Taught course

Professional Development in Occupational Therapy

Ulster University · Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants must:

(a) have gained a second class honours degree or better in Occupational Therapy from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard.

(b) be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council or equivalent.

(c) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) and for non-native English speakers, IELTS 7.0 (with no contributing band at less than 6.5) or, as an alternative to (a) and/or (b)

Months of entry


Course content

This course, for qualified occupational therapists, will enhance your knowledge so you can confidently step forward in your career and continue to provide healthcare to the highest standards. Taught exclusively online, you can study from anywhere in the world, at any time, so you can fit your learning around your current professional and personal life.

The course modules are varied giving you a wide knowledge base and helping to spark interest for future development. They include Entrepreneurial Leadership for those interested in managing new ventures within the health and social care sector, Professional Development in Practice to develop your leadership skills in preparation for supervision/mentoring roles and Global Healthcare Perspectives tackling the role of occupational therapy in disaster management and reviewing international standards of practice. You will also learn strategies to motivate and empower patients to self manage their conditions as well as developing research skills to inform your future professional practice.

Learning with an international outlook, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with and gain support from occupational therapy and physiotherapy colleagues outside your normal place of work. By adding to your expertise, the course will help you to gain accreditation for CPD purposes and enhance your employability. This course is for you if you want to increase your confidence and enhance the quality of your practice in health and social care services.

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    12-36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12-36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Fully online.

Course contact details

Dr Patricia McClure
+44 (0) 28 9036 6857