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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2 years full-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    19 October 2018

Course content

This course builds on your academic skills whilst helping you to develop the clinical competence to practice as a newly graduated occupational therapist. You explore the profession across the breadth of occupational therapy practice, experiencing a number of clinical and practice settings including a non-traditional context. In addition to intervention strategies you gain experience in applying sound clinical reasoning and learn something of the professional role within multidisciplinary and multiagency practice.

Course details

We include a problem-based approach within our learning and teaching, and learning opportunities with students from other professions. On successful completion you are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

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What you study

Year 1 outlines what an occupational therapist is. We consider the world as a place of occupational opportunity and people as occupational beings. Through a series of modules you consider the philosophy of the profession, practice skills and beliefs, and the professional knowledge base required to develop strategies for intervention.

Following two placement experiences you learn to apply the occupational therapy process using evidence from a range of sources. This is supported by input from practice colleagues and service users. You also develop the practical skills needed to demonstrate fitness to purpose. You are encouraged to draw on your placement experience and apply it in your learning. You build on your undergraduate research experience and further explore the research process and its relevance to your interests.

Year 2 helps you understand the professional constructs which determine the scope and viability of occupational therapy. You develop your entrepreneurial and professional skills, and learn about non-traditional or role-emerging practice areas to equip you for an ever-changing workplace. You also start your major project in Year 2, developing academic expertise in your area of research. Your project continues throughout the second year and is submitted in December. You have two more practice placement experiences over the summer. 

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Doing, Being and Becoming

  • Enabling Performance Through Occupation
  • Occupation and Performance
  • Practical Research Methods for Occupational Therapy
  • Practice Placement 1 (6 weeks)
  • Practice Placement 2 (8 weeks)
  • Transformation through Occupation 

Year 2 core modules

  • Major Project
  • Practice Placement 3 (Role Emerging) (4 weeks)
  • Practice Placement 4 (9 weeks)
  • Professional Development in Occupational Therapy Practice

 Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

This well-established, progressive course incorporates biological, social and clinical sciences with health policy and research methods. You take a problem-based approach to learning and share learning with students from other disciplines across the University. 

The course consists of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. We promote teamwork and encourage you to appreciate the many disciplines contributing to healthcare. You are supported through a personal tutor and a range of School and University strategies.

How you are assessed

The course includes oral and written assessments, with the opportunity to create scientific posters and demonstrate practical, professional techniques.


Career opportunities

Many employment opportunities exist for graduate occupational therapists in health and social care, schools and voluntary agencies. Occupational therapists also work closely with other professionals such as doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, psychologists and social workers.

Visit the Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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