MSc Occupational Therapy

University of East Anglia Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Program Description

MSc Occupational Therapy

University of East Anglia Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Why choose to study for an MSc degree in Occupational Therapy?

When you study Occupational Therapy at UEA you are choosing an exciting and rewarding caring profession that focuses on developing extraordinary partnerships with people and helping to make lasting, positive changes in their lives.

Occupational therapists view people as occupational beings. People are intrinsically active and creative, needing to engage in a balanced range of activities in their daily lives in order to maintain health and wellbeing. People shape, and are shaped by, their experiences and interactions with their environments. They create identity and meaning through what they do and have the capacity to transform themselves through premeditated and autonomous action. The purpose of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to fulfil, or to work towards fulfilling, their potential as occupational beings. Occupational therapists promote function, quality of life and the realisation of potential in people who are experiencing occupational deprivation, imbalance or alienation. They believe that activity can be an effective medium for remediating dysfunction, facilitating adaptation and recreating identity.

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who are experiencing physical, mental and social difficulties and learning disabilities. Recently occupational therapists have begun to work in non-statutory settings, such as with homeless people and asylum seekers, seeking to enable individuals and communities to establish ways of living that are personally meaningful and sustainable.

Occupational therapists work as members of interdisciplinary and inter-agency teams in a range of different settings including hospitals, community health and social care services, industry, schools, prisons, individual homes, voluntary agencies and private practice. They work with others including carers and planners of social opportunity and change.

The strength of the programme is enhanced through a shared learning ethos between physiotherapy and occupational therapy students, which reflects the importance of interdisciplinary working. Students have the opportunity to work with a member of faculty on their area of specialist interest, either on a research project involving empirical data collection and analysis, secondary analysis or on a structured literature review.

Occupational Therapy training at the UEA – a life-changing career

The whole programme adopts an enquiry-based learning ethos focused on student-centred independent learning, problem solving and decision making, which will be facilitated over the two years of the programme. There will be an evolving level of complexity; from engaging with straightforward case scenarios that develop baseline theoretical and therapeutic understandings, through to complex scenarios addressing service development needs.

Integral to the programme are the Practice placements where students will undertake:

  • One Level 1 (7 week) block in year 1
  • One Level 2 (7 week) block in year 2
  • One Level 3 (7 week) block in year 2
  • One Level 3 (8 week) block in year 2.

Our MSc Occupational Therapy course is fully approved by and prepares you for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Classification: 2.1 or equivalent
  • Alternative Qualifications: The University will also consider applications from applicants with current registration as a health professional with an appropriate professional statutory regulatory body
  • Special Entry Requirements: You must have graduated within the last 10 years
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 1, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Norwich, England
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