Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/ MSc Occupational Therapy (Post-Registration)

Are you a qualified occupational therapist looking to develop your knowledge and evolve or change your career direction? This highly respected course offers an excellent choice of modules to help you fulfil your career goals and you can study full-time or part-time to fit in with your current commitments.

On this course you will focus on developing your knowledge of the evidence-base in practice and deepening your critical thinking, professional reasoning and research knowledge. We have designed it to suit occupational therapists from a wide range of settings and to give you the support you need to redefine your career as an advanced practitioner in education, research or management. 

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

Why QMU?

  • Take control of your learning by choosing your own topic for most of the modules on the course.
  • You can structure the delivery and duration of this very highly flexible course around your own study and work goals.
  • You can select specific modules for your continuing professional development studies.

Course overview

The course is flexible so you can 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.

The course content is largely dependent on the choices you make related to study options. However, we encourage all students to undertake our core occupation modules. These consider both an occupational science perspective, as well as the application and creation of an occupation focus to practice. The learning achieved as part of these modules will permeate and inform learning and teaching throughout the remainder of the course.

Exit awards

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

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip, or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

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 your own practice experiences. It can also include 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-time or part-time. Some modules are also available by distance learning.

Class sizes

Normally, there are around 15-20 students undertaking the course each year.

Modules

To gain an MSc, you will need 180 credits and will complete: 
  • Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • 90 credits (of which 60 must be core/ specialist occupational therapy modules) from:
    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)/ Rights-Based Practice for AHPs Working with Dementia, their Families and Carers (15 credits)
The modules listed are correct at time of posting (September 2019) but are subject to change. In the event that modules are changed, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

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

Placements

There are no placements on this course. 

Careers

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

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 provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 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

None

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 2020/201 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

 

Course Overview

Delivery
At QMU with additional online learning
Duration
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 3 – 7 years
Start Date
September 2020
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Fees & Funding
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A student Story (see bottom of page for more)

Grahan Samson - MSc Occupational Therapy (Post-Reg) “I feel as though my critical thinking skills developed early in the course, and in particular, I noticed that I began to develop my ‘own voice’. For example, I feel more able to produce my own thoughts on contested issues, and to justify my particular stance. That’s quite an empowering development, not only for clinical reasoning, but on a personal and social level." Read my story