Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc



Gain professional knowledge and skills required for registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council

Overview

This innovative programme is designed for graduates who wish to qualify as an Occupational Therapist, with eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It offers an accelerated two-year route of study.

This unique MSc (pre-registration) Occupational Therapy degree programme best prepares you as a future occupational therapist to work effectively within the complex and rapidly evolving environment of health and social care. Being both intellectually challenging and practical, this programme will ready you for the real world of occupational therapy at a local and global level. You will enter the workplace as a confident, competent, and autonomous occupational therapist equipped to lead the delivery of personalised and responsive services, which place individuals and families at the centre of their care and support. 

As well as undertaking discipline-specific modules, you’ll undertake collaborative inter-professional modules, where you’ll work closely with students from the other disciplines in health and social care to develop your skills in communication, innovative thinking, clinical reasoning and team working. 

The outstanding Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre provides the facilities to further develop your skills in realistic settings including the home environment.

Edinburgh Napier University is a unique place to study Occupational Therapy 

Edinburgh and its surrounding areas have been a significant location for occupational therapy professional development over the past century. During the First World War, our Craiglockhart campus was a military psychiatric hospital for officers suffering from ‘shell shock’. The internationally renowned War Poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen were patients there. The hospital was known for its ‘work cure’, elements of which can be traced to the development of occupational therapy as we know it today. The embryonic profession of occupational therapy was later established at the Astley Ainslie Hospital and the Council Meeting of the first ‘World Federation of Occupational Therapists’ was held in Edinburgh in 1954 and again in 1992.  At Edinburgh Napier University we aim to continue this tradition of occupational therapy professional development.

Edinburgh Napier University is recognised as a University that is professional, ambitious, innovative, and inclusive, values that are embedded into the teaching of the programme. 

Typical entry point to this course is in January. Please enquire for more information.

The deadline for submitting an application for this programme is Friday 27th October.
 
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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

2 years

Start date:

Jan

Placement:

Yes

Course details

From the beginning of the programme, you will undertake discipline specific modules where you will develop your Occupational Therapy knowledge and skills.  This will include research modules, where the theoretical content and methods are considered within the context of occupational therapy, with an opportunity to apply this knowledge to the profession through the dissertation module. 

One of the unique benefits of this programme is that you will be able to participate in shared aspects of learning with inter-disciplinary students.  This will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the roles of others and enhance your skills in communication and partnership working.

In the final term of each year of the programme you will undertake two periods of assessed practice in work settings (practice placements*), and you will undertake preparation for your first placement (preparation for practice) throughout the term 2 of the first year of study. 

Year 1: The Developing Practitioner – The Doing and Being of Occupational Therapy  

Year 1 of the programme introduces you to foundations of Occupational Therapy and provides an opportunity to develop, explore, and critique the core occupational concepts, contexts, and skills of the profession.  Furthermore, it offers you the opportunity to work with physiotherapy and other student groups within the school who are key partners in delivering health and social care with times to learn and work together across the two years.   

Applying and evaluating policy and research in practice is essential for Occupational Therapists, who are required to adopt evidence-informed practice. Therefore, from the onset of the programme, how policy and research impacts on practice and service provision is explored through core modules. In Year 1, you will undertake a Developing Professional Practice Skills in Occupational Therapy module which supports preparation to undertake two practice education placements (one seven-week placement and one eight-week placement*).  This module will introduce and consolidate your professional and practice skills. This arrangement with placement modules prior to the commencement of academic study in Year 2 facilitates your practice experience, understanding of people’s lives when faced with occupational issues, evidence-based decision making, and professional and communication skills. 
  
Year 2: The Capable Practitioner - Becoming and Belonging as an Occupational Therapist 

Year 2 of the programme provides you with a more advanced examination of 
Occupational Therapy practice, philosophical underpinnings, theories, and profession. You will acquire mastery in critical core knowledge and evaluation of key issues on professional practice as well as critical analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of theoretical concepts central to Occupational Therapy from national and global perspectives. In addition, learning will enable an in-depth consideration of a community in the context of developing team working, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills. Your research experience is enhanced in Year 2 and culminates in the production of a dissertation related to occupational therapy. Like Year 1, in Year 2, two practice education placements* will be undertaken of seven and eight weeks, which consolidates your professional and practice skills and your transition into the workplace as a competent, autonomous practitioner. 

Subjects Include

Year 1

  • Humans as Occupational Beings (HSC11128; OT specific)
  • Contemporary Health and Social Care Contexts for Occupational Therapists (HSC11129; OT & PT)
  • Developing Professional Practice Skills in Occupational Therapy (HSC11131; OT & PT)
  • ‘Doing’ Occupational Therapy in Practice (HSC11130; OT specific)
  • Occupational Therapy Research Questions and Methodology (HSC11132; OT specific)
  • Practice Education 1 and 2

Year 2

  • Becoming and Belonging as an Occupational Therapist (HSC11133; OT specific)
  • Occupational Therapy Dissertation (HSC11134; OT/SW/PT)
  • Leading Innovations in Health and Social Care: Occupational Therapy (HSC11135; OT & PT)
  • Practice Education 3 and 4
General enquires regarding the MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) programme can be made to:
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    How you’ll be taught

    This is a full-time course, split into three trimesters.

    The programme starts in January. A student-centred, active learning approach will be used throughout the programme making use of a range of teaching and learning methods. Examples of these include online and classroom lectures, tutorials, practical classes, group work, use of practical simulation, and guided and independent study activities. 


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    Assessments

    A range of formative and summative assessment approaches are adopted throughout the course. These will include practical examinations, written essays, reflective activities and presentations.

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    Work placement

    Each year you will undertake 4 full-time placements which are situated between August and December. 

    * Practice Placements

    Year of study

    Placement

    Start date

    Finish

    Flexible catch up

    1/2/3/4

    From January2024

    March2024

    1st Year

    1

    14/08/2023

    29/09/2023

    1st Year

    2

    16/10/2023

    08/12/2023

    2nd Year

    3

    14/08/2023

    06/10/2023

    2nd Year

    4

    16/10/2023

    08/12/2023

    On completion of the programme you’ll have undertaken more than 1,000 hours of clinical practice in a range of health and social care settings. 

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    Facilities

    The facilities provided by the Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre offer highly realistic environments within which to develop your communication and engagement skills and to integrate theory with practice in a range of situations including visiting people in their own homes.

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

'Doing' Occupational Therapy in Practice ( HSC11130 )

This long module incorporates theoretical and placement components, the module facilitates a critical understanding of the theory and practice of human performance in occupational therapy. During the module, you will develop appreciation of the Occupational Therapy Process, underpinned by professional reasoning. This will include an ability to justify and critique methods of evaluation, goal setting, treatment planning and implementation, analysis of outcomes in relation to person-centred care. Content will also include how and in what way professional reasoning influences the design and delivery of the occupational process, including relevant theories applied through an occupation-focused lens.
Your learning will be facilitated by studying the following components:
• Occupational therapy models, professional reasoning and decision-making processes, outcomes measures/methods, and assessment principles (e.g., occupational formulation, occupational profile).
• Considerations of psychometric properties of assessment tools and their ethical use whilst in practice
• Environmental evaluation, including the role of assistive devices, equipment, and technology and socioeconomic and cultural factors
• Critically analyse and apply occupation-based interventions that align with the values of people and communities.
• To critique and evaluate the role of current legislation and influence on professional practice
• Two placements (265 (7 wks) and 300 hrs (8 wks)) Total 565 hrs where you will demonstrate abilities to apply theories and understanding to practice, working with service users and staff; which will consolidate/expand knowledge and skills from this module.

Further information

Becoming and Belonging as an Occupational Therapist ( HSC11133 )

This long module has two components theoretical and placement components 3 and 4 and intends to further build and advance knowledge and understanding of the health-giving power of occupation with people, their communities, and across populations.

Part 1 will also include discussion of how the profession can envision future practice that takes into consideration the changing needs of communities. This will include the influence of sustainability and environmental change impacting local, national, and international contexts.

A translational approach between knowledge informed practice, and practice-informed research and evidence, inclusive of the lived experiences of people, will be considered.


In mobilising research and evidence with and between practice, non-Western concepts of health, well-being, and ways of knowing will be explored. In addition, global narratives influencing the design and delivery of health and social systems of care such as person-centred practice and human rights will be introduced and critically considered.

The concept of the dignity of risk, influenced by a person-centred, rights-based approach to practice will include engagement with the expectations of ethical and professional conduct. This will include how the profession can adopt diverse methods of communication to support clear articulation of the meaning and purpose of the profession, for example, through written means (such as educational leaflets), social media (such as blogs, tweets), and engagement with professional peers (scientific reports, presentations).
Your learning will be facilitated by studying the following components:

Ideas of healthfulness and collective occupation influencing the design and delivery of occupation-focused public health interventions.

Frameworks and mechanisms of knowledge translation, including developing a responsibility towards lifelong learning and a growth mindset.

Occupational consciousness and justice and other concepts related to decolonising occupational therapy practice

Person-centred theory such as personhood and person-centred practice, human rights in

practice including the PANEL principles,

Principles of sustainability related to the contribution of occupational therapy to mitigate the impact of environmental and climate change.

Consider the relevance and importance of the tools of communication available to the profession that can be adopted with a range of stakeholders e.g., written methods (educational leaflets), social media (blogs, tweets), scholarly outputs (posters, report)

Two placements (300 hrs x 2) Total 600 hrs where you will demonstrate abilities to apply theories and understanding to practice, working with service users and staff; which will consolidate/expand knowledge and skills from this module.
Students are expected to attend 100% of the time allocated to the practice education component of this module. However approved absences (e.g. ill health) of up to 7 days can be authorized, in order to be eligible.to pass the learning outcomes of the practice education component(s).”


Further information

Contemporary Health and Social Care Contexts for Occupational Therapists ( HSC11129 )

You will explore, examine and identify topics which may include:
Personal identity, empathy and sense of self Reflection on own life experiences
Unconscious bias
Health and well-being monitoring
Resilience building
Human development across the lifespan Ecological frameworks and social processes for individuals and communities including health inequalities, equity, diversity, and inclusion Relationships between social processes, disadvantage, and social divisions.
Different communities and their respective strengths and limitations
Developing community profiles Understanding of who service-users might be Voluntary, private, and statutory organisations working with service-users and communities Local, national, and global contexts of health and social care – policy drivers, standards and practices Professionals’ roles in supporting individuals and families in different community setting to overcome inequalities in health and social care through universal services, community resources and resilience

Further information

Developing Professional Practice Skills in Occupational Therapy ( HSC11131 )

This module will give you the opportunity to develop and practise communication skills (verbal, non-verbal, and symbolic) and to develop skills in self-awareness, self-reflection, and personal resilience. Recognising that you are continuing to develop your professional identity as an occupational therapist and an understanding of your own and others’ roles. This will include reflecting on your personal values and motivations and how these relate to occupational therapy values: including use of self and issues of power and difference with service users and between practitioners within multi-disciplinary teams.
You will explore several theories and methods of communication and you will learn how to judge the appropriateness of different approaches.

You will consider working with service users in groups as well as individually, and you will also explore the nature, purpose and dilemmas involved in the recording and sharing of information generated by inter-personal interactions.

In this module you will also develop your knowledge and understanding of clinical competence requirements before undertaking your first practice placement. These are essential when in practice and you will be expected to continually develop your skills and knowledge throughout the programme. These basic competencies will include the following topics:
• Professionalism and ethical behaviour
• Public protection awareness (adult and child)
• Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (de-escalation of violence and aggression)
• Moving and Handling
• Health Acquired Infection Control
• Hand Hygiene
• Information Governance
• Data Protection
• IT Security
• Fire Safety
• Basic Life Support
• Whistleblowing policy and guidance
• Suicide Prevention

Further information

Dissertation ( HSC11100 )

This module offers the student an opportunity to lead and conduct a detailed research study in a profession-specific area relevant to health and social care practice. It involves critical evaluation of primary or secondary data, discussion and conclusion of the findings/results, including research limitations, presentation and synthesise evidence-based arguments to inform professional practice; education or policy. Examination of the ethical implications and reflect on the limitations of the completed research study. The skill required to synthesise the work for a potential publication facilitates the student to meet all the learning outcomes.

Where primary data collection is to be undertaken as part of a existing research project, the supervising lecturer will normally be responsible for gaining ethical approval before the module begins to ensure this process does not cause delays in your study. However, you will be expected to critically discuss the ethical implications of your research.

Topics will include:
Roles and responsibilities of students and their supervisor: the Dissertation Module Handbook contains information on getting started; literature searching and critique; managing references,
how to present and construct an article for a professional journal; identifying the gaps in the literature, time-management and reflection on process and progress; Dissemination of study findings and limitations in a format appropriate for the professional discipline.

Further information

Humans as Occupational Beings ( HSC11128 )

This module allows you to examine and critique the central values and philosophy of Occupational Science and relate to the development of occupational therapy as a profession. The module will develop your critical understanding of, and your ability to evaluate, the importance of ‘occupation’ to humans, across the lifespan. It will also develop your knowledge of the importance of occupation to health and well-being, and to consider concepts of occupational justice in relation to occupational choices and opportunities for people and their communities. As part of the module, you will critically analyse occupations by participating in, and analyzing, the ways in which we occupy our time influencing health and well-being. This will allow you to justify occupation as an intervention.
Your learning will be facilitated by studying the following components of occupation as a construct:
• Occupation and its relationship to health and well-being, including ideas of neutral occupations and occupational possibilities.
• Defining occupation and related constructs.
• The dynamic nature of occupation.
• Humans as occupational beings across the lifespan emphasizing life transitions, social and cultural diversity, and identity
• Occupational justice: a history of occupation in societies, including the institutional, socio-political and cultural influences on occupation
• The relevance of the history of occupational therapy in relation to the future of the profession and your own professional development

Further information

Leading Innovation in Health and Social Care – Occupational Therapy ( HSC11135 )

This module aims to introduce you to key concepts relating to the management and delivery of services as well as allowing you to develop a personal development plan for your transition into professional life. The module addresses the core themes of leadership and entrepreneurship, looking for you to consider innovative solutions to challenges faced within communities and consider how appropriate services might be implemented. In doing this, the module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to lead change in the future.

Topics will include:
• Leadership and management – theory and practice
• Conflict management and resolution
• Organisational aims, strategy, and values
• Audit and quality assurance
• Entrepreneurship
• Social enterprise
• Implementing and managing change within services and communities
• Service-user and stakeholder involvement in service design and implementation
• Project management and resource management
• Global perspectives
• Sustainability of services
• Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
• Healthcare technologies.
• Occupational performance, participation, and occupational science to support communities

Further information

Leading Innovation in Health and Social care ( HSC11101 )

This module aims to introduce you to key concepts relating to the management and delivery of services as well as allowing you to develop a personal development plan for your transition into professional life. The module addresses the core themes of leadership and entrepreneurship, looking for you to consider innovative solutions to challenges faced within services and consider how these might be implemented. In doing this, the module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to lead change in the future.

Topics will include:
Leadership and management – theory and practice; Collaborative leadership; Organisational aims, strategy and values; Policy, standard and strategy implementation; Private, public and voluntary sector organisational objectives; Transforming roles; Entrepreneurship; Social enterprise; Reflexivity and flexibility in services; Implementing and managing change within services and organisations; Service-user and stakeholder involvement in service design and implementation; Creating a business plan; Project management and resource management; Workforce development; Conflict management and resolution; Challenging others to produce positive outcomes; Anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice; Whistleblowing; Transitioning service-users and staff between different of changing services; Reflective practice; Personal, professional and academic development planning; Global/international perspectives.

This module is designed to address three main SiSWE learning foci: Units 4, 5, 6

Further information

Occupational Therapy Dissertation ( HSC11134 )

This module offers the student an opportunity to lead and conduct a detailed research study in a topic relevant to occupational therapy.

Building on the research protocol submitted in year 1, this module involves collation and critical evaluation of primary or secondary data, discussion and conclusion of findings, including a reflection on the research limitations, culminating in presentation and synthesise of evidence-based arguments to inform occupational therapy practice, education or policy.

The module submission will be in a format analogous to a research paper, developing the skills required to synthesise the work to the scope and length of a potential publication (British Journal of Occupational Therapists) facilitates the student to meet all the learning outcomes.

Further information

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 3 ( HSC10103 )

Practice Education facilitates the application of your core theoretical knowledge from University into the practice setting, in a safe and competent manner. Your Practice Education placement is an Occupational Therapist supervised, full-time practice education opportunity which takes place over a minimum of 8 weeks in a setting that meets the needs of service users with physical, psychosocial or other, often complex, needs. You may also be on placement in an area that provides specialist services for example children’s services, hospice care, housing services, residential settings, Care Homes, care providers, Third Sector or Community Services and novel, emerging areas of practice. As appropriate, you will work within a model of care and should take every opportunity to learn about and work with other professionals within the setting to increase your knowledge of integrated health and social care. You may receive additional supervision from other appropriately qualified professionals to enhance your experience of Practice Education.

Practice Education develops the application of your core knowledge and understanding of Occupational Therapy theory, constructs and contexts as you experience them being applied to real life situations. You will develop your practice skills, and build on your previous Practice Education experiences, by applying them to a range of Occupational Therapy processes including receiving and making referrals, understanding and gaining consent, information gathering, assessment, planning, applying and adapting interventions, analysing outcomes and communicating written and oral information.

Alongside this, you will continue to develop your communication, inter-personal, critical thinking and decision-making abilities as you work with service users and their carers, and will develop your ability to work as part of a team with service providers. You will also develop core knowledge and practice skills by seeking evidence and policy to inform your understanding of the application of Occupational Therapy to your practice context. You should take opportunities to develop your understanding of the importance of audit, quality assurance and review to practice. You will be expected to demonstrate autonomy and initiative in the practice based setting. You will receive both Summative and Formative feedback on your core knowledge and practice skills during Practice Education.

You will be expected to adhere to Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and
Professional Conduct. You will also be expected to follow the policy of your practice setting in relation to, for example use of social media and data protection.

There is an expectation that you attend 100% of the time allocated. However, students will normally be permitted a maximum of six days of approved absence to allow for unavoidable absences, such as ill health, which equates to a minimum attendance of 85%. This is to ensure that you are able to meet the learning outcomes of the module and that you have sufficient practice placement hours on graduation in order to register with your professional body. Please refer to the Practice Education Handbook for further details.

Further information

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 4 ( HSC10104 )

This Practice Education placement (Placement 4) should be in a different clinical speciality or service area than previous placements.

Practice Education facilitates the application of your core theoretical knowledge from University into the practice setting, in a safe and competent manner. Your Practice Education placement is an Occupational Therapist supervised, full-time practice education opportunity which takes place over a minimum of 8 weeks in a setting that meets the needs of service users with physical, psychosocial or other, often complex, needs. You may also be on placement in an area that provides specialist services for example children’s services, hospice care, housing services, residential settings, Care Homes, care providers, Third Sector or Community Services and novel, emerging areas of practice. As appropriate, you will work within a model of care and should take every opportunity to learn about and work with other professionals within the setting to increase your knowledge of integrated health and social care. You may receive additional supervision from other appropriately qualified professionals to enhance your experience of Practice Education.

Practice Education develops the application of your core knowledge and understanding of Occupational Therapy theory, constructs and contexts as you experience them being applied to real life situations. You will develop your practice skills, and build on your previous Practice Education experiences, by applying them to a range of Occupational Therapy processes including receiving and making referrals, understanding and gaining consent, information gathering, assessment, planning, applying and adapting interventions, analysing outcomes and communicating written and oral information.

Alongside this, you will continue to develop your communication, inter-personal, critical thinking and decision-making abilities as you work with service users and their carers, and will develop your ability to work as part of a team with service providers. You will also develop core knowledge and practice skills by seeking evidence and policy to inform your understanding of the application of Occupational Therapy to your practice context. You should take opportunities to develop your understanding of the importance of audit, quality assurance and review to practice. You will be expected to demonstrate autonomy and initiative in the practice based setting. You will receive both Summative and Formative feedback on your core knowledge and practice skills during Practice Education. As this is your final practice education experience it will be expected that you will be working towards demonstrating the core knowledge and practice skills of a new practitioner

You will be expected to adhere to Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and
Professional Conduct. You will also be expected to follow the policy of your practice setting in relation to, for example use of social media and data protection.

There is an expectation that you attend 100% of the time allocated. However, students will normally be permitted a maximum of six days of approved absence to allow for unavoidable absences, such as ill health, which equates to a minimum attendance of 85%. This is to ensure that you are able to meet the learning outcomes of the module and that you have sufficient practice placement hours on graduation in order to register with your professional body. Please refer to the Practice Education Handbook for further details.

Further information

Occupational Therapy Research, Questions and Methodologies ( HSC11132 )

In the era of evidence-based health and social care it is vital to be able to evaluate the research evidence that underpins existing practice and the emerging information that shapes service change. On this module, you will learn to critically explore research evidence in occupational therapy practice and to synthesise, integrate and apply knowledge of the research process to this. In this module, we will use real-life examples
from local, national and international researchers to develop your knowledge and skills to be able to find and interpret gaps in the existing body of evidence and to ask
appropriate and relevant research questions with an aim of filling these. The work done in this module will develop the subsequent dissertation that you undertake in year-2 of the course. By promoting evidence-based research this module will encourage working
to high professional standards, providing shared governance and accountability of
health and social care practice. The module will include the following content: 1. An
overview of the research process. 2. Critical appraisal of the research evidence to
assist in the development of research ideas relevant to practice. 3. Evaluation of
research designs including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches. 4.
Exploration in the importance of research governance and ethics.

Further information

Person Occupation Environment 1 ( HSC11111 )

This module facilitates a critical, and evidence-informed examination of the theory and practice of human performance from a psycho-social perspective in relation to Occupational Therapy. During the module you will critically apply and develop core knowledge of the person in relation to their occupations and environment (or ‘PEO’). This mean you will develop your critical thinking skills with regards to how disruption to everyday occupations, especially by challenges in relation to psycho-social health, can affect a person’s overall well-being and how Occupational Therapy can be applied to address this.
The following components are indicative of the content of this module:
Application of theories of stress, coping, transition, adjustment and loss in relation to occupational performance and the practice of occupational therapy across the lifespan.
Human occupation in relation to individual’s with anxiety, depression and substance misuse and occupational marginalisation.
Occupational Therapy treatment planning, implementation and evaluation in relation to psycho-social perspectives and occupational therapy
National and global policy in relation to delivery of mental well-being service including that of a critical understanding of capacity and gaining informed consent
Theories of consent and capacity
Technology and environmental resources/adaptations in relation to mental well-being
Approaches to written, verbal and non-verbal communication

Further information

Person Occupation Environment 2 ( HSC11112 )

This module facilitates a critical, and evidence-informed understanding of the theory and practice of human performance from an embodied perspective in relation to Occupational Therapy. The module builds and develops on your existing knowledge of the person in relation to their occupations and environment (or ‘PEO’). During the module you will develop your critical knowledge with regards to models of Occupational Therapy intervention, including rehabilitative, compensatory, recovery and neuro-rehabilitative approaches. You will also develop your critical understanding of the complexity of service-users contexts, strengths, assets and needs. A key feature of this module will be the development your skills in presenting information, to contribute to the health and well-being of populations.
Your learning will be facilitated by studying the following components:
Examination of health and social care services and community service delivery.
Appraisal of therapeutic activities and resources.
Examination of methods and models of occupation focussed approaches to health and well being
Examination of methods and models of occupation focussed approaches to treatment including neuro-developmental, recovery, rehabilitative and/or compensatory methods
Examination of physical mental health conditions and learning disabilities, and their impact on occupational performance.
Assessment of environmental resources that enable or prevent inclusion including poverty, identity, social difference, diversity, housing and community facilities.
Evaluation of integration of theoretical perspectives and evidence into clinical application including the transfer of knowledge from area to another.
Critical appraisal of clinical reasoning in complex cases across the life span.
Appraisal of evidence based clinical decision making in Occupational Therapy

Further information

Risk Uncertainty and Complex Decision Making ( HSC11102 )

This module will offer students a comprehensive theoretical and practical insight into working with people who are at risk, learning the best practice guidelines for assessing and managing risk, and how to do this through inter-agency working.

Students will develop skills in risk formulation and intervention/care/management planning through using a real case file to explore the risk and protective factors that are present, and through working within their field-specific ‘best-practice’ guidelines and then across the disciplines held within their class group.

Topics delivered within the module will include:
Theoretical and practice of risk assessment; Key risk assessment measures; Case files; Risk management; Practical skills in risk management; Risk management planning; Strategic interventions, treatment and rehabilitation; Validity of outcome measures and formal evaluation; Risk communication; Psychology of risk communication; Communication of risk assessment to different stakeholders; Intra-professional and Inter-agency working; Psychological aspects of human decision making; Biases and common errors in decision-making in judgement; Judgements and decisions made during risk assessments; strategies to reduce risk of biases; Thresholds for intervention.

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Dr Fiona Maclean

Dr Fiona Maclean is an occupational therapist with over 30 years’ experience of working in practice, education and policy, with a particular interest in working with older people.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with honours at a minimum of 2.1 or above in a relevant subject area e.g. Health, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Education or Humanities. Evidenced study in the area of human anatomy and physiology is desirable. Applicants applying with a 2.2 with relevant recent experience may also be considered.

Applicants with a distinction award in a Bachelor’s degree where honours study was not an option in a relevant health and social care professional will be considered for selection where they can evidence experience of engagement with research evidence. Applicants will be directed to undertake study at SCQF Level 10 as a condition for entry in the form of a bridging module identified by the programme team.

Candidates must also have demonstrated commitment to, and knowledge of, Occupational Therapy as a career. Candidates will be able to evidence to Admissions through their application form and personal statement they have met with/shadowed a range of Occupational Therapists in diverse settings while being able to compare and contrast/discuss these different ways of working. 

Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.

Interview Requirements

There will be a selection interview and applicants to the programme should meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirement to be ‘fit to practice’ through having  good health and good character. 

 

Additional Information

Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) Check. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.

Successful applicants to the MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre Reg) programme will require an enhanced PVG check. The Edinburgh Napier University terms and conditions of enhanced PVG checks and the policy for Applicants with Declared Criminal Convictions can be found here.

Successful applicants will be required to undergo an Occupational Health check and be immunised for a variety of conditions. If an applicant declares an issue, they will be guided to occupational health for discussion concerning their health need and potential adaptation. Immunisation is advised but cannot be required nor mandatory. Documented evidence of previous immunisations will be required, and students will be guided through this process by Edinburgh Napier University when entering the programme. 

Successful applicants will required to become student members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists on joining the programme.

Application advice and support connected to Edinburgh Napier University policy for Applicants with a Declared Disability can be found here.

 


 

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test.  The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 with no individual component score of less than 6.5.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

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Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,805 tba
Overseas and EU £18,675 tba
Please note, UK offer holders will be asked to pay a non-refundable £200 deposit which is deducted from the fees owed to secure their place on the programme.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
You study this course over two academic years, fees listed are per annum.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


Careers

Allied Health scenarios in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite.

The course aims to enable students to be innovative, provide leadership and prepare them to register as an Occupational Therapist, ready to work in the NHS, private, local authority and third sector organisations.


The Occupational Therapy Team