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Occupational Therapy

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.

Applicants must have attained an award of at least a 2.2 in an undergraduate degree (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.

Official confirmation of undergraduate degree results must be available at the time of applying. For candidates who meet this requirement, 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 €145).

HPAT Ireland Exam Dates: 25th February 2017. Check website

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
•A completed postgraduate studies application form (online)
•Qualification transcripts and certificates, including certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•English language qualification if English is not your first language.
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document).

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

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 – composite score 8 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

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.

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 University of Limerick does not cover the cost of vaccinations.


2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Dr. Nancy Salmon
Tel: 353-61-234232

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)
•Practice Education 1 (4 weeks)

Semester 2
•Person-Occupation-Environment 1
•Sociology of Health & Illness for Occupational Therapy
•Occupational Development Through the Lifespan
•Seminar in Professional Practice Issues
•Enquiry in Healthcare 2

Semester 3 (Summer)
•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


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 on their educational and work experiences to date. The programme is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and accredited by the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.

Application date

Application Deadline: 9th February 2017.

Guidelines for completing the application
•Please title appropriately any documents you are uploading with the application form, for example "Undergraduate Transcript", "Postgraduate Transcript", "English Language Certificate" etc.
•Transcripts - please just upload documents related to third level education and above.
•Employment Record. Can you please include your two most recent posts on the application form. If you have other positions you wish to inform us of, please submit an additional document called "Further Employment.

The application must include the following
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
•Qualifications as stated on your application form (transcripts/final awards etc)
•Proof of HPAT registration (or HPAT results)

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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