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  MSc/PgDip Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Online Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh    School of Health Sciences

Full time September PGDip, MSc 2 years full time 31 January 2024
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About the course

This course will give you the knowledge and practical skills that you need to develop a new career as an occupational therapist in two years. It is an intensive professional programme of study; developing theoretical, analytical, practical, evaluative and reasoning skills as well as professional values.

It is delivered full-time and you will complete a number of placements that enrich the learning experience and prepare you for a diverse practice context. On completion, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as an occupational therapist.

Why QMU?

  • Excellent support from staff: Smaller than average class sizes mean you will get close support and guidance from staff who get to know you.
  • Staff expertise: You will be taught by a staff group with diverse experience and expertise both in practice areas and research. We work closely with practice partners, third sector organisations and individuals with lived experience, all of this enhances your learning on the course.  
  • Variety of teaching and learning methods: The course is well grounded in practice by integrating and applying practical examples throughout the course, for example, case scenarios linked to assignments, vivas and problem-based learning tasks, and visiting lecturers. This integrates placement and coursework and therefore makes learning relevant to practice.
  • Encouraging you to think: Critical thinking is encouraged throughout the course, helping learners to develop professional reasoning skills. Learners are facilitated to explore and justify their thinking and decision-making, as well as considering the bigger picture.
  • Our graduates get jobs! We have very high employability rates in the UK, in Ireland and further afield, in the USA and Canada.
  • Links with industry/professional bodies: Upon successful completion of the course, you can apply for membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as an occupational therapist.

Who is this course for?

This course attracts people holding a relevant undergraduate honours degree who wish to change career and become an occupational therapist. The course is unsuitable for applicants already holding a qualification in occupational therapy.

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Entry Requirements

Evidence of a first degree at honours level 2:2 or above in an appropriate area including: health, biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, education or humanities.
Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.
Evidence of knowledge and commitment to occupational therapy as a positive career choice.
Evidence of a written research project, a research module or research experience.

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Where will I study?

Where is Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh


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