Master of Occupational Therapy
Blended learning – on-campus and digital learning
Design, technology, and business entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship are embedded in the curriculum content, which has been designed collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals.
Students complete three professional work placements in community- or hospital-focused agencies that offer short-and long-term therapy, a well as an innovative project-based placement in the Design Factory Melbourne. Working in teams, students gain industry experience by developing innovative solutions to problems provided by industry partners and consumers.
Due to limited capacity, students will be unable to defer their place in this course.
2 years full-time
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2023 Start Dates
2024 Start Dates
Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
To qualify for the award of Master of Occupational Therapy students must complete 200 credit points comprising of:
- Eleven (11) core units of study (137.5cp)
- Three (3) professional practice units of study (62.5cp) – 1,000 hours in total
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Master of Occupational Therapy is 100 credit points (normally eight units)
It 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.
Units of study
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives, graduate skills and professional recognition.
Aims and objectives
- Construct occupational performance profiles in collaboration with individuals, groups or communities, identify the impacts of occupation on health and wellbeing, and apply these in a range of contexts
- Critically analyse and apply contemporary theory, practice knowledge, and evidence to inform sound clinical reasoning in assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of outcomes within the occupational therapy curriculum and in clinical practice
- Apply well developed independent research skills to critically review literature and produce an evidence review report that accurately summarises findings from contemporary research regarding a health assessment or intervention
- Collaborate with clients to produce and competently implement an occupationally-focused intervention plan that supports health and wellbeing, considers the person and their environment, and is safe, ethical, culturally responsive, culturally safe, lawful, and accountable
- Communicate openly, responsively and appropriately with individuals and groups across a variety of settings, adapting written, verbal and non-verbal communication to the client and practice context
- Analyse, plan, produce, communicate, and evaluate a design, technology, or device solution to a complex problem impeding occupational participation, as identified by an external partner in the disability sector
- Implement reflective practice and demonstrate the ability to critically and accurately evaluate own and peers’ skills, learning styles, and capacity for self-direction.
- 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.
Pathways and scholarships
- Credit transfer, recognition of prior learning and scholarships.
Course fees and requirements
- Fees, entry requirements and non-year 12 entry.
How do I pay my fees?
FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible full-fee paying higher education students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Swinburne.
HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of the student contribution amount.
This course offers Commonwealth Supported Places for eligible students.
The total tuition fee is dependent upon the combination of units of study selected by the student. Fees are reviewed each year. Find out more about fees.
- a bachelor degree (or higher award); or
- a Postgraduate degree
- completed at least one anatomy and physiology undergraduate unit (such as BIO10004 Anatomy and Physiology); or
- n equivalent anatomy and physiology bridging course.