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Advanced Occupational Therapy/Advanced Occupational Therapy (Community) (Incorporating PGCert/PGDip) MSc

Advanced Occupational Therapy/Advanced Occupational Therapy (Community) (Incorporating PGCert/PGDip) MSc

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Occupational Therapy

Course type


Course Summary

Designed for qualified occupational therapists to support continuous professional development and to facilitate advancing practice, this programme offers a choice of occupational therapy and interprofessional modules to enable your post-registration learning and development needs to be met.

Course description

  • This is a flexible course that allows you to tailor your own continued professional development to your personal, professional and service needs, through a range of occupational therapy and interprofessional modules. Modules can be studied as one-off CPD opportunities or you can work towards a PG Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy
  • The programme is appropriate to a range of practice areas and career routes. However, if you work in a community setting, you may wish to work towards our MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy (Community) by incorporating our two specialist community modules into your studies
  • You will study through distance learning on a part time basis, meaning you can study from your home at a time and pace to suit you, allowing you to shape your own learning
  • You will develop the skills and knowledge required in contemporary settings to apply evidence to your practice and to think critically and innovatively around current and future roles
  • After completing the PG Dip or MSc stage, you can apply for a place on the Doctor of Health and Social Care Practice which will enable you to further develop as a clinical and professional leader


Occupational therapists who have previously studied CPD modules or completed a stage of study have found this learning very beneficial in developing their role due to the strong grounding of the modules in their workplace setting. Studying at this level will enable you to demonstrate continued professional development essential to retain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and facilitate development of the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for career advancement in a range of practice areas.

The course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc. Please note that international students can study this course via distance learning only. The course duration is 2 to 6 years Part time.


You will critically explore the influence of communities on individuals and their roles, health, occupational opportunities and restrictions.
Independent Scholarship (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

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International fees
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Entry requirements

You'll usually need: A qualification in occupational therapy; Minimum of GSCE English qualification or equivalent; The opportunity for work based experience.

University information

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby is a modern institution offering applied, research-informed teaching in high-quality, technically advanced facilities. Whether you are progressing directly from undergraduate study, want to change your career, or pursue your passion for a subject you love, there are options to suit you. We cater for your personal circumstances, with full-time, part-time and online learning available in...more

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