Niamh Allum from the Scottish Borders is currently studying MSc (Post-Registration) Occupational Therapy part-time at QMU.
Niamh is also a full-time Occupational Therapist, working in mental health, as well as volunteering for the Centre of Sustainable Healthcare to promote the role of occupational therapy.
Before starting her postgraduate studies at QMU, Niamh had already completed the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy at the University.
Why did you decide to undertake your postgraduate studies at QMU and in Edinburgh?
“I liked the accessibility of the campus and the flexible study options available. I currently work close to Edinburgh, so I’m able to work full time and still access all university resources easily.”
How do you think the course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to develop your career?
“On deciding to apply for the MSc (Post-Registration) Occupational Therapy, my initial hopes were for continuing professional development and longer term career progression.
“The modules I’ve completed so far have been really beneficial as I’ve been able to transfer the knowledge and skills gained to practice through service development and delivery.”
Do you feel you get the support you need at QMU?
“I’ve found the workload to be achievable with good access to staff for support or guidance when required.”
Have you received any funding to help support your studies?
“I’ve received a bursary from Alzheimer Scotland to help support part of my studies on a module run in partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Division of Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies. at QMU."
What is your top tip for future MSc (Post-Registration) Occupational Therapy students?
“For students completing this course part-time, I’d suggest that completing modules based on practice in the first year is a more gentle way to return to structured education.”
What are your plans after graduating from QMU?
“After completing the MSc (Post-Registration) Occupational Therapy at QMU, I hope to engage in more voluntary work to help those in need in the local community.
“I also hope to progress my career in occupational therapy in either research and/or practice, focusing on mental health and physical activity.”