Masters by coursework (graduate entry)
This graduate entry master course offers a fast-track option to becoming an occupational therapist.
- Master of Occupational Therapy
This course comprises six study periods across two and one half years of full-time study, but can be undertaken part-time. Part-time study is not available for international onshore students on temporary entrant visas.
- 2 years, 6 months full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) Code indicates a registered program offered to international students studying in Australia on student visas.
The Curtin campuses or teaching locations where units of this course are offered.
- Curtin Perth
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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.
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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.
- Learn in high-quality laboratories and facilities.
- Our courses enable you to take full advantage of the current world-wide shortage of occupational therapists.
- Our graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, allowing you to practice in Europe and the United States.
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.
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
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.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
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Other requirements and notes for this course
You will need to hold a current Essential First Aid Certificate within four weeks of the start of this course.
You must pass all units in the first year before proceeding to the second year.
Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Attend a pre-approved Manual Handling course before the end of Semester One in your first year of study. Information on manual handling requirements and suggested course providers will be provided by your school before commencing fieldwork.
You will be responsible for all costs associated with completing and maintaining manual handling competency. If you do not complete these requirements you may not be able to commence fieldwork.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)
Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.
Fieldwork requirements during the course
Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
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Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2023
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
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).
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
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