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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation

Course Description

The course examines health, wellbeing and work (or other meaningful occupation), bringing together the disciplines of occupational and vocational rehabilitation. A bio-psychosocial model will be explored, with a work focused approach, as opposed to a condition-focused one, in order to facilitate and support work participation.

Key benefits:

• You’ll gain inter-agency and inter-professional perspectives that will enhance your future collaborative practice
• Your learning experience will be designed to support your current practice and career aspirations
• In addition to knowledge, skills and valuable new contacts, you’ll receive a highly-regarded qualification that will boost your employability

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/occupational-and-vocational-rehabilitation

Suitable for

Roles for which this qualification is of particular relevance include, but are not limited to, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, sports rehabilitators, exercise professionals, psychologists, counsellors, social workers, case managers, employment advisors and human resource professionals.

Programme details

During your time with us, you'll consider the health and wellbeing of employed and unemployed individuals as well as the perspectives of a range of key players such as the employer, health and social care professionals, employment advisers, the voluntary sector etc.

The aim is to develop your critical awareness of the issues that play a part in the areas of occupational and vocational rehabilitation and strategies to improve practice and collaboration. The course takes a systematic, multi-disciplinary approach - one grounded in research and ethical principles.


If you take the course on a full-time basis, you will be required to complete two 30-credit modules per semester, across three semesters over a year.

As a part-time student, you'll take one 30-credit module per-semester, and two semesters each year over a three year period.

The course is delivered through:

• A mixture of face-to-face taught sessions on-campus
• Independent learning using online teaching resources
• Online learning through our virtual learning environment

You will explore the course material via real-time lectures, engagement in tutor and peer-led group work, and study in our virtual classroom. You will also receive support in setting up and familiarising yourself with relevant IT and media resources, including wikis, blogs and discussion forums for asynchronous learning.

You will also have the chance to participate in academic tutorials via email, telephone or Skype. And you will have full access to our online library resources and other student support services.

You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will act as a mentor and guide for the duration of your journey through the programme.

Module titles

• Professional and Ethical Practice in Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation
• Designing and Evaluating Workplace Strategies for Health and Wellbeing
• Assessments and Interventions for Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation
• Long-Term Conditions and Vocational Case Management
• Research Project


Some course modules include room for negotiation with your tutors about how you will be assessed. This is to ensure that the methods of assessment meet your learning needs, your interests and the demands of your workplace.

Assessment methods can include:

• Written assignments
• Oral presentations
• Poster presentations
• Portfolio
• Reflective assignment
• Personal development plan
• Empirical research/ evaluation project
• Literature review
• Paper for submission to a journal

Career potential

If you are a practitioner in the fields of occupational and vocational rehabilitation, this qualification could lead to career advancement with your current employer.

Alternatively, the qualification will be of considerable value if you are looking to move into the field of occupational and vocational rehabilitation.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have either:Honours degree – normally a 2.2 or above - in a relevant subjectEquivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhereIf you do not meet our academic entry requirements, but have alternative qualifications and/or significant relevant experience in a related field /subject , you may still be successful in your application if you meet criteria laid down in the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) route. If your first language is not English, we require an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in any component.

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