Master of Occupational Therapy

This qualification focuses on research and practice to gain a more profound knowledge of your field. Pursue an academic career in occupational therapy education or apply for enrolment into PhD programmes to take you to the top of your area. You can choose to complete your qualification through coursework with a smaller project or a research thesis.

Domestic

Duration
18 Months Full-time
Level
9
Credits
180
Fees
$13,706*
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
Delivery
Online with block course(s)
Intakes
February
July

International

Duration
18 Months Full-time
Level
9
Credits
180
Fees
$48,750*
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
Delivery
Online with block course(s)
Intakes
February
July

What You Study

You will study

Domestic students

This programme has a strong practice and research focus. Draw on advanced knowledge to critically evaluate current professional trends in occupational therapy and critique service delivery from a sound theoretical basis. Your involvement in research and scholarship should contribute to a broad understanding of occupational therapy practice in New Zealand.

There are two options for completing this Master. If you are enrolling from a bachelor’s degree, you are required to complete either two Level 8 courses offered in the Postgraduate Certificate programme followed by Masters by research thesis level 9; or four Level 8 courses offered in the Postgraduate Diploma programme followed by the Masters by project level 9.

Year one

Complete 60 credits of Level 8 courses. This may be within the structure of a Postgraduate Certificate offered by Otago Polytechnic or another university.

OR

Complete 120 credits of Level 8 courses. This may be within the structure of a Postgraduate Diploma offered by Otago Polytechnic or another university.

Year two

Masters by project - includes two courses (Level 8) of 30 credits each and one 60 credit project (Level 9)

OR

Masters by thesis - one course equivalent to 120 credits (Level 9).

International students

If you are an international student interested in studying with us, please contact the School of Occupational Therapy by emailing info@op.ac.nz

Courses (for domestic students)

Year one

Please consult the Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy Practice or Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice information sheet.

Elective programmes

(Coursework option= select 180 credits/ Thesis option= select 120 credits)

Find out more about each course below here

SMS Code

Course Name

Level

OP Credits

 MO438001

Reasoning in Fast Paced Environments

30 

MO435001 

Research for Practice

30 

MO408004

Negotiated Study

8

30

MO408005

Negotiated Study

8

30

MO421002

Supervision for Helping Professions

8

30

MO440001

Cognitive Approaches Across the Life Span

8

30

MO424003

Motivation and Behavioural Change

8

30

MO439001

Therapeutic Use of Self

8

30

MO429002

Using Sensory Processing Principles with Diverse Populations

8

30

MO431002

Specialty Practice

8

30

MO434002

Vocational Rehabilitation

8

30

MO437001

Low Vision Rehabilitation

8

30

MO441001

Adventure Therapy

8

30

MO442001

Trauma Informed Care

8

30

Year Two

You are required to complete a Level 8 research course (of at least 30 credits) before embarking on the second year of this qualification. This research course provides you with the theoretical knowledge required to complete a research project or research thesis.

Depending on your choice of pathway, you will then complete the research thesis OR the research project (both at Level 9).

Project examples 

Examples of thesis titles 
  • Should I stay or should I go? Factors influencing retention of occupational therapists working in mental health services New Zealand
  • Occupational therapists understanding of autonomy for people with dementia when making placement decisions
Examples of Masters' projects 
  • Changing the delivery of chronic pain management education: an action research study
  • Social Media and Mental Health: A Narrative Literature Review
  • Occupational Therapy in Primary Palliative Care; Understanding the here and now
  • Self-regulation, scooters and low vision: The practice of self-regulation by older adults with low vision when they use a mobility scooter

Workload

Your workload

This programme is taught online with one compulsory block course in Dunedin (two to three days) at the beginning of the research process.

Most people complete this programme on a part-time basis, alongside full-time employment.

Domestic students - Level 8

At Level 8, each course is worth 30 credits equating to approximately 300 study hours. If you are completing one course a semester, you should allocate approximately 18-19 hours per week for attendance at fortnightly teleconferences, online discussions and reading, as well as research for your assessments.

Domestic students - Level 9

At Level 9, you will have selected either the Research Project OR the Research Thesis. For either option, you will need to be guided by the number of hours - with the project being approximately 600 hours and the thesis 1,200 hours.

Entry

Entry requirements

To enter the first year of the Masters:

  • You must hold a Diploma OR Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) approved programme (OR equivalent), OR a Certificate of Registration (New Zealand).
  • If you hold a Diploma or Certificate of Registration, you must also provide evidence of commitment to further education and two confidential referees attesting to your ability to manage postgraduate study.
  • You must provide evidence of registration as an occupational therapist (Annual Practising Certificate), although this can be waived in certain circumstances.

To enter the second year of the Masters of Occupational Therapy:

  • You must hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy or Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice OR equivalent, with a B grade average across a total of 60 credits
  • You must have successfully completed a Research course 
  • OR you must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours endorsed second class, OR equivalent.

To enter both the first or second year:

  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet entry requirements.  
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

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

Selection process

Applications for this programme are screened by the Masters Coordinator against the entry criteria. Should the number of applicants who meet the entry requirements exceed the available places, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in date order.

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
Coursework option
$13,706
Full tuition
Research option
$13,741

International fees

Full tuition
Standard
$48,750

Additional costs

You must have access to a personal computer, printer and internet connection. You will make extensive use of websites and the electronic library so must budget for the cost of printing reference material, as well as ordering inter-library loans.

You will also need to consider the costs of carrying out your research which could include payment for transcription, copying and posting out of surveys. You are expected to attend a three day Master's School (once a year) and are responsible for any costs associated with this including transport, accommodation and food. 

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.

Please note: If you already hold a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, then your costs are only for the Level 9 project or thesis.

Get in touch

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