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Course content


  • You will gain inter-agency and inter-professional perspectives that will enhance your future collaborative practice
  • Your learning experience will be designed to support your current practice and career aspirations
  • In addition to knowledge, skills and valuable new contacts, you'll receive a highly-regarded qualification that will enhance your employability
  • Part-time study option


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


  • Examine the social, organisational and political contexts of employment
  • Explore the relationships between health and work; building your skills for analysing and improving practice in relation to the individual needs of the client/patient
  • Learn preventative and rehabilitative strategies focused on the needs of individuals and organisations
  • Examine the current social, organisational and political context of employment, from different perspectives
  • Develop your knowledge and skills in relation to occupational and vocational assessment and rehabilitation
  • Acquire crucial skills in evaluating, challenging, developing and implementing evidence-based practice that has real-world application


The course has a full-time and a part-time route:

  • Full-time - three 14-week semesters over one year
  • Part-time - six 14-week semesters over three years


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:

  • Face-to-face taught sessions on-campus
  • Online learning through our virtual learning environment

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:

  • Semester one – September to January
  • Semester two – February to June
  • Semester three – July to September

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:

  • Written assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective assignment
  • Personal development plan
  • Empirical research/ evaluation project
  • Literature review
  • Paper for submission to a journal


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.

Visit the Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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