Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy - what skills will I gain?

Key features

This 20 credit module enables you to explore occupation in contemporary occupational therapy practice. You will look at current and emerging theory and research on occupation, health and wellness, occupational performance and models of practice as well as developing your ability to reflect on, challenge and articulate the application of this knowledge in a professional setting.

You will cover topics such as occupational science; development and future applications; health, wellness and occupation; the impact of culture on occupation; current and emerging models of practice and the use of occupation in practice contexts.

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The assessment for this module is a 4,000 word assignment identifying and critically evaluating contemporary issues in current occupational therapy practice, research and theory and evaluates the implications of these for practice.
Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit.
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.
This module can be taken as a standalone professional development module, as an optional module towards some of our MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways or an optional module towards the MClinRes Clinical Research programme – please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Course details

 On successful completion of this module you will be able to:
  • critically evaluate the contribution of occupational science to the development and future of occupational therapy practice
  • critically evaluate the contemporary evidence base supporting occupational therapy practice
  • investigate and critically appraise the cultural implications of global and western concepts of health and wellness, related to the use of occupation in practice
  • critically evaluate, synthesise and apply the knowledge gained to a specific practice context.

Module dates

22, 23 January and 5, 6 February 2024.
(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.)

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
Admissions information Additional information and documentation required for the application process.Access to application forms, download guides and confirmation information. Visit our admissions homepage.

Module lead – Tanja Krizaj

This is a great module for any occupational therapist wanting to update their knowledge on occupational science and apply it to their current practice. We will be drawing on international expertise and engaging in lively discussion. Come and join us.
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Entry requirements

Students wishing to undertake this module:
  • must hold a degree in occupational therapy.
Individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme, please discuss with the Professional Development Unit prior to application.
Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit (PDU). Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Fees and funding

Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.
If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.