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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)

two students

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.

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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 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

Compulsory Module
Code Module title
HCT024 or HCT075 Research Methods in Health and Social Care - 30 Credits
Profession Specific Module
Code Module title
HCT236 Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Theory and Application – 30 Credits
Shared Modules
Code Module title
HCT142 Neurorehabilitation - a theoretical basis - 30 Credits
HCT199 Evidencing Learning in Specialist Professional Practice – 30 Credits
HCT226 Clinical Kinaesiology and tissue pathology – 30 Credits
HCT238 Creativity and the Art of Therapies - 30 credits
HCT240 Neuroscience of Human Movement and Dysfunction - 30 Credits
HCT251 Education in Practice – Personal and Professional Development of Self and Others - 30 Credits
NRT073 Patient Safety and Clinical Risk - 30 Credits
NRT105 Partnership working in Safeguarding Children and Young People - 30 Credits
NRT112 Therapeutic Practice in Safeguarding Children and Young People - 30 Credits
NRT138 Facilitating Learning and Teaching - 30 Credits
NRT139 Assessment and Evaluation - 30 Credits
NRT140 Collaborative Working in Eating Disorders – 30 Credits
NRT149 Complexities in Care Management – 30 Credits
NRT150 Transforming Care, Services or Systems through Leadership – 30 Credits
NRT153 Advancing Assessment and Decision Making - 30 Credits
NRT174 Analysis and Interpreting Advanced Practice - 30 Credits
Generic Modules
Code Module title
HCT132 Ethics in Health and Social Care - 30 credits
NRT058 Global Public Health - 30 Credits
NRT177 Health Policy and Economics - 30 credits

Contact Hours: The course is modular, with contact days arranged in blocks of 2-3 days spread over the academic year.

MSc Dissertation Modules: choose one of the following three.
Code Module title
HCT093 Dissertation (research project) - 60 Credits
NRT080 Systematic review of the literature - 60 Credits
NRT079 Work-based project - 60 Credits

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.

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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