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Advanced Occupational Therapy, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months


If you are a qualified occupational therapist and want to advance your knowledge and skills to enhance your career prospects and extend your perspective on professional practice, then this course is for you.

As one of the longest established Occupational Therapy Schools in the UK, we have a very highly regarded professional reputation. The course will be delivered by our teaching staff and a range of external speakers, bringing their own experience and current research to your learning.

This course will equip you with the professional thinking to advance your occupational therapy practice by embedding occupation, critical use of evidence, research and leadership skills. Course content is designed to help you shape contemporary and emerging communities of practice for the profession of occupational therapy.

Career Opportunities

The award recognises the value of lifelong learning as a cornerstone of excellence in service delivery and is underpinned by the Royal College of Occupational Therapy career development framework. The award structure ensures that the modules are both contemporary for current service needs and innovative promoting engagement with emerging communities of practice underpinned throughout using high-quality evidence base.

The development of research skills and capacity is an essential component of advanced practice within the award. Throughout the programme of study, you will engage in developing your capacity to critically evaluate and apply evidence within your professional context. The culmination of these skills is the completion of the professional project module, whereby you select a mode and topic of study that will provide you with the opportunity to consolidate your learning. This approach allows you to apply the learning achieved in a personally defined manner contributing to career development and range of employment opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Occupation for occupational therapists
  • Embedding evidence in practice
  • Implementing innovative change in practice
  • Contemporary communities of practice
  • Research methods philosophy and design
  • Leading people in health and social care organisations

                                Detailed Programme Facts

                                • Programme intensity

                                  You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                                  • Full-time duration 12 months
                                • Credits
                                  180 alternative credits
                                • Languages
                                  • English
                                • Delivery mode
                                  On Campus

                                English Language Requirements

                                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                • Minimum required score:


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                                Academic Requirements

                                You need the following GPA score:

                                Required score: Lower Second Class

                                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                General Requirements

                                You will need to hold a recognised First or Second-Class Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy in order to be eligible to apply for this MSc. If you have relevant professional and educational experience this will also be taken into consideration.If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) to reflect the professional requirement of the HCPC standards from 2018/19 new entry.

                                Tuition Fee

                                • International

                                  12200 GBP/year
                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 12200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                • EU/EEA

                                  6625 GBP/year
                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 6625 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                                • The part-time fee is £735 per 20 credit module for home and EU students.
                                • Fees may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

                                Living costs for Northampton

                                • 796 - 1510 GBP/month
                                  Living Costs

                                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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