Head of Division & Senior Lecturer

Division: Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Ian R. McMillan (MEd, Pg Dip Ed Res, Dip COT, Cert Ed, HCPC) is a Head of Division & Senior Lecturer in the Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies Division.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning

Ian is Head of Division of Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies and a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy. The Division incorporates Occupational therapists, Art Psychotherapists and Music therapists and offers various undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. 

Before working at Queen Margaret University, Ian worked as a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the Grampian School of Occupational Therapy and practiced in Glasgow in Neurology and vocational rehabilitation.

Ian’s roles at QMU have included lecturer, Programme Leader, Senior Lecturer, Acting Head and Head of Division. Ian has an interest in the enhancement of the student experience through Enquiry and Problem Based learning, holds a teaching qualification and a Masters in Education. Ian supervises both undergraduate and Masters level dissertations on different topics and methodologies.

Ian has contributed chapters in textbooks and is currently editing the 5th edition of Muscles, Nerves and Movement in Human Occupation. Ian contributes to Occupational Therapy Collaborative partnerships in Greece.

Professional Social Media:

  • Twitter - @IanRMcMillan1

Ian has an interest in the enhancement of the student experience through Enquiry and Problem Based learning at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Active Research Interests:

  • Strengthening working partnerships and facilitating projects with 3rd sector organisations

Research Methods:

  • Qualitative
  • Constructivism

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

2015  Alzheimer Scotland Sponsorship of student fees, MSc module (£5,000)

2014  Alzheimer Scotland Sponsorship of PhD Studentship (£60,000)

2014  Alzheimer Scotland commission  of Literature review on Occupational Therapy (£10,000)

Ian contributes to undergraduate and post-graduate programmes and specialises in teaching anatomy linked to occupation, the pathology of medical conditions and impact on occupation, the application of the biomechanical model in Occupational Therapy and the management of chronic pain and occupation.


BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy. Pre registration

  • UG O1137 Humans as Occupational Beings 1
  • UG O1138 Humans as Occupational Beings 2
  • UG O2127 Developing Occupational Therapy Practice 1
  • UG O3148 Occupational Therapy Masterclass (The Upper Limb, Hand Function & Occupational Performance)
  • UG O4147 Occupational Therapy Masterclass (Management of Chronic Pain)
  • UG O4148 Occupational Therapy: Developing Innovation through Enquiry (supervision)

MSc Occupational Therapy Pre registration

  • PG OM178 Occupational Therapy 1: Theory, Skills and Values for Practice
  • PG OM179 Occupational Therapy 2: Occupational Therapy Process and Practice
  • PG OM146 Occupational Therapy III (Intervention & Teamwork)
  • PG OM140 Dissertation (supervision)

MSc Occupational Therapy Post registration

  • PG OM020 Working together in the Management of Chronic Pain
  • PG OM160 Developing rights-based practice for Allied Health Professionals working with people with dementia, their families and carers
  • PG OM108 Research Project (supervision)