Occupational Therapy

Key programme benefits to future students
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
• Design and implement innovate, responsive and evidence-based practice/services
• Establish therapeutic relationships with diverse populations
• Employ the principles of client centred practice
• Engage in clinical reasoning to enable the OT process across a range of practice contexts
• Collaborate with clients, colleagues and communities
• Explain the theoretical underpinnings of OT practice to a range of audiences
• Engage in continuing professional development
• Critique and apply evidence to practice
• Advocate for occupational justice within systems

Subjects taught

Year 1 Modules
• The Anatomy & Physiology of Human Performance
• Occupational Therapy Approaches to Problems in Human Performance
• Science of Occupation
• Preparation for Practice
• Occupational Development Through the Lifespan
• Person-Occupation-Environment 1
• Sociology of Health & Illness for Occupational Therapy
• Seminar in Professional Practice Issues
• Research methods for Education and Health Sciences
• Practice Education 1
• Lifestyle Redesign through Occupation
• Practice Education 2
• Research Project 1

Year 2 Modules
• Practice Education 3
• Person-Occupation-Environment 2
• Research Project 2
• Occupation in Context
• Practice Education 4
• Engaging through Complexity
• Research Project 3
• Innovation in Management for Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

*Please note: Entry requirements below are subject to Academic Council approval.

Minimum of a second class honours primary degree (2.2) (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or a postgraduate degree (Level 9 National Qualifications *Please note: Entry requirements below are subject to Academic Council approval.

Minimum of a second class honours primary degree (2.2) (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or a postgraduate degree (Level 9 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). The type of previous undergraduate degree awarded is not a limiting factor in terms of eligibility.

Candidates may apply to this programme in the final semester of an undergraduate programme and must produce evidence that all requirements for postgraduate study are met by the end of June in the year that the programme commences. Once all standard requirements are met for postgraduate applications at UL, the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test- Ireland) will be used as the sole instrument to select students for this programme.

Candidates applying to the MSc Occupational Therapy programme in UL must register for HPAT-Ireland + Written Component (Registration fee €160).
HPAT Ireland Exam Dates: TBC Check website https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/ Please note your CAO number is not required for registration for the HPAT
Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist applicants as deemed necessary.

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 student.

Applications must include;
Qualification transcripts and certificates
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided: English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts

A copy of your passport or birth certificate

English language competency certificate

English Language Requirements

Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
TOEFL – 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 80 (internet based)
IELTS – composite score 7.5 and not less than 7 in any one component.
English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6
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For international candidates the International Student Admissions Test; ISAT will be used to select candidates. ISAT exam dates: there are many exam dates from March to January each year. Applicants must have sat the exam by 31st January in year of which they wish to apply. Check the ISAT website at https://isat.acer.edu.au/

A number of vaccinations are required in order to attend placement at clinical sites. All MSc Occupational Therapy students are responsible for ensuring they have the appropriate vaccinations prior to commencement of the program. The Department of Clinical Therapies School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick does not cover the cost of vaccinations.

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on ul.ie.

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on ul.ie/gps and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


2 years full-time, taught.

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Graduate careers
Graduates will be qualified to practice in Ireland and eligible for registration in other parts of the world. You will be able to work in a diverse range of environments including schools, hospitals and community settings.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Daytime,Full time

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