program highlights

  • Build on your undergraduate degree and qualify as an accredited Occupational Therapist in just 2.5 years
  • Be confident and job-ready with more than 1000 hours on fieldwork and supervised placements.
  • Learn from experienced occupational therapy educators and join an internationally leading school with more than 60 years of occupational therapy teaching and research.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Occupational therapist
  • Paediatric occupational therapist
  • Rehabilitation consultant
  • Workplace health and safety occupational therapist
  • Mental health occupational therapist
  • Aged care occupational therapist

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Postgraduate.


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must hold a bachelor degree and have completed university level studies in statistics, human anatomy, human physiology, and social sciences.

Please see additional application information under the 'How to apply' tab for further details on entry requirements.

Entry is competitive based on GPA, with a limited intake capacity.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0. The GPA cut-off for those offered a place in 2019 was 4.92.