Health Sciences

MSc OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (FEBRUARY START)

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MSC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (FEBRUARY START)

Start Year
2021
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Science
Duration (years)
2

Assessment for Year 1

Our assessments are designed to develop and test your communication skills, and your ability to synthesise and articulate knowledge at Master’s level.

Assessment methods will include practical skill oral examinations, written essays, reflective accounts, posters and case-management presentations. Your assignments will be marked against the Senate Scale for Master’s-level work, but your practice placements will be marked at undergraduate level as pass/fail, with feedback offered on performance.

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Assessment for Year 2

Our assessments are designed to develop and test your communication skills, and your ability to synthesise and articulate knowledge at Master’s level.

Assessment methods will include practical skill oral examinations, written essays, reflective accounts, posters and case-management presentations. Your assignments will be marked against the Senate Scale for Master’s-level work, but your practice placements will be marked at undergraduate level as pass/fail, with feedback offered on performance.

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Year 1

Compulsory Modules (100 Credits)

Code HSC-7000X - (0 Credits)

Mandatory training is a requirement for all Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy programmes, stipulated by the governing professional bodies and our clinical practice partners. As an Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy student, you will be required to complete clinical practice hours as part of your degree. In order to prepare you for this, you will complete a mandatory set of core training sessions to prepare you for safe working within a healthcare environment. You will explore areas such as: basic life support, moving and handling of people, methods to prevent and control the spread of infection, supporting vulnerable adults and children, protecting confidential information, managing challenging situations and fire safety. This core set of skills is required by all healthcare professionals and this module will help to ensure your own safety and that of service users, staff and anyone else you encounter.

Code HSC-7044X - (20 Credits)

This module introduces the concept of continuing professional development and explores the tools which can be employed in lifelong learning. It develops transferable skills, building on existing academic skills of critical enquiry and research practice.

Code HSC-7052X - (20 Credits)

Human Sciences (HS) is a year-long module that is taken by occupational therapy and physiotherapy students together. The aim is to develop your knowledge and understanding of a theoretical model of healthcare- the biopsychosocial model. This model identifies how the biological, psychological and sociological aspects of human sciences interact to affect us as humans, particularly in relation to human movement and occupation. Teaching and learning is focussed on developing your understanding of human function, including exploration of dysfunction and recovery processes through the biopsychosocial model. Teaching is predominantly built around facilitated self-directed study using a range of relevant resources, followed by workshop activities to encourage application of core knowledge. This is facilitated through engagement with the four key strands of anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology.  

Anatomy and Physiology: The entry requirements for physiotherapy students dictate that they will already have sound anatomy and physiology knowledge from previous studies, therefore the emphasis for learning will be on applying this to physiotherapy theory and practice via case studies encountered during Enquiry Based Learning fortnights. As entrance requirements for occupational therapists do not expect this level of prior knowledge there will be timetabled uni-professional taught sessions with additional supportive resources available to help with this learning. For both professional groups there will be compulsory human dissection sessions to explore and apply anatomical knowledge using pre-dissected specimens.  

Health Psychology: A selection of core psychological areas will be explored over your first year, with different topics woven into each Enquiry Based Learning trigger. These will take the form of self-directed preparation followed by workshops to explore the relevance of the topic and thus apply the principles to practice.

Health Sociology: A selection of core sociological areas will be explored over your first year, with topics woven into the Enquiry Based Learning triggers in the same way as described above. 

Code HSC-7059X - (40 Credits)

This module will support you in learning the core principles, knowledge and skills of occupational therapy for practising in contemporary health and social care contexts and emerging areas of practice. This module will ensure that you are able to engage in professional practice as students. The module is structured around the human experience of occupation, deepening understanding of this concept through the module, beginning with the relationship between occupation and wellbeing and moving through to facilitating occupation.

Code HSC-7056X - (20 Credits)

We will introduce you to various health databases and you will be able to engage with the evidence base relevant to your own professional practice. In class, you will learn methods to appraise research quality and relate it back to your clinical practice. You will learn how to scrutinise research evidence. You will have the opportunity to choose a topic of interest for your final dissertation from a wide variety available. You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor and have meetings one-to-one periodically throughout the course duration. You will also participate in journal clubs and have many opportunities to read and share research evidence with your peers.

 

Year 2

Compulsory Modules (80 Credits)

Code HSC-7001X - (0 Credits)

As an occupational therapy or physiotherapy student, you are required to complete clinical practice hours as part of your degree. Mandatory training is a requirement of these programmes, stipulated by the governing professional bodies and our clinical practice partners. It is important that you undertake a number of training sessions to ensure your own safety and that of service users, staff and anyone else you encounter.

Code HSC-7049X - (30 Credits)

This module will build on the understanding of occupation gained from Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice 1. It draws upon your use of CPD tools, quality measures and service development tools, critical enquiry, research methodology and evidence based practice to promote advanced professional reasoning and creative management strategies for clients in a variety of clinical settings. It will encourage you to develop avenues of emerging scope of practice. The practice placement settings will provide, through negotiation with local Trusts, opportunities to experience a wide range of settings developing transferable professional, reflective and managerial skills to prepare you for the current health and social care settings.

Code HSC-7050X - (20 Credits)

This module further develops the concept and ownership of your personal continuing professional development. You’ll be expected to continue to examine your own experiences and learning needs to facilitate your transition from student to autonomous practitioner. You’ll be encouraged to progressively refine your skills of reflective practice and to continue to collect portfolio based evidence to support your continuing professional development through engagement in real life service improvement tasks. Professionalism and employability will be further developed and facilitated by your personal advisors to monitor development in these areas. This will be done by using MyEvolution and related portfolio resources.

Code HSC-7053X - (30 Credits)

You will undertake a research dissertation on a topic of your choosing. We will support you throughout the duration of the module and help you submit your final dissertation. Through the experience of working alongside a key member of the academic team, you will develop significant expertise in your chosen research area. When you complete the module, you will be able to interpret and evaluate research in your area of professional practice. You will experience how to design and deliver research, and learn about essential components of good clinical practice and research ethics. This module will follow on from the research module in the first year.

 

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Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent. Applicants with a 2.2 or equivalent may be considered if they have strong relevant work experience.

Additional entry requirements

You must have graduated within 10 years of the start date of the course which is in February each year.

In order to study on the MSc Occupational Therapy course, applicants should have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution. If you already are a qualified Occupational Therapist this course is not suitable and you may wish to consider our other professional health courses delivered at Degree and Master’s level.


You must also have a strong profile of secondary qualifications in arts and sciences (A-level or equivalent). You need to have minimum grade C in GCSE Biology or CC in GCSE Double Science. Our admissions criteria also include requirements such as: a clear understanding of the chosen profession; a broad range of relevant work shadowing; an interest in people and a strong academic attainment.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

International students

We have a number of places available to applications from students outside the UK/EU for Occupational Therapy. The School of Health Sciences offers a high quality educational experience for international postgraduates. Potential international candidates need to be able to demonstrate the high academic credentials required for the course, as well as good English Language qualifications.

The pre-registration courses offered in the School of Health Sciences are approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and after successfully completing an accredited pre-registration programme such as ours you must apply to register with the HCPC in order to work as a registered healthcare professional in the UK. This course equips you with the skills necessary to practise as an occupational therapist both internationally and in the UK. International students who complete the course will be eligible to apply to the HCPC.

Places on this course are subject to police (DBS) and occupational health checks.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. 

To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. 

Our minimum entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components

  • Pearson (PTE): 76 overall with a minimum of 67 in all components.

All test scores must be less than two years old.

Interviews

The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

All interviews for entry in February 2022 will take place online. We do not disclose interview questions, but in general terms the interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution). We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care), and an interest in people.

Interviews for candidates shortlisted for our February 2022 intake will take place in June/July 2021. 

Intakes

This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in February each year. 

 

Course Reference Number: 1543869

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

  • UK Students: £9,250 (full time) per academic year.

  • International Students: £35,200 (full time) -  Course fee charged as £35,200 over two academic years, £17,600 per academic year. 

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.

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Scholarships and bursaries

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

Course related costs

Due to the diversity of occupational therapy practice and the broad geographic area, practice placements will be located in a variety of locations around East Anglia. You will be responsible for covering additional costs of transport and accommodation. You will also need to pay for a DBS check and health screening, plus any necessary vaccinations.  

Please see course related costs here.

 

Course Reference Number: 1543869

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

The closing date for receipt of complete applications is 1 June 2021, including the relevant supporting documents and references. 

To apply please use our online application form.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

Course Reference Number: 1543869
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Science
Duration (years)
2
The central theory of occupational therapy is that all humans are occupational beings. By which we mean that we all engage in meaningful activities to live a fulfilling life. As such, activity itself can be used to aid rehabilitation and independent living. Occupational Therapists work closely with people who have an illness, injury or disability to help them live their lives to their full potential. You could be helping a child with a learning disability, a young person with anorexia, or an elderly person to recover from a stroke. The profession is extremely varied and requires ‘out of the box’ thinking alongside professional reasoning. Our course prepares you for an exciting and rewarding career. You’ll join a community of enthusiastic lecturers and educators and a very active OT Society. You will be taught within a multi-professional health school, so you will be well-equipped for working in contemporary healthcare settings once you graduate.
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