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.
• 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.
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 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.
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.
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