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Occupational therapy practice is concerned with enhancing the daily lives of individuals with a very broad range of physical, mental health or social needs. Read more
Occupational therapy practice is concerned with enhancing the daily lives of individuals with a very broad range of physical, mental health or social needs. As an occupational therapist you will work with clients to improve function and enable them to fulfil the demands of their daily lives with greater satisfaction. You will work with people of all ages from all walks of life, in hospital, in the community, in their place of employment or in their home, and have the opportunity to work in a very wide variety of professional practice areas.

The fundamental aim of the MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) programme is to enable you to graduate with a master’s degree in occupational therapy and be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK. The Degree does not provide eligibility to practice in any other country although the degree is WFOT recognised.

HCPC approved and COT/WFOT accredited

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/occupational-therapy-pre-registration/

Why choose this course?

- Graduates from this programme will be fit for purpose, practice, and award in the UK. We enable you to develop a profound understanding of the potential for occupational therapy to promote the health and wellbeing of the population. Skills acquired will be evidenced based, innovative and give you the capacity to make a significant contribution to the profession, specifically contribute to excellence in client care and the professional knowledge base. On successful completion of the degree and 1000 hours of clinical practice education you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a registered Occupational Therapist in the UK.

- Many of our graduates go on to further educational development at PhD/DPhil and professional doctorate level. We are mindful of the anticipated transformation of practice over the next 20 years as well as the changes to demographics and the political innovation resulting in the widening participation agenda. We therefore aim to attract graduate students, who are academically able, demonstrate appropriate values of self-determination, motivation and critical awareness of learning needs and show potential for leading leadership, innovation and research.

- Based in Oxford, the environment for learning is rich with diversity, culture, specialist health and social care resources, academic resources as well as close commuting links to London.

- Our programme is staffed by occupational therapists expert in diverse clinical specialities, and supported by occupational therapy practice educators from all areas of mainstream and specialist practice. Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and have reputations for excellence with established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.

- This course benefits from shared and inter-professional education opportunities, in addition to profession specific ones, to develop the professional qualities and attributes for current and future health and social care practice.

- Our ongoing investment in a new technology infrastructure is enabling the teaching team to exploit successful technology-enriched learning throughout the programme. We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills and communication suites and resources. We run a weekly Hand Therapy clinic and a monthly Community Occupational Therapy Assessment Clinic for the public. Students are invited to observe other qualified OT's working in these clinics.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, inter-professional education and collaborative practice.

- Established in 1938, we are the oldest School of Occupational Therapy in England, and have one of the best occupational therapy library collections in the country.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Teaching and learning

MSc in Occupational Therapy is taught alongside the well-established and highly-regarded BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy.

Pre-registration Masters students will be taught alongside the undergraduate students in all occupational therapy specific modules. These will be identified with different module numbers and names to those of the undergraduate programme. This dual level teaching in classroom will provide you with the opportunity to learn the core skills and specific attributes of occupational therapy alongside the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy students.

However, the pre-registration Masters students are provided with an enhanced level 7 learning experience with module specific tutorials to explore a more critical and evidence based approach to the subject matter and thus develop professional competence in academic, research and digital literacy, critical thinking and personal self-awareness.

Our approach will require you to actively engage in these Masters level tutorials and become self-directed, innovative, creative and critical learners. Teaching will assist you to construct knowledge through the analysis, synthesis and conceptualisation of your learning experiences, thus developing a lifelong approach to learning. This supports employability in a marketplace that demands adaptability, continuous development and leadership.

You will have the opportunity for face-to-face and virtual learning activities. Our inter-professional module is taken alongside other health and social care pre-registration master's level students, enabling you to prepare for the interdisciplinary work you will encounter in the health and social care environment.

Working at master’s level, you will focus on developing your knowledge in occupational therapy, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

This master's degree will:
- Enable you to be a reflective, proactive, innovative and adaptable occupational therapy practitioner, with the ability to critique research and evaluate the effectiveness of evidence in a wide variety of practice settings.

- Develop a critical understanding of the theory of occupation and teach you to challenge existing models and approaches used in occupational therapy from an informed perspective.

- Provide opportunities to develop your ability to work both independently and as part of a team in the context of social, technological, administrative and policy changes.

How this course helps you develop

This course is mapped against the University's postgraduate attributes so that all occupational therapy graduates are equipped with the skills of academic literacy, digital and information literacy, global citizenship, research literacy, critical self awareness and personal literacy. These attributes are in addition to the NHS core values of respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, and aspiring to improve the lives of others where everyone counts and we work together for patients.

Careers

The majority of graduates from the occupational therapy degrees work as qualified and registered occupational therapists, but there are increasing opportunities to work in non-specified professional roles in mental health and community settings. There are also increasing numbers of employment roles that are not explicitly described or advertised as an ‘occupational therapist’ but match the skills specification of an occupational therapist. This is due to the changing nature of health and social care practice and the new and emerging roles and opportunities for occupational therapy.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The Centre for Rehabilitation within the Department of Sport and Health Sciences has strong leadership in the director, Professor Helen Dawes. The Centre brings together research, education and care. It is underpinned by a strong, well-published research group, the Movement Science Group, along with clinical expertise, rehabilitation, knowledge and care of adults and children with neurological conditions. Within the Centre, staff, students and alumni across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences are engaged in a number of research projects.

Examples of ongoing research projects within the faculty:
- Driving rehabilitation - cognitive mechanisms of driving and performance implications for clinical populations

- Fatigue management – Central and peripheral fatigue and mechanisms in clinical populations

- Dual task control in Stroke - influence on community mobility

- Efficacy of Intensive motor learning programmes – Themed (Magic) camps for children with hemiplegia

- Arts in Health Research – collaboration with Breathe Arts Health Research with research opportunities across many arts related activities

- Virtual Reality (VR) technologies – development and implementation of VR technologies in rehabilitation

- Early identification of motor and sensory processing impairments in children

- Sensory processing disorders and impact on function and behaviour in children with autism

- Measurement and monitoring of rehabilitation participation- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Systematic Review of Vocational Rehabilitation for people with TBI

- Therapy for hand writing in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD)

- Monitoring movement in people with neurological conditions – mechanisms and impact e.g. head drop in Parkinson Disorder

- Physical activity impact on sleep, behaviour cognition, health and wellbeing in children with neurodisability

- Falls in people with learning disabilities – an understanding of the impact of anxiety

- A Functional Electrical Stimulation Plantar flexion System for Bone Health Maintenance in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

- Professional development Perspectives of Occupational Therapists working in the NHS and concepts of Occupational Balance, Cultural perspectives and attitude change in professional identity acquisition.

Research areas and clusters

Our staff are involved in research both independently and collaboratively.

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Our MSc in Occupational Health takes a uniquely integrated approach to occupational health and safety, exploring psychological and more traditional physical workplace risk factors, from work-related stress to the prevention of work-related cancer. Read more
Our MSc in Occupational Health takes a uniquely integrated approach to occupational health and safety, exploring psychological and more traditional physical workplace risk factors, from work-related stress to the prevention of work-related cancer.

This comprehensive, research-led programme will help you develop and manage strategies that protect employees’ health and safety whilst promoting well-being and productivity in the workplace.

Wherever you want to go with a career in occupational health: You can with UCC.

Where can an MSc in Occupational Health take you?

If you want to transform your career, an online MSc in Occupational Health will give you the skills and confidence you need. By providing the latest, multidisciplinary expertise in occupational health and safety this programme will help you affect change in the workplace.

Workplace fatalities and disabling injuries are an international health and safety issue and in recent years there has been an increase in psychosocial issues in the modern work environment. Across Europe, 50–60% of all work-related absenteeism is attributed to stress;1 something businesses are keen to address with appropriate expertise. UCC’s renowned Department of Epidemiology and Public Health deliver a research-led teaching agenda that ensures you have access to the most up-to-date research findings. This creates an opportunity to translate research findings into policy and practice, helping you safeguard health and safety in the workplace.

After completing the programme you will be able to:

* Demonstrate multidisciplinary awareness of occupational health, including epidemiology, public health, safety science, law and training and development
* Prevent disease and injury and promote health and safety
* Perform workplace assessments of psychological and physical risks
* Keep up to date with research, critically appraising publications and statistics
* Design occupational health and safety training and development strategies in line with policy
* Apply research evidence to health and safety interventions and health promotion strategies, accounting for legislation
* Carry out research and health and safety programme evaluations

You can with UCC

Our MSc in Occupational Health takes a uniquely integrated approach to occupational health and safety, exploring psychological and more traditional physical workplace risk factors, from work-related stress to the prevention of work-related cancer.

This comprehensive, research-led programme will help you develop and manage strategies that protect employees’ health and safety whilst promoting well-being and productivity in the workplace.

Wherever you want to go with a career in occupational health: You can with UCC.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the MSc programme in Occupational Health online must meet one of the following criteria:

•A Level 8 Honours primary degree (minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 2) in a relevant area, for example health-related (Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Environmental Health, Psychology/Behavioural Science, Physiotherapy); Engineering and Human Resource Management and relevant professional experience1 or work placement in an associated Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare area.
OR
•A minimum of a Diploma/Higher Diploma in Occupational Safety, Health and Welfare (minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1), from UCC, or an equivalent qualification2 from another Institution (Level 8 Diploma, minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1) and a minimum of two years relevant professional work experience1 in an area associated with Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare.
OR
•Applicants with a minimum of three years professional work experience in an associated area1 of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare will be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme.

1Relevant professional work experience, job title examples: Health and Safety Officers/Advisors/Managers/Coordinators; Environmental Safety Officers/Managers; Safety Engineers, Health Promotion Officers; HR Officers/Managers; Occupational Health Nurses, Health Scientists, Professional Trainers, Health and Safety Consultants.

2Level 8 examples: Diploma/Higher Diploma/International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety; Diploma in Environment Management, Diploma in Health Promotion, Diploma in Learning, Development and Work-based Training.

FOOTNOTE

Reference

1. http://www.ilo.org/safework/areasofwork/workplace-health-promotion-and-well-being/WCMS_108557/lang--en/index.htm

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Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. Read more
Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences.

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level.

Science and Technology Studies pathway

The Science and Technology Studies pathway through the Social Science Research Methods MSc is suitable for all students with an interest in the social dimensions of science and technology. We have research expertise in a range of substantive and methodological approaches and can offer supervision and training for students interested in:

Sociology of science and technology, including natural sciences, biotechnology, medicine and genomics
Nature, distribution and classification of expertise
Public understanding of, and engagement with, science and technology
Use of scientific advice and other forms of expertise in decision-making

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This programme provides advanced theory, knowledge and clinical skills for rehabilitation professionals. It also prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in clinical research and professional practice, offering a flexible programme of study for both specialist training and professional training. Read more
This programme provides advanced theory, knowledge and clinical skills for rehabilitation professionals. It also prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in clinical research and professional practice, offering a flexible programme of study for both specialist training and professional training.

Programme Aims

The aims of the programme are:

‌•To equip the students with a broadened and deepened knowledge based and skills, and enable them to meet the changing clients’ needs and contribute to the development of occupational therapy practices; and
‌•To equip the students with a lifelong ability to critically analyze and evaluate ongoing professional pactices so that the quality of practice can be ensured and enhanced.

Programme Characteristics

This programme is designed in response to demand from members of occupational therapy profession to keep abreast of contemporary practices and issues. It aims to equip students with a range of advanced clinical and research skills. The main focus will be using modern clinical applications and research-driven teaching. Specific examples include innovative computer technology and psychometrics to enhance your specialisation in such areas as vocational, geriatric, cognitive, psychiatric and community rehabilitation. This programme does not confer eligibility for registration with the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong.

How to Apply

The award of MSc in Occupational Therapy admit students in alternate year:

MSc in Occupational Therapy programme will invite application for September 2017 Entry
Application period: Late November to 28 Feb 2017
For application, please visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study

Programme Structure

The programme is operated in both full-time and part time mode and it takes a normal duration 1 year to complete in full-time mode or 2.5 years to complete in part-time mode.

Students must complete 2 Compulsory Subjects - Research Methods & Data Analysis and Project Study, 5 Core Subjects and 2 Elective Subjects.

Core Areas of Study

The MScOT programme requires the students to complete 2 compulsory subjects, 5 core subjects, and 2 electives. Students can select elective subjects from other MSc programmes of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Below is the list of compulsory and core subjects.

Compulsory subjects
‌•Research Method and Data Analysis (RS517)
Subject leader: Prof. Marco Pang
Number of credit: 3
Objectives: The subject is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of research methodologies and data analysis. It equips students with theoretical knowledge and analytical skills required to design or critique research studies.
Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to:
‌•Develop a researchable question.
‌•Describe the various study designs and their pros and cons.
‌•Explain the principles involved in measurement and instrumentation.
‌•Develop a conceptual model in outcomes research.
‌•Select appropriate statistical methods to analyze data and interpret research findings, including the use of software packages (e.g. SPSS).
‌•Critically evaluate scientific research publications.

Teaching/learning method:

Lectures will cover the major concepts related to research methodologies. In tutorial sessions, students will learn how to select and perform appropriate statistical analysis procedures (including the use of SPSS) for different research questions and interpret the findings.

Project Study (RS567)
Subject leader: Dr. Amy Fu
Number of credit: 6
Objective: To provide an opportunity for the students to apply the acquired knowledge in other theoretical subjects to a practical project. Through the project study, students are expected to develop critical thinking, analytical and evaluative skills.
Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to:
‌•To pursue an in-depth study of a professional issue which is relevant to a chosen area of specialisation.
‌•To develop critical thinking, analytical and evaluative skills through the conduct of the project.
‌•To develop the ability to write in a scientific context.

Teaching/learning method:
Self-directed learning. Each student will be assigned a supervisor and required to complete a team project. A study plan (learning contract) will be formulated in the beginning of the study, according to the interest of the student and the supervisor. The student will be expected to meet regularly with the supervisor, but work independently.

Core subjects
‌•Students can select 5 core subjects from the following list. All are 3-credit subjects. Please note that some subjects are offered in alternate years and some have prerequisite requirements.Please click here to view http://www8.rs.polyu.edu.hk/rsmain/en/programmes/postgraduate_studies/index_id_3.html

English Language Requirement

If you are not a native speaker of English, or your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR;
An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Individual cases will be considered on their own merit. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.

Postgraduate Scheme

The Postgraduate Scheme in Rehabilitation Sciences comprises the following awards:

‌•MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy
‌•MSc in Occupational Therapy
‌•MSc in Rehabilitation of People with Development Disabilities
‌•MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences
‌•MSc in Sports Physiotherapy
The awards under this scheme admit students in alternate years:

‌•MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy, MSc in Occupational Therapy and MSc in Sports Physiotherapy are offered in the same admission year.
‌•MSc in Rehabilitation of People with Developmental Disabilities and MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences are offered in the same admission year.

Enquiries

For academic matters, please contact:

Dr Sam Chan

Tel : (852) 2766 4310
Email :
For general matters, please contact:

General Office

Tel : (852) 2766 6728
Email :

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This programme recognises the increasing demand from both industry and enforcement bodies to integrate occupational health, safety and environmental management issues. Read more
This programme recognises the increasing demand from both industry and enforcement bodies to integrate occupational health, safety and environmental management issues.

On completion of this course you will be able to identify hazards, evaluate risks, and suggest control measures in a range of situations. The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

The programme is a collaborative endeavour with the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It recognises the increasing demand from both industry and enforcement agencies to integrate occupational health, safety and environmental issues.

Postgraduate Diploma

Subjects studied include the following:

Environmental Protection
Safety Technology
Risk and Safety Management
Occupational Health and Hygiene
Chemical and Biological Incident Management
MSc

(As above, plus the following):

Research Methods and Dissertation
The programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

About the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences has a renowned history for international excellence in research and teaching.
Our postgraduate programmes are shaped by research that addresses global grand challenges across the fields of geography, planning, earth sciences, environmental science, occupational health and safety, and environmental and public health. With policy- and practice-focused teaching, all our programmes have high employability outcomes.
We offer excellent facilities for postgraduate study including extensive map and archive facilities, earth imaging laboratory, stable-isotope laboratory (SILLA), environmental library, fully digital drawing office, and state-of-the-art laboratories for environmental chemistry, sedimentology, ecology, groundwater and palaeobiology. Our diverse range of programmes will provide you with a thorough understanding of the discipline, high-quality training and skills development, and access to our expert staff and extensive facilities.
Our graduates go on to forge careers in areas that matter – from environmental consultancies and the hydrocarbon industries, to urban planning, policy roles in NGOs and government regulatory services – and make a real contribution to global challenges. Many graduates also go on to study for PhDs.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The MSc in Occupational Health is a part-time distance e-learning programme that offers knowledge and expertise in the science underpinning occupational health and safety. Read more
The MSc in Occupational Health is a part-time distance e-learning programme that offers knowledge and expertise in the science underpinning occupational health and safety.
It offers a convenient means for nurses, doctors, health and safety advisors or managers with busy work schedules and other responsibilities, to gain a postgraduate degree in Occupational Health.
The emphasis is on common occupational health and safety issues encountered in the workplace.

The aims of the course are:

• To develop an understanding of the broad processes underpinning health protection in the workplace.
• To develop and enhance research in occupational health directly applicable and beneficial to practice.
• To encourage attitudes pertinent to the team approach.

The course encourages self-directed learning, critical thinking and comparative analysis of occupational health systems and practice. This is done within a structured and dynamic on-line learning environment that provides interactive multidisciplinary learning and the opportunity for mutual support and collaboration.

The course aims to enable you to explore, understand, analyse and/or apply:

• The concepts of occupational health practice in relation to current needs and initiatives.
• The role of occupational health practitioners and the analysis of their effectiveness in practice.
• The management of occupational health issues including psychological, sociological and philosophical perspectives, which may affect management strategies and impinge on the role of specialist practitioners.
• Assessments of the work environment, its effects on health, relevant legislation and the effective control of workplace hazards.
• Health surveillance, its application within the workplace and the design of appropriate occupational health programmes.
• Specialist roles within occupational health practice through the critical appraisal of literature and research.
• Epidemiological principles in occupational health practice and the significance of data collection in the development of evidence based practice.

Throughout the course there will be opportunities for the development of critical appraisal skills in the analysis of literature and the development of research-based activities in occupational health practice.

The MSc dissertation then provides the opportunity to carry out research involving a detailed literature review, the formulation of research questions, hypotheses, aims and objectives, and conducting data collection, analysis and the presentation of results.

Distinctive features

• The MSc course is delivered online and so can more easily fit into your own schedule and study style.
• Subject to sufficient student interest, a short introductory course is also held in Cardiff.
• The MSc contains an emphasis on practical solutions.

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This part-time blended learning course equips graduates with a wide range of inter-disciplinary knowledge and skills to work in areas related to occupational hygiene, culminating in an academic qualification accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). Read more
This part-time blended learning course equips graduates with a wide range of inter-disciplinary knowledge and skills to work in areas related to occupational hygiene, culminating in an academic qualification accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). As a graduate of this course, you will obtain an appreciation of the knowledge necessary to recognise, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace, including chemical, physical and biological agents.

In the taught component of the course, the emphasis is on acquiring a thorough understanding of the theoretical principles and research methodologies underpinning the topic covered by each module. Emphasis is placed on the development of the your critical appraisal skills and a capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level.

The dissertation provides an opportunity to develop experience in applying these principles and research methods to a problem of particular interest to you.

Aims

The primary aim of the course is to deliver academic training in disciplines relevant to occupational hygiene. The course aims to provide you with:
-An appreciation of the skills necessary to recognise, evaluate and control hazardous substances in the workplace, encompassing hazards such as chemical, physical (eg. noise, radiation), biological and ergonomic agents
-An introduction to the wide variety of aspects covered within the occupational hygiene discipline such as legislation, toxicological basis for standard setting, methods commonly used to evaluate hazardous agents, and related and overlapping health professions
-An academic qualification that is accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)
-A good foundation on which to build and extend your knowledge of occupational hygiene during the changes and developments which lie in the years ahead

The MSc aims to:
-Encourage critical evaluation of ideas and concepts in occupational hygiene and exploration of other philosophical and practical approaches to minimising ill health in the workplace
-Develop powers of critical appraisal, analytical thinking and logical argument

Career opportunities

Graduates of our course find that their career is enhanced with their existing employer.

Accrediting organisations

The MSc, PGDip and PGCert are fully accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

Students who complete either the MSc or PGDip will gain exemption from all FOH written exams. Students with five years of occupational hygiene work experience will be required to pass an oral examination only to obtain the FOH Diploma in Occupational Hygiene, the highest professional qualification available in the UK.

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Are you an occupational therapist wishing to develop your skills and knowledge in critical thinking? This pathway will help you to improve people’s health and well-being by implementing innovative, evidence-based practice in a range of practice settings. Read more
Are you an occupational therapist wishing to develop your skills and knowledge in critical thinking? This pathway will help you to improve people’s health and well-being by implementing innovative, evidence-based practice in a range of practice settings. You will be able to develop your skills and knowledge in research and scholarly activity around the core principles of occupational therapy. This pathway enables you to explore innovative occupational therapy and occupational science in depth.

Key features

-Reflect and utilise a range of evidence to support your professional occupational therapy practice.
-Take the opportunity to study on a programme with a long, esteemed history and join the many hundreds of successful graduates from all over the world. You will learn to apply up-to-date knowledge of research and theory, to enhance your creativity and flexibility, and to develop the academic skills needed to work effectively in modern health and social care settings.
-Become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules.
-Join an enthusiastic team of occupational therapists, undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students who are pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge on occupational science and occupational therapy.
-Choose this occupational therapy pathway and study four core modules (applying evidence to practice, occupational therapy practice: supported study, project design for research, research dissertation) and choose three further modules that are profession specific and/ or shared with the generic MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.
-Shape your learning journey – you can step off the pathway with a postgraduate certificate (three modules) or postgraduate diploma (six modules) if you wish, or you can continue on to a master’s degree.
-Learn about research and plan and carry out your own research project as part of the masters degree, with the support of experienced occupational therapy tutors.
-Complete the programme in a year, with the introduction of a one year full-time study option. Alternatively, balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over two/three years and up to a maximum of five years.
-Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take some of the programme by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face are delivered in short, intensive blocks in Plymouth to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your other commitments.
-Tailor your learning in the workplace through module assignments and the supported independent study module.
-Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business in providing both core and optional modules.
-Learn within our supportive multi-professional and inter-agency environments. Our programme is delivered by experts in a setting where innovative thinking regarding advanced professional development is put into practice.

Course details

Pathways in this programme will include the following shared modules: applying evidence to practice; developing self and others; project design for research; and the research dissertation. The pathways will all have at least one pathway specific module and two programme optional modules. To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: applying evidence to practice; a pathway specific module or a programme option module if no specific pathway is being pursued; and a programme option module. To gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: project design for research; developing self and others; and a pathway specific module or programme option. To be awarded the full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from your research dissertation.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV750 Occupational Therapy Practice: Supported Study

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Occupational therapists work closely with people of all ages to achieve a high quality of life, irrespective of age, disability or illness. Read more
Occupational therapists work closely with people of all ages to achieve a high quality of life, irrespective of age, disability or illness. Helping people to function in daily living activities and promoting well-being at home, in school, at work, and in leisure are of prime concern to the occupational therapist. Occupational therapists take a holistic approach and are involved in client evaluation and intervention as part of a health care team. They also play a role in wider health issues such as community development, health promotion and policy making.

This graduate entry master course offers you a fast-track option to becoming an occupational therapist. You will develop knowledge of four broad areas:

-Medical, psychiatric, orthopaedic and neurological conditions which affect the health and well-being of individuals.
-The theory and practice of occupational therapy including the study of occupation and analysis of the physical, psychological and social requirements of a variety of skills and activities.
-Human development covering normal growth and development within the life cycle along with problems which occur such as learning disabilities and the effects of ageing.
-Occupational health and management, including prevention, education and rehabilitation programs for a variety of workplaces.
-Your studies will be complemented with extensive clinical fieldwork practice. You will also have the unique opportunity to take part in the Occupational Therapy Abroad program, participating in a fieldwork placement in China, India, South Africa or Ukraine for four weeks.

Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which may require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.

Professional recognition

Graduates using the title of registered health practitioner or the title of occupational therapist must be registered with Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the National Board). Registration for practice enables graduates, once registered, to practise occupational therapy in all Australian states and territories. Graduates can also choose to be a member of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and/or Occupational Therapy Australia (WA). The course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates may also apply for registration in most countries although some countries may require sitting a licensing examination.

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis. You may apply for recognition of prior learning on the basis of extensive work experience, clinical specialisation or significant publication and research experience.

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Occupational Therapists are skilled professionals who work in a range of health and social care settings to assist people to carry out activities that they want or need to do, but are prevented from doing, by circumstances such as ill-health, disability or ageing. Read more
Occupational Therapists are skilled professionals who work in a range of health and social care settings to assist people to carry out activities that they want or need to do, but are prevented from doing, by circumstances such as ill-health, disability or ageing. This two-year, full time Occupational Therapy course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours required to be a safe and effective Occupational Therapist in a range of contemporary health and social care settings.

The pre-registration Masters degree has been designed to meet the needs of graduates with a first degree in a subject related to the discipline of Occupational Therapy (for example Psychology, Health Studies or similar). Using principles of enquiry based learning, the course is structured to encourage students to build on existing knowledge which will help to understand human function and dysfunction, to develop a range of practical and decision-making skills in relation to assessing need and delivering interventions for a range of individuals, and to understand contemporary influences affecting health and social care services. In addition, a research strand is delivered across both years of the course which assists to consolidate knowledge and skills in relation to the consumption of research, and builds towards the completion of an independent research project. The course also demonstrates a commitment to inter-professional working and provides a range of opportunities to learn with and from students enrolled on other professional courses.

Practice placements are included in both years of the course and provide opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in a range of practice settings. There are four periods of practice placement, ranging from four weeks to nine weeks. All are organised for students through the University Placements Office, apart from one elective placement, where students have a choice regarding the location and speciality, with opportunities for overseas placements.

The course utilises principles of enquiry based learning, in which students are signposted to areas of enquiry relevant to the level of learning and work in both groups and individually, to identify deficits in knowledge and the ways in which their learning can be facilitated. University sessions are used to introduce concepts, consolidate knowledge and to facilitate student learning in relation to the application of theoretical knowledge to occupational therapy practice.

Successful completion of the course will enable graduates to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, in order to gain state registration to practice as an Occupational Therapist. Employment prospects are good with opportunities in traditional areas of practice such as acute hospitals, community health services, and social care, alongside emerging opportunities in non-traditional areas such as schools, employment services, and the voluntary sector. The skills acquired on the course will equip students to work in a number of diverse practice areas and could also lead to careers in research, education or case management. Students may also choose to continue their studies and the University offers a number of other postgraduate and post-qualifying courses and other continuing education opportunities.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

Module Overview
Year One
OT0604 - INtroduction to Occupational Theory and Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
OT0700 - Developing Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
OT0701 - Promoting Evidence in Occupational Therapy Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

Year Two
OT0702 - Leadership in Occupational Therapy Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
OT0703 - Entrepreneurship in Occupational Therapy (NC, 20 Credits)
OT0704 - Contexts of Occupational Therapy Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
PP0189 - Empirical Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
PP0190 - Practice Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
PP0191 - Systematic Appraisal (Optional, 60 Credits)

Placement

We take your placement profile very seriously and all students are provided with practice learning experiences based on Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health and Care Professions Council requirements.

Facilities

When you want to get hands-on experience within Public Health and Wellbeing we can support you. The Clinical Skills Centre, which has been established for 10 years, is the result of our continued commitment to create an interactive environment in which health related students can be equipped with a diverse range of skills.

Research

Top quartile in the UK for its research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing
More than 80% of research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

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Occupational Psychologists apply the science of psychology in work-based settings. The Occupational Psychology MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practical skills central to the application of psychological research in the workplace. Read more
Occupational Psychologists apply the science of psychology in work-based settings. The Occupational Psychology MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practical skills central to the application of psychological research in the workplace. For those that have GBC, the course confers stage 1 of training as an Occupational Psychologist.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and was designed to cover the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology core curriculum.

The course has been developed and delivered by an experienced course team which includes Registered Occupational Psychologists and Chartered Members of the Division of Occupational Psychology as well as sitting on the BPS Board of Assessors in Occupational Psychology and the Division of Occupational Psychology Training Committee. All members of the team are actively involved in research which informs their teaching.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The course will give you a unique opportunity to study an area of applied psychology related to the work place and which can be applied in any work setting.

Please see the How will this course be taught? section for clarification on the two methods of studying this course. Whichever version of this course you follow, you will complete the nine modules listed below:
-Psychological Assessment at work (20 credits)
-Research Methods in Psychology (20 credits)
-Work and Well Being (20 credits)
-Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations (10 credits)
-Leadership Engagement and Motivation (20 credits)
-Work Design, Change and Development (10 credits)
-Learning, Training and Development (20 credits)
-Project Planning and Ethics (10 credits)
-Dissertation in Occupational Psychology (50 credits)

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

This course will enable you to further your career and open up promotion opportunities in the area of occupational psychology.

The course will provide exemption from Stage One (for those with GBC) of the training route towards Chartership and becoming an Occupational Psychologist.

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The Occupational Health and Safety master’s program, a concentration in Engineering Technology, offers mostly evening classes to accommodate working adults attending school part-time. Read more
The Occupational Health and Safety master’s program, a concentration in Engineering Technology, offers mostly evening classes to accommodate working adults attending school part-time. Occupational health and safety specialists analyze workplaces to help prevent disease and injury to workers and damage to the environment related to biological, chemical, ergonomic, and physical factors. They may inspect work environments for potential hazards, design new programs and procedures, and enforce public health and safety regulations. MTSU’s graduate degree includes both thesis and non-thesis options. Courses cover a range of topics such as industrial hygiene, fire safety, federal and state safety and environmental laws, safety psychology, ergonomics, toxicology, industrial safety, and safety planning. Faculty members have strong academic backgrounds and practical work experience in engineering, industrial management, vocational education, safety, and industrial hygiene. Graduate assistantships are available to qualified students. Also there may be internships, short-term work experiences, and cooperative education experiences available.

Degrees

Occupational Health and Safety is a concentration leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree at MTSU under the Engineering Technology major. In addition, there is also an Engineering Technology concentration. Thesis and non-thesis options are available for both programs.

To be admitted, applicants must have:

taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)—typically a GRE quantitative score of 148 and a verbal score of 143 for successful applications
a bachelor’s degree

Application deadlines: April 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships and admission in the Summer or Fall; Oct. 1 for admission in the Spring. Applications will be accepted after these dates, but admission consideration is not guaranteed.

NOTE: The GRE may be waived for those students who have a GPA of at last 3.00 from the MTSU Engineering Technology undergraduate program.

Students complete 18 hours of core courses including safety planning and take 9 hours of concentration courses in safety technology and engineering, accident prevention, and occupational and environmental hygiene. The thesis option is a 30-hour program, while the non-thesis option is 36 hours with a Six Sigma research project course and 6 hours of electives that can include a cognate in management, computer science, economics, or psychology.

Career

The median annual wage for occupational health and safety specialists was $70,210 in May 2015, and the job outlook is expected to grow by 7.4% in Tennessee—almost double the national projection. The majority of graduates are employed by industry or government. Some pursue other advanced degrees. Federal agencies include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Occupational health and safety specialists also work in management, scientific, and technical consulting services; education services; hospitals; and manufacturing.

Some types of positions held by graduates:

Certified industrial hygienist
Chief safety officer
Corporate safety director
Director of employee safety and health
Energy management specialist
Environmental health and safety (EHS) officer or manager
Environmental management specialist
Environmental protection officers
Environmental scientist or specialist
Health and safety engineer
Health and safety manager
Occupational health and safety technician
Risk control consultant
Safety and health consultant
Safety director
Safety specialist

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Amazon
Bridgestone
Coca-Cola
ERS-USA
Feintool Tennessee
General Mills
General Motors
Lockheed Martin
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Dept.
Nissan
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Select Staffing
State of Washington
Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation
United Technologies
Vi-Jon, Inc.

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This unique practical and applied course will develop specialised knowledge of clinical exercise science using an evidence-based approach to enhance your career prospects. Read more
This unique practical and applied course will develop specialised knowledge of clinical exercise science using an evidence-based approach to enhance your career prospects.

This novel programme is designed for those wishing to gain and develop expert knowledge in the science of exercise assessment and prescription and learn applied techniques which will enable you to develop a career in clinical exercise science, academic research, teaching and other science based professions. The evidence demonstrating that physical activity reduces the risk of developing chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes highlights the need for clinical exercise practitioners with high level knowledge of physical activity and health who can work within community and healthcare settings.

This programme offers a well-balanced blend between practice and theory. The course is multi-disciplinary in nature covering aspects of exercise physiology, exercise and health psychology as well as clinical skills.

What you'll learn

During your studies you will develop an advanced understanding of the research evidence in the context of clinical exercise science. You will learn to apply theoretical concepts and professional skills in practical situations likely to be encountered by a clinical exercise scientist. You will employ advanced investigative, analytical and practical techniques to advance knowledge in clinical exercise science. You will present evidence based clinical exercise prescription appropriate for a range of pathologies and in seemingly healthy populations and be able to effectively communicate (evidence and treatment goals) with a variety of populations.

You will gain enhanced knowledge and learn skills in clinical exercise science to increase employability in an academic or applied setting.

There are opportunities to complete a PgDip (120 credits) or a PgCert (60 credits). Alternatively you may wish to complete specific module/modules as part of your own continuous professional development.

Modules

Trimester 1:
• Exercise, wellbeing and psychological health (20 credits)
• Exercise Physiology & Health (20 credits)
• Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science (20 credits)

Trimester 2 (option of 3 out of 4):
• Physical Activity and Cardio-metabolic Conditions (20 credits)
• Physical Activity and Cancer Survivorship (20 credits)
• Physical Activity for Neurological Conditions (20 credits)
• Independent Study (20 credits)

Trimester 3:
• Research Project (60 credits)

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

Within the taught option modules, you may have the option of gaining accredited Level 4 occupational qualifications. For example you may choose to sit the Skills Active Validated Level 4 Cancer and Exercise examinations following on from successful completion of the Physical Activity and Cancer Survivorship module in trimester 2 (please note there will be an additional cost to sit the examinations).

On successful completion of this programme you will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to gain postgraduate-level employment within the NHS, private healthcare sector, third sector, local government and leisure services. You will be equipped to deliver high level exercise testing, assessment and prescription for health impaired individuals and groups both individually as an autonomous practitioner; or within multi-disciplinary teams in clinical or community settings. This programme will prepare you for occupations such as a:
• GP exercise referral coordinator
• trainee clinical scientist
• health advisor
• exercise science research technician
• health and wellbeing physiologist
• physical activities adviser
• private exercise physiologist

You may also to progress to a research degree up to PhD level. Alternatively you may wish to complete specific module/modules as part of your continuous professional development.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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Occupational hygiene is concerned with the identification, evaluation and management of chemical, physical and biological agents arising from work. Read more
Occupational hygiene is concerned with the identification, evaluation and management of chemical, physical and biological agents arising from work. Occupational hygienists are employed in a wide range of industries, including the petrochemical industry, manufacturing, mining, aero-industry, service sectors and the health sector. Many hygienists are also actively involved in research in a range of related fields. Currently, there is significant demand from large multinational companies, and there is a worldwide shortage of trained occupational hygienists.

This programme covers all aspects of occupational hygiene, and any student registered on it will be expected to complete a dissertation based on an occupational hygiene topic. A student on this programme may apply for research funding from the British Occupational Hygiene Society to cover costs associated with his or her research project.

Significant emphasis is placed on learning and research. One of the first courses students take is Critical Thinking, which provides them with all the skills necessary to take full advantage of their studies.

As this is a distance learning programme, students are provided with study guides and supporting texts. Increasing use is being made of electronic information sources, and an online community is being developed for students. Students are invited to their learning centres at the start of the autumn and spring terms, giving them an opportunity to speak to tutors and other students.

The aims of the programme are:

- To allow the busy safety, health or hygiene professional to study for a Master's degree that is accredited by the British Occupational Hygiene Society

- To develop the critical thinking skills which are essential in today's occupational hygiene professional.

Please contact us at for further information on this distance learning programme.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/hs/occhyg

Health and Safety

We offer programmes delivering health, safety and hygiene training within this growing field of employment and incorporating the newly emerging profile of environmental issues increasingly integral to such role innovatively delivered through distance learning.

What you'll study

Distance learning
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Critical Thinking (DL) (10 credits)
Environment Impact and Management (20 credits)
Safety & Risk Management (20 credits)
The Chemical Environment (20 credits)
Management of Physical Agents (20 credits)
Research Methods (DL) (10 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Dissertation (OH) (40 credits)
Ergonomics & Workplace Psychology (20 credits)

Students are required to choose 20 credits from this list of options.

The Reflective Practitioner (20 credits)
Disaster Management and Recovery (20 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Students are assessed through assignments.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (http://www.bohs.org/).

Career options

This programme offers enhanced skills for those already working in the field of occupational hygiene.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/644424/Prog-Specs-MSC-PGDip-OSH-and-OH.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This course provides a Master's level route for graduates to become competent occupational therapists equipped for life-long, safe and effective practice within the global marketplace. Read more
This course provides a Master's level route for graduates to become competent occupational therapists equipped for life-long, safe and effective practice within the global marketplace. This course is for those who are not already qualified as occupational therapists. It is a professional full-time programme, which will prepare you to become a competent occupational therapist in a variety of health and social care settings. It also allows students to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists.

Occupational therapy students typically choose this career for the following reasons: variety of work, the challenge, personal and one-to-one contact, client/patient appreciation, its holistic approach, the desire to help disabled people, to work in health settings, job availability, the chance to be creative.

In December 2016 our programme was granted “Preaccreditation Status” by the American Occupational Therapy Associate (AOTA), which confirms that Brunel has successfully completed steps one and two in the three-step accreditation process – see more at AOTA OT Master's-Level Programs - Developing and visit our Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) information page.

The programme will now proceed with step three – the on-site evaluation, scheduled for April 2017, followed by an accreditation decision by mid-2017.

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