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. 

Interested in being a practice educator?

Prior to becoming a practice educator, we recommend that you undertake a Practice Educator programme. You can do this as either through the self-directed online learning programme ‘Being and Becoming an AHP Practice Educator’ or through attending a face-to-face practice educator programme. 

The online learning is for people new to practice education or who are refreshing their knowledge. It is hosted on TURAS and is accessible to all - including NHS and Non-NHS educators (you can register by clicking here). 

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. 

Dates for upcoming CPD events will be posted here and all our practice educators and supervisor will receive a priority notification.  

Placement dates

The following dates are for 2021. We also have opportunities for flexible 4-8 week catch up blocks in the first 4 months of 2021.

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

Year of study Placement number Start date Finish
Flexible catch up 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 From 4th January 2021 30th April 2021
1st Year Occupational Therapy 1 16th August 2021 8th October 2021
1st Year Occupational Therapy
2 11th January 2021 5th March 2021
1st Year Occupational Therapy
2 18th October 2021 10th December 2021
2nd Year Occupational Therapy
3 16th August 2021 8th October 2021
2nd Year Occupational Therapy
4 18th October 2021 10th December 2021

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.