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Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) MSc

Education & Health Sciences:Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) MSc

Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) MSc
2 Years  Full- Time
Course Closed


Application Deadline:  8th February 2019

The application system for this programme has changed please note new entry requirements.

        Programmes Specific FAQs

The MSc Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) programme is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists; accredited by the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland; and approved by CORU.

The MSc in Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) offered at the University of Limerick is the first Graduate Entry Masters programme in Ireland. The course was developed in response to the Bacon Report recommendation that graduate entry options for occupational therapy be explored. This innovative programme is an opportunity for honours graduates to pursue studies leading to a professional qualification in Occupational Therapy. The two-year, full-time course is a timely and appropriate route for graduates, as it recognises their educational and work experiences to date.

Programme Aims

The MSc in Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) aims to develop graduates who are able to:

  • demonstrate how the relationship between person, occupation and environment is integral to health and well-being
  • establish therapeutic relationships with diverse populations
  • engage in continuing professional development
  • advocate for occupational justice within systems
  • design and implement innovate, responsive and evidence-based practice/services
  • employ the principles of client-centred practice
  • engage in clinical reasoning to enable the Occupational Therapy process across a range of practice contexts
  • clearly explain the theoretical underpinnings of Occupational Therapy practice to a range of audiences
  • collaborate with clients, colleagues and communities
  • critique and apply evidence to practice

Programme Practicalities

Successful completion of the Garda clearance process, Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the studentThis program is subject to the University of Limerick’s Fitness to Practice Policy. Full details available here:

Practice education is a core component of the MSc Occupational Therapy (PQ) program, comprising 1000 hours across four placements that are completed at various clinical sites around Ireland. All students are required to complete a number of placements outside the Mid-West region. Practice education placements range from 4 to 9 weeks duration and are completed in diverse settings including: hospitals, community services, voluntary bodies and the independent sector.  No remuneration is available to cover the cost of placement. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange accommodation for the duration of the placement.

The MSc Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) program provides a range of educational activities and opportunities to students including practical and experiential learning activities that reflect the typical work activities of an Occupational Therapist 

All prospective candidates considering applying to the MSc Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) program are strongly advised to review the following resources to ensure they are aware of the typical work activities of Occupational Therapists.

  • The Association of Occupational Therapists webpage ‘What is OT?’ includes details of where OT’s work and case studies.  Click here
  • The American Occupational Therapy Association webpage ‘About Occupational Therapy’ includes details of typical occupational therapy practice across a range of settings where Occupational Therapists typically work including; mental health services, rehabilitation services, work and industry and services for children and youths: click here
  • The O-Net summary report for Occupational Therapy gives a detailed description of tasks, technology uses, work activities and work contexts of Occupational Therapists: click here

These typical work practices are reflected in the educational activities and opportunities afforded to students throughout the MSc Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) programme


Dr. Rosie Gowran
Course Director
Tel: 353-61-23320
Website: www.ul.ie/schoolalliedhealth
Email: schoolalliedhealth@ul.ie
email: rosie.gowran@ul.ie 


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