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Occupational Therapy Programme

Through prevention and treatment measures, occupational therapy makes it possible for people of all ages to have a meaningful everyday life. Occupational therapists work, for example, in healthcare services, correctional care, occupational health services, employment services and technical aid companies. The work is very independent. Three years of full-time study lead to the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Expert in activity

Occupational therapists are experts on how activities influence health and how illness can be affected by activity. The programme initially focuses on the relationship between activity and health, how the environment affects people's everyday activities and public health problems in society.

Occupational therapists see meaningful activities as complex phenomena that require broad knowledge of people as biological, social and psychological beings. Consequently, such subjects as anatomy, physiology and psychology are included in the programme early on.

As early as the first semester, the students do a brief work placement in the healthcare services. They then get the chance to follow the operations up close together with supervisors.

In the second year, courses are held in medical subjects such as psychiatry, geriatrics and orthopaedics. The students also learn how technical aids and changes in the immediate environment can enable activity and participation in society. A significant part of the programme is about how one as an occupational therapist identifies, analyses and assesses activity capacity. The courses also take up how creative processes can be used in rehabilitation and habilitation as methods for solving activity problems.

In the final year of the programme, the students' deepen their knowledge in occupational therapy measures. The prospective occupational therapists also gain an understanding of what it means to work in a team together with other personnel. The students also conduct an independent scientific project in the field of occupational therapy. 

Theory and practice

The teaching formats vary depending on the contents. Considerable emphasis is placed on pedagogy that activates the students. Courses are examined with an oral or written examination, but in some cases, the students get to demonstrate their knowledge in practice. The programme contains a total of 22 weeks of on-site training throughout the region of Västra Götaland. The on-site training may entail extra travel expenses for the students.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

The Occupational Therapy Programme in Gothenburg has 46 places. Admission takes place in the autumn semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

To meet the general entry requirements you must:

  • have successfully completed upper secondary (high school) education and meet the requirements for university studies in the home country.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B. See English Language Requirements.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in Swedish. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course Swedish 3/Swedish as a second language 3.

See other ways of meeting the requirement in Swedish at the website (in Swedish): https://www.antagning.se/sv/Det-har-galler-for-dig-som-gatt/Utlandsk-gymnasieutbildning/Det-har-behover-du-ha/Behorighet-i-svenska/

For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows:

  • The student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics to reach the level of the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c / Mathematics A (approximately 10 years of mathematics studies).

If you have an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish, English and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2, at least grade 4. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades of at least 4 in Swedish B.
  • English B, SL, at least grade 4, with language of instruction other than English
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c.

And specific entry requirements, with pass grades of at least E:

  • Mathematics B, Science B and Social Studies A (field-specific entry requirements 16) or general entry requirements and Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c, Science 2, Social Studies 1b or 1a1 + 1a2 (field-specific entry requirements A14).


Selection: Grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).

Page Manager: Anette Nilsson|Last update: 8/8/2018

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