Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Degree level: Undergraduate

Occupational Therapy

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Course summary

This four-year integrated undergraduate master’s course will give you the expertise, people skills and conceptual understanding that you will need to work as an occupational therapist. This course is responsive to the demands of the health and social care sector and there are practice-based learning opportunities across the course to integrate theory, knowledge and practice. Why QMU?

  • Our graduates are recognised by employers as being independent learners who can address problems creatively.
  • You will be taught by highly experienced lecturers who are well respected in their fields. They engage in innovative research, contribute to knowledge development and translation and have strong personal links with practice settings.
  • We have small class sizes, therefore our staff will really get to know you. We genuinely care about your journey and will recognise your strengths and where you most need support.
  • In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, we are ranked in the top 20 UK universities for subjects allied to medicine (19th out of 82).
On this course you will:
  • Explore how to provide practical support to empower people, facilitate h**ealth and wellbeing, and help identify and respond to barriers that prevent people from doing what really matters to them.
  • Learn a wide range of transferable personal and professional skills, understanding why and how people engage in occupations and what might disrupt patterns of occupation; critically engaging with knowledge and evidence that informs the profession; and collaborating with services to address needs of their communities.
  • Develop an appreciation of how individual’s lives can be shaped by society including environments, history, or systems and how these factors can impact health.
  • Learn through a variety of approaches, and 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.
Living, not existing, that is 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. This is a four year integrated undergraduate master’s course. Students commence the course with a view to graduating with a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOccTh) in four years. The majority of modules are taught alongside postgraduate students studying on the accelerated MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) course. There is an option for students to transfer to a BSc (Hons) route at the end of year two and they will still be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as an occupational therapist.

Course details


Year One Complete a six-week placement Study a range of modules that provide you with the knowledge and concepts that are foundational to occupational therapy practice. Be introduced to different perspectives on occupation and its centrality in everyday life, as well as its relationship with health and wellbeing. Develop skills in communication, information technology and academic study skills. Modules 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 Complete a six-week placement Focus on occupational therapy processes (assessment, goal setting, intervention, evaluation) with individuals and communities. Explore disruption and deprivation of occupation (personal and contextual factors), across the life span. Be introduced to aspects of public health and health promotion. This will be revisited in the later years. Modules 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 remain on the MOccTher route. They may choose the BSc (Hons) route even if the 60% average has been achieved. All learners will be supported in making their decisions. Year Three Complete a nine-week placement Critically explore issues related to practice, theories and systems. Study the social construction and complexity of knowledge and practice. Develop further understanding of leadership, practice development and innovation in thinking and action. Have the opportunity (subject to availability) to undertake practice-based learning at an overseas university with which we have partnership agreements. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/exchanges-and-study-abroad Modules 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 Complete a 10-week placement Consolidate your master’s-level learning opportunities and build upon your previous knowledge and practice experiences in diverse and changing contexts. Participate in community partnership working, project development, leading to the completion of a dissertation, and deepening your leadership skills. Work alongside other health professionals - Interprofessional learning and working is an integral part of professional practice and will be incorporated throughout the course. Have the opportunity (subject to availability) to undertake practice-based learning at an overseas university with which we have partnership agreements. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/exchanges-and-study-abroad/ Modules 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 (Feb 2022) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2023. Please check back here for any 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. Teaching and learning methods include interactive lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group work and self-directed learning. Outside 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
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Subject to availability of places. Contact Admissions for further information on entry routes and requirements.

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