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Swinburne University of Technology

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Master of Occupational Therapy

  • Masters (Coursework)

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
MA-OCC, 089748J
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Domestic Fees
$9,527 per year / $19,054 total
International Fees
$35,600 per year

About this course

The Master of Occupational Therapy prepares students to be eligible to practice as a qualified occupational therapist. Once qualified, graduates are required to apply for registration to practice with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Occupational therapists work in hospital, rehabilitation, residential care, mental health, community health, forensic mental health, school, paediatric and occupational rehabilitation settings. Occupational therapists assist people who have difficulty participating in everyday life. Everyday life activities include participation in the paid work force, leisure activities, and/or self-care activities. Clients may have neurological, musculoskeletal or mental health problems and may be living at home or in a supported living setting.
Problem-based learning This course is designed for students who are interested in learning about how to enable participation in daily life using design, device and technology approaches. Students will use a problem-based learning approach to their studies. A scenario will be presented at the commencement of a topic that will set the scene for self-directed learning. There will also be concepts and skills classes that relate to the scenario. Students gain problem-solving and critical-thinking skills by working through problems collaboratively to find meaningful solutions. This style of learning replicates the approach used by occupational therapists in practice.

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Career pathways

The Swinburne Graduate Attributes signify that Swinburne intends that its teaching courses assist all its graduates to be:
  • capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
  • effective and ethical in work and community situations.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Occupational Therapy, students must complete 200 credit points comprising:
  • 11 Core units of study (137.5 credit points)
  • 3 Professional placement units of study (62.5 credit points)
Maximum Academic CreditThe maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Master of Occupational Therapy is 100 credit points (normally eight units)Professional placementsIt is a mandated requirement of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) Ltd that all students will undertake 1000 hours of professional practice training including 800 hours of work placements and at least 240 hours of other professional practice activities in other units. Work placements are organised into three full-time blocks (20 weeks total). Swinburne will organise the student placement program.Placements will be undertaken in agencies which: provide short-term or long-term therapy, are community or hospital focused, with clients across the lifespan. Clients will experience occupational performance problems as a result of mental health, neurological or musculoskeletal impairments. Every client will be experiencing some limitation in what they need, want or expect to be able to do. It is intended that students be offered a variety of placement experiences during their enrolment.

Credit for prior study or work

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit.