Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Are you keen to deepen your understanding of occupational therapy practice and develop your research skills? Enhance your professional practice and increase your employment potential with this postgraduate qualification that will prepare you for jobs in research-focused positions or higher-level practice roles. If you want to pursue an academic career, this honours degree provides a pathway to take you to the top of your field.

Domestic

Duration
1 Year Full-time
Level
8
Credits
120
Fees
$9,456*
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
Delivery
Online with block course(s)
Intakes
February

International

Duration
1 Year Full-time
Level
8
Credits
120
Fees
$32,500*
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
Delivery
Online with block course(s)
Intakes
February

What You Study

Courses 

This degree is made up of two 30 credit Level 8 courses (Research for Practice, and Research Design) and a 60 credit dissertation. In order to gain the qualification, you'll need to pass both courses and the dissertation on your first attempt.

Course Title

Level

Credit

Compulsory

 

 

Research for Practice

8

30

Research Design

8

30

Dissertation 

8

60

Total

 

120

Further study options

Advance your skills and increase your career prospects with our Master of Occupational Therapy. If you achieve a first class honours degree, you may also be able to progress straight into a doctoral programme.

Workload

Your workload 

You'll need to allocate about 36-40 hours per week for study.

These hours cover attendance at fortnightly web-based sessions, online discussions and reading, as well as research for your assessments for each course.

In the first semester, you will work on your proposal and then ethics application (if required).

In the second semester, you will undertake the research project.

The average hours per week for semester two are harder to stipulate as the process of completing a dissertation is based very much on the individual.

Entry

Entry requirements 

Academic requirements
  • You must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with a grade point average of 5.0 or less across the three years of study OR equivalent.   
  • You must commence the honours programme within three years of completing the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements.  
English Language requirements 

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Covid-19 vaccination requirements 

You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination status to apply for this programme. However, most placement providers will require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated before allowing you to complete a placement at their organisation. Placements are an integral part of this programme and you’ll need to complete these to be able to successfully achieve your qualification.

Selection process

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be accepted into the programme. Should the number of suitable applicants exceed the available places, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in date order.

Those applicants already enrolled at Otago Polytechnic will apply for the honours programme by confirming their intention with the Honours Programme Coordinator. Special circumstances can be considered on application by the student to Postgraduate, Research & Innovation Team.

Want your existing skills recognised?

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, please ask us about our recognition of prior learning process. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification and could achieve it in a shorter timeframe. Please email info@op.ac.nz or call 0800 762 786.

Fees

Domestic fees

Full tuition
Standard
$9,456

International fees

Full tuition
Standard
$32,500

Additional costs

As this programme is taught via extensive online resources, you must budget for internet access as well as for printing of readings/course materials.

There are also compulsory block courses and you'll be responsibly for all associated costs including transport, accommodation and meals.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees shown above are approximate only. There may be a slight fee increase per year once Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) rules and guidelines are applied. These fees also don’t include additional costs or living costs.

Application

Get in touch

0800 762 786
International +64 3 477 3014
Email: info@op.ac.nz