MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Postgraduate, Full-time

Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc



Gain professional knowledge and skills required for registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council

Overview

This innovative course is designed for graduates who wish to qualify as an Occupational Therapist, with eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  It offers an accelerated two-year route of study.

The programme is exceptional in that it has been developed alongside the MSc Physiotherapy and Master of Social Work programmes to prepare you to work effectively within the complex and rapidly evolving environment of health and social care. The outstanding Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre provides the facilities to develop your skills in realistic settings including the home environment. Being both intellectually challenging and practical, this programme will prepare you for the real world of Occupational Therapy. You will enter the workplace as a confident, competent and autonomous Occupational Therapist equipped to lead the delivery of personalised and responsive services, which place individuals and families at the centre of their care and support.

Edinburgh Napier University is a unique place to study Occupational Therapy 

Edinburgh and its surrounding areas have been a significant location for Occupational Therapy professional development over the past century. During the First World War, our Craiglockhart campus was a military psychiatric hospital for officers suffering from ‘shell shock’. The internationally renowned War Poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen were patients there. The hospital was known for its ‘work cure’, elements of which can be traced to the development of Occupational Therapy as we know it today. The embryonic profession of Occupational Therapy was later established at the Astley Ainslie Hospital and the Council Meeting of the first ‘World Federation of Occupational Therapists’ was held in Edinburgh in 1954 and again in 1992. 

At Edinburgh Napier University we aim to continue this tradition of Occupational Therapy professional development. Edinburgh Napier University is recognised as a University that is professional, ambitious, innovative and inclusive.

Please note: This programme has been validated by the HCPC and accredited by RCOT.

The interview dates for the January 2021 intake will be in May and June.

  • May: (afternoon sessions) Thursday 14th; Thursday 21st; Thursday 28th;
  • June: (morning and afternoon sessions) Thursday 4th; Thursday 18th;
Applications submitted after the 31st of May 2020 are not guaranteed to be considered.


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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

2 years

Start date:

Jan

Placement:

Yes


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Course details

The MSc in Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) Degree programme is offered in full-time study mode over a period of two calendar years. The first year of the programme will start in January 2019.

A standard module is equivalent to 200 hours of learning and on successful completion of each module you will achieve 20 credits towards your chosen award. As a full-time student on the programme you will study 9 Theoretical Modules at SCQF Level 11 (180 credits)  and 4 practice learning modules at SCQF Level 10 (80 credits), You will also undertake personal research and complete a dissertation or final project to gain 40 Credits towards your Master’s degree totalling 220 (Level 11 ) credits 80 (Level 10).

Year 1: The Developing Practitioner – The Doing and Being of Occupational Therapy

Year 1 of programme introduces you to foundations of Occupational Therapy and provides an opportunity to develop, explore and critique the core occupational concepts, contexts and skills of the profession.  Furthermore it introduces you to Social Workers (SW) and Physiotherapists (PT) in addition to SW and PT students as key partners in delivering health and social care. The multi-professional student groups will learn and work together across the two years. 

Applying and evaluating policy and research in practice is essential for Occupational Therapists, who are required to adopt evidence-informed practice. How policy and research impacts on practice and service provision is explored through core interprofessional modules from the outset.

There are two practice education placements in Year 1, which introduce and begin to consolidate practitioner skills.

The arrangement of core and discipline specific modules with the two practice modules prior to the commencement of academic study in Year 2, facilitates the development of practice experience, evidence-informed decision making and professional skills.

Year 2: The Capable Practitioner -Becoming and Belonging as an Occupational Therapist

Year 2 of the programme provides you with an advanced examination of the practice, philosophical underpinnings, theories and profession of Occupational Therapy. You’ will acquire mastery in critical knowledge and evaluation of key issues on professional practice as well as critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of theoretical concepts central to Occupational Therapy, from national and global perspectives. In addition, shared modules that enable an in-depth consideration of a community in the context of developing team working, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Your research experience is enhanced in Year 2 and culminates in a dissertation. There are two final practice education placements in Year 2, which enable transition into the workplace as a competent, autonomous practitioner.

General enquires regarding the MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) programme can be made to:

occupationaltherapy@napier.ac.uk 

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    This is a full-time course, split into three trimesters.

    The programme starts in January. A student-centred, active learning approach will be used throughout the programme making use of a range of teaching and learning methods. Examples of these include online and classroom lectures, tutorials, practical classes, group work, use of practical simulation, and guided and independent study activities. 


  • note and pen Assessments

    A range of formative and summative assessment approaches are adopted throughout the course. These will include practical examinations, written essays, reflective activities and presentations.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Each year you will undertake two full-time, 8-week placements which are situated after the first two trimesters. 

    On completion of the programme you’ll have undertaken more than 1,000 hours of clinical practice in a range of health and social care settings. 


  • library Facilities The facilities provided by the Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre offer highly realistic environments within which to develop your communication and engagement skills and to integrate theory with practice in a range of situations including visiting people in their own homes.

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

AHP Preparation for Professional Practice ( HSC09103 )

In this module you will develop your basic core competencies as well as the background knowledge and understanding required before undertaking your first clinical placement. This knowledge and skills are essential when in practice and you will be expected to continually develop your skills and knowledge throughout the programme.
The content of the module may include the following topics:
• Professionalism and ethical behaviour
• Public protection awareness (adult and child)
• Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (de-escalation of violence and aggression)
• Moving and Handling
• Health Acquired Infection Control
• Hand Hygiene
• Information Governance
• Data Protection
• IT Security
• Fire Safety
• Basic Life Support

Further information

Dissertation ( HSC11100 )

This module offers the student an opportunity to lead and conduct a detailed research study in a profession-specific area relevant to health and social care practice. It involves critical evaluation of primary or secondary data, discussion and conclusion of the findings/results, including research limitations, presentation and synthesise evidence-based arguments to inform professional practice; education or policy. Examination of the ethical implications and reflect on the limitations of the completed research study. The skill required to synthesise the work for a potential publication facilitates the student to meet all the learning outcomes.

Where primary data collection is to be undertaken as part of a existing research project, the supervising lecturer will normally be responsible for gaining ethical approval before the module begins to ensure this process does not cause delays in your study. However, you will be expected to critically discuss the ethical implications of your research.

Topics will include:
Roles and responsibilities of students and their supervisor: the Dissertation Module Handbook contains information on getting started; literature searching and critique; managing references,
how to present and construct an article for a professional journal; identifying the gaps in the literature, time-management and reflection on process and progress; Dissemination of study findings and limitations in a format appropriate for the professional discipline.

Further information

Humans as Occupational Beings ( HSC11106 )

This module allows you to examine and critique the central values and philosophy of Occupational Therapy: occupation. The module will develop your critical understanding of, and your ability to evaluate, the importance of ‘occupation’ to humans across the lifespan. It will also develop your knowledge of the importance of occupation to health, well-being and occupational justice. As part of the module you will critically analyse your own occupational ‘repertoire’ by participating in, and analysing, occupations as experiences/activities. This will allow you to justify occupation as an intervention.
Your learning will be facilitated by studying the following components of occupation as a construct:
Occupation and its relationship to health and well-being.
Defining occupation and related constructs.
The dynamics of occupation.
Occupation as a means to health over time.
Humans as occupational beings across the lifespan emphasising life transitions, social and cultural diversity, and identity
Human movement and function in everyday life.
Occupational justice: a history of occupation in societies.
Development and analysis of a personal occupational repertoire.
Flow theory and exploration of optimal experience in relation to human occupation.
The institutional, socio-political and cultural influences on occupation

Further information

Leading Innovation in Health and Social care ( HSC11101 )

This module aims to introduce you to key concepts relating to the management and delivery of services as well as allowing you to develop a personal development plan for your transition into professional life. The module addresses the core themes of leadership and entrepreneurship, looking for you to consider innovative solutions to challenges faced within services and consider how these might be implemented. In doing this, the module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to lead change in the future.

Topics will include:
Leadership and management – theory and practice; Collaborative leadership; Organisational aims, strategy and values; Policy, standard and strategy implementation; Private, public and voluntary sector organisational objectives; Transforming roles; Entrepreneurship; Social enterprise; Reflexivity and flexibility in services; Implementing and managing change within services and organisations; Service-user and stakeholder involvement in service design and implementation; Creating a business plan; Project management and resource management; Workforce development; Conflict management and resolution; Challenging others to produce positive outcomes; Anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice; Whistleblowing; Transitioning service-users and staff between different of changing services; Reflective practice; Personal, professional and academic development planning; Global/international perspectives.

This module is designed to address three main SiSWE learning foci: Units 4, 5, 6

Further information

Occupational Therapy Approaches to Assessing Human Performance ( HSC11105 )

This module facilitates a critical understanding of the theory and practice of the assessment of human performance in Occupational Therapy. During the module, you will develop your learning, critical thinking, and critical analysis skills in relation to methods of undertaking and evaluating assessment in its broadest terms in relation to Occupational Therapy. You will also develop your critical understanding of how assessment relates to theoretical models of Occupational Therapy
Your learning will be facilitated by studying the following components:
Occupational therapy specific models, related outcomes measures/methods, and the principles of assessment.
The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Occupational therapy clinical reasoning and decision-making processes as applied to assessment and its related constructs
The issues of validity and reliability of assessment tools.
Systematic assessment using standardised and non-standardised tests and assessments.
Models and Outcome measures and their application in occupational therapy in relation to two major common conditions, specifically, cardio-vascular accident (‘stroke’) and dementia.
Evaluation of environmental resources to facilitate inclusion
Implementation of environmental change to facilitate participation and inclusion
The Human Rights Act in relation to inclusion and participation.
Introduction to assistive devices, equipment and technology.
Introduction to moving and handling methods

Further information

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 1 ( HSC10101 )

Practice Education facilitates the application of your core theoretical knowledge from University into the practice setting, in a safe and competent manner. Your Practice Education placement is an Occupational Therapist supervised, full-time practice education opportunity which takes place over a minimum of 8 weeks in a setting that meets the needs of service users with physical, psychosocial or other, often complex, needs. You may also be on placement in an area that provides specialist services for example children’s services, hospice care, housing services, residential settings, Care Homes, care providers, Third Sector or Community Services and novel, emerging areas of practice. As appropriate, you will work within a model of care and should take every opportunity to learn about and work with other professionals within the setting to increase your knowledge of integrated health and social care. You may receive additional supervision from other appropriately qualified professionals to enhance your experience of Practice Education.

Practice Education develops the application of your core knowledge and understanding of Occupational Therapy theory, constructs and contexts as you experience them being applied to real life situations. You will develop your practice skills by applying them to a range of Occupational Therapy processes including receiving and making referrals, understanding and gaining consent, information gathering, assessment, planning, applying and adapting interventions, analysing outcomes and communicating written and oral information.

Alongside this, you will continue to develop your communication, inter-personal, critical thinking and decision-making abilities as you work with service users and their carers, and will develop your ability to work as part of a team with service providers. You will also develop core knowledge and practice skills by seeking evidence and policy to inform your understanding of the application of Occupational Therapy to your practice context. You should take opportunities to develop your understanding of the importance of audit, quality assurance and review to practice. You will be expected to demonstrate autonomy and initiative in the practice based setting. You will receive both Summative and Formative feedback on your core knowledge and practice skills during Practice Education.

You will be expected to adhere to Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and
Professional Conduct. You will also be expected to follow the policy of your practice setting in relation to, for example use of social media and data protection.

For Practice Placement 1 you will have undertaken-‘Professional Preparation’-during your first and second terms of study. As well as preparing you for the placement environment you will have undertaken mandatory training which must be completed prior to going on placement. This includes training in: Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs), Manual Handling, Basic Life Support Training, Managing Aggression and Control.

Further information

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 2 ( HSC10102 )

Practice Education facilitates the application of your core theoretical knowledge from University into the practice setting, in a safe and competent manner. Your Practice Education placement is an Occupational Therapist supervised, full-time practice education opportunity which takes place over a minimum of 8 weeks in a setting that meets the needs of service users with physical, psychosocial or other, often complex, needs. You may also be on placement in an area that provides specialist services for example children’s services, hospice care, housing services, residential settings, Care Homes, care providers, Third Sector or Community Services and novel, emerging areas of practice. As appropriate, you will work within a model of care and should take every opportunity to learn about and work with other professionals within the setting to increase your knowledge of integrated health and social care. You may receive additional supervision from other appropriately qualified professionals to enhance your experience of Practice Education.

Practice Education develops the application of your core knowledge and understanding of Occupational Therapy theory, constructs and contexts as you experience them being applied to real life situations. You will develop your practice skills, and build on your previous Practice Education experience, by applying them to a range of Occupational Therapy processes including receiving and making referrals, understanding and gaining consent, information gathering, assessment, planning, applying and adapting interventions, analysing outcomes and communicating written and oral information.

Alongside this, you will continue to develop your communication, inter-personal, critical thinking and decision-making abilities as you work with service users and their carers, and will develop your ability to work as part of a team with service providers. You will also develop core knowledge and practice skills by seeking evidence and policy to inform your understanding of the application of Occupational Therapy to your practice context. You should take opportunities to develop your understanding of the importance of audit, quality assurance and review to practice. You will be expected to demonstrate autonomy and initiative in the practice based setting. You will receive both Summative and Formative feedback on your core knowledge and practice skills during Practice Education.

You will be expected to adhere to Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and
Professional Conduct. You will also be expected to follow the policy of your practice setting in relation to, for example use of social media and data protection.

Important: Please see your practice education handbook for details of attendance and hours of practice education required.

Further information

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 3 ( HSC10103 )

Practice Education facilitates the application of your core theoretical knowledge from University into the practice setting, in a safe and competent manner. Your Practice Education placement is an Occupational Therapist supervised, full-time practice education opportunity which takes place over a minimum of 8 weeks in a setting that meets the needs of service users with physical, psychosocial or other, often complex, needs. You may also be on placement in an area that provides specialist services for example children’s services, hospice care, housing services, residential settings, Care Homes, care providers, Third Sector or Community Services and novel, emerging areas of practice. As appropriate, you will work within a model of care and should take every opportunity to learn about and work with other professionals within the setting to increase your knowledge of integrated health and social care. You may receive additional supervision from other appropriately qualified professionals to enhance your experience of Practice Education.

Practice Education develops the application of your core knowledge and understanding of Occupational Therapy theory, constructs and contexts as you experience them being applied to real life situations. You will develop your practice skills, and build on your previous Practice Education experiences, by applying them to a range of Occupational Therapy processes including receiving and making referrals, understanding and gaining consent, information gathering, assessment, planning, applying and adapting interventions, analysing outcomes and communicating written and oral information.

Alongside this, you will continue to develop your communication, inter-personal, critical thinking and decision-making abilities as you work with service users and their carers, and will develop your ability to work as part of a team with service providers. You will also develop core knowledge and practice skills by seeking evidence and policy to inform your understanding of the application of Occupational Therapy to your practice context. You should take opportunities to develop your understanding of the importance of audit, quality assurance and review to practice. You will be expected to demonstrate autonomy and initiative in the practice based setting. You will receive both Summative and Formative feedback on your core knowledge and practice skills during Practice Education.

You will be expected to adhere to Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and
Professional Conduct. You will also be expected to follow the policy of your practice setting in relation to, for example use of social media and data protection.

There is an expectation that you attend 100% of the time allocated. However, students will normally be permitted a maximum of six days of approved absence to allow for unavoidable absences, such as ill health, which equates to a minimum attendance of 85%. This is to ensure that you are able to meet the learning outcomes of the module and that you have sufficient practice placement hours on graduation in order to register with your professional body. Please refer to the Practice Education Handbook for further details.

Further information

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 4 ( HSC10104 )

This Practice Education placement (Placement 4) should be in a different clinical speciality or service area than previous placements.

Practice Education facilitates the application of your core theoretical knowledge from University into the practice setting, in a safe and competent manner. Your Practice Education placement is an Occupational Therapist supervised, full-time practice education opportunity which takes place over a minimum of 8 weeks in a setting that meets the needs of service users with physical, psychosocial or other, often complex, needs. You may also be on placement in an area that provides specialist services for example children’s services, hospice care, housing services, residential settings, Care Homes, care providers, Third Sector or Community Services and novel, emerging areas of practice. As appropriate, you will work within a model of care and should take every opportunity to learn about and work with other professionals within the setting to increase your knowledge of integrated health and social care. You may receive additional supervision from other appropriately qualified professionals to enhance your experience of Practice Education.

Practice Education develops the application of your core knowledge and understanding of Occupational Therapy theory, constructs and contexts as you experience them being applied to real life situations. You will develop your practice skills, and build on your previous Practice Education experiences, by applying them to a range of Occupational Therapy processes including receiving and making referrals, understanding and gaining consent, information gathering, assessment, planning, applying and adapting interventions, analysing outcomes and communicating written and oral information.

Alongside this, you will continue to develop your communication, inter-personal, critical thinking and decision-making abilities as you work with service users and their carers, and will develop your ability to work as part of a team with service providers. You will also develop core knowledge and practice skills by seeking evidence and policy to inform your understanding of the application of Occupational Therapy to your practice context. You should take opportunities to develop your understanding of the importance of audit, quality assurance and review to practice. You will be expected to demonstrate autonomy and initiative in the practice based setting. You will receive both Summative and Formative feedback on your core knowledge and practice skills during Practice Education. As this is your final practice education experience it will be expected that you will be working towards demonstrating the core knowledge and practice skills of a new practitioner

You will be expected to adhere to Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and
Professional Conduct. You will also be expected to follow the policy of your practice setting in relation to, for example use of social media and data protection.

There is an expectation that you attend 100% of the time allocated. However, students will normally be permitted a maximum of six days of approved absence to allow for unavoidable absences, such as ill health, which equates to a minimum attendance of 85%. This is to ensure that you are able to meet the learning outcomes of the module and that you have sufficient practice placement hours on graduation in order to register with your professional body. Please refer to the Practice Education Handbook for further details.

Further information

Person Occupation Environment 1 ( HSC11111 )

This module facilitates a critical, and evidence-informed examination of the theory and practice of human performance from a psycho-social perspective in relation to Occupational Therapy. During the module you will critically apply and develop core knowledge of the person in relation to their occupations and environment (or ‘PEO’). This mean you will develop your critical thinking skills with regards to how disruption to everyday occupations, especially by challenges in relation to psycho-social health, can affect a person’s overall well-being and how Occupational Therapy can be applied to address this.
The following components are indicative of the content of this module:
Application of theories of stress, coping, transition, adjustment and loss in relation to occupational performance and the practice of occupational therapy across the lifespan.
Human occupation in relation to individual’s with anxiety, depression and substance misuse and occupational marginalisation.
Occupational Therapy treatment planning, implementation and evaluation in relation to psycho-social perspectives and occupational therapy
National and global policy in relation to delivery of mental well-being service including that of a critical understanding of capacity and gaining informed consent
Theories of consent and capacity
Technology and environmental resources/adaptations in relation to mental well-being
Approaches to written, verbal and non-verbal communication

Further information

Person Occupation Environment 2 ( HSC11112 )

This module facilitates a critical, and evidence-informed understanding of the theory and practice of human performance from an embodied perspective in relation to Occupational Therapy. The module builds and develops on your existing knowledge of the person in relation to their occupations and environment (or ‘PEO’). During the module you will develop your critical knowledge with regards to models of Occupational Therapy intervention, including rehabilitative, compensatory, recovery and neuro-rehabilitative approaches. You will also develop your critical understanding of the complexity of service-users contexts, strengths, assets and needs. A key feature of this module will be the development your skills in presenting information, to contribute to the health and well-being of populations.
Your learning will be facilitated by studying the following components:
Examination of health and social care services and community service delivery.
Appraisal of therapeutic activities and resources.
Examination of methods and models of occupation focussed approaches to health and well being
Examination of methods and models of occupation focussed approaches to treatment including neuro-developmental, recovery, rehabilitative and/or compensatory methods
Examination of physical mental health conditions and learning disabilities, and their impact on occupational performance.
Assessment of environmental resources that enable or prevent inclusion including poverty, identity, social difference, diversity, housing and community facilities.
Evaluation of integration of theoretical perspectives and evidence into clinical application including the transfer of knowledge from area to another.
Critical appraisal of clinical reasoning in complex cases across the life span.
Appraisal of evidence based clinical decision making in Occupational Therapy

Further information

Research Methods in Health and Social Care ( HSC11127 )

On this module you will learn to critically explore research evidence and be able to synthesise, integrate and apply knowledge relating to the research process. It will be important to evaluate research methods that are relevant to health and social care practitioners and service users through the use of real-life examples from local, national and international researchers. This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills to communicate research with colleagues, service users and families. By promoting evidence-based research this module will encourage working to high professional standard, providing shared governance and accountability of health and social care practice.
The module will include the following content:
1. An overview of the research process.
2. Critical appraisal of the research evidence to assist in the development of research ideas relevant to practice.
3. Evaluation of research designs including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.
4. Exploration in the importance of research governance and ethics.
5. Examination of dissemination strategies and the long-term impact of research findings.

Further information

Risk Uncertainty and Complex Decision Making ( HSC11102 )

This module will offer students a comprehensive theoretical and practical insight into working with people who are at risk, learning the best practice guidelines for assessing and managing risk, and how to do this through inter-agency working.

Students will develop skills in risk formulation and intervention/care/management planning through using a real case file to explore the risk and protective factors that are present, and through working within their field-specific ‘best-practice’ guidelines and then across the disciplines held within their class group.

Topics delivered within the module will include:
Theoretical and practice of risk assessment; Key risk assessment measures; Case files; Risk management; Practical skills in risk management; Risk management planning; Strategic interventions, treatment and rehabilitation; Validity of outcome measures and formal evaluation; Risk communication; Psychology of risk communication; Communication of risk assessment to different stakeholders; Intra-professional and Inter-agency working; Psychological aspects of human decision making; Biases and common errors in decision-making in judgement; Judgements and decisions made during risk assessments; strategies to reduce risk of biases; Thresholds for intervention.

Further information

Working together in Health and Social Care Contexts ( HSC11103 )

Through a blended learning approach you will explore, examine and identify topics which may include:
Personal identity, empathy and sense of self Reflection on own life experiences
Unconscious bias
Health and well-being monitoring
Resilience building
Human development across the lifespan
Ecological frameworks and social processes for individuals and communities (for example, housing, racism, poverty, education and employment opportunities, mental or physical ill health) and other sources of disadvantage that impact upon development and are associated with the risks of crime, marginalisation, isolation and exclusion, and inequalities in health and wellbeing
Relationships between social processes, disadvantage and social divisions.
Different communities and their respective strengths and limitations
Developing community profiles
Understanding of who service-users might be
Voluntary, private and statutory organisations working with service-users and communities
Local, national and global contexts of health and social care – policy drivers, standards and practices Professionals’ roles in supporting individuals and families in different community setting to overcome inequalities in health and social care through universal services, community resources and resilience

This module is designed to address two main SiSWE learning requirements: Units 1, 2.

Further information

Working with Individuals Families and Groups ( HSC11104 )

This module will give you the opportunity to develop and practise communication skills (verbal, non-verbal and symbolic) and to develop skills in self-awareness, self-reflection, and personal resilience. Recognising that you are continuing to develop your professional identity and an understanding of your own and others’ roles, this will include reflecting on your personal values and motivation for your chosen profession as well as your use of self and issues of power and difference in communication with service users and between practitioners within multi-disciplinary teams. You will explore a number of different theories and methods of communication, such as motivational interviewing, solution-focused approaches, systems approaches and crisis intervention, and you will learn how to judge the appropriateness of different approaches in different situations. You will consider working with service users in groups as well as individually, and you will also explore the nature, purpose and dilemmas involved in the recording and sharing of information generated by inter-personal interactions.

This module is designed to address three main SiSWE learning foci: Units 1, 2, 5.

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Dr Kirstin James

Dr Kirstin James registered in 1992 as a postgraduate and has worked over 30 years across the spectrum of Health and Social Care, education and research with a particular interest in urgent & emergency care.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with honours at a minimum of 2.2 or above in a relevant subject area e.g. Health, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Education or Humanities. Evidenced study in the area of human anatomy and physiology is desirable. 

Applicants with a distinction award in a Bachelor’s degree where honours study was not an option in a relevant health and social care professional will be considered for selection where they can evidence experience of engagement with research evidence. Applicants will be directed to undertake study at SCQF Level 10 as a condition for entry in the form of a bridging module identified by the programme team.

Candidates must also have demonstrated commitment to, and knowledge of, Occupational Therapy as a career. Candidates will be able to evidence to Admissions through their application form and personal statement they have met with/shadowed a range of Occupational Therapists in diverse settings while being able to compare and contrast/discuss these different ways of working. 

Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.

Interview Requirements

There will be a selection interview and applicants to the programme should meet the HCPC requirement to be  ‘fit to practice’ through having  good health and good character. 

Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) Check. This will be sent to you prior to interview and will be conducted on the interview day. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.

Additional Information

Successful applicants will be required to undergo an Occupational Health check and be immunised for a variety of conditions. Documented evidence of previous immunisations will be required, and students will be guided through this process by Edinburgh Napier University when entering the programme. 

Successful applicants who cannot evidence Anatomy and Physiology study as part of their degree will be asked to undertake 'The Advanced Anatomy & Physiology - Level 3' module as part of their condition(s) of entry. This course is offered by The Distance Learning Centre and comprises of 100 hours of self-study and costs approximately £312. We recommend that applicants who cannot evidence Anatomy and Physiology study and who are interested in studying the Occupational Therapy course undertake this module in advance, however, completion of the module does NOT a guarantee an interview or a place on the course. 

Successful applicants will required to become student members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists on joining the programme.





If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test.  The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 with no individual component score of less than 6.5.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2020/21 2021/22
Home/EU £7,572 tba
Overseas £14,062 tba
Please note, UK and EU offer holders will be asked to pay a non-refundable £200 deposit which is deducted from the fees owed to secure their place on the programme.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

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You study this course over two academic years, fees listed are per annum.


Careers

Allied Health scenarios in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite.

The course aims to enable students to be innovative, provide leadership and prepare them to register as an Occupational Therapist, ready to work in the NHS, private, local authority and third sector organisations.