Occupational therapy

Transform lives by learning how to use occupation as therapy for health and social issues.

Occupational therapy
Help promote health and wellbeing through occupational therapy.

Occupational therapists work in a diverse range of settings including: hospitals, clinics, prisons, hospices, care farms, supported accommodation, charitable organisations, local council and government departments, homes, schools, and colleges. You will learn about the relationship between occupational engagement and health and well-being. This will inform how occupation can be used therapeutically to enable people to lead full and satisfying lives.

Why study here?
  • Gain hands-on experience in a range of professional settings through practice placements.
  • Our close links with practice educators will strengthen your career prospects.
  • Small class sizes enable strong working relationships between students and experienced staff.
At Essex, we offer a range of occupational therapy courses, including pre-registration and post-registration studies and research.

You will develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities to work with people of all ages, enabling them to engage in occupations to promote their health and wellbeing. Focusing on inter-professional learning, you will be encouraged to learn with, and from, other professionals.

Why study here?
  • Our close links with occupational therapists across the region and beyond will strengthen your career prospects.
  • Develop your practical skills with exclusive use of our dedicated interprofessional labs.
  • Learn alongside our students from other health professions and gain an interdisciplinary perspective.
As a research student at Essex, you’ll work at the heart of our internationally acknowledged and well-connected research community. 

We offer world-class supervision and training opportunities, and encourage you to engage with other researchers, professionals, practitioners and research users, where possible.

Why study here?
  • We offer a number of professional doctorate and research courses which cover a variety of specialist areas within the health, social care and voluntary arenas.
  • A number of student scholarships and funding opportunities are available.
  • We specialise in applied, multi-disciplinary research that addresses local, national and international issues relating to health and social care policy and practice, and other related fields.
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