MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert in Contemporary Occupational Therapy (Post-Registration)
his distance learning course is designed for UK, EU and international occupational therapists. Occupational Therapists need to respond to an ever-changing and challenging practice environment. This course will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge to help you transform your own and your teams’ practice and increase the influence you have within your organisation.
Occupational therapists are part of an international community, irrespective of location or culture. e-Learning offers accessible, flexible and modern teaching and learning methods. Students will have a variety or knowledge, skills and experience. We value this diversity and believe that students learn best by sharing their experiences and working collaboratively. The course offers plenty of opportunity for discussion, reflection and joint working.
Occupational therapists are part of an international community, irrespective of location or culture. e-Learning offers accessible, flexible and modern learning methods to meet the expectations of professionals in the 21st century.
The course normally starts in September (Semester 1). In exceptional circumstances, you may be able to start in January (Semester 2). Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information.
All your modules will be delivered electronically using the 'Brookes Virtual Gateway', an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning activities. Three modules are compulsory for all levels of this course:
Occupational Therapy: New Perspectives
Mastering Professional Practice
Advanced Research Design
You are able to choose two of the following modules:
Leadership in Health and Social Care
Advanced Health Promotion
Rehabilitation: Theories and Concepts and Practical Applications
Vulnerable Children and Young People
This course places great emphasis on linking teaching and research. This is because the central focus of the course is the study of effective, evidence-based practice and research enables you to base decisions on sound evidence.
Lecturers on this course are research active, which helps to ensure that teaching is closely linked to some of the latest developments in the field – something which is particularly important if you are undertaking a research dissertation. The Advanced Research Design module, compulsory for the PGDip and the MSc, will enable you to understand the relationship between methodology and method, and to appreciate the theoretical underpinning of research-based decisions.
The course content is informed by relevant international research, and international literature is used as comparative material. This is important to help you develop a depth of critical analysis and evaluation.
In addition, in the Department of Sport and Health Sciences we believe it is important to promote the understanding of the beliefs, attitudes and values of differing cultures, and their effect and influence on practice across the globe.
You will use a variety of online teaching methods, both traditional and innovative, which are designed to support your needs as a distance learner. The assessments by coursework are varied in style and include (but are not limited to) essays, critical reviews, case studies and virtual presentations.
Each module will be assessed separately, normally through an assignment of 3,500 words. Assignments will be individually graded.
MSc Contemporary Occupational Therapy students will also write a 20,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice. Distance learning materials are provided to guide you during your studies; these include study guides and course readers.
International Student Requirements:
If your first language is not English you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level - IELTS 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent.