Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc
1 year full time
2.5-4.5 years part time
Fees UK 22/23:
Full Time: £7,650
Part Time: £850 (per 20 credit module)
International Fees 22/23:
Full Time: £15,000
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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 this course is for you.
- Study at one of the longest established Occupational Therapy schools in the UK.
- Combine core modules with optional modules to build a unique qualification.
As one of the longest established Occupational Therapy schools in the UK, we have a very highly regarded professional reputation.
The award 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.
The 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.
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 21/22. The modules relating to the academic year 22/23 will be available from June 2022.
Educating and Influencing Others in Health Care (20 Credits)
Module code: NURM079Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to enable practitioners to proactively explore the impact and innovation surrounding practice within contemporary health and/or social care settings by educating and influencing others. This module will use an active blended learning approach to promote students? understanding of the theory and application.
Research Methods - Philosophy and Study Design (20 Credits)
Module code: NURM106Status: DesignateThis module is designed to introduce students to a range of research methodologies relevant to health and social care contexts. Students will have the opporutunity 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.
Comparative Health Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: NURM107Status: DesignateOne of the greatest challenges facing governments today is that of providing a quality but cost-effective system of healthcare for the population. Provision of healthcare has become the main economic activity for many nations and access to healthcare is among the core societal values. In this module a range of healthcare systems will be compared and contrasted and the factors influencing the health status of populations explored. Examination of the similarities and differences in healthcare systems is seen as important for the understanding of common healthcare problems and appreciation of the opportunities and strategies available to address global health issues.
Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations (20 Credits)
Module code: NURM108Status: DesignateEvery 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.
Occupation for Occupational Therapists (20 Credits)
Module code: OTHM003Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Implementing Innovative Change in Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: OTHM009Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is enable you to critically appraise current approaches and research in clinical practice. It will encourage you to reflect on your practice and critically review the effectiveness of your 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 work 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.
Professional Project (60 Credits)
Module code: OTHM010Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Embedding Evidence to Enhance Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: OTHM022Status: DesignateThe 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.
Contemporary Communities of Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: OTHM023Status: CompulsoryThis 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.
- Educating and Influencing Others in Health Care (20 Credits)
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.
2022/23 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2022/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £7,650
- UK – Part Time: £850 per 20 credit module
- International – Full Time: £15,000
2021/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2021/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £7,470
- UK – Part Time: £830 per 20 credit module
- International – Full Time: £14,000
There are no additional costs for this course for 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.
How will I learn?
The course 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.
How will I be assessed?
A range of assessment strategies are used on this 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.
Careers and Employability
The development of research skills and capacity is an essential component of advanced practice within the award. Throughout the programme of study, 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 the programme and is available to discuss personal career planning.