MSc Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification)

Trinity College Dublin

Course Overview

The MSc Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification ) programme is recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and accredited by the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.

This innovative programme is an opportunity for honors graduates to pursue studies leading to a professional qualification in Occupational Therapy. The two-year, full-time course is a timely and appropriate route for graduates, as it builds on their educational and work experiences to date.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?


What is the length of the course?

2 Years Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 27,498

Living Costs per year

€ 9,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

1. Minimum of a second class honors primary degree (2.2) (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or a postgraduate degree (Level 9 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). The type of previous undergraduate degree awarded is not a limiting factor in terms of eligibility.
2. Candidates may apply to this programme in the final semester of an undergraduate programme and must produce evidence that all requirements for postgraduate study are met by the end of June in the year that the programme commences. Once all standard requirements are met for postgraduate applications at UL, the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test- Ireland) will be used as the sole instrument to select students for this programme.
3. Candidates applying to the MSc Occupational Therapy programme in UL must register for HPAT-Ireland + Written Component (Registration fee €160).
HPAT Ireland Exam Dates: 23 February 2019. Check website
Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist applicants as deemed necessary.
Successful completion of the Garda clearance process, Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student.

English Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • TOEFL: 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS: composite score 8 and not less than 7 in any one component.
  • DUOLINGO: UL has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as temporary measure for the 2020/1 intake (due to closures). The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with programmes. (For 2020 Entry Only in response to Covid 19 issues)

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Special Entry Requirements

Applications must include:

• Qualification transcripts and certificates, including certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
• English language qualification if English is not your first language.
• A copy of your birth certificate (long document).
For international candidates the International Student Admissions Test; ISAT will be used to select candidates. ISAT exam dates: there are many exam dates from March to January each year. Applicants must have sat the exam by 31st January in year of which they wish to apply.

Career Prospects

Graduates will be qualified to practice in Ireland and eligible for registration in other parts of the world. You will be able to work in a diverse range of environments including schools, hospitals and community settings.


Immunisations: A number of vaccinations are required in order to attend placement at clinical sites. All MSc Occupational Therapy students are responsible for ensuring they have the appropriate vaccinations prior to commencement of the program. The Department of Clinical Therapies University of Limerick does not cover the cost of vaccinations.