MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) Induction information 2019 - stage 1


Welcome to the School of Health Professions where we pride ourselves in the quality and professionalism of our academic offer and where our programmes are designed to meet the demands of contemporary health and social care practice. 

As you begin your professional journey we will encourage you reach your full potential and achieve excellence in your chosen discipline. We also want you to enjoy your time with us and hope that you will embrace some of the social and recreational opportunities that are such an important aspect of university life.

From the Induction timetable you will see that many activities have been arranged for you and it is important that you attend all of these. These activities will help familiarise you with your chosen programme, introduce you the Peninsula Allied Health Centre and the main city centre university campus and also signpost some of the support services available to you.

Sara Demian, Head of School – Health Professions

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Induction timetable

Monday 16 September – Today's sessions will be held at the Peninsula Allied Health Centre (PAHC) with an self directed orientation to the Seale Hayne Library at Drake Circus and optional meal at The Mission

9:00–9:30: Registration and coffee – GF24

09:30–10:00: Welcome to the School of Health Professions  (Sara Demain) – LT1

10:00–11:00: Overview of masters level provision and generic shared elements – who’s who including overview of quality structure, student reps, role of personal tutor, exam panels and boards  (Claire Hornsby) – LT1

11:00–12:00: Introduction to the Student Union, Networking and Cream Tea

12.00-13.00:  Administration session – SF35. Please bring your passport. Card collection*** (please see details below)

11:45–13:00: Introduction to library and literature searching – LT1

13:00–14.00: Lunch

14.00–15:00: Introduction to Evidence Based Practice - LT1

15:00–15:30:  Question and answers (Programme Leads) – LT1

15:30–16:30: MSc (Pre Reg) Occupational Therapy Specific Session - FF24

16:30–17:00: Travel to Drake Circus. Library tour Drake Circus – Library, Drake Circus

18:00: Induction meal – The Mission, City Centre, PL1 2AY

Tuesday 17 September  – Today's sessions are all on Drake Circus 

9:00–10:00: Introduction to writing at masters level – Davy Building, Main Hall

10:00–11:00: Critical analysis workshop – Davy Building, Main Hall

11:00–11:30: Break

11:30–12:30: Library Introduction and Literature Searching - Davy Building, Main Hall

12:30–13:30: Lunch 

PM Sessions for full time and returning students only:

13:30–14:00: Research core modules ADV715 and ADV716/MCR703 via webinar - Roland Levinsky Building 304

14:00–15.30: Research ethics via webinar – Roland Levinsky Building 304

15.30–16:30: Overview of research in SHP via webinar and Cookworthy Building 408

Wednesday 18 September – All today's sessions are on Drake Circus

09:30–11:00: Uniform fittings** (please see details below) – Portland Square C1, C2 and C4

11.00-13.00: Placement Overview (Rosi Raine) - Babbage Building 406

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-16.30: Programme Specific Session (Rosi Raine) - Babbage Building 003

Thursday 19 September - Today's sessions are on Drake Circus 

13.00-15.30: Placement Fair - Sherwell Foyer

15.30-16.30: International Student Welcome (Karen Beaulieu and UKVI Compliance)  - Babbage 410

Friday 20 September – All today's sessions are on Drake Circus

9:00–12:00: Occupational health appointments* (mandatory) – Babbage 403, 413, 415 and 417

Occupational Health appointments are mandatory so you will be temporarily excused from other sessions to attend your appointment. Please use the induction timetable link below to download a more detailed, printable timetable. 

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Today's events

* Occupational health

You will undertake a series of occupational health appointments over the next four months. It is important that you attend your designated occupational health appointment as this is a condition of attendance in placement areas.

Your first appointment will be scheduled on one of the two dates below:

  • Friday 20 September 2019

Venue: Babbage 403, 413, 415, 417

Your individual appointment date and time will be available during your first day at University. One of the rooms will be designated as a reception. Please report to the reception room in the first instance.

When attending your first appointment please ensure you bring a record of any immunisations you may have had. Please also be aware your first inoculation may also take place at this appointment and it is important that you have had something to eat prior to this appointment.

If you have a needle phobia please advise occupational health before you start by emailing:

You will need to quote your name, date of birth and programme in any email to occupational health.

Future occupational health appointment dates and times will be forwarded to you via your University email account. The schedule of appointments will be posted on the programme moodle site for your information.

** Uniform fittings

It is compulsory that you attend this session so that your uniform fits properly and is ordered in time for your placement.

*** Card collection

We cannot issue your card if you do not bring your passport. Please note: your card is required to use the free bus scheme.

If you are currently a student on a different programme and already have a University of Plymouth card without the bus logo, please email: and we will arrange for a new card to be issued.

Essential information

Please ensure you do the following before starting your programme:

  • Enrol online by 16 September 2019 – this gives you access to your timetable and triggers your student loan
  • Upload a photograph by 16 September 2019 – this allows your registration card to be printed

Passport checking during 16 September 2019

Please bring your passport to the administration session together with any certificates or documentation requested by admissions.

This will enable us to issue your University card, which you will need to access the University of Plymouth library, Students' Union and free bus service between the University of Plymouth and the Peninsula Allied Health Centre.

If your card is not available for any reason, you will not be able access the bus service free of charge.

Please note that there is no student parking on site.

Suggested Reading List

You will be provided with appropriate reading lists as you are introduced to each module, however you may wish to purchase some core texts listed below – note the ebooks mentioned below are freely accessible to all students once they register as student members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.

 Information about membership will be provided during induction. The prices quoted below are a guide and accurate at the time of going to press.

Key Occupational Therapy texts for 2019/2020

  • Problem Based Learning in Health and Social Care, Teena Clouston, Lyn Westcott, Steven Whitcombe and Jill Riley, (9 April 2010), £38.
  • Cite Them Right: The Essential Referencing Guide (Palgrave Study Skills), Richard Pears and Graham Shields, 23 Apr 2013, ebook.
  • Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy Edward A. S. Duncan 16 Aug 2012, 5th Edition £30.
  • Creek's Occupational Therapy and Mental Health, Wendy Bryant & Jon Fieldhouse & Katrina Bannigan (eds) 2014, 5th edition, £38.39
  • Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction: Enabling Occupation Michael Curtin, Matthew Molineux, 19 October 2009, 6th edition, £40.

Total: £158.00

The following key texts will be available as e books once student register as student members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists:

  • Occupational Science, G Whiteford and C Hocking, 2011, e-book.
  • The Occupational Therapy Handbook: Practice Education R Treseder and T Polglase, 2012, e-book.
  • Occupational Therapy and Life Course Development, R Wright and L Sugarman, 2009, e-book.
Some bookshops do offer a discount on course books upon production of a letter confirming a place on the course, or a University ID card once you’ve enrolled, do clarify with the individual bookshop before you purchase.

We also suggest you try internet retailers where the price may be substantially cheaper and second hand copies may be available (although always check that you are purchasing the most recent edition of a text).

In addition it will be helpful to you have a good look at the following and familiarise yourself with these websites


British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists 
Health and Care Professions Council
Department of Health.

Essential information for new international students

Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square.
This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver. 

During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. 
They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. 

There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

UPSU events

Friday 14 September: International Fair, the Students' Union

Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof

Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof

Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union

Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky Building and Students' Union roof

Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee

View more information about UPSU events.