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Occupational Therapy (MSc/PgDip)

1 year plus a further 6 months to submit dissertation (full-time) / 2 years plus a further 2 years to submit dissertation (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

students in a clinical setting

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to develop students’ evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to increase their practical and theoretical knowledge of occupational therapy, so that they can apply these skills in the further advancement of their profession.

 Occupational Therapy - Library

Special Features

This is one of the few Master’s programmes in Occupational Therapy in the UK and provides a sound grounding in the theory and models of the profession and occupation-focused practice.

The distinctive features of the Programme include:

Course Description

The programme is structured on a modular format which includes a generic 30 credit module in Research Methods and Health Improvement for Health and Social Care, and at least two other 30 credit profession-specific or shared modules. Students may then choose one additional optional module in order to make up the 120 credits required for a Post Graduate Diploma. Subsequent successful completion of the 60 credit dissertation module will then lead to eligibility for the award of Master of Science degree.

Full-time students undertake all modules during one academic year, while part-time students undertake modules over two years, in order to achieve the Postgraduate Diploma. Each module is assessed individually by assessment procedures, all of which will consist of prepared work rather than unseen examination papers.

Students who proceed to successful completion of a research project and subsequent dissertation will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree. The dissertation must be submitted at least 6 months after completion of the modules for full-time students and 2 years after completion of the modules for part-time students.

Course Structure

Module Code
HCT118 Research methods and health improvement in health and social care - 30 credits
Compulsory module. Must be completed during Autumn semester
Pathway-specific modules: students need to select a minimum of two from the group below
HCT236 Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Theory and Application
(profession specific)
HCT142 Neurorehabilitation - a theoretical basis
(Students must have 2 year’s postgraduate experience)
HCT199 Evidencing Learning in Specialist Professional Practice
HCT338 Creativity, Innovation and the Art of Therapies
HCT340 The Science of Human Movement and Dysfunction
HCT251 Education in Practice – Personal and Professional Development of Self and Others
(2 year’s postgraduate experience needed)
HCT331 Rehabilitation – Advanced Clinical Practice (20 days in a clinical setting)
(Students must have two years post graduate experience in a relevant speciality, possess HCPC registration and must have completed one speciality module prior to commencement of this module).
HCT226 Clinical Kinaesiology and tissue pathology
NRT149 Complexities in Care Management
NRT153 Advancing Assessment and Decision Making
NRT174 Analysing and Interpreting Advanced Practice
Optional modules: students may select a maximum of one from the group below
HCT120 Education for Health Professionals - Facilitating Learning and Teaching
HCT130 Education for Health Professionals - Assessment and Evaluation
HCT132 Ethics in Health and Social Care
NRT058 Global Public Health
NRT150 Transforming Care, Services or Systems through Leadership (Distance learning)
NRT073 Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
NRT177 Health Policy and Economics
MSc Dissertation modules (60 credits each): choose one of the following three.
HCT117 Dissertation - Empirical Research
NRT080Systematic Review of the Literature Dissertation module
NRT079 Work-Based Project Dissertation Module
Part-time students only
Contact Hours

Contact days vary depending on the module.  They may be arranged in blocks of 2-3 days spread over the semester, or one day a week for 12 weeks

Skills Acquired

At the end of the course students should be able to:

Entry Requirements

Suitable for qualified occupational therapists.

To be admitted to the course students must be in possession of either a BSc honours degree in Occupational Therapy or Diploma in Occupational Therapy plus 2 years' practice experience.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

two students

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
  • UK & EU Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
    Available for Post-Reg (MSc) only.
  • International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
  • International Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
    PgDip is only available as a full-time option.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Sue Delport  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7790 



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