Occupational therapy

Courses in occupational therapy

Learn to help people with disabilities and those recovering from injury or with ongoing conditions to overcome barriers that may be preventing them to participate more fully in life.

Our courses in occupational therapy are accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, which qualifies graduates to register as an occupational therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate research

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is an allied health profession that focuses on improving, maintaining, or restoring independence to people impacted by injury, illness, disability or psychological impairment.

Occupational therapists work with their clients to overcome barriers that may be preventing them from participating more fully in life. This might involve teaching alternative techniques to achieve a given task or facilitating the improvement of skills.

Career opportunities

Occupational therapists work in a diverse range of clinical, research, policymaking, advocacy and educator roles in hospitals and healthcare organisations, private practice, homes, schools, workplaces and research institutions.

There are also many areas of specialisation which can include, driver trained occupational therapy, hand therapy, refugees and asylum seekers, autistic spectrum disorder, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, mental health and paediatrics.

Research opportunities

Applied research in occupational therapy at the University of Sydney aims to contribute to a greater understanding of human occupations, including their roles, performance and adaptation. Our research staff support higher degree research candidates to develop research expertise.

Research Supervisor Connect matches your research interests to available PhD and master's research opportunities and supervisors.


Why study with us?


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Graduate career-ready and in demand
we’re 1st in Australia for graduate employability

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Finish in 2 years as a postgraduate student
our master degree offers an accelerated study program

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Hands-on clinical training
gain comprehensive professional experience with clinical placements embedded throughout your studies

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Learn from highly respected practitioners and researchers
Our research ranks "well above world-class" (ERA level 5)

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