The course examines health, wellbeing and work (or other meaningful occupation), bringing together the disciplines of occupational and vocational rehabilitation. A bio-psychosocial model will be explored, with a work focused approach, as opposed to a condition-focused one, in order to facilitate and support people to stay in work or return to work.
During your time with us, you'll consider the health and wellbeing of employed and unemployed individuals as well as the perspectives of a range of key players such as the employer, human resources, managers of people, health and social care professionals, occupational health practitioners, employment advisers, case managers, the voluntary sector etc.
The aim is to develop your critical awareness of the issues that play a part in the areas of occupational and vocational rehabilitation, the perspectives of key stakeholders and strategies to improve practice and collaboration. The course takes a systematic, multi-disciplinary approach - one grounded in research and ethical principles.
This course is important because there is so much still unknown about helping and supporting people with health conditions, either directly into work or helping them retain work. We’re learning all the time. It’s about making a difference to an individual’s life.
Nicholas Edwards, MSc Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation graduate
The course has a full-time and a part-time route:
If you take the course on a full-time basis, you will be required to complete two 30-credit modules per semester, across three semesters over a year.
As a part-time student, you'll take one 30-credit module per-semester, and two semesters each year over a three year period.
The course is delivered through:
You will explore the course material via lectures, engagement in tutor and peer-led group work, and study in our virtual classroom. You will also receive support in setting up and familiarising yourself with relevant IT and media resources.
You will also have the chance to participate in academic tutorials via email, telephone or Skype. And you will have full access to our online library resources and other student support services.
You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will act as a mentor and guide for the duration of your journey through the programme.
Modules run over a 14-week semester with three semesters per academic year:
Each module sits within one of these semesters and whether you choose to study part or full time determines whether you will do one or two modules per semester. The only module that runs across semester three is the Research Project (if you are taking the full-time route). There are no modules running over the summer for the part-time route.
For each module time on campus will be organised in blocks: one week (30-34 hours) at the start of the module (plus a campus assessment day at the end of some of the modules). However, there may also be some flexibility and potential for use of online assessment in some circumstances.
There is independent/directed study (some online) to further your learning and development when not in University.
Some course modules include room for negotiation with your tutors about how you will be assessed. This is to ensure that the methods of assessment meet your learning needs, your interests and the demands of your workplace.
Assessment methods can include:
This course will demonstrate how to solve complex problems and think critically and creatively to achieve goals in assisting people to stay in work or return to work.
These skills are highly sought after in occupational and vocational rehabilitation practice industries that are placing ever greater emphasis on evidence-based, cost-effective and efficient service provision.
These skills are also vital for those working in organisations managing staff health and wellbeing and sickness absence.
The course programme will also enhance your cognitive abilities and effectiveness in inter-professional collaboration – skills and attributes that will make you very attractive to a prospective employer.
You should consider taking this course to progress in an industry that you already have experience in, re-skill for a different career path or continue the studies you took as an undergraduate.
Guest speakers make a valuable contribution to the course, and bring a real-world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. These sessions allow you to mix with professionals from industry, make contacts, set up placements and conduct research.
Graduates from the MSc Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation may choose to consider ongoing research based study.
Continuing professional development is a key requirement of health and social care professionals. This flexible course allows you to tailor your studies according to your own development needs. We have a large number of modules that you can choose from that cover areas including clinical and professional, leadership and management, interprofessional learning and research.
Each module you study awards credit towards a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters in Advanced Professional Development.
To graduate with an MSc you need to gain 180 level 7 credits. Each module you study will have a credit value and once successfully completed this credit is added to your total. You carry on adding credit until you have achieved your award. Alternatively, you can leave with a postgraduate certificate after you have completed 60 credits or a postgraduate diploma after you have completed 120 credits.
If you study modules that reflect your professional identity and you go on to complete the full MSc, you can graduate with a specialist masters award. The specialist award titles currently available are
The skills, experience and knowledge you gain enables you to improve your career prospects. You can take on advanced practice roles, gain promotions or widen your career path and access new roles. It is also an opportunity to develop your professional practice, building on expertise you already possess.
The flexible design allows you to choose
If you would like advice on choosing the right modules for you, a course tutor can work with you to identify the modules and study path best suited to your needs. It is also worth enquiring about the possibility of gaining credit from any previous study, to help achieve your qualification more quickly.
Find out more about the advancing professional practice framework of modules by visiting our continuing professional development website.
How the framework operates
Once we receive your application, you can meet up with a course tutor. They work with you to find the best modules for your needs. This may be studying an individual module, choosing a selection of modules that enable you to transfer to a course to gain a professional qualification, or to help to identify a clear route through the framework to give you the skills and experience you need to progress your career.
You can decide your pace of study. You may take up to 60 level seven credits every year. We know how hard it can be to combine demanding work and personal commitments with academic study, so the APP framework allows you to step on and step off at each award level. If you have already carried out some postgraduate level study at another university or in the workplace, you may be able to gain accreditation for your previous experience and learning.
Attendance depends on the individual modules that you choose and includes distance learning, block and day study.
You can choose from over 150 modules covering
All health and social care professions are covered by this framework.
If you continue onto the full MSc award you need to complete a research methods module and a dissertation. If you choose a masters award with a specialist title, such as MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing), 60 credits from modules and your dissertation must be related to your specialist area.
You are able to tailor your learning towards your specific career development needs and aspirations. This is a good way to gain a promotion or alternatively change the course of your career into a different area.
The flexibility and module choice ensure you can develop the skills and knowledge you need to improve your professional practice and progress to advanced practice roles in your profession.