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Course content

This course is suitable for occupational therapists who wish to develop knowledge of the evidence-base in practice and to develop their critical thinking, clinical reasoning and understanding of research further. It is suitable for occupational therapists from a wide range of settings and will support students to change career direction to advanced practitioner, education, research or management.

The flexible nature of the course allows you to design a programme relevant to you and your career path. We offer an intellectually stimulating opportunity for you to develop your academic knowledge and research skills, which will enhance your practice. As well as core modules, you will select topics and themes which are of specific interest to you.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The learning experience promotes independent and student-led study. This encourages the student to use library, web and other resources to seek out information. Assessment on this course will be carried out through a variety of strategies such as drawing on the student’s own practice experiences. It also includes case based work, presentations, essays, systematic and literature reviews, a research proposal outline, and development of a learning contract.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time. Some modules are also available by distance learning.


To gain an MSc, you will need 180 credits. 30 credits: Research Methods 60 credits: Dissertation 90 credits (of which 60 must be core/ specialist occupational therapy modules from:

Developing Professional Practice Through Work-Based Learning (15/30/45 credits)/ / Specialist Practice Through Independent Study (15/30 credits)/ Critically Engaging with Occupation 1 (15 credits)/ Critically Engaging with Occupation 2 (15 credits)/ Working Together in the Management of Chronic Pain ( 30 credits)/ Rights-based Practice for AHPs Working with Dementia, their Families and Carers (15 credits)


This course will enable occupational therapists to change career direction to advanced practitioner, education, research or management.

Quick Facts

  • You choose your topic for most of the modules offered. 
  • This is a highly flexible course in terms of delivery and duration. 
  • Specific modules can be selected for your Continuing Professional Development studies.

Visit the PgDip/ MSc Occupational Therapy (Post-Registration) page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!




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