La Trobe University

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice


Semester starts
5 February 2018
2 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
35 400

Occupational therapists help individuals and communities to maximise productivity, wellbeing and quality of life through occupational participation. You will develop knowledge and skills in assessment and intervention, the therapeutic use of occupation and the adaptation of environments.

Subject to completion of local requirements, graduates may be eligible to apply to practice in other countries including the UK, North America and Sweden.

The course comprises 80 weeks of coursework (40 weeks per year), including 1000 hours of professional practice. First year includes a four-week full-time professional practice block; second year includes two eight-week full-time professional practice blocks. You will enrol into 120 credit points per year.

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Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

You must have a relevant Bachelors degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelors degree, completed in the past five years (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience) with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Relevant studies include health, education, social, psychological or biological sciences.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

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 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

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

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

or approved international equivalent.

Please note the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia’s Standard for English Language proficiency to register as an Occupational Therapist in Australia is an IELTS of 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in all components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) or a minimum OET score of A or B in every component, achieved at the one sitting. The test must be taken no longer than 2 years prior to applying for registration. Please read the .

Career outcomes

Occupational therapists work in a wide range of health and welfare systems including general hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community health services, mental health agencies, health services for older people and children with special needs, and support services for intellectually disadvantaged people. They also work as coordinators and consultants in the development and provision of services in areas such as occupational health and safety, and as private practitioners.

Professional recognition

The Master of Occupational Therapy Practice is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) and is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates of the Master of Occupational Therapy Practice may be eligible to apply for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

35 400

Additional costs

Annual National Police Check ($15.90) and immunisations (A$500). Prices are approximate. Accommodation costs for any clinical placements may vary according to the venue and location.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

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.

Additional information

Successful applicants who do not have a background in biological sciences, for example anatomy and physiology, must undertake a Bridging Course. You will enrol into 105 credit points in the first year and 135 credit points in second year. The Honours program (CRICOS Code 062794C) is an additional six months of study comprising an additional 45 credit points. To enable clinical placements, students enrolled in this course will be registered as students, at no cost, with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. Applicants must also submit a supplementary form [PDF 130KB] and may be required to participate in a telephone interview. Applications close on Friday 8 September, 2017. Note: Late applications will only be considered from applicants who are awaiting results for Undergraduate degree. Note: Applications will be assessed and ranked on their merit at the end of October. Applicants awaiting results from prior studies will be assessed at the end of November. Once offer is given, places will be allocated in the order of receipt of acceptance until the quota for that course is full.

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:

CRICOS code: 062795B