Occupational Therapy

About MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) Occupational Therapy students

MSc Occupational Therapy is a two-year programme. The course has a focus on developing the knowledge and skills to practice as an occupational therapist in a complex world, developing a strong sense of professional identity and developing the abilities to navigate the contemporary inter-professional landscape.

Students undertake four practice placements where the expert guidance of Practice Educators enables them to consolidate, apply and contextualise their learning. Each is eight weeks in duration. Our first and second year cohort are on placement at the same time as one another, and at the same time as students on the MSc Physiotherapy and MSW Social Work programmes. This allows for practitioners acting in supervisory role to adopt both traditional and more varied models, such as peer-assisted learning. 

Practice Educator / Supervisor opportunities 

Our educational opportunities for practice educators/supervisors are designed to enable practitioners to meet Health and Care Professions Council and Royal College of Occupational Therapists standards for contributing to student development. Like our MSc programmes, our courses are delivered in an integrated capacity with our colleagues from Physiotherapy and Social Work. 
Event Where When Contact
Introductory Day: Being a AHP Practice Educator (Register here)
Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus 17th September 2020, 10am - 4pm Dr Catriona Connell, c.connell@napier.ac.uk
Practice Educators CPD Event for AHP and Social Worker practitioner (Register here) Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus 29th October 2020, 1pm - 4pm Susanne Goetzold, s.goetzold@napier.ac.uk

Placement dates

If there are any public health emergency-related changes to these, the website will be updated and all our Practice Educators will be informed. Dates for 2020 are as follows:

Year of study Placement number Start date Finish
1st Year Occupational Therapy 1 23rd November 2020 18th December 2020
1st Year Occupational Therapy
2 11th January 2021 5th March 2021
2nd Year Occupational Therapy
3 17th August 2020 9th October 2020
2nd Year Occupational Therapy
4 19th October 2020 11th December 2020

Contact us

If you have any questions about Practice Based Learning, being a Practice Educator, our courses or anything else, please contact Catriona Connell, Practice Education Lead for Occupational Therapy.