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Occupational Therapy

Masters by coursework (graduate entry)

This graduate entry master course offers a fast-track option to becoming an occupational therapist.

This offering version is phasing out and no longer taking applications. You may be able to apply for a later version.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Duration


    2 years, 6 months full-time
  • Credit




  • Location


    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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Intensive Study Period 1, 2024

1 May 2023

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Course outline



This graduate entry master course offers you a fast-track option to becoming an occupational therapist.

In this course you will develop knowledge of four broad areas:

  • Medical, psychiatric, orthopaedic and neurological conditions that affect the health and wellbeing of individuals.
  • The theory and practice of occupational therapy including the study of occupation and analysis of the physical, psychological and social requirements of a variety of skills and activities.
  • Human development covering normal growth and development within the life cycle along with problems such as learning disabilities and the effects of ageing.
  • Occupational health and management, including prevention, education and rehabilitation programs for a variety of workplaces.

Please note: Essential learning strategies demand that all students have the ability to disrobe appropriately, have the ability to participate fully and are willing to act as patients/clients for their peer group and as mock patients for other students.

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What you'll learn

  • apply occupational therapy knowledge, principles and practice to achieve client-centred and evidence-based outcomes
  • create effective occupational therapy solutions through critical analysis, reflective practice and professional reasoning
  • critically appraise information and apply it to contemporary occupational therapy
  • communicate effectively and appropriately to ensure active client participation, relevant documentation and reporting, and responsible sharing of professional information
  • evaluate and apply appropriate technologies to contemporary occupational therapy practice
  • develop and apply life-long learning skills to achieve professional competency
  • inform occupational therapy standards and practices through integration of local and global perspectives
  • practice occupational therapy in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner incorporating perspectives of multiple stakeholders
  • work in a professional and collaborative manner to meet ethical and legal responsibilities

Professional recognition

Graduates using the title of registered health practitioner or the title of occupational therapist must be registered with Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the National Board). Registration for practice enables graduates, once registered, to practise occupational therapy in all Australian states and territories. Graduates can also choose to be a member of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and/or Occupational Therapy Australia (WA). The course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates may also apply for registration in most countries although some countries may require sitting a licensing examination.

I chose Curtin as it is renowned for providing practical degrees and its health sciences faculty is internationally recognised. Through this course I gained work as a mentor for two Curtin students with autism. Studying occupational therapy helps me to put the theories I have learned in class into application.

Fiona Brooke

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

A bachelor degree or equivalent, preferably in a health-related discipline with at least a credit (65%) average.

Evidence of studies in the human biosciences (e.g. human biology) at tertiary level is required. If you do not have this background you will be required to undertake additional bridging units.

To find out more about these bridging units, please refer to the Health Sciences Graduate Entry Foundation Course which allows you to complete the units you require before applying for this course. You only need to complete the prerequisite unit(s) that you do not have, for example, HUMB100 - Human Structure and Function. This unit can be undertaken in the first or second semester to facilitate entry to the next year's intake.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application. Please refer to the application requirements below.


Ranking and Selection Process

Entry to this course is competitive, with limited places available. Offers will be made on a continuous basis until the course is full. Please submit your application and documentation as soon as possible.

Please note:

  • Applicants will be ranked and selected based on published entry requirements and entire academic record.
  • Applicants must provide all required documents and be assessed as eligible to be included in the ranking for an offer.
  • Meeting the minimum entry requirements and course specific prerequisites, does not guarantee selection.
  • Applicants with outstanding results will only be considered for an offer upon submission of the results.
  • Eligible applicants will remain in the ranking pool until the conclusion of all offer rounds.
  • In the event the course reaches capacity the University reserves the right to close the application process.



English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Application Requirements

Please refer to our application requirements before applying for this Curtin course.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

2024 Fee year:




Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 225 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: MG-OCCT
  • CRICOS code: 077383K
  • Last updated on: 22 July 2024

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