Master of Occupational Therapy

Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology trading as Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Occupational Therapy

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Entry requirements

To enter the programme at Level 8 the entry criteria outlined for the postgraduate diploma/certificate programmes will be applied.
To enter the programme at Level 9, applicants must have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma from Otago Polytechnic or another institution having achieved a B grade across their three best courses, or have successfully completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (honours) endorsed as 2nd class (or equivalent).
Applicants for the Master of Occupational Therapy will have a range of academic qualifications.
Applicants holding a pre-registration diploma or lower can only enter the Master of Occupational Therapy (by research or coursework) via the Level 8 Postgraduate Certificate of Occupational Therapy Practice. Students will be reminded of the grade range to be achieved in order to enter either the master's by research, or the master's by coursework. This advice will consider the grades achieved in their studies to date, as well as their current and future career goals.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Master of Occupational Therapy is to continue to consolidate graduates confidence in their metacognitive abilities through:
* extending their ability to critically evaluate relevant literature, through this knowledge increasing their own and the effectiveness of others occupational therapy interventions offered in the New Zealand bicultural context
* providing opportunities to continually engage in critical inquiry and reflexive reasoning, recognising and acknowledging how these influence the art and science of occupational therapy practice in the New Zealand bicultural context.
* enabling the ongoing development of understanding of how research informs practice developments, and having the opportunity to contribute to the knowledge base of occupational therapy through research.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Rehabilitation Therapies at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2021

Scholarship information

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Ian Campbell Scholarship

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Determined annually by the Trustees

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

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