Occupational Therapy - Professional Qualification

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

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 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: 23 February 2019. Check website https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/

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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•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 – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 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

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•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

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Semester 1
• Enquiry in Healthcare 1
• The Anatomy & Physiology of Human Performance
• Occupational Therapy Approaches to Problems in Human Performance
• Science of Occupation
• Preparation for Practice Education (PPP1)
• Occupational Development Through the Lifespan

Semester 2
• Person-Occupation-Environment 1
• Sociology of Health & Illness for Occupational Therapy
• Seminar in Professional Practice Issues
• Enquiry in Healthcare 2
• Practice Education 1 (4 weeks)

Semester 3
• Lifestyle Redesign through Occupation
• Practice Education 2
• Research Project 1

Year 2

Semester 4
• Practice Education 3
• Person-Occupation-Environment 2
• Research Project 2
• Occupation in Context

Semester 5
• Education Practice 4
• Engaging through Complexity
• Research Project 3
• Innovation in Management for Health and Social Care


2 years full-time.

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Graduate Profile
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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