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PgDip/MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

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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 individuals’ 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, wellbeing and sense of belonging.

Modules reflect contemporary and prospective occupational therapy practice, concerned with the relationship between the individual’s or a community’s 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.

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

Delivery: At QMU and on placement

Duration: Full-time: 2 years

Start date: September

Application deadline: May

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 students 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 attendance. You will be expected to mirror the working hours of practice educators and be 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. For full entry requirements, please see our website at:
Other requirements: 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: International applicants with an ordinary degree will be considered if their degree is comparable to a UK honours degree. You will be required to take an IELTS test and achieve 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.

Criminal records check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

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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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 posting (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. Outside 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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