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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Occupational Therapy

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Entry requirements

Minimum academic entry criteria are:
Ākonga are admitted to this programme after completion of the third year of an undergraduate Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree. They are required to commence study in the Honours programme within three years of completing their degree. To be admitted to the programme ākonga must have passed all courses in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy programme (on their first attempt). In years two and three ākonga must have achieved a minimum B grade average or equivalent. Only graded components contribute to this calculation. For courses which do not award grades ākonga must pass each course on their first attempt. Special circumstances can be considered on application by ākonga to the Head of School.

International applicants for whom English is not a first language are required to have an IELTS overall band score (Academic) of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.5 in each band. These IELTS scores align with what is required in to apply for registration as an occupational therapist in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Applicants who do not meet all of the academic requirements for entry into the programme can make an application to the Head of School. Entry to the programme will be at the Head of School's discretion.

Otago Polytechnic's policy AP0520.07 English Language Requirements for International Learners and those for whom English is an Additional Language Selection Criteria*

Ākonga who meet the entry criteria will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, until all places are full. After the programme is full, applicants who meet the entry criteria will then be placed on a waiting list and informed if a place becomes available.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is to prepare graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or equivalent to undertake research as part of their occupational therapy practice in bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand, and to pursue advanced study. The qualification will increase their knowledge in a specific area of practice and may therefore increase the range of roles into which a graduate may be employed.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Rehabilitation Therapies at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Ian Campbell Scholarship

Provided by:

Wellington Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Trust - Secretary



Determined annually by the Trustees

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AUT International Excellence Scholarship - South Asia


NZD$5,000Contribution to fees

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 762 786
Phone: (03) 477 3014
Fax: (03) 471 6870
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