Entry Points (2016)

Course Overview

Occupational therapists work with both children and adults with acquired conditions such as stroke or spinal cord injury, people with mental health problems or congenital conditions such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida, and with many others. Occupational therapists aim to facilitate independence in daily ‘occupations’, such as selfcare, work, financial management, leisure pursuits or education. Any illness, trauma or disruption can result in difficulties in these areas due to problems with moving, thinking or carrying out the tasks. Occupational therapists design and deliver intervention programmes to address these difficulties.


Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science), and any other subject recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

Students must satisfy the Garda/Police vetting and Medical Clearance requirements.

4 years

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades (2016)

A*A*A* & a(AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Year 1

  • Principles for Practice/ Fundamentals I
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy
  • Human Body Function
  • Mental Health 1
  • Mental Health 2
  • Enabling Occupation Physical Disability
  • Group work and Professional Skills

Year 2

  • Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy II
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology
  • Health Psychology
  • Enabling Occupation Paediatrics
  • Enabling Occupation Intellectual Disability
  • Practice Education I & II
  • Case Study I & II

Year 3

  • Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy III & IV
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Enabling Occupation Community
  • Standardised Testing in Occupational Therapy
  • Enabling Occupation for Older Adults
  • Emerging Areas of Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Social Policy
  • Neurology

Year 4

  • Practice Education III & IV
  • Case Study III & IV
  • Management and Leadership
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Research Project

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the degree course will have a professional qualification and may work in a variety of settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Mental health services
  • Child and adolescent services
  • Physical and sensory services
  • Community rehabilitation
  • Disability services

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

All students are required to complete 1,000 hours of Practice Education successfully under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapist. Practice Education is a process of workbased learning which involves a partnership between the practice educator and the student in the practice setting. Practice Education takes place at the end of Semester 2 in first year (one week), Semester 2 of second year (2 x 8 weeks) and Semester 1 of fourth year (2 x 8 weeks). Students may be required to undertake practice education anywhere in Ireland and can also avail of the opportunity to go on an international placement.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€8,092 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€4,868 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17
EU Fees 2016/17:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

The School of Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy
T 353 (0)91 492 957
F 353 (0)91 495 540
E healththerapies@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


Cliodhna O' Mahony |   BSc (Occupational Therapy)

...I was attracted to the course because it involved studying a comprehensive range of subjects with a good balance between practical learning and academic learning. The Department of Occupational Therapy were very welcoming and because of the small class it was easy to get to know people. The lecturers made a huge effort to get to know us personally and made us feel comfortable in asking them for help on any issue, academic or otherwise. The placement element of the course was great!...