Occupational therapy practice is concerned with enhancing the daily lives of individuals with a very broad range of physical, mental health or social needs.
As an occupational therapist you will work with clients to improve function and enable them to fulfil the demands of their daily lives with greater satisfaction. You will work with people of all ages from all walks of life, in hospital, in the community, in their place of employment or in their home. As a graduate occupational therapist, you will have the opportunity to work in a very wide variety of professional practice areas.
On successful completion of the degree you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as an occupational therapist.
The MSc in Occupational Therapy is taught alongside the well-established and highly-regarded BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy. This shared learning opportunity will provide you with greater scope for debate/discussion in classroom learning. As an MSc student you will have separate master's level tutorial groups with more advanced learning outcomes and assessments for each occupational therapy module taken. You will be taught by academic staff with many years of experience of teaching on occupational therapy programmes.
You will have the opportunity for face-to-face and virtual learning activities. Our interprofessional modules are all taken alongside other health and social care pre-registration master's level students, enabling you to prepare for the interdisciplinary work you will encounter in the health and social care environment.
Working at master’s level, you will focus on developing your knowledge in occupational therapy, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research. During Year 1 you will undertake modules related to the fundamental skills and concepts in occupational therapy in addition to bio-psychosocial sciences and research methods. You will also work in practice and complete a six week placement.
In Year 2 you will build on your knowledge of occupational therapy from the first year practice placement and study more advanced topics in occupational therapy concepts and skills. You will complete a part-time, 10-week placement during the first semester. You can choose a management module (either leadership or operational management) and will also complete an occupational therapy-focused dissertation. The final module of the master's degree is a 12-week block practice placement over the summer of your final year.
This master's degree will:
Enable you to be a reflective, proactive, innovative and adaptable occupational therapy practitioner, with the ability to critique research and evaluate the effectiveness of evidence in a wide variety of practice settings.
Develop a critical understanding of the theory of occupation and teach you to challenge existing models and approaches used in occupational therapy from an informed perspective.
Provide opportunities to develop your ability to work both independently and as part of a team in the context of social, technological, administrative and policy changes.
The master's degree in occupational therapy recognizes your previous study and learning skills through the successful completion of your undergraduate degree. With this in mind, the first semester of the first year provides you with an opportunity to display your academic literacy and theoretical knowledge via a 3,000-word research proposal for your MSc dissertation. Your initial professional skills required for occupational therapy practice are first assessed using an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
The second semester assesses theoretical knowledge via a viva voce examination and the articulation of occupation-focused therapeutic strategies via a scenario based case study. This is mirrored by real client-focused case study in practice placement one. This inclusive strategy ensures the development of your competence in the first year of the course.
Year 2 provides opportunities for enhanced demonstration of academic literacy and theoretical knowledge, and practice competence via viva voce examinations, coursework assignments and a 15,000 word dissertation. The final assessment of the course is a professional competency-based assessment in practice placement three. This inclusive strategy will ensure that you are fit for purpose, practice and award.
The MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) uses a variety of assessments so that each student will find one that gives them an opportunity to perform at their best. We retain examinations in the degree but also coursework in the form of verbal presentations, posters and case reports on clients. After each assessment period students revive timely feedback on their performance and advice for future assessments.