Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/ MSc Occupational Therapy (Post-Registration)

This course is suitable for occupational therapists who wish to develop knowledge of the evidence-base in practice and to develop their critical thinking, clinical reasoning and understanding of research further. The flexible nature of the course allows you to design a programme relevant to you and your career path.

You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.

Course Overview

This course is suitable for occupational therapists from a wide range of settings and will support students to change career direction to advanced practitioner, education, research or management.

The flexible nature of the course allows you to design a programme relevant to you and your career path. We offer an intellectually stimulating opportunity for you to develop your academic knowledge and research skills, which will enhance your practice. As well as core modules, you will select topics and themes which are of specific interest to you.

Exit Awards

MSc (180 credit)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The learning experience promotes independent and student-led study. This encourages the student to use library, web and other resources to seek out information. Assessment on this course will be carried out through a variety of strategies such as drawing on the student’s own practice experiences. It also includes case based work, presentations, essays, systematic and literature reviews, a research proposal outline, and development of a learning contract.

Teaching Hours and Attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time. Some modules are also available by distance learning.


To gain an MSc, you will need 180 credits. You will study:  

  • Research Methods (30 credits);
  • Dissertation (60 credits) and
  • 90 credits, of which 60 must be core/ specialist occupational therapy modules from the following:                                       

-Developing Professional Practice Through Work-Based Learning (15/30/45 credits)

-Specialist Practice Through Independent Study (15/30 credits)

-Critically Engaging with Occupation 1 (15 credits)

-Critically Engaging with Occupation 2 (15 credits)

-Working Together in the Management of Chronic Pain ( 30 credits)

-Rights-based Practice for AHPs Working with Dementia, their Families and Carers (15 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (September 2017), 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.

Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Fiona Maclean for more information.


This course will enable occupational therapists to change career direction to advanced practitioner, education, research or management.

Quick Facts

  • You choose your topic for most of the modules offered.
  • This is a highly flexible course in terms of delivery and duration.
  • Specific modules can be selected for your Continuing Professional Development studies.

Entry Requirements

Normally an honours degree or equivalent in occupational therapy

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0. International students registering for the named award will normally have gained their professional qualification from a school recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Application Deadline


More Information and Contacts

Admissions or Fiona Maclean or Linda Renton on tel: +44 (0)131 474 0000

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

At QMU with additional online learning
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 3 – 7 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Fees & Funding