Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc

Key Facts

  • Level


  • Duration

    1 year Full time
    2.5-4.5 years Part Time

  • Starting


  • Fees UK 24/25

    Full Time: £8,250
    Part Time: £920 (per 20 credit module)

  • International Fees 24/25

    Full Time: £16,995

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We are no longer taking applications for this course for September 2024.

If you are a qualified occupational therapist and want to take your professional knowledge and skills to an advanced level to enhance your career prospects and extend your perspective on professional practice, then the University of Northampton’s MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy is for you.

As one of the longest established Occupational Therapy schools in the UK, Northampton has a very highly regarded professional reputation.

Our Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc degree recognises the value of lifelong learning as a cornerstone of excellence in service delivery and is underpinned by the Royal College of Occupational Therapy Career Development Framework. The award structure ensures that the modules are both contemporary for current service needs and innovative, promoting engagement with emerging communities of practice. This is underpinned throughout using a high-quality evidence base.

Updated 10/06/2024


  • Study at one of the longest established Occupational Therapy schools in the UK.
  • Combine core modules with optional modules to build a unique qualification.
  • Further your knowledge of occupational therapy and address areas of practice of interest to you as an autonomous clinician.
  • Opportunity to complete a primary or secondary research project for a chosen topic.

Course Content

  • The development of this advanced professional thinking throughout our Master’s occupational therapy course will be transferable across other skills, thereby empowering practitioners to advance their own professional practice, and contributing to the quality of service provision within contemporary occupational therapy settings.

    The typical structure of the programme:

    • Occupation for Occupational Therapists
    • Embedding Evidence to Enhance Practice
    • Research Methods Philosophy and Design
    • Implementing Innovative Change in Practice
    • Professional Project
    • Contemporary Communities of Practice
    • Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations (optional module)
    • Comparative Health Systems (optional module)
    • Educating and influencing others in health care (optional module).
    List of modules:

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 24/25. The modules relating to the academic year 25/26 will be available from June 2025.

      • Module code: NURM079
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide practitioners with the tools, insights and perspectives to drive innovation within contemporary health and/or social care settings. The module uses active blended learning to promote students? understanding of education and change theory, including how this can be applied to influence practice transformation.
      • Module code: NURM106
        Status: Designate
        This module is designed to introduce students to a range of research methodologies relevant to health and social care contexts. Students will have the opportunity to explore both qualitative and quantitative methods and to consider how a variety of approaches may impact on the interpretation of research findings for practice.
      • Module code: NURM108
        Status: Compulsory
        Every health and social care organisation is made up of individuals whose behaviour, individually or collectively will impact on its ability to succeed and develop. This module considers a range of theories, tools and techniques with consideration of contemporary political and social influences, to help students understand and lead people working within health and social care organisations.
      • Module code: OTHM003
        Status: Compulsory
        The fundamental philosophy of occupational therapy is the use of occupation as a therapeutic tool. This module will enable students to explore, debate and evaluate their understanding and application of the concepts of occupation within a professional and practice contexts.
      • Module code: OTHM010
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is for the student to acquire appropriate evidence, to critically reflect on the evidence, apply knowledge, concepts, and research techniques to a professional question or problem and make recommendations to improve professional practice. Students are required to identify an area of current practice and to identify potential developments using recognised techniques from health and social care (i.e. audit or evaluation, primary research or systematic review). Where relevant, this project can be tailored to address service/employer priorities. This module develops project specific skills relevant to the method of inquiry selected. The module will develop the student's ability to work independently and to reflect on the subject specific professional practice.
      • Module code: OTHM022
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable practitioners to evaluate the evidence base, knowledge and drivers of their professional practice. Students will evaluate the context of evidence based practice and practice based evidence the scope of their professional development. This development of this advanced professional thinking will be transferable across other skills there by empowering practitioners to advance their own professional practice; contributing to the quality of service provision within contemporary setting.
      • Module code: OTHM023
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will enable students to critically evaluate global demographic and social drivers relevant to contemporary communities of practice. Students will explore the value of co-production as part of Person centred practice and evaluate the contribution of their profession to meet the needs of the groups in diverse settings. It aims to equip the student for engagement in the strategic response of the profession to contemporary health and social needs. With a further aim to become skilled in co-produced analysis and evaluation of community needs.
      • Module code: OTHM027
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is enable students to critically appraise current approaches and research applicable to clinical practice. It will encourage you to reflect on your practice and critically review the effectiveness of outcomes in relation to empowering and enabling the individuals and communities that you are working with.This module will enable you to analyse the changing practice environments and to examine the reasons for and consequences of change. Problem solving and strategic planning to meet and manage change will be fundamental principles underpinning the teaching and learning within this module. Throughout the module you will be encouraged to apply your learning to practice.
  • To study on the Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc degree, you will need to:

    • Hold a recognised First or Second-Class Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy in order to be eligible to apply for this MSc.
    • If you have relevant professional and educational experience this will also be taken into consideration.
    English Language Requirements

    If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirement to reflect the professional requirement of the HCPC standards from 2018/19 new entry:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2024/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £8,250
    • UK – Part Time: £920 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £16,995
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2023/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £8,010
    • UK – Part Time: £890 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £16,500
    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for occupational therapy masters students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • How will I learn on the Advanced Occupational Therapy Masters?

    The Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc at the University of Northampton has an intake in September each year and takes approximately 12 months to complete full-time.

    Part-time route can be studied up to 4.5 years and therefore tailored to your needs and other commitments.

    You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, with a period of supported independent study whilst you complete your Professional Project. You will have the support of an allocated supervisor throughout the duration of the course.

    What are the modules on the MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy programme?

    An MSc is 180 credits at level 7. This includes 5 compulsory 20 credit modules, one optional 20 credit module and a professional project of 60 credits.

    • OTHM003 – Occupation for occupational therapists
    • OTHM022 – Embedding evidence to enhance practice
    • OTHM009 – Implementing innovative change in practice
    • OTHM023 – Contemporary communities of practice
    • NURM106– Research methods philosophy and design
    • OTHM010 – Professional Project

    Optional Modules:

    • NURM107 – Comparative Health Systems
    • NURM079 – Educating and influencing others in health care
    • NURM108– Leading people in health and social care organisations
    I am interested in studying the Advanced Occupational Therapy Masters part-time and how can I fit this around working?

    You would complete 1-2 module per term and should complete the course within approximately 2.5 years. The requirement to attend lectures takes into considerations that students are in working practice.

    How will I be assessed?

    A range of assessment strategies are used on our advanced occupational therapy postgraduate course to develop your critical thinking and the way you apply theory to your practice setting. Typical assessment methods include essays, case studies, critical reflections and presentations.


Jane Campion, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Jane Campion

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Faculty of Health, Education and Society

Jenny Devers, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Jenny Devers

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Faculty of Health, Education and Society

Michael Adams, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Michael Adams

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Faculty of Health, Education and Society


Careers and Employability

The development of research skills and capacity is an essential component of advanced practice within the award. Throughout this Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc, you will engage in developing your capacity to critically evaluate and apply evidence within your professional context. The culmination of these skills is the completion of the professional project module, whereby you select a mode and topic of study that will provide you with the opportunity to consolidate your learning. This approach allows you to apply the learning achieved in a personally defined manner contributing to career development and range of employment opportunities.

You will have access to a personal tutor to support you throughout your masters in advanced occupational therapy and is available to discuss personal career planning.


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