Occupational Therapy - Professional Qualification

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 builds upon their educational and work experiences to date. The programme has approval from the Irish Association of Occupational Therapists and CORU.

This Programme is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the Irish Association of Occupational Therapists

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Year 1
Autumn Semester
• Enquiry in Healthcare 1
• 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

Spring Semester
• 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 (4 weeks)

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

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

Spring Semester
• 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 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.

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at www.ul.ie
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

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

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/


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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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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