Occupational therapy

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 8.84 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 15 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jun 30, 2025
StudyQA ranking:5897 Duration:4 years

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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.

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


  • Certificate of Secondary Education and an acceptable grade from a recognised Foundation programme.
  • or First year of Bachelor degree/Bakalvr
  • Minimum GPA 3/Satisfactory
  • All applicants, whose first language is not English, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language. IELTS 6.5. TOEFL 88. 
  • The completed Non-EU Undergraduate Application Form
  • A copy of your Passport
  • A Personal Statement (typed) of no more than 800 words outlining your academic interests, sporting and/or cultural interests and your reasons for wanting to study at NUI Galway. You may also include aspects of your academic career that are not necessarily reflected in your application.
  • Two sealed Letters of Recommendation, ideally from a teacher and/guidance counsellor or someone who knows you personally.
  • Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at H or O 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.
  • Students must satisfy the Garda/Police vetting and Medical Clearance requirements.


  • Undergraduate Merit Scholarships
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