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Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies

 

Allied health professionals such as occupational therapists and arts therapists make a significant contribution to Scotland's health education and social care sectors. Occupational therapists and arts therapists work in a variety of settings including the NHS, social services, schools, day centres, the voluntary sector and private practice. OT image

At postgraduate level, QMU offers two occupational therapy courses. The first is for graduates who wish to be educated to masters level to become occupational therapists (pre-registration level). The second course is for qualified occupational therapists who wish to attain a masters degree which is now considered to be recommended for entry level advanced practice.

QMU offers two distinct arts therapies courses: Music Therapy and Art Psychotherapy. Both pre-registration courses were either the first to be established in Scotland or continue to be the only course of education of their kind in Scotland. Occupational therapists and arts therapists educated to masters level can utilise their qualifications and experience abroad.

Why QMU?

QMU offers pre-registration education to facilitate graduates to become qualified occupational therapists, music therapists and art psychotherapists. We also offer qualified occupational therapists the opportunity to explore their own practice in more depth. As a postgraduate student, the opportunities to gain invaluable experience through applying your learning directly to your workplace allow you to contribute to the modernisation of occupational therapy, the arts therapies and healthcare globally. Our staff have many years of experience in occupational therapy or arts therapies, practice education and policy and ensure that there is a real focus on the individual student's future working needs embedded into their postgraduate study.

Industry links

Occupational therapists and arts therapists at pre-registration level undertake a series of work-based placements as part of the course in their respective fields. We have excellent links with our practice providers ensuring that our courses are current and relevant. We aim to integrate your work-based studies with your academic study to facilitate a deep understanding of the key issues that will affect your chosen profession in a fast, rapidly changing and complex health and social care arena. Qualified occupational therapists undertaking the part-time MSc continuously utilise their daily practice in their studies.

Our approach to learning and teaching

Our learning and teaching approaches for these courses are developed using the following core values in relation to student-centred education:

  • Maximise the potential of our academic and professional communities of learners, working together locally, regionally, nationally and internationally;
  • Continuously enhance the student experience through the development of learner-centred educational provision, research and scholarship and
  • Enable all of our students to become independent lifelong learners.
  • n addition to the values stated opposite, we employ enquiry-based learning in the majority of our postgraduate courses. Enquiry-based learning is essentially student-centred, with an emphasis on group work and use of library, web and other information resources. Lecturers are also facilitators, providing encouragement and support to enable you to take responsibility for what and how you learn. You will reach a point where you are not simply investigating questions posed by others, but can formulate your own research topics and convert that research into useful knowledge. You will gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter, as well as the knowledge development and leadership skills required for tackling complex problems that occur in practice.

    You will be expected to draw on your previous knowledge and skills to inform your postgraduate study and will benefit from a variety of interesting ways to participate and share experiences and opinions with your peers to deepen your understanding of your chosen profession.

    Facilities

    Occupational therapy, music therapy and art psychotherapy students have access to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), effective learning service and a range of student support services as a postgraduate student at QMU. The LRC offers a wide range of electronic and distance learning resources. Physical resources on campus include an occupational performance suite incorporating activities of daily living facilities with functional appliances /equipment to simulate a home environment.

    The Arts Therapies utilise general and custom studio spaces for music therapy and art psychotherapy.

    Career prospects and guideline salaries

    We prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century and actively encourage aspiration to higher levels of the profession. Postgraduate study of MSc Occupational Therapy opens up a multitude of career opportunities as well as facilitating CPD for those already employed within health and social care. It is possible to take individual modules or a PgCert or PgDip as part of your ongoing career and personal development.

    Previous students have gone on to careers in advanced practice, health, government, education, management, business and research.

    Music therapists are employed in a variety of settings throughout the health, education and community sectors, such as in schools, hospitals, residential care home and hospices, and work with people of all ages.

    Many music therapists from Queen Margaret University have created new posts as well as successfully set up private practice, helping the profession to continue to grow in Scotland and elsewhere. There are many opportunities to work collaboratively with other professionals, become clinical supervisors and pursue further research to add to an already rich and dynamic field.

    Art psychotherapists work with a whole spectrum of clients within a variety of resources: many are employed in the NHS, but others work in mainstream primary and secondary schools, hospices, prisons, voluntary agencies for example. Many art psychotherapists welcome the flexibility of sessional employment and are able to tailor their input to the needs of the organisation. Art psychotherapists can also take on roles that extend beyond the clinical work by providing supervision to other staff members, and coworking with colleagues from other professions.

    Possible career progression

    Estimated guideline salary

    NHS entry level occupational therapy practitioner

    £22,000 to £27,000

    NHS entry level arts therapist

    £31,000 to £40,000
    Advanced practitioner £38,000 to £46,000

    Our courses:

    »MSc Music Therapy

    »MSc Occupational Therapy (Post-Registration)

    »MSc Art Psychotherapy (International)

    »PgDip/MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

    »MSc Play Therapy

     

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