Entry Points (2020)

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 2021

A Level Grades (2020)


Average intake


Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline


  • Principles  for Practice/Fundamentals
  • Psychology
  • Human Body Structure
  • Human Body Function
  • Mental Health 1
  • Mental Health 2
  • Enabling Occupation- Physical Disability
  • Groupwork and Professional Skills
  • A one week Observation Placement takes place at the end of Year 1


  • Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy 2
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology
  • Health Psychology
  • Enabling Occupation – Paediatrics
  • Enabling Occupation – Intellectual Disability
  • Social Policy
  • Occupational Science
  • Communications for Practice
  • Practice Education 1 (Work Placement 1)
  • Practice Education -Case Study 1


  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Enabling Occupation - Community Practice
  • Standardised Testing
  • Enabling Occupation - Older Adults
  • Community Engagement
  • Research Methods
  • Neurology
  • Practice Education 2 (Work Placement 2)
  • Practice Education - Case Study 2


  • Practice Education 3 (Work Placement 3)
  • Practice Education – Case Study 3
  • Practice Education 4 (Work Placement 4)
  • Practice Education – Case Study 4
  • Management
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Research Project

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

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

€8,008 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€4,868 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€23,666 p.a. 2021/22

 *EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy

Student Levy: €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/

Occupational Health Service Fee

In year one students are required to pay a €200 fee towards a subsidised Occupational Health Service provided to students of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences in compliance with all relevant legislation and standards.

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!...


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