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MSc Advanced Occupational Terapy Who is it for?


You are a qualified occupational therapist who wishes to take your professional knowledge and skills to an advanced level of practice in order to enhance career prospects and extend your perspective on professional practice.


About the Course


The University of Northampton boasts one of the longest established Occupational Therapy Schools in the UK and has a very high professional reputation. The course will be delivered by University staff and a range of highly regarded external speakers, bringing their own experience and research to your learning. The course will encourage you to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present-day professional practice and evidence-based decisions. Current issues within occupational therapy practice will be considered critically and explored in relation to occupational science theory.


Course Content


You will study five compulsory modules plus two designated modules and a dissertation. Modules


Occupation for Occupational Therapists


In this module you will explore, debate, evaluate your understanding and application of the concepts of occupation within professional and practice contexts.


Implementing Innovative Change in Practice


You will analyse your work environments and use problem solving and strategic planning to meet and manage change.


Advanced Skills


A skills-based module equipping occupational therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry practitioners with professional reasoning, critical reflection and a selection of current and new professional skills.


Research Methods: Philosophy and Study Design


You will refresh existing skills and develop further skills in the execution and interpretation of research. This module will prepare you for your dissertation.


Dissertation


You will undertake an in-depth and focused study on a subject or problem of your choice using primary or secondary research methods.


You will need to select two designated modules from a wide choice relevant to your practice or special interest, for example:


• Neurology Rehabilitation


• Occupational Therapists Enabling Work • Rehabilitation and Recovery • The Stroke Journey


• Forensic Mental Health • Pain


• Managing Advanced Professional Practice • Political Agenda, Effect on Service Delivery • Medical Law


Assessment


A range of assessment strategies are used across modules to develop critical thinking and applying it to your practice setting. Typical assessments include essays, case studies, critical reflections, presentations and wikis.


Career Opportunities


This award can be configured through module choices and personal tutor guidance to focus your career development, occupational therapy practice, management, research and education.


Duration of Course


The course begins in September each year and takes 12 months to complete. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout three taught trimesters with a period of supported independent study in trimester three whilst you complete your dissertation with the support of a dissertation supervisor.


Entry Requirements


You will normally hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Relevant professional and educational experience is also taken into consideration. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).


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