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Occupational Therapy (Honours)

University of Adelaide

48 months
41000 AUD/year
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University of Adelaide's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) equips you to identify, prevent and manage the full range of challenges to everyday activity.


Occupational therapists help us build and protect the specific capabilities we need to effectively participate in the critical activities of our daily lives: learning, socialising, playing, doing our jobs and simply looking after ourselves.

By guiding and supporting physical and psychological progress, they help individuals, families and communities create or restore meaning, purpose and independence.

With many courses taught by registered practising occupational therapists, the Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree from University of Adelaide places an emphasis on real-world experience. In over 1,000 hours of work-based training, you’ll work with children and adults of all ages in multiple settings: public and private health organisations; schools; rehabilitation centres; aged care; mental health and more.

You’ll gain high-level knowledge and skills in:

  • human anatomy, physiology and the pathophysiology
  • rehabilitation from short- and long-term injury, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, chronic illness, disability and mental health issues
  • specialised practice with children and families
  • broad public health issues and population approaches to health and wellbeing
  • cultural diversity, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, and rural or international health perspectives
  • evidence-based, patient-centred care.

You’ll regularly access our purpose-built training facilities and state-of-the-art simulation suites—among Australasia’s most advanced. In addition, you’ll benefit from collaborative learning with key complementary disciplines, speech pathology and physiotherapy.

From late in third year, you’ll choose one of two streams—research* or industry—and undertake a major project. Research will hone your skills in developing new knowledge; industry focuses on integrating research into practice.

Degree structure

  • In the first year of study you will be introduced to anatomy, physiology, public health and health research courses with a focus on occupational therapy principles.
  • The second year includes detailed applied anatomy of the lower and upper limbs and explores the pathophysiologic basis of disease. Occupational Therapy specific courses prepare you for professional practice, while you will elect to pursue courses that focus on rural or international health perspectives.
  • The third year of the degree focuses on specialised practice principles including children and families, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, and mental health across the lifespan.
  • The fourth year of the degree provides an opportunity to apply learning in professional practice settings, under the supervision of registered clinical professionals.

Where could a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) take you?

You’ll graduate eligible to pursue a wide range of career opportunities working with communities and populations to achieve and maintain health and well-being. You could help children with sensory issues realise their full learning—and life— potential. You might help elderly people maintain the capacity to live in their treasured family homes. Perhaps you’ll help those recovering from workplace trauma return to their passion.Accredited with conditions by the Occupational Therapy Council and approved by the Occupational Therapy Board.

 *Entry into the research stream will be based on academic merit.

Career Readiness

Qualified occupational therapists have a wide range of career options in metropolitan and rural settings. They work in public and private hospitals, community health care, private practice, aged care, rehabilitation centres, paediatrics, education and research.Please see the inherent requirements for occupational therapy programs for further information.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Industry Placement

Students will be introduced to clinical placement in the second year of study, before completing 1000+ hours of clinical placement in a range of metropolitan and rural settings throughout the final 18 months of the program.


Accredited with conditions by the Occupational Therapy Council and approved by the Occupational Therapy Board.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biosciences for Human Health
  • Communication in Professional Practice
  • Foundations of Health and Wellbeing
  • Psychological Foundations for Allied Health
  • Anatomy of Lower and Upper Limbs
  • International Health and Occupational Therapy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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96 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS code: 0101681
  • Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject or
  • IELTS/TOEFL/Pearson/C1 advanced
  • One of the following qualifications:
  • Selection Rank (International): 90
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 34
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE): 22
  • United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]: 5
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level: 12
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD): 85%
  • British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada): 85%
  • Alberta High School Diploma (Canada): 90
  • ISC & CBSE [India]: 85%
  • ISBE [India]: 95%
  • SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma): 1410
  • AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma): 12
  • Abitur: 2.3
  • Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education: 3.5
  • Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong: 9.0
  • STPM or Matrikulasi: 3.33
  • Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate: 83
  • and more

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    41000 AUD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 41000 AUD per year during 48 months.

Domestic students: Commonwealth-supported place

Living costs for Adelaide

1328 - 2474 AUD /month
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