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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)

The optimal date for applications for 2016/2017 for Occupational Therapy is the end of July 2016. Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

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 (which is a compulsory module), 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 four modules during one academic year (usually two modules each semester, one of which will be HCT118 in the Autumn semester), while part-time students undertake four modules over two years (one module a semester, with HCT118 being the first module in the first year), 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
Autumn semester (profession specific)
HCT142 Neurorehabilitation - a theoretical basis
Spring semester
(Students must have 2 year’s postgraduate experience)
HCT199 Evidencing Learning in Specialist Professional Practice
Spring Semester
HCT338 Creativity, Innovation and the Art of Therapies
Spring Semester
HCT340 The Science of Human Movement and Dysfunction
Autumn Semester
HCT251 Education in Practice – Personal and Professional Development of Self and Others
Across Autumn and Spring semesters
(2 year’s postgraduate experience needed)
HCT331 Rehabilitation – Advanced Clinical Practice (20 days in a clinical setting)
Taken in spring semester (full-time students) or at a time chosen by the student if part-time.
(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
Autumn semester
NRT149 Complexities in Care Management
Spring semester
NRT153 Advancing Assessment and Decision Making
Run twice, once in Autumn and once in Spring semesters
NRT174 Analysing and Interpreting Advanced Practice
Autumn semester
Optional modules: students may select a maximum of one from the group below
HCT120 Education for Health Professionals - Facilitating Learning and Teaching
Autumn semester
HCT130 Education for Health Professionals - Assessment and Evaluation
Autumn semester
HCT132 Ethics in Health and Social Care
Spring semester
NRT058 Global Public Health
Spring semester
NRT150 Transforming Care, Services or Systems through Leadership
Run twice in autumn and spring semesters. Distance learning with three contact days.
NRT073 Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
Spring semester
NRT177 Health Policy and Economics
Spring semester
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

The running of the modules is subject to sufficient students selecting the modules.

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. Please check the School of Healthcare Sciences website for details.

Skills Acquired

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

Programme Commencement

Induction Day: Monday 12th September 2016

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. 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.

How to Apply

Please submit your application via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.

The optimal date for applications for 2016/2017 for Occupational Therapy is the end of July 2016. Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

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Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time PgDip: £6,000
MSc: £6,000
PgDip: £18,250
MSc: £18,250
Part-time PgDip: n/a
MSc: £3,000

PgDip: n/a
MSc: £9,125
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Carly Reagon  

Telephone: +44 (0)2920 687126 



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