The European MSc in Occupational Therapy allows you to study in five different countries. The awarding university is the University of Applied Sciences (HvA) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The aim of this course is to give you, as an occupational therapist, the tools to get ahead of current developments and meet the demands of today's clients. With an increase in the average age, the number of people who have disabilities and those with chronic conditions, there is a need for highly qualified occupational therapists who are equipped to innovatively deal with complex situations in therapy and health promotion. On completion you will be able to offer a high quality service geared to individual needs.
Studying across different European countries will allow you explore the development of occupational therapy theories by looking at the similarities and differences between cultures. This can facilitate the study of effects of the environment in the shaping of human beings' everyday occupations and social participation.
The institutions where you will be studying:
Location Five European locations
Part-time 24 months
What to expect
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The programme starts in September 2017 and lasts 24 months. Hours of study per week will be approximately 28 and there will be six modules including a thesis.*
Each module consists of 280 study hours and has three phases at one of the participating universities.
Each phase consists of preparatory work in your own country (56 hours), class work in the country hosting the module (10 working days / 80 hours), and independent study in your own country (200 hours).
In your home country you work under supervision on your thesis. You support and review each other's work in action learning groups at a distance (840 hours).
During the first year you will have four modules, in each module you have two weeks of intensive classes and nine weeks for making assignments.
It is possible to take these first modules separately, in which case each module costs 2,000 Euros.
Each module combines theoretical topics within Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science with scientific method and theory.
Exploration of concepts of occupation and research
Preparatory work at home
Contact hours in Eastbourne
Assignments at home
Weeks 35 and 36 2017
Weeks 37 and 38 2017
Submission: 15.11.2017 (week 46)
Qualitative research methods and human occupation, diversity, culture and participation
Contact hours in Amsterdam
Weeks 47 and 48 2017
Weeks 49 and 50 2017
Submission: 21.01.2018 (week 8)
Quantitative research methods in relation to evaluating and enhancing occupational performance
Contact hours in Winterthur
Weeks 9 and 10 2018
Weeks 11 and 12 2018
Submission: 16.05.2018 (week 20)
Socio-cultural perspectives of human occupation
Contact hours in Naestved
Assignment at home
Weeks 21 and 22 2018
Weeks 23 and 24 2018
Submission 08.08.2018 (week 32)
Planning a research project within the body of knowledge of the OT discipline
Independent study at home
Submit draft research plan for final feedback by supervisor
Submit research plan for marking by examiners
Examination of research plan by oral presentation and Master classes on research methods in Stockholm
Week 35 until 45 2018
Week 45 2018
Submisison 24.10.2018 (week 43)
Week 46 2018
Resubmissions of research plan
Conducting a research project within the OT discipline
Submit thesis to Director education
Marking and feedback sent to student
Oral presentation of thesis and graduation in Eastbourne
Week 47 until 24 2019
Week 25 submit 2019
Week 33 2019
Week 38 2019
 Submissions and resubmissions are always due on the Wednesday of the mentioned week.
Module 1: Exploration of Concepts of Occupation and Research
University of Brighton in Eastbourne
Module 2: Qualitative research methods and human occupation, diversity, culture and participation
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Module 3: Quantitative research methods in relation to evaluation and enhancement of occupational performance
Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Module 4: Socio-cultural perspectives of human occupation
University College Zealand in Næstved
Module 5: Planning a research project within the body of knowledge of the OT discipline
This modules will involve:
Module 6: Conducting a research project within the Occupational Therapy discipline
This module will involve:
Travel and accommodation
Our European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy offers you the high quality education of five participating universities. It gives you the exciting opportunity to visit several European cities and to learn and travel. The organising universities provide advice and assistant in finding suitable accommodation.
During the first year you travel five times to attend classes in the country that delivers the module. Each trip will last two weeks. First you will visit Eastbourne, United Kingdom, then Næstved near Copenhagen in Denmark, followed by Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
The fourth module is in Winterthur, Switzerland, and finally in the fifth module you go for one week to the Swedish capital Stockholm. The presentation of the research findings will take place at an examination seminar held in one of these countries.
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Graduates of this programme are working in education, practice and research. Around half of all alumni state that after finishing this MSc they have had an increase in their income, job satisfaction and responsibilities. Nearly all graduates would recommend this MSc to others.
For entry requirements and information on how to apply, please visit www.ot-euromaster.eu/prospectivestudents.
All students (full-time) 2,006 Euros
The fee is exclusive of travel and accommodation expenses and the costs of study material. The fee is payable annually and further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study.
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Campus where this course is taught
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The campus has extensive sporting facilities, including a sports hall, fitness suite, climbing wall, swimming pool, three gyms, a dance studio and an artificial training pitch. For sport and exercise students, there are also exercise physiology labs, a human movement laboratory and an environmental chamber.
Professional-standard facilities on this campus include the Leaf Hospital Clinic, specialist practical skills rooms, culinary arts studio and accredited sports science laboratories.
All eligible 2019-entry firm and insurance offer holders are guaranteed an offer of university-managed accommodation.
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UnihomesA unihome is a student house which the university manages on behalf of a private landlord. This option can work particularly well when you’re balancing learning with placements and other life commitments.
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Private rentingEastbourne offers good choice when it comes to student accommodation.
There’s a good supply of affordable, high quality private rented accommodation and plenty of support and advice from us if you choose this option. Your first stop should be our studenthomes database. This lists accommodation offered by landlords who have signed up to our code of standards.
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Vera, graduated Jan 2016
The structure of the programme was very helpful for me. It allowed me to really quickly implement what I had learned.
Nizar, graduated Jan 2016
I wanted to start the European Master mostly because of the international aspects of this programme. In our cohort we are 22 students coming from nine different countries.
Marielle, student 2016-2018
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