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Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc (PGCert PGDip)

Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc (PGCert PGDip)

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Full time | Eastbourne Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Occupational Therapy

Course type


Course Summary


The Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc provides high quality CPD opportunities for occupational therapists from the UK and overseas.

Core modules on the course focus on the four pillars of clinical practice (clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research) and help you to develop complex decision-making skills, apply evidence-based practice and develop innovative solutions that will enhance patient, family and carer experience and improve clinical outcomes.

The course supports a multicultural exchange of clinical knowledge and approaches, which gives an exciting extra dimension to learning.

This course has been designed in alignment with The Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England.

Course structure

The structure of this course allows you to focus on your own area of interest within the occupational therapy profession. This means that you will be able to find support for your ongoing learning and career development.

Interdisciplinary learning is a strong feature of this course. Many of the modules are attended by occupational therapy, podiatry, nursing, midwifery and paramedic colleagues.

To be awarded the MSc you will complete six modules and a relevant dissertation. Modules comprise three core modules, two professional modules and an option module. The dissertation may be based on research carried out either in the university or in another suitable environment.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, workbooks for work-based learning and practice in our high-tech Human Movement Laboratory, and Clinical Skills and Simulation Rooms.

The modular framework normally involves six one-week study blocks at the university. A full-time student will need to take all modules in one year, whereas a part-time student may choose to spread the modules over several years.


Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

Roles that our graduates have secured include clinical specialists, occupational therapy management positions, general management roles, clinical educator and occupational therapy education positions.

Completion of the Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc will also prepare you for further study at MPhil and PhD level if you wish to continue pursuing an academic path. Students can exit with PGDip & PGCert.


Research Methods for Health Professionals - Core
Health Professional as an Educator - Core
Leadership for Allied Health Professionals - Core
Dissertation - Core
Practice Development Through Independent Learning
Exploring Pain
Promoting Health and Resilience Through Participation
Dementia, Frailty and Later Life
Physical Activity and Exercise Rehabilitation

Tuition fees

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International fees
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Entry requirements

This course is for qualified occupational therapists. Applicants should have an honours degree in occupational therapy but those with suitable alternative qualifications, such as a diploma in occupational therapy, will be considered. Normally a minimum of two years clinical experience post qualification is required for entry to this course.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offers over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. For students in need of additional financial support, there is a range of...more