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European Master Of Science In Occupational Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

The European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is a truly international experience offering new possibilities to Occupational Therapists.

The 2-year, part time, research oriented programme consists of 6 modules and is offered by a consortium of five institutions in five different countries. Each module is hosted by one of the European universities in the consortium. The programme is guided by constructive alignment through six modules. Collaborative learning approaches are used, such as Problem Based Learning, Learning Groups and an online discussion forum.

Every module ends with a written assignment. In the final modules you plan and conduct a research project and write your thesis as a journal paper.

Due to our European focus on Occupational Therapy, you will be inspired to look at Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science from a cross-cultural viewpoint. You will have the opportunity to design and conduct research on an Occupational Therapy subject. You will develop your analytical and clinical reasoning skills and learn to implement research outcomes. Your increasing knowledge and research skills will enable you to grow personally, professionally and as a researcher. The degree will open new career perspectives both in your home country and abroad.

This programme has been on offer since 1999 and was one of the first MSc degrees in OT in Europe. It is a programme of highest quality, accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders NVAO in 2006, 2010 and 2016. It received the European Consortium for Accreditation’s Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation in 2016.

The students differ from age, from 18 till 55.

A student group is called cohort. In every cohort there are between 20 and 30 students. In every cohort there is a international mix of students from all over the world!

During the first year you are required to travel four times to attend class work at the institution hosting the module. Each trip will last two weeks and will take you to Eastbourne (UK), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Winterthur (Switzerland) and Næstved (Denmark).

In the second year you will visit the Stockholm (Sweden) for one week.

A presentation of the master thesis will be given at a place at an examination conference in one of these five countries.

You are responsible for organizing your own travel and accommodation. The organising universities provide links or housing lists that help you to find suitable accommodation.

The total study load is 2520 hours leading to 90 ECTS credits. It is a 2 year, part time programme. Many students do work parallel to studying; most of them between 50-70% (2,5 to 3.5 days per week).

The four modules in the first study year have the following structure:

  • Preparatory work: 56 hours over two weeks, in home country
  • Class work: 80 hours over two weeks, at hosting institution
  • Assignment: 200 hours over 8 weeks, in home country

Module 5 has a different structure:

  • Preparatory work with assignment: ca 300 hours over 11 weeks
  • Class work with examination: 36 hours, at hosting institution

Modules 1 to 5 all lead to 12 ECTS credits. Module 6 (thesis) consists of 30 ECTS credits

You can apply any time of the year before the deadline.

The admission committee will check the applications after the deadline.

For detailed information, please consult the “How to apply”-information here.  

Please note: The European MSc in Occupational Therapy is primarily aimed at qualified Occupational Therapists who wish to continue their academic and professional development.

If you are not an Occupational Therapists you may be able to gain admission after submitting a portfolio, but please be aware that this programme does not lead to a professional qualification and licence to practice as an Occupational Therapist.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • English test: Overall band score of at least 6.5 for the academic IELTS-test (International English Language Testing Service) or equivalent

Those having a degree in Occupational Therapy which is not a Bachelor of Science degree will have to submit a professional portfolio demonstrating that they fulfil the entrance competences.

Those having a Bachelor of Science in a field related to Occupational Therapy will have to submit an extensive professional portfolio demonstrating their entrance competences.

For detailed information, please consult the “How to apply”-information here.

Please note: The European MSc in Occupational Therapy is primarily aimed at qualified Occupational Therapists who wish to continue their academic and professional development.

If you are not an Occupational Therapists you may be able to gain admission after submitting a portfolio, but please be aware that this programme does not lead to a professional qualification and licence to practice as an Occupational Therapist.

A portfolio is a way to show the personal and professional skills you have to offer. The portfolio contains a collection of products and documents that demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have acquired until now through your education, experience in practice and lifelong learning.

You can be creative in the type of portfolio you choose. It is not needed to develop a paper portfolio. The use of a website or presentation program like PowerPoint or Prezi is also possible.

For detailed information, please consult the “How to apply”-information here.

Yes, applicants are required to prove that they have a sufficient command of the English language by submitting evidence of an overall band score of at least 6.5 for the academic International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), or of a comparable score in a test.

For detailed information, please consult the “How to apply”-information here

We will inform you in time if a document is invalid or missing. In most situations you will be given time to send in a valid document.

The modules explore different subjects. Each module combines theoretical topics within Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science with scientific method and theory.

  • Module 1: Exploration of concepts of occupation and research , Eastbourne (UK)
  • Module 2: Qualitative research methods and human occupation, diversity, culture and participation, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Module 3: Quantitative research methods in relation to evaluation and enhancement of occupational performance, Winterthur (Switzerland)
  • Module 4: Socio-cultural perspectives of human occupation, Naestved (Denmark)
  • Module 5: Planning a research project within the body of knowledge of the occupational therapy discipline, Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Module 6: Conducting a research project within the occupational therapy discipline, own country

For more details, see Content and structure of the programme 

The possibilities for funding are limited. In some countries grants are offered to students studying abroad. Exchange students from EEA countries may be eligible to receive student financial support from their home country while studying in The Netherlands.

Consider that some funds provide grants after the student is accepted to a study programme.

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Published by  OT Euromaster 29 November 2018

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