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PgDip/ MSc Occupational Therapy (Post-Registration) Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh



Course info


Why QMU?

Take control of your learning by choosing your own topic for most of the modules on the course.
You can structure the delivery and duration of this very highly flexible course around your own study and work goals.
You can select specific modules for your continuing professional development studies.

Are you a qualified occupational therapist looking to develop your knowledge and evolve or change your career direction? This highly respected course offers an excellent choice of modules to help you fulfil your career goals and you can study full-time or part-time to fit in with your current commitments.

On this course you will focus on developing your knowledge of the evidence-base in practice and deepening your critical thinking, professional reasoning and research knowledge. We have designed it to suit occupational therapists from a wide range of settings and to give you the support you need to redefine your career as an advanced practitioner in education, research or management.

Course overview

The course is flexible so you can design a programme relevant to you and your career path. We offer an intellectually stimulating opportunity for you to develop your academic knowledge and research skills, which will enhance your practice. As well as core modules, you will select topics and themes which are of specific interest to you.

The course content is largely dependent on the choices you make related to study options. However, we encourage all students to undertake our core occupation modules. These consider both an occupational science perspective, as well as the application and creation of an occupation focus to practice. The learning achieved as part of these modules will permeate and inform learning and teaching throughout the remainder of the course.


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip, or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The learning experience promotes independent and student-led study. This encourages the student to use library, web and other resources to seek out information. Assessment on this course will be carried out through a variety of strategies such as drawing on your own practice experiences. It can also include case-based work, presentations, essays, systematic and literature reviews, a research proposal outline and development of a learning contract.


This course will enable occupational therapists to change career direction to advanced practitioner, education, research or management.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PgDip/ MSc Occupational Therapy (Post-Registration).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£14,500.00 (13,56,124) per year




Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Queen Margaret University Drive,



EH21 6UU, Scotland

Entry requirement for international students

Students need to have an honours degree or equivalent in occupational therapy. International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0. International students registering for the named award will normally have gained their professional qualification from a school recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

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