University of Essex

University of Essex

Occupational Therapy

Our course helps students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to enable them to work with clients of all ages who have physical or mental health problems or learning difficulties; we combine a number of learning styles, such as: lectures; seminars; problem-based learning; and workshops; teaching and learning is undertaken both in our university and at work placements; our course views the client as central to the therapeutic process, promoting health and well being through the use of occupation; the main teaching and learning method used is a hybrid, embedded problem-based learning approach (PBL) which is supported by key lectures and other group work; our programme aims: to develop our students to graduate level with competencies which meet occupational standards and codes of practice; to meet QAA academic and practitioner standards and benchmark statements for occupational therapy; to fulfil COT curriculum framework guidelines; to meet HPC standards of education and training; to fulfil university generic learning outcomes; to develop our students as reflective and independent practitioners capable of operating in a multidisciplinary health care context; to promote and develop evidence-based practice and research awareness; to cultivate in our students the capacity to integrate the theoretical principles and concepts of occupational therapy with practice in order to provide quality intervention for service users; and to assist the students in engaging the analysis of academic discourses in order to continually develop professional practice; we also educate pre-registration physiotherapists, nurses, speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists and oral hygienists as well as providing on-going professional education for qualified health and social care staff; this means that our students not only study alongside other health professionals learning with them, but also get the opportunity to learn expert knowledge from them!

Entry requirements

2.2 degree in relevant subject; satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau check; occupational health checks; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; IELTS 7.0.

Course modules

Stage 1: Foundations of occupational therapy practice; interprofessional working and practising; learning in practice 1; learning in practice 2; occupational activity and performance; occupational performance in practice; research in health care. Stage 2: Contexts of occupational therapy practice; learning in practice 3; learning in practice 4; research activity; the competent occupational therapist; transformation through occupation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a research project.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,950 per Whole course (International) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Graduate Administrator, School of Health and Human Sciences
Telephone number: 
01206 872719