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Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy - MSc


Course Description

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.

Visit the Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy - MSc page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You’ll normally have a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2:1 or above or European first cycle equivalent) in Occupational Therapy. If you are a non UK-based candidate you must be recognised as a Occupational Therapist within your own country. You may be a health or social care professional with a first degree or have related academic degrees. If you do not have a degree but have appropriate experience related to the programme or to any of the chosen pathways you may be eligible to apply.

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