About Occupational Therapy

About Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a health discipline concerned with the occupational performance of people in their environments. Occupational Therapy is needed when an individual's ability to live independently, to care for their personal needs, and to participate in work, school, family, and community life is disrupted by factors such as disability, illness, disaster, socio-economic disadvantage or injury.

Occupational therapists work with individuals, their carers and communities to provide services, using occupation, to facilitate each person to achieve an independent, productive and as satisfying a lifestyle as possible. Intervention provides opportunities for the person to explore and master the tasks essential to their life roles at home, work and leisure. Occupational therapists also provide expert input and support for wellness and prevention concerns.

Occupational Therapy is part of the Department of Clinical Therapies within the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences. This vibrant discipline provides innovative opportunities for graduates from a range of disciplines wishing to further their career in health and social care settings as an Occupational Therapist. Our MSc in Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) is fully accredited by the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.

Occupational Therapy teaching expertise and research interests includes:

  • Mental health
  • Education
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Physical and sensory disability
  • Sustainable health service delivery
  • Assistive technology
  • Community care
  • Rehabilitation

We are a member of ENOTHE, the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education. The MSc Occupational Therapy programme is accredited by CORU