Occupational Therapy (MSc)
- Duration: 18 months
- Mode: Full time
Why study this course
This course, for practicing occupational therapists, aims to develop your knowledge and essential skills to help you progress your career.
You will benefit from learning alongside a diverse group who are studying at various points in their career.
You will have academic support and be assigned a designated personal tutor throughout your studies with us.
You will be taught by experienced educational and clinical staff with considerable local, national and international reputations.
Join a School ranked 1st in the UK for Occupational Therapy (BSc) by the Complete University Guide 2021. Our programme has close links with the College of Occupational Therapists which means that your learning is both current and relevant. It provides a sound grounding in the theory and occupation-focused practice whilst also building on your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. You will develop the knowledge required to approach your practice innovatively, apply research and evidence to shape current and future practice in your home country and beyond.
This is a flexible course that allows you to tailor your own professional development to suit your needs, through a range of occupational therapy and interprofessional modules such as developing your skills in patient safety or transforming care systems and services through leadership. You will also cover core areas such as Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Theory and Application.
Your learning will be supported by experienced researchers and academics who are experts in their field. You will be designated a personal tutor who will support you throughout your studies.
In addition, you will be learning alongside a globally diverse group who are studying at various points in their career, sharing knowledge and gaining understanding of Occupational Therapy practice across the world.
Be part of something life-changing and take on a new challenge today.
Where you'll study
School of Healthcare Sciences
Our courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience you need to embark on a professional healthcare career.
The programme is for qualified occupational therapists.
To be admitted to the course, students must be in possession of either:
A BSc honours degree in Occupational Therapy (with or without post registration clinical experience) awarded a 2.2 or higher (or equivalent).
A Diploma in Occupational Therapy, plus two years' practice experience.
Applications are judged on a ‘personal statement’ where a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme.
You must address the following points in your personal statement, this list is not exhaustive:
- Why have you selected this programme?
- What interests you about this programme?
- Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
- How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
- How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
- Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.
Application deadline: End of July of each academic year. Your application may be considered after this date, but it may be for a later intake.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall and 5.5 in all subskills.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
The MSc Occupational Therapy programme is modular, and students must complete 120 credits in the taught component of the programme and a further 60 credits in the dissertation component. 90 credits are core modules and must be undertaken, and 30 credits are optional. Taught modules are arranged in block format and run throughout the semester.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2023/24 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.
In Year One you will complete three core modules (90 credits) and one optional module (30 credits) which equates to 120 credits of the taught component of the programme.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Theory and Application||HCT236||30 credits|
|The Art & Science of Occupational Therapy||HCT342||30 credits|
|Research methods and data analysis in healthcare||HCT343||30 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Empirical Dissertation||HCT117||60 credits|
|Dissertation M Level: Work-based Project||NRT079||60 credits|
|Dissertation M Level: Systematic Review of the Literature||NRT080||60 credits|
|Facilitating Learning and Teaching (non NMC Route)||HCT120||30 credits|
|Evidencing Learning in Specialist Professional Practice||HCT199||30 credits|
|Patient Safety and Clinical Risk||NRT073||30 credits|
|Transforming Care, Systems and Services through Leadership||NRT150||30 credits|
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
How will I be taught?
Teaching is mainly through discussions, lecturer-led sessions, student-led seminars, presentations and individual tutorials. There are also some lectures.
Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be guided in the areas for study.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through written assignments and oral presentations. This enables you to demonstrate your ability to analyse and evaluate situations and to use different ways to present your ideas and abilities. The research project is a culmination of the development of these skills.
How will I be supported?
The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support you. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.
This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.
You are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.
All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find programme materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.
We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark. You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.
The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support you. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, day care facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.
Our student app allows you to access Cardiff University services and personalised information in one place in a simple and convenient way from a smartphone via the app store.
- Campus maps
- Student library renewals, payments and available items
- Student timetable
- Find an available PC
- Access to help and student support
- Student news
- Receive important notifications
- Links to launch other University apps such as Outlook (for email) and Blackboard (for Learning Central).
- Links to recommended apps such as Nextbike to help make the most of their student experience.
What skills will I practise and develop?
The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:
Knowledge & Understanding:
- Develop an analytical and problem-solving approach and show advanced skills in implementing the occupational therapy process.
- Develop an in depth understanding of occupational therapy theory, the evidence behind it, and its application in practice.
- Confidence in initiating change and advancing the occupational therapy profession through scholarship and leadership.
- Evaluate practice and critically appraise advances or changes in professional practice.
- Ability to reflect on own practice and therapeutic use of self.
- Ability to engage in critical analysis, advanced scholarship, and research.
Professional Practical Skills:
- Develop standards of practice based on reflective thinking and problem-solving.
- Confidently link theory to practice.
- Critical appraisal skills and ability to manage a research-based project.
- Ability to initiate change and advance the profession through research and critical thinking.
- Ability to communicate clear and concisely in both speech and writing, presenting well-considered arguments.
- Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise workload.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Learn how we decide your fee status
Fees for home status
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2023/24 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the postgraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
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Careers and placements
The MSc Occupational Therapy offers an opportunity to develop your evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to increase your practical and theoretical knowledge of occupational therapy, so that you can apply these skills in the further advancement of your profession.
A professional postgraduate qualification can lead to opportunities to develop your career in a number of directions, from advanced practice in your clinical area, into management or leadership roles, or to positions in education. Postgraduate taught study is also an ideal stepping stone to undertaking further study or research.
Our graduates have gained roles including:
- Occupational therapy positions
- Occupational therapy management positions
- Educational positions such as lecturer
- Research Associate
- PhD studentship
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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.