M.Sc. Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Brunel University

Application deadline: 31 March
Tuition fee:
  • € 14,292 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) aims to provide a Master's level route for graduates to become competent occupational therapists eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council as well as conferring a Master's Degree.

This course enables students with a first degree to become competent occupational therapists eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council, for membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists and be equipped for lifelong, safe and effective practice within the global marketplace.

Research within the School includes:

* Professional Practice (eg user involvement, occupational science, health promotion, falls prevention, discharge planning, acute care, cultural awareness)
* Research in Rehabilitation
* Ageing Studies.

CareersOccupational Therapy as a career offers many opportunities to work in the health service, social services, education or the private and voluntary sector.

Contents

You will be expected to demonstrate Master's level thinking, clinical reasoning and critical appraisal in relation to the topic areas.

The research modules will prepare you for an evidence-based clinical environment and develop the skills to communicate research through publication.

Typical Modules

Core Modules

* Research Methods
* Practice Placements
* Occupational Science
* The Art of Occupational Therapy
* Occupational Therapy Process and Practice 1 and 2
* Dissertation

Elective Modules (one from)

* Occupational Therapy for Children, Young People and their Families
* Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
* Occupational Therapy for Active Ageing
* Occupational Therapy in Forensic Mental Health Practice

* Research Methods

Main topics include: philosophical underpinnings of research methodology; proposal design; searching and reviewing the literature; ethical issues in research and research governance; surveys and longitudinal studies; questionnaire design; experimental and quasi-experimental designs; n of 1 studies; statistical analysis and using spss; depth interviews; focus groups; observation; use of documentary sources; qualitative analysis.



* Occupational Science

Main topics include: occupation defined and classified: theoretical perspectives; occupation as means of promoting and sustaining health and well being; occupational risk factors as barriers to occupational justice; historical perspectives on occupation; the theory base for occupational science: paradigms, frames of reference and models of occupation; occupational science in context.



* The Art of Occupational Therapy

Main topics include: key models of reflection; modes of clinical reasoning in occupational therapy; judgement, decision making and expertise development; the work of key occupational theorists; historical foundations of occupational therapy.



* Dissertation

The dissertation will take the form of an extensive literature review and a journal article.



Elective (one from)

* Occupational Therapy for Children, Young People and their Families

Main topics include: analysis of aspects in child development and study of common problems and disorders in childhood; review of the research based current evidence on occupational therapy theory and practice for children and adolescents; review the clinical reasoning process in paediatric occupational therapy practice; examine a selection of experimental methods appropriate for assessing and evaluating clinical practice or service delivery in children´s health; exploration of effective ways of incorporating the family into their child´s assessment and treatment; exploration of relevant current children´s health policy and legislation.



* Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

Main topics include: overview of occupational therapy in mental health; review of the research based literature on occupational therapy theory and practice in mental health; detailed exploration of current mental health policy and legislation in relation to occupational therapy practice; exploring contemporary issues; examining current evidence and research related to the contemporary mental health issues; exploring a detailed selection of quantitative and qualitative measures appropriate for assessing and evaluating clinical practice or service delivery in mental health.



* Occupational Therapy in Forensic Mental Health Practice

Main topics include: historical perspective of forensic mental health; review of the research based literature on occupational therapy theory and practice in forensic mental health; detailed exploration of current Mental Health Policy and Legislation in relation to occupational therapy practice; exploring contemporary issues such as the, effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions in forensic mental health; working in partnership with service users and carers; socio-cultural perspectives of forensic mental health; anti-discrimination practice and social inclusion; examining current evidence and research related to the contemporary forensic mental health issues; exploring a detailed selection of quantitative and qualitative measures appropriate for assessing and evaluating clinical practice or service delivery in forensic mental health.

Requirements

You will need a first or upper second class honours degree from any discipline with strong applicants demonstrating a science profile and evidence of informed insight into the profession of occupational therapy. Applicants with a lower second class honours degree who have extensive experience of working in a health or social care setting will also be considered. Evidence of academic achievement in the last five years will be required.

English Language Requirements

* Brunel English Language Test (BrunELTS) - 65% overall, minimum 55% in written section, 50% in each other section.
* IELTS - 6.5 overall, minimum of 5.5. in writing, 5.0 in each other section.
* TOEFL (Computer based) - 237 plus TWE 4.5
* TOEFL (Internet Based) - 92, minimum 15 in each section (20 for masters courses)
* TOEFL (Paper Based) - 580 plus TWE 4.5

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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