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Advanced Professional Practice (Occupational Therapy) MSc

Course Description

This Occupational Therapy pathway is part of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme, which enable students to develop and enhance their professional practice.

Who is it for?
You are a qualified occupational therapist who wishes to take your professional knowledge and skills to an advanced level of practice in order to enhance your career prospects and extend your perspective on professional practice.

About the Course
The University of Northampton boasts one of the longest established Occupational Therapy Schools in the UK and has a very highly regarded professional reputation. The course will be delivered by University staff and a range of external speakers, bringing their own experience and current research to your learning. University staff have extensive experience of international teaching and learning and offer a structured international induction including diagnostic assessment, online and face to face support. The course will encourage you to develop a critical, research and evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present-day professional practice and evidence-based decisions. Current issues within occupational therapy practice will be considered critically and explored in relation to occupational science.

Course content

You will study six compulsory modules, one of which is a Professional research project, plus one designated module that you will choose from a selection.

Full time delivery of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Occupational Therapy) is over one calendar year.

Course modules (16/17)

-Advanced Skills
-Research Methods: Philosophy and Study Design
-Rehab and Recovery
-Implementing Innovative Change in Practice
-Professional Project
-Valuing Professional Experience
-The Stroke Journey
-Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations
-Medical Law
-Living with Cancer and Beyond Cancer
-Physical Healthcare of Older Adults
-Working with Older Adults: Mental Wellbeing
-Advanced Dementia Care
-Enabling Others in Mentoring, Practice Teaching and Assessment
-Assessing and Managing Risk in Child Protection
-Working with Complex Parenting Behaviour
-Planning and Supporting Permanence

Methods of Learning

The course begins in September each year and takes 12 months to complete. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout three taught trimesters with a period of supported independent study in trimester three whilst you complete your Professional Project with the support of an allocated supervisor.


A range of assessment strategies are used across modules to develop critical thinking and applying it to your practice setting. Typical assessments include essays, case studies, critical reflections and presentations.

Facilities and Special Features

This masters programme is part of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice:
-A unique masters degree to enhance improve your professional skills which will benefit you and your employer.
-The Valuing Professional Experience module, allowing you to demonstrate the value of your professional experience which can provide up to 60 points toward your overall masters.


This award can be configured through module choices and personal tutor guidance to focus your career development, occupational therapy practice, management, research and education.

Visit the Advanced Professional Practice (Occupational Therapy) MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Relevant professional and educational experience is also taken into consideration. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

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