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 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.
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:
- The opportunity for students to learn in a school that is well respected within the occupational therapy profession
- The involvement of research-active and clinical staff in programme design and delivery
- The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment
- The emphasis on acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas
- Flexibility of delivery, permitting graduates to pursue professional careers whilst studying part time, or to take a career break and complete on a full time basis
- The opportunity for students to work with Allied Health Professionals across a variety of disciplines
- The opportunity to observe and assist with assessment and treatment of clients with developmental disabilities within the Occupational Therapy clinic onsite.
- The opportunity to evidence learning in the four pillars of advanced practice: management and leadership, education, research and advanced clinical practice.
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.
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
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- Use an analytical and problem-solving approach and show advanced skills in implementing the Occupational Therapy process
- Evaluate practice and critically appraise advances or changes in professional practice
- Develop standards of practice based on reflective thinking and problem-solving
- Initiate change and lead in the management of change and the advancement of the profession through research
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.
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
Name: Sue Delport
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7790