- Innovative teaching methods appropriate to adult postgraduate learners.
- Close connections with third sector, service user carer and practice experts
- The MSc qualification is recognised worldwide and will prepare you to work in national contexts. International students may be required to sit an exam to work in their home country.
- An international alumni
- This is a World Federation of Occupational Therapists recognised course.
This course will attract people holding a relevant undergraduate honours degree who wish to change career and become an occupational therapist. It is an intensive professional programme of study which will develop theoretical, analytical, practical, evaluative and reasoning skills as well as professional values.
Occupational therapists assess peoples disruption and disengagement from their occupations and facilitate alternative ways for them to re-engage and participate in their occupational roles to improve their quality of life, well-being and sense of belonging.
Modules reflect contemporary and prospective occupational therapy practice, concerned with the relationship between the individuals or a communitys occupations, their health, wellbeing and belonging. The programme is underpinned by person-centred, evidence-informed and occupation-focused occupational therapy practice. The programme values diversity and prepares graduates to work in diverse practice contexts.
NB This course is now closed for applications for September 2016. Applications for 2017 will open in early October.
MSc (210 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)
At QMU and on placement
Single Modules: It is not possible to study single modules
Full-time: 2 years
Teaching, learning and assessment:
The course philosophy integrates academic and placement study. It centres on adult learning perspectives of learner-responsibility, active participation in learning, collaborative and autonomous learning and learning as a community. Problem-based learning using practice scenarios is a major feature of the learning experience where student work to develop, professional reasoning, evidence informed decision making, interpersonal and team working skills. Learning is thus facilitated by a process of acquiring enquiry skills, interpreting information, group discussion, exchanging of perspectives, creation of knowledge and arriving at a position or judgment. Teaching methods incorporate self-directed study, practice scenarios, group work, workshops, eLearning modules, digital technology, reflection, lectures and placements. Assessment methods include peer and self assessment, written assignments, viva voce, conference presentations, projects and placements. Practice placements form 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: full-time 6 weeks, Placement 3: part-time 14 weeks, Placement 4: full-time 8 weeks). There will be additional travel and accommodation costs for every placement.
Teaching hours and attendance:
Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. The MSc academic modules require you to attend from 9.15am - 6.15pm. You should be aware that services may operate over seven working days. Placements may involve evening and weekend vattendance. You will be expected to mirror the working hours of practice educator. required to purchase professional indemnity insurance.
Links with industry/professional bodies:
Upon successful completion of the course, you can apply for membership of the College of Occupational Therapists and will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as an occupational therapist.
This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in occupational therapy.
- An honours degree, level 2:2 or above in an appropriate area including; Health, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Education or Humanities.
- Direct involvement working with marginalised people or those with impairments in a personal, paid or voluntary capacity, for a minimum of 6 months in a health, social care, education or third sector context.
- Knowledge and commitment to Occupational Therapy as a positive career choice.
- A written research project, a research module or research experience.
- Mature applicants who have graduated more than ten years ago will be considered if they have experience and evidence of equivalent continuing professional development.
- Mature applicants who have graduated more than ten years ago will be considered with the condition that they engage in a module at masters level study if they do not have equivalent continuing professional development .
- Two satisfactory references.
- All students are required to purchase professional indemnity insurance.
- 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.
- 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. There will be additional costs incurred for the applicant for these processes.
- International applicants with an ordinary degree will be considered if their degree is comparable to a UK honours degree.
- All international applicants for admission to a taught postgraduate programme offered by Queen Margaret University must demonstrate competence in English at a standard equivalent to the IELTS test at an aggregated grade of 6.5 or above, with at least 6.0 in each band.
- In order to be eligible to register with the HCPC, you will be required to be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to level 7, with no element below 6.5.
Entry to the programme is subject to an interview
Criminal records check:
A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.
Home/EU - full-time:
£8500 per year
Home/EU - full-time, dissertation:
International - full-time:
£15990 per year excludes dissertation
International - full-time dissertation:
- More information about scholarships for international students
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10% discount on the published fees.
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15 credits: Occupational Choices and Narratives in Context/ Research Methods
30 credits: Occupational Therapy Theory, Values and Skills for Practice/ Occupational therapy process and practice/ Advancing scholarship and professional Practice
Non-credited Manual Handling
60 credits: Research project
You will also complete 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.
The modules listed here are correct at the time of print (July 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.
Occupational therapists are employed in a diverse range of settings including the National Health Service, Public Health, Education, Employment Services, Local Authority, Prison Service, Third Sector organisations and Private Practice. Out with the UK, graduates of this course have gone on to work in Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, Canada, the USA and New Zealand.