Occupational therapy

Why study Occupational therapy?

We offer experienced health professionals and other graduates the opportunity to develop their expertise and research in professional settings. Professional doctorates take three years full-time study or part-time equivalent. In first year, you will do coursework in compulsory and elective units and the second and third years consist of a research thesis and doctoral colloquia. You may take up to 75% of the coursework in units with a strong practical and clinical orientation.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate research qualifications let you specialise in specific practice areas and apply for senior and specialist positions.

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2017

Doctor of Clinical Science - Occupational Therapy
Duration :
3 years full-time (4 years maximum) or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
If you are an experienced practitioner in occupational therapy, this degree provides you with an opportunity to further develop your expertise and undertake research in professional settings. The degree offers an integrated program of one-third coursework and two-thirds research. Through a combination of core and elective subjects, you will gain knowledge and skills in designing and conducting research, literature review techniques, critical analysis and writing for publication, as well as opportunities to apply these skills in clinically-based professional projects. Your research will produce a thesis of 60,000 words of publishable quality.
Prerequisite
Honours degree of H2A standard or equivalent, or research Master's, or Master's by coursework with substantial thesis component or equivalent, and at least three years relevant professional or practical experience. In some circumstances a candidate who can supply sufficient evidence of research capacity may be admitted through a special entry category. Prospective students should contact the School to discuss candidature prior to applying.
Additional information
Semester starts on February 29 or as stated in your letter of offer.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences)
Duration :
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
City
Other
Year
2017
About this course
This degree requires you to undertake a major original research project under supervision and to submit a thesis. While coursework is not a requirement for the degree, selected subjects may be recommended. Areas of study include: exercise physiology, health systems, policy and management, social policy, social participation, evidence based-practice, ageing and aged care, public health, health systems policy and management, mother and child health, human communication sciences, musculoskeletal research, nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, social work and social policy, rehabilitation, dietetics and human nutrition, injury prevention and sex, health and society.
Prerequisite
Applicants with first-class or upper second-class honours (or an equivalent qualification) may be admitted directly to PhD candidature. Others will normally be required to enrol initially in a research Master's program and, if appropriate, transfer to PhD candidature when they have demonstrated the capacity for independent research at a suitable level.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Applied Science
Duration :
2 years full-time, or the equivalent part-time
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Melbourne
Bendigo
Shepparton
Year
2017
About this course
This course offers numerous research opportunities in health sciences. Areas of research expertise include: exercise physiology, health systems policy and management, public health, mother and child health, human communication sciences, musculoskeletal research, nursing and midwifery, rehabilitation and injury prevention, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, dietetics and human nutrition and sex, health and society.

The course includes four online coursework subjects, which provide training in foundation research skills. These may be waived for students who have completed an Honours degree or equivalent.
Prerequisite
Satisfactory completion of La Trobe University's combined Bachelor/Master's degree with a minimum weighted average of 70% across graded subjects in years three and four (or equivalent part-time years)
OR
Satisfactory completion of La Trobe University's graduate entry Master's degree with a minimum weighted average of 70% across graded subjects
OR
Bachelor degree in health, or equivalent professional qualifications and experience with a demonstrated capacity to successfully complete higher degree research through evidence of one or more of the following research-related achievements:
- successful completion of research methods coursework
- successful research grant applications
- participation in a substantial research project
- peer-reviewed publications
- conference presentations
- professional reports or clinical guidelines
- product development
- policy development or implementation
AND
Two academic referee reports indicating a high level of academic ability, research potential, ability to complete graduate research, and capacity for oral and written communication in English.
Additional information
Semester starts anytime if the requirement for coursework is waived. Students who are required to undertake coursework must start in January.
How to apply
Apply now. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply

You can apply for research candidature at any time. However, applications for research scholarships close on 31 October.

To apply for Master's candidature, you need an Honours degree or Master's Preliminary. For Doctoral (PhD) candidature, you need a Master's or a Bachelor's degree with Honours, usually with a result of at least H2A.

Before applying, it's best to contact a potential academic supervisor and receive in-principle approval for your topic.

Once you've done this, you can download an application form [PDF 1.02Mb] and submit it to the Graduate Research School. If you require this PDF in an alternative format, please contact grs@latrobe.edu.au.

Fees and scholarships

Research degrees are funded by the Commonwealth Government via the Research Training Scheme (RTS) (fees may apply to some components of some Professional Doctorates).

There are a range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Doctor of Clinical Science - Occupational Therapy (054041M)

Duration :
3 years full-time (4 years maximum)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
33 500
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
If you are an experienced practitioner in occupational therapy, this degree provides you with an opportunity to further develop your expertise and undertake research in professional settings. The degree offers an integrated program of one-third coursework and two-thirds research. Through a combination of core and elective subjects, you will gain knowledge and skills in designing and conducting research, literature review techniques, critical analysis and writing for publication, as well as opportunities to apply these skills in clinically-based professional projects. Your research will produce a thesis of 60,000 words of publishable quality.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
must have completed an Australian Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent, plus at least three years of relevant professional experience. You are also required to provide evidence of research expertise.
Additional information
Semester starts on February 29 or as stated in your letter of offer.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences) (006629C)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
33 500
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne, City, Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
This degree requires you to undertake a major original research project under supervision and to submit a thesis. While coursework is not a requirement for the degree, selected subjects may be recommended. Areas of study include: exercise physiology, health systems, policy and management, social policy, social participation, evidence based-practice, ageing and aged care, public health, health systems policy and management, mother and child health, human communication sciences, musculoskeletal research, nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, social work and social policy, rehabilitation, dietetics and human nutrition, injury prevention and sex, health and society.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have an Australian Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or an approved international
equivalent. You must also provide evidence of substantial prior research expertise.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Applied Science (074418F)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
34 500
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne, Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
This course offers numerous research opportunities in health sciences. Areas of research expertise include: exercise physiology, health systems policy and management, public health, mother and child health, human communication sciences, musculoskeletal research, nursing and midwifery, rehabilitation and injury prevention, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, dietetics and human nutrition and sex, health and society.

The course includes four online coursework subjects, which provide training in foundation research skills. These may be waived for students who have completed an Honours degree or equivalent.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have an Australian Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. If you have Honours at H2B level, or equivalent, you may still be considered in some instances.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fee costs for international students is indicated for each course above. There are also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Finding a supervisor

One of the most important aspects of your research study will be finding a supervisor in Occupational therapy.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.