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Australian Occupational Therapy Schools

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University of Sydney Occupational Therapy School in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Occupational Therapy

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University and Faculty: University of Sydney
Faculty of Health Sciences
Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
University Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 5 million
Student Population: 60,000
Campus Location: Cumberland campus
(in Lidcombe, a suburb of Sydney)
Program Duration: 2 years
Semester Intake: March each year
Next Avail. Intake: March 2020
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $49,500 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $99,000 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

The University of Sydney offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field who wish to gain the requirements to become an occupational therapist.

The Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy aims to provide students with the professional competency requirements for occupational therapy practice. The program is a mix of core coursework- and fieldwork-based units, along with elective units. Fieldwork placements are scheduled in both years of the program, and typically take place in full-time blocks. The second year of the course is predominantly based in fieldwork settings with some on-campus attendance.

The University of Sydney Occupational Therapy School encourages applications from people from a range of backgrounds into its MOT program. The program is designed to accommodate all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their prior degree. Students who already have a background in health will be able to select their program electives, while those without such experience will be required to take prescribed electives.


Unique Features of the Program

Eligible students in Sydney Occupational Therapy School's MOT degree are given the opportunity to complete the "Faculty of Health Science (FHS) Abroad" program, in which six elective credits from the final year of study can be undertaken in South and Southeast Asia. This opportunity allows Sydney Health Sciences students to make a meaningful contribution to a community in need and gain hands-on experience in community development through a four- to six-week placement with non-government organizations and other development agencies. In past years, students were placed in destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Nepal.


Why Canadians Like the Program

The Sydney Faculty of Health Science has a whole campus dedicated to its programs, located on the Cumberland Campus in Lidcombe, which is 16 km from the city centre. Students entering the Master of Occupational Therapy on this campus will have access to amenities such as a Health Science Library, specialized laboratories and discipline specific equipment, on-site health clinics, a state-of-the-art sports centre and recreational and social amenities.

Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy program!

"Like - This program provides me a professional qualification to work in other countries, like Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore Dislike - Placement is not very organized..it would be great if the university can give me a heads up in the beginning of the semester about our placement arrangement, instead of letting us know a month or even less than a week ahead. Things being taught are very useful, we got to imply the OT theories, OT models into the placements. We got different placement opportunities throughout the program, which is pretty comprehensive."

"I wish I studied at the main campus because it's way nicer than Cumberland. It's a great place to go, and it's a great program if you're interested in it."

"Dislike The program is not on the main campus, it's in Lidcombe. There's a clinical component involved which may take you out of town for a few weeks. Program is definitely worth it!"

"The communication and how they arrange placement is very frustrating and it's very pricy to be studying in Australia. Make sure to read up on everything and bring all the necessary documentations before arriving to make it easier when going through the compliance check."


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The University of Sydney's Master of Occupational Therapy program is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). The WFOT is the world-accrediting body for occupational therapists, and member countries adhere to this, including Australia and Canada. The University of Sydney's MOT program is similar to Canadian programs and contains the full 1,000 hours of clinical practicum required by WFOT. In Canada, professional registration requirements differ in each province, and OzTREKK encourages you to learn about the certification process required by your province's regulatory body.

Canadian students who wish to practice as an occupational therapist upon their return to Canada, should visit the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists website for accreditation and certification information: http://www.caot.ca/


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

To be eligible to apply to the Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy, you must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree (Applicants without a degree in a health-related area are welcome to apply; if successful, these applicants complete prescribed units of study in anatomy and/or psychology as electives.);
  • achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5/7, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65% and 74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

OzTREKK recommends that you apply for this program if you have achieved a minimum 65% cumulative average in your university studies.


Application Deadline: October 30, 2019. Offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible as this program can fill quickly.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Lindsay Rewi

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