M.Sc. European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Application deadline: 15' September of each year, the start of the programme is the beginning of every January
Tuition fee:
  • € 6,850 / Year (EEA)
  • € 6,850 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: January  2015
Credits: 90 ECTS
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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The general aim of the programme is to develop the quality of occupational therapy by supporting the academic development of the discipline of occupational therapy in Europe and beyond.

This aim will be enacted through:

Furthering the knowledge of human occupations within different cultures and societies; valuing and acknowledging the influence of diversity and culture on occupation and social participation.

Making judgements about appropriate research methodology and methods when conducting research, critically appraising scientific studies and implementing research findings to innovate and change practice.

Evaluating and applying specialist knowledge about human occupation and performance; integrating social and societal aspects with the bio-medical aspects of occupational therapy.

Deepening understanding of occupational therapy methods for improving health, wellbeing and participation; underpinned by evidence-based practice principles.

Enhancing knowledge about the consequences of European policy and legislation on professional practice, comparing European and international perspectives, to appreciate the complexity of health and welfare systems.

Advancing a European dimension within occupational therapy and occupational science that values both diversity and quality standards based upon the best available evidence.

Contributing to the body of knowledge through completing a research project and disseminating the findings.

Fostering collaboration in occupational therapy and occupational science research including how generated knowledge could be disseminated and implemented.

Fostering autonomous, life long learning in order to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the occupational therapy discipline.


The modules

Each module blends the research and implementation process with occupational therapy theory.

1 Exploration of concepts of occupation and research

Module one starts with an introduction to master level study and the rationale for the OT-EuroMaster programme. Problem-based learning is introduced, practiced and discussed so that students become familiar with this pedagogical approach that underpins the whole programme. Epistemology and ontology are explored in relation to the basic concepts of occupation. Students practice critical appraisal of literature in groups. The summative assessment involves a critical appraisal of both a qualitative and quantitative study in occupational therapy.

2 Societal and scientific aspects of occupational therapy & occupational science

In module two occupational therapy in Europe and internationally is examined. This includes the history and development of occupational therapy in each of the student´s countries plus the societal and legislative influences which shape the process of professionalization. Special reference is made to the impact of European welfare systems and legislation on practice and the position of clients within health and social care. Students investigate the concept of humans as occupational beings in relation to societal aspects, such as the labour market. The social and societal aspects of occupation are presented in a position paper for the summative assessment.

3 Scientific reasoning about human occupation, diversity, culture, and participation

The third moduleexplores the nature of occupation, participation and their effect on health and well being. Special attention is given to the influence of culture and diversity on daily activities. Qualitative methodologies are introduced and practiced with formative and summative assessment. In the summative assessment students conduct a small scale, qualitative study on culture and occupation.

4 Evaluating and enhancing occupational performance

Module fourfocuses upon measuring occupational performance and on quantitative research methodologies. Assessment development and psychometric properties of reliable and valid assessments are explored and skills in statistical analysis are practised. Students will also look into the issue of evaluating occupational therapy interventions. The competences of quantitative data analysis, interpretation, and reporting are tested in the summative assessment, by a small scale empirical quantitative study on occupational performance.

5 Planning a research project placed within the body of knowledge of the OT discipline

In module five students conduct a literature review analysing their proposed research topic to establish current knowledge and to secure the originality of the project. Individual supervision of the students´ research projects is a major learning strategy in this module and there are also master classes about specific methodologies tailored to the needs of the student group. The summative assessment, the examination, is the formulation and presentation of a well designed, ethical research plan, the findings of which will contribute to the body of knowledge about occupation.

6 Conducting a research project within the occupational therapy discipline Finally, in module six the project is conducted as a semi-independent research project which is then reported as a Master of Science thesis. The thesis has two parts: firstly, an article prepared for a named, peer reviewed journal; the second part is an extended introduction and reflective discussion. The examination has two parts: the assessment of the written part and the assessment of the oral presentation.


Professional and Academic requirements

Applicants should hold a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from a school recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Those not having a bachelor of science in Occupational Therapy will have to submit an extensive professional portfolio demonstrating their academic competences. The admission committee will look into each case individually and consider whether the person concerned has attained the required level by previous work or study, and can be considered to be equivalent to a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy.

Applicants, who cannot show their level of mastery of competences in the five basic areas described in the Dublin Descriptors in their professional portfolio or applicants with a bachelorof science in a related field, can work towards enhancing their level of mastery of these competences by taking one or more of the three extracurricular Master Qualifying Courses, delivered by the consortium specifically for the OT-EuroMaster.

Required skills in English (written and oral)

Applicants should have skills in English, both written and oral on the level of International English Language Testing Service (IELTS, score 6.5)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: 75 (Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


This OT-EuroMaster programme is self financed by the students.



The programme was accredited by the NVAO in 2004 and 2010 (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) following validation by an international committee of renowned experts.

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