Hogeschool van Amsterdam

European Master Of Science In Occupational Therapy


European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Master's, part-time

The European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT-EuroMaster) is a two-year, part-time, research oriented programme of 90 EC consisting of six modules. You study in five European higher education institutions. You learn as part of a small group of students (ca. 30 students) from at least six countries. You will share and compare experiences. This will strengthen your professional identity and enhance your cultural understanding.

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Programme structure

The part time programme takes 4 semesters and consists of 6 modules. The first five modules (12 EC each) are hosted by the the partner institutions. The last module involves the completion of a semi-independent scientific research project in the field of occupational therapy or occupational science, resulting in the thesis.

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Partner institutions

Partner institution Country
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) The Netherlands
University College Absalon Denmark
University of Brighton United Kingdom
Karolinska Institutet Sweden
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) Switzerland


The programme aims are to enhance understanding of the complexities of occupation, to foster inter-cultural understanding and to increase the research capacity of the profession.

Occupational therapy, occupational science and research are integrated within each module. 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.

This module introduces the whole programme and what is required at Master of Science level education.

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Module 2 addresses qualitative research methods. Different methods that capture subjective dimensions, such as the lived experiences or meaning of the concepts of human occupation and participation, will be introduced and discussed.

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Occupational performance is the performance of meaningful and relevant everyday life tasks in order to satisfy life needs. When implementing assessments and interventions, occupational therapy practice must therefore place its focus on occupational performance, assisting clients to become actively engaged in the everyday activities that are relevant and meaningful for them. This module will explore and integrate the use of quantitative research approaches in such occupational therapy intervention processes.

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Module 4 builds on socio-cultural perspectives of human occupation, population health and OT practice. It seeks to explore, discuss, critique, and synthesize human occupational life shaped by societal, political, economic, healthcare, and cultural conditions.

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This module is a step toward synthesising and applying the knowledge and scientific skills gained in the earlier modules. The documents about your research interests, designs, methods and ethical issues as discussed in the learning groups, and as elaborated in the module 4 assignment, will serve as starting point.

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In module 6 you will carry out a research project on a complex topic or problem within occupational therapy and/or occupational science semi-independently with supervision from staff.

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The master Occupational Therapy is designed in such a way that you can create your own path and apply interests with the guidance of professionals.

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Gepubliceerd door  OT Euromaster 15 september 2020