You will develop a basic understanding of the relationship between the person, occupation, health and wellbeing and the environment. You will learn the determinants of health and wider psychosocial and cultural influences on health, health promotion and the theoretical and practical components of occupational therapy. Professional practice and identity is developed, alongside interprofessional learning opportunities undertaken.
You will explore wider theory of the impact of health on human functioning, and the application of occupation-based practice within a range of settings throughout the life-span. Interprofessional education, situated learning and practice placement opportunities develop clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills to underpin current and contemporary professional practice.
You will have advanced opportunities to apply clinical reasoning skills and occupational therapy skills attaining proficient integration of academic theory and practice placements aligned with multi-professional study of research. You will develop your critical thinking, team working, and entrepreneurial skills in relation to professional practice and interprofessional learning, leadership and management.
You will develop enhanced skills in critical and professional reasoning in relation to understanding new models of health care and provision of quality evidenced based, person-centred care. As well as interprofessional learning, you will undertake a research project and an elective placement.
Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.Detailed module information
This course involves a mix of academic, practice-based and community situated learning experiences. You will attend lectures, tutorials and workshops, and practical sessions are taught within the purpose-built clinical skills and home setting environments, engaging with volunteer patients to simulate patient scenarios during teaching and assessment sessions. You will also be facilitated in CPD engagement and integration of skills of reflection and clinical reasoning with person-centred evidence-based practice.
- Lectures - 38-100 students per group, 1-2 hours per week
- Seminars - 38 students per group, 2-4 hours per week
- Tutorial - 6-38 students per group, 4-6 hours per week
- Project Supervision - 5-7 students per group
- Practical class or workshop - 5-38 students per group, 4 hours per week
- Placement / Work Based Learning - 1-2 students per group, 35 hours per week (lasting 6 weeks per semester)
Stages one to three prepare you to manage your own learning. By stage Four, you will understand the importance of life-long learning engaging with in-depth, self-directed study (50 – 80% of each module). You should seek and make effective use of feedback as would be expected of an entry level practitioner
Staff Delivering on This Course
All academic staff teaching on this course are qualified Occupational Therapists or allied health professionals with a breadth of clinical experience gained in a variety of clinical and geographical settings. Teaching is also supported by contributions from industry from across and out with the profession or within appropriate community settings.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 1 multiple choice exam, typically for 2 hours
- 2 written assignments
- 2 portfolios
- 1 practical skills assessment (placement)
- 3 written assignments, including essays
- 1 oral assessment
- 1 practical skills assessment
- 1 placement
- 3 written assignments, including essays
- 1 report
- 1 oral assessment
- 1 placement
- 1 written assignment, including essay
- 1 dissertation
- 2 oral assessments
- 2 placement
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Study Skills Support
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
Practice Placement experiences take place in a wide range of health, social care and third sector organisations throughout Scotland. The first four placements are sourced and predominantly arranged by the course Practice Placement Coordinator. The fifth is an elective placement sourced and arranged by you and may take place in traditional or contemporary emerging area of practice, either in the UK or internationally.
Year 1: One six week placement in Semester 2
Stage 2: One eight week placement in Semester 2
Stage 3: One eight week placement in Semester 1
Stage 4: Two six week placements (One per Semester)
To enhance your understanding of alternative healthcare systems and cultures, and to support your employability in the global workplace, an international learning exchange is offered in Stage 3 with LaCrosse University in Wisconsin, USA.
A career in occupational therapy offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic and increasingly important area of health and social care. Occupational Therapists work in hospitals, social work services, rehabilitation units, housing services, schools, day care facilities, patient homes, third (voluntary) sector, prison service and addiction services.
Additionally, with the Master’s qualification, you will have the enhanced skills and attributes required to strategically influence workforce planning developments and be equipped to provide evidenced-based, quality services within and beyond statutory sectors. This ensures your readiness for current and future practice, whatever direction you may decide to take.
SQA Higher: BBBC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths and a science subject are required at National 5 level grade B or above if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level: BCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths and a science subject are required at GCSE grade 6/B or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths and a science subject are required at grade O2 if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths and a science subject are required at Standard Level grade 4 if not held at Higher.
We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
HNC in Occupational Therapy Support may allow advanced entry into Year 2.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5, or an equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
Find your reading list by module.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
- Accommodation: £1000 approximately to cover potential accommodation costs incurred during practice placements which you may be able to claim from funding body
- Costs associated with your placement/study abroad
- Protection of Vulnerable Groups clearance: £60 approximately – please note this is currently covered by Scottish Government but agreed on an annual basis
- Student membership of professional body – CROT: £6 per month approximately
- At the beginning of your course and during all practice placements you are required to purchase and wear an official uniform. Uniforms consist of a tunic at £5.59 each and trousers at £7.04 each for students from out with Scotland (the rest of the UK (RUK) and for any international students). Where uniforms become damaged or for any other reason unsuitable, you are responsible for the cost of replacement
- Students from out with Scotland (the rest of the UK (RUK) and for any international students) must pay for PVG membership - £59 (new member) or £18 (existing member) as well as health checks which are variable depending on needs, but online screening is essential £22.70 (see below)
- Online Health Screening - £22.70
- Additional Health Screening - £48.70 / £72.20
- Hepatitis B Vaccination x 3 - £26.60 each
- Hepatitis B Blood Titre Test - £32.00
- TB Mantoux Test / BCG Vaccination - £33.00 / £24.00
- MMR Vaccination x 2 - £22.45 each
- MMR Blood Test - £31.00
- Varicella Blood Test / Vaccination - £21.00 / £33.00
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.
Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
"Being a student at RGU has offered me so many opportunities for personal development and hugely increased my confidence. The OT course offers an engaging and practical learning environment with really creative, yet professional ways to enable learning.
The degree is a professional qualification which is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. It is also approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration with HSPC is a requirement of employment in the NHS and other statutory bodies; on completion of the Master of Occupational Therapy, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC.
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UCAS Code: B920
We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.
Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.
Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.
RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.