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Occupational therapy

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Occupational therapy

Our courses provide the knowledge to empower people to meaningfully engage in activities that improve their lives and overcome significant challenges. 

In a nutshell, occupational therapy is about therapeutically enabling  people with physical, mental, social and occupational challenges to do everyday activities and to lead fulfilling lives.

There’s no one-size-fits-all definition of what this can entail though, and that’s part of what makes it such a satisfying career.  You could work in a diverse range of settings including: hospitals, clinics, prisons, hospices, care farms, supported accommodation, charitable organisations, government departments, schools… and the list goes on.

Here at Essex, you’ll 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.

When you choose to study with us, you'll gain more than just a qualification.  You'll be part of our learning community, and we've got plenty to offer.  We offer BSc Occupational Therapy as a three-year course, or as an apprenticeship (for those in employment within a relevant role and with support from their employer).  For those who have already studied at undergraduate level, we also offer MSc Occupational Therapy which is also a pre-registration course.

 

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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.
  • We are ranked 14th for counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy for overall positivity score (National Student Survey 2023, English Broad Discipline Institutions). 
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Occupational therapy courses 

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Occupational therapy is about doing the extraordinary to support people with physical, mental, social and occupational challenges to do the ordinary.  It’s about working with patients to assess their individual and environmental abilities and problems in relation to their daily life, and planning solutions with them.

Our pre-registration occupational therapy course is highly sought after.  You'll 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’ll be encouraged to learn with, and from, other professionals. In just two years, you’ll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) as a qualified Occupational Therapist.

When you choose to study with us, you'll gain more than just a qualification.  You'll be part of our learning community, and we've got plenty to offer.    Check out our facilities, and find out more about the School of Health and Social Care here.



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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.
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Continuing professional development

Our learning opportunities are flexible and can be tailored to meet your professional development needs. Take a look through our portfolio of courses below to find out what we have to offer.

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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.

When you choose to study with us, you'll gain more than just a qualification.  You'll be part of our learning community, and we've got plenty to offer. Check out our facilities, and find out more about the School of Health and Social Care here.

Our research is organised into four research groups: Public health and social policyAssessment and management of neuro-developmental and acquired disordersPhysical and mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan, and Pedagogy research for health and social care.  Explore each group to find out more about our current projects and doctoral research, as well as a list of our academic staff, research staff and postgraduate students associated with each group.

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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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Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, postgraduate opportunities for research supervision and wider areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.