Professional Development in Occupational Therapy PgCert / PgDip / MSc
Please note that this course is only open to applications for September 2018 entry.
The MSc in Professional Development in Occupational Therapy offers occupational therapists the opportunity to build a masters level qualification around their own area of practice and personal development plan. The flexible programme focuses upon core skills of leadership, research application, and critical thinking applied to the practice of occupational therapy in the context of multi-disciplinary working in health and social care services. The programme consists of six taught modules and a dissertation which can be completed between two years full-time and up to six years part-time.
You can choose from a range of Masters (Level 7) taught modules available within the School. You must complete six modules comprising:
- Two compulsory core
- One (from four) additional core
- Two Occupational Therapy modules
- One optional module for the PgDip and a further 60 credit dissertation related to Occupational Therapy for the MSc
Dissertation options include: research project, work based project or a systematic review.
Students who complete one core module and two Occupational Therapy modules will be eligible for a PgCert award.
Employment prospects: No.1 in London for graduate prospects in Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).
2 - 6 years
- Research in health and social care
- Innovation for excellence
- Professional development through contract learning
- Developing skills and competence in professional practice
- Delivering an evidence-based service
- Ethics consultation and best interests decision making
Occupational Therapy Modules
- Advanced group skills for occupational therapists;
- Outcome measures in occupational therapy
- Theoretical perspectives in context: advancing occupational therapy practice
- Occupational therapy for the older person
- Applied leadership and service innovation in occupational therapy
Examples of Optional Modules
- An introduction to counselling skills for health care professionals
- Introduction to economic evaluation for AHPs
- Leadership skills for allied health professionals
- Teaching and learning in practice settings (AHPs)
Modules in this programme will contribute to the continuous development of your occupational therapy practice through the acquisition of advanced skills and higher levels of knowledge which are required for the effective performance of a complex role.
Musharrat is an HCPC registered occupational therapist and has contributed to the academic community through published academic articles which are narrative reviews on neurophysiology.
Cheryl has worked in a variety of clinical settings and has been in health profession education for many years. Her key interests are mental health and health professional education. Cheryl is the lead admissions tutor for BSc Occupational Therapy and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education.
Judith's interests are in leadership and change management, service improvement, coaching and mentorship for leadership, supporting and facilitating learning concerning clinical leadership.
Sarah Maris-Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in occupational therapy with interests in perinatal mental health. She has worked in education since 2000 joining London South Bank University in 2003. She became Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.
Dr Lynn Summerfield-Mann is a Principal Lecturer and Pre-Registration Lead in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, with particular interest in the use of models of practice and Problem-based Learning in the education, practice and research of occupational therapy.
Teaching and learning
- Hold a professional qualification in occupational therapy which is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
- Be eligible for registration with the HCPC in the UK
- Normally have an Honours degree at classification 2:1 or 1st in a relevant subject area or evidence of the ability to study at Masters level. Students who obtained their degree outside the UK should produce evidence via UK NARIC that their qualification is equivalent to a bachelors degree with Honours
- Be able to access a health or social care environment where the learning outcomes can be applied
How to apply
Fees and funding
Normally it is possible to be funded for this course as continuous professional development by your employer or Trust. Please speak with your manager regarding professional development opportunities to fund this course.
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