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MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-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

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

This course will give you the knowledge and practical skills that you need to develop a new career as an occupational therapist in two years. It is delivered full-time and you will complete a number of placements which enrich the learning experience and prepare you for a diverse practice context.

This course attracts people holding a relevant undergraduate honours degree who wish to change career and become an occupational therapist. It is an intensive professional programme of study in developing theoretical, analytical, practical, evaluative and reasoning skills as well as professional values. The course is unsuitable for applicants already holding a qualification in occupational therapy.

Why QMU?

  • The course is well grounded in practice by integrating and applying practical examples throughout the course eg case scenarios linked to assignments, vivas and problem-based learning tasks and visiting lecturers. This integrates placement and coursework and therefore makes learning relevant to practice.
  • Critical thinking is encouraged throughout the course, helping learners to develop professional reasoning skills. Learners are facilitated to explore and justify their thinking and decision-making, as well as considering the bigger picture.

Course overview

Occupational therapists assess individuals’ and communities’ disruption and disengagement from their occupations. They facilitate alternative ways for people to re-engage and participate in their occupational roles to improve their quality of life, wellbeing and sense of belonging. Modules reflect contemporary and prospective occupational therapy practice. The course is underpinned by person-centred, evidence-informed and occupation-focused occupational therapy practice.

Structure

To obtain this MSc you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course philosophy integrates academic and placement study. It employs adult learning perspectives including; learner responsibility, active participation, collaborative, autonomy, and learning as a community. Problem-based learning using practice scenarios is a major feature of the learning experience where students work to develop professional reasoning, evidence-informed decision making, and interpersonal and team working skills. Learning is thus a facilitated process of acquiring enquiry skills, interpreting information, group discussion, exchanging of perspectives, creation of knowledge and arriving at a position or judgment. Teaching methods incorporate self-directed study, practice scenarios, group work, workshops, eLearning modules, digital technology, reflection, lectures and placements. Assessment methods include peer and self-assessment, written assignments, viva voce, presentations, projects and placements. Practice placements form a core element of the course and your personal performance is also assessed.

Careers

Occupational therapists are employed in a diverse range of settings including the NHS, public health, education, employment services, local authorites, prison service, third sector organisations and private practice. Outside the UK, graduates of this course have gone on to work in Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, Canada, USA and New Zealand.

Exit awards

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

Tuition fees

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University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • University League Table

    88th

  • Campus address

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

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