Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Degree level: Undergraduate

Occupational Therapy

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Course summary

Living, not existing – that’s a primary objective for the profession. As an occupational therapist, you will work with individuals, groups and communities to foster participation in the aspects of life that people need, want and have to do. This course is your first step towards a rewarding and diverse healthcare career with excellent employment prospects. On this course you will explore how to provide practical support to empower people, facilitate health and wellbeing, and help identify and respond to barriers that prevent people from doing what really matters to them. You will learn a wide range of transferable personal and professional skills – understanding why and how people engage in occupation and what might disrupt patterns of occupation; critically engaging with knowledge and evidence that informs the profession; collaborating with services to address needs of their communities. You will also develop an appreciation of how individual’s lives can be shaped by society including environments, history, or systems and how these factors can impact on health. You will learn through a variety of approaches including interactive lectures, workshops, group work and self-directed learning. Practical placements are a key element of the course, giving you the opportunity to translate your learning into practice and to work with a wide range of services and populations. There is a practice placement offered in each of the four years, and in total you will complete 31 weeks of full time practice-based education. In Year One you will study a range of modules that provide you with the knowledge and concepts that are foundational to occupational therapy practice. You will be introduced to different perspectives on occupation and its centrality in everyday life, as well as its relationship with health and wellbeing. You will also develop skills in communication, information technology and academic study skills. In Year Two you will focus on occupational therapy processes (assessment, goal setting, intervention, evaluation) with individuals and communities. You will explore disruption and deprivation of occupation (personal and contextual factors), across the life span. Aspects of public health and health promotion will be introduced and revisited in the later years. During Year Three you will critically explore issues related to practice, theories and systems. You will also study the social construction and complexity of knowledge and practice. You will develop further understanding of leadership, practice development and innovation in thinking and action. Year Four consolidates your master’s-level learning opportunities and builds upon your previous knowledge and practice experiences in diverse and changing contexts. This year will include community partnership working, project development and deepening leadership skills. Interprofessional learning and working is an integral part of professional practice and will be incorporated throughout the course.

Course details


Year One •Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice •Personal Academic and Professional Development •Preparation for Practice-Based Learning •Practice-based Learning 1 •Health Wellbeing and Participation in Occupation •Finding, Evaluating and Consuming Knowledge Year Two •Assessing, Analysing and Evaluating Occupational Needs, Performance and Participation •Developing Goals to Meet Occupational Needs •Facilitating Learning within Occupational Therapy •Developing, Delivering and Evaluating Occupation-Focused Interventions •Practice-based Learning 2 A learner who achieves 60% average in SCQF level 8 modules can proceed on MOccTher route. They may choose to remain on the BSc (Hons) route. Year Three BSc (Hons) route: •Elective Module Occupational Therapy: Contexts, Collaborations and Communities •Practice-based Learning 3 •Evaluating Occupational Therapy Practice MOccTh route: •Elective Module •Occupational Therapy: Contexts, Collaborations and Communities •Practice-based Learning 3 •Evaluating Occupational Therapy Practice •Research Methods Year Four BSc (Hons) route: •Health Society and Occupation •Practice-based Learning 4 •Dissertation Project MOccTh route: •Health Society and Occupation •Practice-based Learning 4 •Transforming Occupational Therapy Practice •Dissertation Project The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check provider's course webpages for updates.

Assessment method

Our course is designed to allow you to get to know your peers and our staff, and build positive academic and professional relationships. You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and small groups. Outside these timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning through independent study. For assessment, we focus less on written examinations and more on demonstrations of knowledge and understanding: reports, essays, presentations, oral and practical examinations, and creative assessments.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

We accept many different qualifications, but cannot list them all here. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information or advice if you are thinking of taking a course of study. We welcome applications from international and EU applicants and you can find information on specific entry requirements by country here: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/information-for-your-country/. We also welcome applications from mature students, or people holding qualifications such as Access courses or OU modules. The Scottish Wider Access Partnership (SWAP) offers a range of local Access courses and those that are accepted for entry are listed here: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

IELTS with an overall score equivalent to 6.0 and with no individual component less than 6.0.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15500 Year 1
International £15500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland: full-time fees will be charged for the first three years of study. The fourth year is free.
Occupational Therapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS