Occupational Therapy at Queen Margaret University has been at the forefront of occupational therapy education for many years including the first UK degree in occupational therapy, the first Scottish Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy and the first degree conversion course for occupational therapists. These early achievements, along with the appointment of the first UK Professor in Occupational Therapy, have laid the foundations of an excellent teaching, learning and research environment.
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to make it possible for people to participate or engage in the occupations of daily life. Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.
More information on Occupational Therapy.
Occupational Therapy at QMU is one of the largest teaching departments in the university, with an excellent track record. We offer a variety of courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students. These include
BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy
PG Dip in Occupational Therapy (Pre Reg)
MSc in Occupational Therapy (Pre Reg)
MSc in Occupational Therapy (Post Reg)
Scholarship in Learning and Teaching.
Staff have a wide range of expertise covering educational, clinical and research interests and they are concerned with the personal and professional development of their students. Scholarship is a key feature of the staff and their innovative approach to learning and teaching is shown in the use of Problem Based Learning as an underpinning philosophy. The courses use problem based learning to underpin the teaching and learning philosophy. This method encourages students to work in groups to collaboratively solve problems and reflect on their experiences. It is student centred and develops student’s autonomy in learning.
Another area of staff expertise and interest is in the innovative use of e-learning. Pioneering use of e-learning during student placements and e-learning being included in all modules highlights the interest in this topic. Exciting online discussions, new ways of sharing learning, setting directed study and online quizzes are just a few examples of this innovative work.
International and ERASMUS Links.
Other exciting features of Occupational Therapy at QMU are the international links and ERASMUS opportunities for students. We have student and staff exchange opportunities with occupational therapy courses in Norway, Portugal and Germany. Staff have links with Canada, USA, The Netherlands and Poland and QMU has been a member of European Network for Occupational Therapists in Higher Education (ENOTHE), since its inception in 1997, contributing to its work and its achievements at a European level.
View the following videos for more information on a career in OT
How OT helps people
OT as a Career
OT as a Career - A Student Journey