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Course content

This is one of the few Master’s courses in Occupational Therapy in the UK, and provides a sound grounding in the theory and models of the profession and occupation-focused practice.

It offers an opportunity to develop your evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to increase your practical and theoretical knowledge of occupational therapy, so that you can apply these skills in the further advancement of your profession.

As a full-time student, you will undertake all four taught modules in one academic year to complete the Postgraduate Diploma, with a further six months to complete your dissertation to gain the MSc.

Part-time students undertake the taught modules over two years, with a further two years for the dissertation.

Distinctive features

• The opportunity to learn in a School that is well respected within the occupational therapy profession.
• The involvement of research-active and clinical staff in course design and delivery.
• The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
• The emphasis on acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas.
• Flexibility of delivery, permitting graduates to pursue professional careers whilst studying part time, or to take a career break and complete on a full time basis.
• The opportunity for students to work with allied health professionals across a variety of disciplines.
• The opportunity to observe and assist with assessment and treatment of clients with developmental disabilities within the occupational therapy clinic onsite.
• The opportunity to evidence learning in the four pillars of advanced practice: management and leadership, education, research and advanced clinical practice.

Structure

The course is modular, and you will undertake a selected number of modules per year, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). A dissertation module (60 credits) then leads to an MSc (180 credits total).

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/occupational-therapy-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/occupational-therapy-msc-part-time

Teaching

Teaching is mainly through discussions, practitioner-led sessions, student-led seminars, presentations and individual tutorials. There are also some lectures.

Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of assessment procedures, such as written assignments, oral presentations, poster presentations and small projects. This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities. The research project is a culmination of the development of all these skills.

Career prospects

The MSc offers an opportunity to develop your evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to increase your practical and theoretical knowledge of occupational therapy, so that you can apply these skills in the further advancement of your profession

Visit the Occupational Therapy MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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