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MSc Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy (Post-Registration)

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Are you a qualified occupational therapist looking to develop your knowledge and evolve or change your career direction? This highly respected course offers an excellent opportunity to help you fulfil your career goals and you can study full-time or part-time to fit in with your current commitments.

The MSc Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy, starting in September 2021, builds on the success of the former MSc (Post-Reg) Occupational Therapy programme. It is a programme designed to support practitioners to develop and advance their practice across a variety of contexts. The programme highlights the transformational role of education that will equip occupational therapists to develop and promote sustainable and progressive practice.

Why QMU?

  • Take control of your learning by choosing your own topic for most of the modules on the course.
  • You can structure the delivery and duration of this highly flexible course around your own study and work goals.
  • You can select specific modules for your continuing professional development studies.

Course overview

As a student on this programme you will develop your knowledge of the evidence-base for/of practice and deepen your critical thinking, professional reasoning and research skills. We have designed it to suit occupational therapists from a wide range of settings and to give you the support you need to redefine your career as an advanced practitioner in education, research, leadership, policy or practice.

The MSc Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy is embedded as an integrated pathway on an existing master’s framework for person-centred practice (see page 126), which affords equal attention to both the philosophy of occupation and of person-centredness. This framework offers a student-centred approach to education, fostered through three approaches to learning: experiential and collaborative learning, critical discourse and evidence-based teaching.

Specifically, the MSc programme aims to ensure the centrality of occupation as part of therapists’ postgraduate education and, in so doing, responds to the strategic drivers for change towards advanced and person-centred practice in global health and social care. Educationally, it will address philosophical concepts from occupational science and person- centred practice that will be blended throughout the programme to facilitate learning at master’s level.


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can opt to study for the MSc, a PgDip, a PgCert, or register as an associate student to undertake one or two modules as part of continuing professional development. On completion of a single module, you can, if you wish, complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.


This course will enable occupational therapists to develop or change career direction to advanced practitioner, education, research or management. The programme does not lead to registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    9th out of 30 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 159
    163 90%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 100
    84 84%



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