Master of Rehabilitation, majoring in Occupational Therapy

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Rehabilitation, majoring in Occupational Therapy

JCU’s Master of Rehabilitation majoring in Occupational Therapy is new for 2016. There are a variety of subjects designed specifically to support generalist clinicians wishing to up-skill. The Master of Rehabilitation features a research stream as a pathway to a PhD.

Available to international students by distance education/external study only
Start dates
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus

Career opportunities

A Masters degree demonstrates that you have analytical and research skills combined with practical knowledge and hands-on experience. You will be equipped to work in traditional healthcare settings and private practice, and additionally be able to apply for work in specialist occupational therapy and rehabilitation centres, consultation services, development and research. James Cook University Healthcare courses also contain a unique focus on rural, remote and regional community and Indigenous health.

Course highlights

Our students develop high-level skills and knowledge in occupational therapy, with the option of a coursework or a coursework/research stream. There are a variety of subjects designed specifically to support generalist clinicians wishing to up-skill. The coursework/research stream has the added advantage of allowing a pathway into a PhD.

Course overview

The subject majors for the Master of Rehabilitation allow the opportunity to upskill and update your clinical practice across a range of different rehabilitation areas.  A wide selection of subjects are available and several of these subjects will address rural and remote practice.  This program can help assist you achieve tangible outcomes to implement in your clinical setting. The Master of Rehabilitation can be completed with a coursework stream or a research stream depending on your preference.

The course is offered externally (online), with limited attendance on campus for intensive residential weeks, which will address healthcare via face-to-face teaching and work-integrated learning within the clinical environment.

Subjects include:

  • Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice within the Rural and Remote Context
  • Advanced Mental Health
  • Assistive Technology Strategies.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.


MRehab – Occupational Therapy Major

Major code


Credit points required

9 credit points for single major

Major Structure


OT5200:03 Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice Within the Rural and Remote Context

OT5201:03 Advanced Mental Health Practice in Occupational Therapy

OT5202:03 Occupational Therapy and Health priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.


Master of Rehabilitation

Course code


Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must have completed at least a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology at an Australian University or hold an equivalent international entry level qualification in one of these professions.

Note: Completion of the Master of Rehabilitation will not enable Australian registration of overseas qualified health professionals.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3aSchedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

For students undertaking the Speech Pathology major, an overall IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 6.0; speaking score of 8.0; reading and listening score of 7.0 is required.

Post admission

Telephone and computer access with internet. Some subjects will require limited attendance at the Townsville campus.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Rehabilitation coursework degree graduates will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt an advanced and integrated body of theoretical knowledge, skills and technical competencies across diverse contexts as a health professional

  • Design assessment, management and evaluation plans across the lifespan, for culturally and demographically diverse peoples, especially in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate, synthesise and apply established and evolving evidence in order to develop solutions for complex problems in health professional practice

  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions to specialist and non‐specialist audiences using advanced oral and written English language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills

  • Demonstrate high-level responsibility and accountability for future professional development requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to design, analyse and ethically implement research and critically reflect on implications of findings for clinical practice.

Course Structure

(Coursework or Coursework/Research)

Students can choose from 2 streams: (1) coursework or (2) coursework and research; and from 3 majors: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology. If this course is to be used as a pathway to enrolment in a PhD, students will need to complete the coursework/research stream.


RH5200:03 Rehabilitation Research and Evidence-Based Practice

RH5202:03 Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions

RH5201:03 Rehabilitation for Disability Across the Lifespan


Select a major (discipline area) from Table A


Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

9 credit points





Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

Occupational Therapy

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

Speech Pathology

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville


Select Option 1 (Coursework) or Option 2 (Coursework/Research)


HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

RH5205:03 Palliative Care for Allied Health Professionals

RH5206:03 Assistive Technology Strategies to Enable Personal Autonomy

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace


RH5203:06 Research 1: A Literature Review

RH5204:06 Research 2: A research project


Select  6 credit points of specified subjects from List 1

List 1

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals or TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health




Townsville (External)

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance at the Townsville campus


Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements

Not applicable

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points; unless students have completed the Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation, in which case they may be eligible for up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for appropriate subjects.


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

Master of Rehabilitation

Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation.

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation.

Course articulation

Not applicable

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.