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Advanced Occupational Therapy or MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy (Community) (MSc)

Course content

  • This is a flexible course that allows you to tailor your own continued professional development to your personal, professional and service needs, through a range of occupational therapy and interprofessional modules. Modules can be studied as one off CPD opportunities or you can work towards a PG Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy
  • The programme is appropriate to a range of practice areas and career routes however if you work in a community setting you may wish to work towards our MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy (Community) by incorporating our two specialist community modules into your studies
  • You will study through distance learning on a part time basis meaning you can study from your home at a time and pace to suit you, allowing you to shape your own learning
  • You will develop the skills and knowledge required in contemporary settings to apply evidence to your practice and to think critically and innovatively around current and future roles
  • After completing the PG Dip or MSc stage you can apply for a place on the Doctor of Health and Social Care Practice which will enable you to further develop as a clinical and professional leader

Designed for qualified occupational therapists to support continuous professional development and to facilitate advancing practice, this programme offers a choice of occupational therapy and interprofessional modules to enable your post registration learning and development needs to be met. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to approach your practice innovatively, become a critical thinker, and apply research and evidence and to shape current and future practice. 

Modules can be studied as one off CPD opportunities or you can work towards a PG Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy. The programme is appropriate to a range of practice areas and career routes however, if you work in a community setting you may wish to work towards our MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy (Community) by incorporating our two specialist community modules into your studies.

Part time study and the distance learning nature of most modules offer the flexibility needed for busy professionals. Opportunities are also available to select campus based modules and to come into the university for optional study days to share ideas with fellow post registration students from across a number of health and social care professions and to develop essential study skills to support your learning further.

Module learning and the assessment strategies used will enable you to apply your knowledge in your workplace to develop personally and professionally whilst contributing to the service in which you work. You will receive support from our experienced occupational therapy tutors to facilitate your learning during each module and to guide your development and learning choices as you work through your programme of study.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.

What you will study

This course is made up of three stages; Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc. Individual modules can also be studied to support your CPD.

How you will learn

For each 20 credit module you study you will be assessed by a piece of work equivalent to a 4,000 word assignment. The style of assessment will differ for each module and will enable you to develop a range of skills in communicating your knowledge, learning and development. The 40 credit modules are assessed via the equivalent to an 8,000 word assignment.

At Masters stage you will submit a 15,000 - 20,000 word dissertation based on a topic of your choice which is studied through a systematic review of the literature or piece of research.


Visit the Advanced Occupational Therapy or MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy (Community) (MSc) page on the University of Derby website for more details!

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