- You choose your topic for most of the modules offered.
- This is a highly flexible course in terms of delivery and duration.
- Specific modules can be selected for your Continuing Professional Development studies.
This course is suitable for occupational therapists who wish to develop knowledge of the evidence-base in practice and to further develop their critical thinking, clinical reasoning and research knowledge. It is suitable for occupational therapists from a wide range of settings and will enable occupational therapists to change career direction to advanced practitioner, education, research or management.
The flexible nature of the course allows you to design a programme relevant to you and your career path, creating an intellectually stimulating opportunity for you to develop academic knowledge and research skills that will enhance your practice. As well as= core modules, you will select topics and themes which are of specific interest to you.
MSc (180 credit)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)
At QMU with additional online learning, by distance learning
Single Modules: It is not possible to study single modules
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 3 - 7 years
Teaching, learning and assessment:
The learning experience promotes independent and student-led study. This encourages the student to use library, web and other information resources to seek out information. Assessment on this course will be done through a variety of strategies such as drawing on the students own practice experiences. It also includes case based work, presentations, essays, systematic and literature reviews, a research proposal outline, and development of a learning contract. There are usually around 8 students on the course, but on some modules, classes may be larger.
Teaching hours and attendance:
Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time. Some modules are also available by distance learning.
Normally an honours degree or equivalent in occupational therapy
Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0. International students registering for the named award normally will have gained their professional qualification from a school recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
Home/EU - full-time:
£4500 per year
Home/EU - part-time:
£475 per 15 credit module
Home/EU - part-time, dissertation:
International - full-time:
£12500 per year
International - part-time:
£1400 per 15 credit module
International - part-time dissertation:
In 2014 this course had SAAS (Students Award Agency for Scotland) funding. This funding was available for some Scots-domiciled and non-UK EU postgraduate students as well as local students. It is likely that this will be available for entry in 2015 - please check the SAAS website
- More information about scholarships for international students
Funding Information for International Students:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a
10% discount on the published fees.
Sources of Funding:
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To gain an MSc, you will need 180 credits.
30 credits: Research Methods
60 credits: Dissertation
90 credits (of which 60 must be core/ specialist OT modules from:
Developing Professional Practice Through Work-Based Learning (part-time students) (15/30/45 credits)/Specialist Practice through Independent Study (30 credits)/ Specialist Practice Through Independent Study(15/30 credits)/Integrating Theory into Occupational Therapy Practice (15 credits)/ Vocational Rehabilitation and Health-Related Employability: Policy and Evaluation(15 credits)/ Vocational Rehabilitation and Health- Related Employability: Policy and Strategies (15 credits)
The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
This course will enable occupational therapists to change career direction to advanced practitioner, education, research or management.