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  • Study entirely online using our Virtual Learning Environment
  • Apply the skills and theory you learn to your own work place
  • Gain a global perspective in the field of occupational therapy
  • International students can apply


You can study this highly regarded qualification online from anywhere in the world, which is ideal if you have a busy work schedule and home life.

The course is a flexible route by which to achieve expert status within your profession. Upon graduation, you'll have gained a global perspective on the field of occupational therapy.


This course is delivered entirely online providing you with the opportunity to learn from, share and engage in critical debate with peers and colleagues all over the world.

We appreciate that undertaking a course entirely online may seem a daunting process and to help you meet this challenge we will provide you with tutorial and technical support. Our aim is to create an online community of like-minded individuals who support and encourage each other to make a difference in the world of occupational therapy.


The full course runs part-time over three years giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over one year
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years
  • Master's: four modules plus a dissertation over three years
  • Selected stand-alone module (30 master's level credits)


Each modules runs over a twelve week semester and there are two semesters per academic year.

Your study will take place online and you will not be required to attend the University at any point. However you will have full access to our online library resources and other student support service.

Your online learning will take place in our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. You'll attend online lectures in real-time and engage in tutor and peer-led work plus you'll have  access to wkis, blogs and discussion forums.

You'll also have the chance to take academic tutorials via email, telephone or skype and you will also be allocated a personal tutor for pastoral support.

The Occupational Therapy team at the University also work closely with the Institute for Dementia at their new Dementia Hub. The brand new Hub, opened in May 2017, features a dementia friendly garden, a visitors’ centre designed to look as much as possible like a home, and will be a base for the University’s dementia associates. The centre also contains a special kitchen built to demonstrate the latest dementia friendly designs, with a glass fronted fridge and cupboards as well as other design features such as colour cues to help people with dementia understand the environment.

People with dementia and their carers can visit the Hub to take part in activities such as gardening and dance and to get guidance from others who have experienced the condition, while researchers from across the University will also be able to work there. As a student you'll benefit from gaining insight into the research but also practically from the facilities and activities offered by the Hub.


This course offers a range of assessments with some flexibility of choice available as appropriate. Assessments will enable you to meet your learning needs, your current interests and the needs of your workplace as relevant.


This course will develop your professional skill set and boost your confidence. You'll graduate with the ability to effectively articulate your views and contribute to the global development of the profession.

There is a strong international flavour to the course. During your time with us you'll have the chance to learn from, share and engage in critical debate and discussion with peers and colleagues from all over the world.


As a qualified occupational therapist, the University is committed in supporting your continuing professional development and offers a range of short courses and study days throughout the year to keep you at the forefront of new developments within the profession.

You may also wish to pursue further academic study through a research degree on completion of this course.

Visit the Advanced Occupational Therapy - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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