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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: 1 May 2017 (If you are an International applicant you have until 31st May due to the Skype interview schedule)

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.

- Evidence of a first degree at honours level 2:2 or above in an appropriate area including; Health, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Education or Humanities.
- International applicants with an ordinary degree will be considered if their degree is comparable to a UK honours degree.
- Other degrees where there is evidence of a written dissertation are considered.
- Evidence of knowledge and commitment to Occupational Therapy as a positive career choice.
- Evidence of a written research project, a research module or research experience.
- Evidence of direct contact and responsibility 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.
- Mature applicants who have graduated more than ten years ago will be considered if they have experience and evidence of equivalent CPD.
- Mature applicants who have graduated more than ten years ago will be considered with the condition that they engage in a module at master’s level study if they do not have equivalent CPD.
- Two satisfactory references.

International: All international applicants for admission to a taught postgraduate programme offered by the University, must demonstrate competence in English at a standard equivalent to the international English Language Testing System (IELTS) 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 Health and Care Professions Council, (HCPC) and practise as an occupational therapist in the United Kingdom applicants will be required to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to level 7 of the international English Language Testing System, (IELTS), with no element below 6.5.

Interview: All applicants are subject to a group interview, occurring twice a year at Queen Margaret University, normally in May and August in advance of commencement of the academic year in September. Alternative arrangements can be made for those unable to attend.

Criminal records check: A satisfactory Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme Certificate (or International Equivalent).

Medical certificate: A satisfactory signed Health Declaration is required.

Fees information: Special Information for EU Applicants

The home fee rate will continue to apply to postgraduate EU students entering in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years. EU students will continue to be eligible to apply for the SAAS tuition fee loan for the academic years 2017/18 and 2018/19. For more information, see the SAAS website.

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

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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