Northumbria University Newcastle

Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

This course is for people who want to help others to carry out everyday occupations with greater ease and independence – despite their disabilities, injuries or impediments.

The two year course is specifically designed for people who have already completed previous degree level study, and who can apply their critical thinking skills to the theory and practice of occupational therapy. The course includes three placements to develop skills and confidence in providing occupational therapy in a range of settings and contexts.

The advantages of this course include the breadth of our healthcare expertise and the variety of our placement opportunities.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in a subject relevant to Occupational Therapy, and completed within the last five years. Applicants with experience in the field who hold a 2:2 honours degree will be assessed on an individual basis.

GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English Language, Maths and Science.

Accredited Prior Learning (APL), Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) and Accredited Work Based Learning (AWBL) may also be considered against University Criteria.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

Based on your particular interests, you can let us know your preferences regarding the type of placements you are interested in, whether this be a particular clinical area or location that reflects your career aspirations. For example you could undertake a placement in another country in order to gain experience within a fresh culture and healthcare system.

The course curriculum is designed not just to meet academic requirements but also HCPC Standards of Proficiency for occupational therapists. HCPC registration will be essential for you to practise as an occupational therapist in the UK

The importance of people being actively engaged in occupations throughout life and periods of ill-health, transition and change is becoming increasingly recognised on a local, national and international level meaning now is a great time to enter this exciting profession.

On completion of this course you’ll be ready to seek professional registration with HCPC so that you can work as an occupational therapist with the NHS, social services, charities or private sector employers.

Course Details

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including enquiry-based approaches in which you will be an active participant in your learning. As with other Masters degrees there will be a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Learning in practice is an integral part of the course. There are two practice placements in the first year and a further one in the second year. You will also undertake practical learning in our on-campus Clinical Skills Centre. Our assessments are designed to promote academic development and professional practice. Methods include written assignments, presentations and assessments of practice during placements.

Year One

Introduction to occupation (with Practice Placement A) (20 Credits)
Research Informed Occupational Therapy (20 Credits)
Developing Occupational Therapy Reasoning and Skills with Practice Placement B (30 Credits)
Academic Language Skills (ALS) for PG Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing Students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Two

Occupation-Centred Practice (20 Credits)
Professional Development and Lifelong Learning (with Practice Placement C) (30 Credits)
Occupational Therapy Research Project (60 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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