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Please note: Applications for January 2019 entry are now closed.

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 four 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.

This course adheres to the professional standards of practice, values and behaviours set out by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Occupational Therapists - RCOT, which will allow you to be eligible for professional registration on successful completion of your degree.

Our pre-registration occupational therapy provision has been accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Please note: Applications for January 2019 entry are now closed.

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 four 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.

This course adheres to the professional standards of practice, values and behaviours set out by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Occupational Therapists - RCOT, which will allow you to be eligible for professional registration on successful completion of your degree.

Our pre-registration occupational therapy provision has been accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years full-time

Department
Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location
Coach Lane Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2019 or January 2020

Book an Open Day / Experience Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Occupational Therapy at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

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 two 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.

Book an Open Day / Experience Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

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This course is delivered by a team of enthusiastic, research-active lecturers and contemporary clinicians with extensive knowledge and expertise relevant to the practice of occupational therapy.

Dedicated clinicians will support your learning during each of your four placements. While on campus, you’ll also learn from visiting occupational therapists and service users who will share their experiences and insights into developing better services.

To fully support your learning journey you will have a dedicated personal tutor who will be on-hand to offer help or assistance throughout the duration of your studies.

Tutor Profiles / Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

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This course is based at our Coach Lane campus which houses our purpose-built Clinical Skills Centre. It will allow you to develop skills within simulated scenarios and extend your practical experience.

Our facilities are some of the most advanced in the country. They help ensure our healthcare courses keep evolving in accordance with the latest developments in the profession.

You will have access to our University library which was ranked joint first in the UK for student experience (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015/16).

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of the course. For example you’ll receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access a wide range of academic resources.

Facilities

Book an Open Day / Experience Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Occupational Therapy at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

As a Masters student you’ll develop your research and enquiry skills to a new level. The Research Project module will enable you to plan, develop, manage and appraise an original piece of research.

Throughout the course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Northumbria University. Our academic events include research conferences that explore healthcare topics from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Book an Open Day / Experience Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Occupational Therapy at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Based on your particular interests, you can choose one of your placements in a clinical area and 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.

Book an Open Day / Experience Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Occupational Therapy at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

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.

If you choose to continue your studies to a higher level, your experience of postgraduate research will provide an excellent foundation.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

Book an Open Day / Experience Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Occupational Therapy at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Have you already studied for an undergraduate degree and are now looking for a career where you can empower people to live life to their full potential? This course could be for you. 

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

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.
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.

All offers of places on this course are subject to a satisfactory DBS Disclosure. You must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications.



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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

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.
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.

All offers of places on this course are subject to a satisfactory DBS Disclosure. You must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications.

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £18,500

Full EU Fee: £18,500

Full International Fee: £30,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Throughout your studies you will be required to undertake a placement, depending on the location and duration of your placement you may incur additional costs for travel and accommodation of approximately £800.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £18,500

Full EU Fee: £18,500

Full International Fee: £30,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

Click here for UK and EU Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for UK/EU Masters tuition fee information.

Click here for International Masters tuition fee information.

Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

Click here for information on fee liability.

 

 

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

OT0606 -

Human Occupation with Placement A (NC, 20 Credits)

In this module you will develop in-depth critical knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of Occupational Therapy alongside an appreciation of how Occupational Therapists apply their core knowledge to practice. You will explore the emerging academic discipline of Occupational Science which studies the links between meaningful activities, health and wellbeing. Topics in this module will include:
- How occupation is performed across the lifespan
- Using theoretical models to analyse human occupation and the application of contemporary theoretical frameworks to occupational science
- The impact of environments on occupation

Your university learning will be consolidated and developed by a period of practice placement during this module where you will be supported to apply theory to practice and develop your OT knowledge and skills with support and supervision of a Qualified Occupational Therapist. You will engage with service users and carers to gain insight and appreciation of the impact of a range of health, social and/or environmental factors on occupational participation.

The preparatory period in university prior to placement will help you to understand the professional conduct required in practice as set out by the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (2015) and HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2016). Hours completed on this module contribute to the 1000 hours of supervised practice required to be eligible to register to practice on completion of the programme

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OT0705 -

Enabling Participation Through Occupation (with Placement B) (NC, 20 Credits)

You will use your developing understanding of human occupation to further understand how Occupational Therapists enable the occupational performance and participation of others. Occupational Therapists use a wide range of knowledge and practice skills to identify and assess occupational needs and to enable people to participate and engage in everyday occupations. By the end of this module, you will further develop your understanding of why people experience difficulty engaging in everyday occupations and develop practice skills which enable Occupational Therapists to positively influence participation in occupation.

The core skills of an Occupational Therapist link to how they select, analyse, adapt and utilise occupations to promote occupational engagement, health and wellbeing. Throughout this module you will be provided with opportunities to learn and practice these skills and apply them to a range of authentic case studies and practice contexts. Examples include skills and techniques to assess individuals, occupations and environments, and using a range of activities and occupations within therapeutic contexts. You will also develop and critically reflect upon skills used within therapeutic interactions such as motivating others, collaborative goal-setting and working towards behaviour change. Alongside this, and integrated with opportunities to learn profession-specific Occupational Therapy skills, you will also develop wider professional skills including skills in risk assessment, record keeping and collaborative working.

Your university learning will be consolidated and developed by a period of practice placement during this module. Module sessions will help you to understand the professional conduct required in practice as set out by the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (2015) and HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2016).

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OT0708 -

Research in Health and Social Care (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the opportunity to engage with academic writing, a range of research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative and consider these in the context of Occupational Therapy practice and wider health and social care to contribute to your development as an evidence based healthcare practitioner. Systematic review methodology will be introduced and considered in the context of an MSc project option. In this module you will have the opportunity to engage with research ethics and research methodology theory and to also participate in data collection and analysis, including the integration and development of some skills and concepts considered in your profession specific modules in the context of research. Public health related to activity will be reflected within this module; both from an individual, personal perspective and development of this to relate to the wider population. This will support development of critical discussion and as a vehicle for data collection and analysis. The end product of this module will be a project proposal. This module is linked with your MSc project; with the aim prepare you for involvement in data collection and analysis or systematic appraisal to provide you with a firm foundation for undertaking research as part of your MSc.

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RW7000 -

Academic Language Skills PG (Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing) (Optional, 0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

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OT0706 -

Mastery of Occupation-Centred Practice (with Placement C) (NC, 30 Credits)

You will develop skills which will continue to place your understanding of occupation at the centre of your practice – including skills in assessing occupational performance and formulating occupational needs; skills in grading and adapting occupations and environments; and skills in evaluating occupational outcomes. You will consider how your skills can be applied to meet the needs of a range of individuals, groups and communities, and consider the Occupational Therapy role in public health and health promotion.

As occupational therapists work with individuals and groups to promote engagement, you will critically consider your professional role in risk assessment and opportunities for positive risk taking, whilst maintaining safe and effective practice. You will also consider the role of the environment in promoting participation and engagement in occupation.

You will draw on previous learning, practice and experiences of service users/carers, to critically analyse challenges and barriers to maintaining occupation as the central focus of Occupational Therapy and reflect on ways of embedding these core values in practice.
All of the above learning will be developed and consolidated by undertaking a period of practice placement; a fundamental part of preparing you for your own future professional employment.
For this placement you are encouraged to identify an area of practice/service that is of particular interest to you and there is also an option of organising your own placement with advice and support of the programme and placement teams. Placement hours completed on this module contribute to the 1000 hours of supervised practice required to be eligible to register to practice on completion of the programme.

The preparatory period in university prior to placement will revisit the professional conduct required in practice as set out by the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (2015) and HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2016).

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OT0707 -

Transition to Occupational Therapist (with Placement D) (NC, 30 Credits)

You will draw on your learning from previous modules and placements to consolidate your knowledge and skills in preparation for practice and meeting the requirements for registration with HCPC. You will continue to develop your reflective skills and identify your own areas for development to focus your learning and support your transition to Professional Occupational Therapist; learning to assess and evaluate your own skills.

All of the above learning will be consolidated during a period of practice placement; where you will be demonstrating the practical and professional skills required of a student making the transition to entry-level practitioner. Placement hours completed on this module contribute to the 1000 hours of supervised practice required to be eligible to register to practice on completion of the programme.

For this placement you may have the opportunity to work in a non-traditional or “role-emerging” area, where there is currently no direct OT service. For example, previous placements have been within mainstream schools, charities and new NHS services.
You will learn to apply your key skills of activity analysis and assessment to identify occupational need/opportunities and design, develop and implement occupation-based interventions/projects. Placements at this level will require you to think creatively and autonomously, and apply entrepreneurship and leadership skills to promote the occupational therapy role.

The preparatory period in university prior to placement will revisit the professional conduct required as set out by the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (2015) and HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2016).

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OT0709 -

Pre-registration MSc Occupational Therapy Project (NC, 60 Credits)

In this module you will develop the necessary skills to plan, develop, implement, and critique a research project relevant and with the ability to contribute to, the profession’s knowledge and evidence base. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to plan for dissemination of your research to a wider audience via conference presentation or publication.
With support from your academic supervisor you will undertake your own research project; this may involve primary data collection, analysis of existing data, or a synthesis of the literature on a specific topic.
More specifically, depending on your choice of methodology you will develop
• Project management skills including time management skills
• Knowledge and skills required for quantitative or qualitative data collection and/or systematic literature searching
• Knowledge and skills required for qualitative or quantitative data analysis, and/or data synthesis
This is a valuable and exciting learning and development opportunity that will enhance your employability and future career opportunities as a contemporary autonomous professional.

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