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PgDip/MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

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- Innovative teaching methods appropriate to adult postgraduate learners.
- Small cohort of students working closely and collaboratively with staff.
- The PgDip/MSc qualification is recognised world-wide and will prepare you to work in national contexts. International students may be required to sit an exam to work in their home country.
- This is a World Federation of Occupational Therapists recognised course.

This course will attract people holding an undergraduate honours degree who may want to change career to become an occupational therapist. It is an intensive course of study which will develop theoretical, analytical, practical and evaluative and reasoning skills. Occupational therapists assess peoples’ disengagement from their occupations and provide ways for them to re engage in their occupational roles or provide alternatives in order to improve their quality of life. Modules reflect the nature of occupational therapy, which is concerned with the relationship between peoples’ occupations and their health. The course prepares graduates to work in diverse practice contexts.


EXIT AWARDS: MSc (210 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)

Delivery: At QMU and on placement

Single Modules: It is not possible to study single modules

Duration: Full-time: 2 years for PgDip. The MSc will require an additional 14 weeks full-time (May-Aug).

Start date: September

Application deadline: May

Teaching, learning and assessment: This course uses a wide range of learning and teaching methods, focusing on the person-centred nature of the work of an occupational therapist. Problem-based learning using case studies is a major feature with students working independently and collaboratively. Your performance will be assessed by a variety of methods including case studies, essays, projects and presentations. Practice education forms a core element of the course and your personal performance is also assessed.

There are four placements in total:
Placement 1: full-time 6 weeks
Placement 2: part-time 17 weeks
Placement 3: part-time14 weeks
Placement 4: part-time 17 weeks

There may be additional travel costs for all placements and an accommodation cost for placement 1.

Teaching hours and attendance: Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. The PgDip academic modules require you to attend from 9.15am to 6.15pm. You should be aware that services may operate over seven working days. Placement may involve evening and weekend attendance. All students are required to purchase professional indemnity insurance.

Links with industry/professional bodies: You can apply for membership of the College of Occupational Therapists and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as an occupational therapist.

An honours degree of 2:2 or above in Health, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences or Humanities. We may consider other degrees in which there has been a written Dissertation. This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in occupational therapy. A minimum of 6 months experience in health, social care, education or third sector is required. A written research project or research experience is also required. Mature students with relevant experience and equivalent CPD will be considered. Entry to the programme is subject to an interview

International: 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 or home and EU students who want to work internationally will have to undertake additional CPD studies to meet the competencies required in order to register for the National Board exams.

Interview: Entry to the programme is subject to an interview.

Criminal records check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required. In order to go on practice placements, a health clearance check and joining the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme will be required. There will be additional costs incurred for the applicant for these processes.

Home/EU - full-time: £8500 per year

Home/EU - full-time, dissertation: £950

International - full-time: £15990 per year excludes dissertation

International - full-time dissertation: £2760

Scholarships: - More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
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Course Fees:
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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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30 credits: Foundations and Skills for Practice/Analysis and Assessment/ Intervention and Evaluation/ Preparation for Practice in a Changing Context

You will also complete 30 credit undergraduate level professional practice placements 1, 2, 3 & 4 (1000 hours in total) in order to be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete Research Methods (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting, but are subject to change.

Occupational therapists are employed in a diverse range of settings e.g. NHS Education, community based settings, social services centres, general practice surgeries, third sector and in private practice. Outwith the UK, graduates of this course have gone on to work in Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, Canada, the USA and New Zealand.



further information:

0131 474 0000 or
Catriona Dillingham
+44 (0)131 474 0000

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