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 postgraduate two-year, part-time, research oriented programme of 90 EC consisting of six modules. During the course of the master you will study at five different European higher education institutions. You will be part of a small group of students (ca. 30) from at least six countries. You will share and compare experiences, strengthen your professional identity and enhance your cultural understanding.

Programme structure

The part-time programme takes 4 semesters and consists of 6 modules. The first five modules (12 EC each) are hosted each by one of 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.

Partner institutions

Partner institution Country
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) The Netherlands

Universidade da Coruña

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.

Module 1 introduces the whole programme and what is required at Master of Science level education. The history and current status of OT in each of your own countries is considered and Occupational Science is introduced. The practice of problem-based learning is introduced.

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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. The importance of diversity in occupational therapy research is emphasised.

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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. Students focus on conducting a literature review, leading to a suitable research question.

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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. Students produce a research proposal for their thesis research.

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In module 6 students carry out a research project on a complex topic or problem within occupational therapy and/or occupational science with online supervision from a highly qualified staff member from one of the partner universities.

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Miranda Zwijgers - Dutch OT-Euromaster student

Networking, learning about cultures, reflecting on your own profession in comparison to other countries.

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Published by  OT Euromaster 7 June 2022