Hogeschool van Amsterdam

European Master Of Science In Occupational Therapy

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European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

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

The 2-year postgraduate, 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 online discussion forums.

Every module includes an 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 or Occupational Science 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.

Students who start their MSc studies immediately after graduating may be as young as 22. There is no upper age limit.

A student group is called cohort. In every cohort there are between 20 and 30 students. In every cohort there is an international mix of students from at least six countries from Europe and beyond!

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 Stockholm (Sweden) for one week.

A presentation of the master thesis will be given at a thesis seminar during one of the modules for the following cohort, 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 and drafting assignment: ca 272 hours over 9-10 weeks.
  • Class work with examination: 36 hours (one week), at hosting institution.
  • One more week to finalise the assignment: 28 hours.

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

You can apply between October 1st and the application deadline on May 1st.

The admission committee will check the applications regularly – if you apply early, you will also receive early notice about the admission committee decision.

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 might be able to gain admission after submitting an extensive portfolio and letter of motivation, evidencing that you achieved the requested entrance competences, but please be aware that this programme does not lead to a professional qualification and license 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

To be directly admitted to the OT-EuroMaster you need to have a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and strong written and verbal English communications skills.

If you have a qualification in Occupational Therapy which is not a Bachelor of Science degree extra admission requirements apply.

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 might be able to gain admission after submitting an extensive portfolio and letter of motivation, evidencing that you achieved the requested entrance competences, but please be aware that this programme does not lead to a professional qualification and license 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.

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.

The following tests and scores are accepted as equivalent to an Academic IELTS score of 6.5:

  • TOEFL Paper: 575
  • TOEFL Computer: 232
  • TOEFL Internet: 90
  • TOEIC Listening and Reading: 720 in combination with TOEIC Speaking and Writing: 310
  • Cambridge ESOL: CAE – C

These are the only alternative test scores we are able to accept with your application.

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 very limited. In some countries grants are offered to students studying abroad.

Consider that some funds provide grants after the student is accepted to a study programme. When you check for funding options, please note that the European MSc in Occupational therapy is a part-time programme and that the stays in the different countries are of 2 weeks class work in modules 1-4 and 1 week in module 5.

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Gepubliceerd door  OT Euromaster 1 september 2021

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