European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
This MSc. programme helps you to become better equipped in enhancing and delivering Occupational Therapy. Graduates of this programme develop in general in three directions Education, Practise and Research. Approx half of all alumni state that they have after finishing this MSc in Occupational Therapy, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.


The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences/Hogeschool van Amsterdam (AUAS/HvA) is based in The Netherlands, in the city of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan city where 175 different nationalities live and work together and where the English language is largely spoken.

The city is a hotbed of education and research in all conceivable areas: culture and society, trade, logistics, aviation, shipping, ICT, sport, healthcare, education and much more. At AUAS/HvA we take full advantage of this wealth of opportunities in order to provide the best possible education and produce cutting-edge research.

Structure of the programme

Each module consists of 280 study hours, has three phases and is given at one of the participating universities. Each phase consists of preparatory work in your own country (56 hours), class work in the country hosting the module (10 working days / 80 hours), and independent study in your own country (200 hours). In your home country you work under supervision on your thesis. You support and review each other's work in action learning groups at a distance (840 hours).

Programme Structure

Module 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.

Module 2: Scientific reasoning about human occupation, diversity, culture and participation

The third module explores 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.

Module 3: Evaluating and Enhancement of 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.

Module 4: Societal and scientific aspects of occupational therapy and 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.

Module 5: planning a research project within the body of knowledge of the occupational therapy 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.

Module 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy or equivalent obtained from a school recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score or equivalent.

Those having a degree in Occupational Therapy which is not a Bachelor of Science degree will have to submit an extensive professional portfolio demonstrating their entrance competences

Those having a Bachelor of Science in a field related to Occupational Therapy will have to submit an extensive professional portfolio demonstrating their entrance competences.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7192.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14385 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/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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