MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) is a science-based programme designed to prepare graduates for work in a variety of settings, including health organisations, social care services, housing, education, voluntary organisations, or as independent practitioners.
This programme is suited to those who want to fulfil, or work towards fulfilling their potential as an occupational therapist, to promote function, quality of life, and the realisation of potential in people who are experiencing occupational deprivation, imbalance, or alienation. They believe that activity can be an effective medium for remediating dysfunction, facilitating adaptation, and recreating identity.
Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions; most commonly those who have difficulties due to a mental health illness, or physical or learning disabilities. The course seeks to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to work in a range of complex and dynamic health and social care environments.
Students on this course are encouraged to appreciate and understand current occupational therapy practice, while being critical in their approach to developing new, innovative, and evidence-based interventions. There are interprofessional components of the course which are designed to develop practitioners who are professional, compassionate, safe, reflective, and autonomous. Working with peers from other professions including physiotherapy, nursing, midwifery, and social work helps promote team work, collaboration, and an application of research skills in the transformation of health and social care services.
The foundation of this course is the inter-professional learning approach to develop and promote a culture of wellness in health and social care. Students on this pre-registration MSc Occupational Therapy course can experience collaborative approaches to learning and teaching that will challenge traditional perceptions of healthcare provision.
A variety of learning and teaching strategies will be used to cater for the individual needs of students on the programme. These strategies may include lectures, seminars, workshops, small group activity, self-assessment, case studies, library based resources, clinical skills sessions, virtual learning, simulation, and practice-based learning.
In addition to academic-based learning in a modern university setting students will have the opportunity to experience over 1,000 hours of practice-based learning in a variety of clinical settings.
In the second year, students have the opportunity to develop a ‘role emerging placement’ to explore an area where occupational therapists haven’t traditionally worked before, subject to achieving the minimum requirements for supported practice learning.
Contact Hours and Independent Study
Contact hours may vary for each year of your course. Students will be engaged in a two-year full-time course and so, at the very least, should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term-time. There may also be assignments set outside of term time. The composition and delivery of the course varies for each module. Each year of the course runs from January to December.
Master's level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures, seminars and practice-based learning. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend two to three hours in independent study.
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This module aims to build on the learners’ core knowledge and skills in occupational therapy and prepare the learner for the daily challenges encountered by a qualified occupational therapist. Learners will be applying previous knowledge and skills to the assessment and interventions with service users who have more complex needs and multi morbidities, within increasingly complex and dynamic health and social care environments. The teaching for this module will include practical workshops where learners will work on simulated and real life case scenarios to consolidate the philosophical and theoretical concepts that underpin occupational therapy in order to develop their professional identity, promote occupational engagement and be able to justify their practice. This will include consideration of the individual’s s’ unique personal circumstances and the needs of care givers and others in the context of their social situation. Learners will be applying previous knowledge and skills in evidence based practice, assessment and clinical reasoning to demonstrate the links between the theory of occupational therapy and real life practice including exploration of complex legal and ethical considerations in the practice of occupational therapy. Critical reflection and evaluation of the outcomes of interventions will be emphasised and form the basis of ongoing decision making. At the end of this module, learners should be prepared with the knowledge and skills to be an autonomous practitioner and practice within their professional code of conduct. This module must be commenced prior to undertaking Practice Placement 5 which must be completed in order to achieve Learning Outcome 6 of this module.
Health improvement is a term used to describe the work done with individuals and communities to enable and encourage healthy lifestyle choices to be made regardless of health and social circumstances. It is one of the three key domains of public health practice. This second year module has been designed to extend students’ knowledge of public health policy and practice and provide the opportunity to explore how psychological, social, behavioural and environmental factors influence health, illness and healthcare and how these shape the advice given to patients to improve their own health and the health of others around them. Students will be encouraged to question the ethical basis of and effectiveness of health improvement practice in the current health and social care context from global, national and local perspectives.
The Applied Sciences module develops and applies the biological, physical, psychological, and sociological sciences in the occupational therapy context of health and social care. Learning through a series of core lectures, learners will then use seminar-based enquiry-based learning (EBL) activities to align the sciences with occupational therapy specific practice. The module will promote the development of a knowledge base of core health and social science clinically relevant to the breadth of occupational therapy practice. The acquisition of knowledge will be challenged through critical analysis and contextual application to develop a firm foundation for the practice of evidence-based occupational therapy in promoting wellness and addressing illness.
This module will explore a range of health conditions and their impact on occupational performance. It will build on the learners theoretical knowledge of occupational therapy, introduce different methods of assessment and explore the interpersonal skills required to build meaningful relationships in order to deliver collaborative and person centred care in the context of the individual’s life. The learner will explore how to interpret information gathered from a variety of sources, how it contributes to the formulation of diagnosis within the Multi-Disciplinary Team and subsequently to a treatment plan, taking into account the personal preferences, personal and social circumstances of the individual. . Learners will explore this in the context of people at various stages of their lifespan, with a variety of needs and a range of different environmental settings. This module will focus on a range of holistic person centred approaches to assessment which will develop the learner’s skills in clinical reasoning and case formulation that will be applied in practice. Learners will consider their assessment strategies within the boundaries of their professional code of conduct. This module must be commenced prior to undertaking Practice Placement 3 which must be completed to meet Learning Outcome 4 of this module.
Healthcare professionals share key skills and characteristics around the legal, ethical and values base of professional practice. This first year inter-professional module has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and understanding about the structure and function of health and social care in the UK; the role of different professional groups and how they can work together to maximise the care experience for service users and their families and the legal, ethical and professional body frameworks that govern practice. The module will also support students in making the transition to Masters level study and assist them in the development of key skills such as critical evaluation, reflection and using evidence to underpin practice.
This module will explore the history of occupation in relation to the fundamental concepts of occupational science and occupational therapy, and the dynamic relationship between engagement in occupation, health and well-being. Learners will be introduced to the theoretical knowledge and skills that underpin occupational therapy practice and links will be made between the impact of occupation, the person and their life context on occupational engagement. Core skills for the professional practice that promotes occupational engagement over the lifespan will be analysed and will form the foundation for the development and application of occupational therapy practice. Learners will develop their critical evaluation skills by exploring the evidence underpinning specific occupational therapy interventions, whilst starting to develop clinical reasoning and decision-making skills in the selection of therapeutic techniques. Interventions to promote wellness, lifestyle change and self-management will be embedded in this module. Learners will consider their role as an Occupational Therapist within the requirements of their professional code of conduct. During this module learners will commence a CPD portfolio which they will use to connect their module learning and placement experiences and reflections. This will be used throughout the programme and will prepare learners with the necessary skills to demonstrate their ongoing professional development as a graduate OT. This module must be commenced prior to undertaking Practice Placements 1 and 2 which must be completed to achieve learning outcomes 5 and 6 of this module.
This second year module provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to systematically evaluate an area of service delivery within their field of professional practice. The module will support students to critically examine current research and audit practices in order to conduct a literature review to find alternative ways of working to improve patient outcomes. Students are then expected to prepare a business case proposal for change within their professional area.
This second year module provides the students with the chance to develop the knowledge and skills required to systematically propose a service transformation project in order to improve service delivery and patient safety within their area of professional practice. This module aims to enhance the students’ underpinning knowledge, project management, leadership, and problem solving skills in order to undertake a process of service improvement within the delivery of health and social care. The main focus of the taught content is to ensure that care standards, quality assurance mechanisms, improvement methodologies, process and strategies are fully considered and incorporated into the project.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
Students will be assessed both formally and informally throughout the course to develop their learning and autonomy. The assessments will take place both within the University and practice placement environments. Practice-based learning will be pass/fail, while the Level 7 academic work will contribute towards a student’s final grade.
Some of the assessment will be led by tutors but students are also encouraged to engage in peer and self-assessment to help develop the skills of reflection and evaluation which are essential for lifelong learning and continued professional development following registration as an Occupational Therapist.
Some of the assessments will focus on theoretical knowledge and application of theory, and others on the practical performance of technical skills and patient management. Detailed guidance of what is expected, and the assessment criteria, will be provided for each module.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date (unless stated differently above).
Methods of Assessment
Assessment methods on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a service transformation project, written and practical exams, and demonstrations, group work or presentations. You will also be assessed in clinical practice on your 5 placement blocks.
Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.
There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.
From September 2020, new and returning postgraduate nursing and midwifery students, and some students in allied health professions, will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. This is in addition to any financial support they receive through the Student Loans Company. For more information visit: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/study-and-training/considering-or-university/financial-support-university.
From 1st August 2018, the MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) programme will be eligible for further financial support in terms of student loan.
Students may also be able to access Student Finance England’s Travel Grant for reimbursement of eligible practice placement expenses.
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The library has a good selection of text books and online resources but there may be a small number of key texts students may prefer to purchase. Whilst out in clinical practice students may be required to travel to their placement area and on some occasions may require accommodation. Students may be able to apply for funds to support this but we are unable to say if everyone is entitled to this as each application is judged on its own merit and separate to the university system. Students will be given the relevant information as part of their induction to the course.
For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course.
With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.
MSc Occupational Therapy additional costs:
Other requirements include:
Applicants with disabilities:
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This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). Successful completion of this programme will provide graduates with the eligibility to apply to the HCPC Register as an occupational therapist and membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
The University of Lincoln is home to the Community and Health Research Unit (CaHRU), which is the research centre for the School of Health and Social Care. CaHRU conducts world-leading interdisciplinary research with service users, health service professionals, and organisations to increase health and wellbeing across the health, social, and third sector care services. CaHRU is allied with the Lincoln Institute for Health. The Lincoln Institute for Health (LIH) is a University-wide multidisciplinary research collaboration that conducts internationally excellent and world-class studies from ‘cell-to-community’.
In the second year, students may have the opportunity to go on a ‘role-emerging placement’, where they will be able to explore and justify the possible role of an occupational therapist in an organisation. The options for this are wide-ranging and diverse and students can develop opportunities in areas of interest with the support of the teaching staff.
As a student at Lincoln, you will have access to a range of leading-edge and innovative equipment which provide an opportunity to enhance your learning, encourage research, and hone industry-ready skills during your time with us.
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To apply for this programme, please submit an application via the University of Lincoln’s postgraduate online application form. Applicants should ensure that they include a personal statement with their application. As a guide, this should be around 47 lines (or 4,000 characters) and it should evidence details below.
This course is for graduates of relevant degrees who aspire to qualify for eligibility to apply to the HCPC Register as an occupational therapist. Practice-based learning will take place in and around Lincolnshire and surrounding areas.
The School is looking for applicants with a good knowledge of, and a commitment to, undertaking occupational therapy as a profession. This must be clearly demonstrated through experience of health and social care, and knowledge of the profession in their application and at interview.
All relevant work experience undertaken to date should be included in your personal statement and, most importantly, how this work experience influenced the decision to pursue a career in occupational therapy.
Applicants must be able to evidence a good understanding of the breadth of care delivered by occupational therapists, ideally through interactive or observational work experience. They must also demonstrate an understanding of the autonomous role of occupational therapists in assessing, managing, and referring patients, as well as the importance of and engagement with essential professional values and behaviours that bring about high quality, compassionate care.
In addition, applicants should be able to articulate realistic expectations of the programme and the demands of practice-based learning placements.
For information on how to become an occupational therapist and tips on making an application, visit the Royal College of Occupational Therapists website.
Many registered Occupational Therapists work within the NHS or in social care settings and are recruited and employed by individual organisations. This forward-looking programme appreciates that many occupational therapists and new graduates may also work in non-traditional OT roles, or for private and third sector organisations.
New, varied, and innovative job opportunities are increasingly available to qualified Occupational Therapists, and this programme aims to prepare its graduates accordingly. Non-clinical careers also exist in teaching, research, management and administration, health and safety, and training and development. The experienced teaching team can help students explore and develop their individual career aspirations.
The University Careers and Employability team can provide tailored, individual support and careers advice. The service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice, and interview preparation. Alumni can continue to access support and advice for up 15 months after graduating. The service works closely with local, national, and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.
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