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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Bradford

  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Occupational science is the scientific study of humans as occupational beings. Occupational scientists study the impact of culture, environment and society on health and well-being. Whilst occupational science is not occupational therapy, it is the academic discipline that informs and shapes occupational therapy practice. This program has been designed to meet the demands of an evolving healthcare system and to provide a deeper understanding of occupation and its application to society.

Occupational therapists are increasingly working in multi-disciplinary teams, with traditional, diverse and emerging populations. The specialism of occupational therapy and the use of occupation as a framework for assessment, treatment and review of service user need has a key role in meeting current and emerging 21st Century challenges. A sound understanding of occupation and its application to phenomena, populations, communities, cultures, environments, disorders, disabilities and illness is therefore needed to support and guide the developing occupational therapy workforce.

This programme is primarily designed for students with an undergraduate qualification in occupational therapy, but is also available for humanities, public health and social policy graduates who wish to study at MSc level in a specialist subject that has practical applications and relevance outside of occupational therapy.

The programme provides opportunities for existing and experienced staff to develop higher levels of mastery in their profession, providing modular content which can be tailored specifically to areas of specialism. The program provides modules that align with the pillars defined in the Advanced Clinical Practice Framework, including modules to develop clinical practice, leadership and management through core and optional elements, and the inclusion of research activities during the program, culminating in a research activity which will relate to clinical practice enhancement.

A blended learning approach will be adopted for this programme, including face-to-face on-campus delivery and aspects of distance learning. It is also available as a part-time programme. Our undergraduate Occupational Therapy programme is currently ranked third in the UK and has a well-established reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Application deadline

30 June 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 17,682per year

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

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University of Bradford

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    University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford, Bradford, BD7 1DP, England

The University of Bradford is one of the most diverse, inclusive universities in the UK. It is proud of the warm welcome that international students receive.
Expert support staff are on hand to help international students from their first contact with the university, throughout their time in Bradford and beyond.
The campus is within a 10-minute walk of the city centre, with accommodation and all student facilities within the grounds.

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