MSc Advancing Practice Sensory Integration

Year of Entry 2023/24
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MSc

Advancing Practice Sensory Integration

Distance learning Occupational therapy

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the neuroscience underpinning sensory integration and processing, and the theory and application of Ayres Sensory Integration.

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What is the fee? Please see the Fees and Funding Section below
How long will I study? 2 / 4 Years
When do I start? September 2023
January 2024
April 2024

Course summary

  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to work in advanced sensory integration.
  • See how your learning can contribute to the growing evidence base. 
  • Plan and implement a research study focused on sensory integration.  

This course is available to occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to develop first as a practitioner in sensory integration – and then as an advanced practitioner. 

There are multiple intakes of each sensory integration module throughout the year – you can check start dates on the Sensory Integration Education (SIE) website. You’re welcome to discuss your most appropriate pattern of study, funding and study goals with the collaborative course lead Colette Fegan (c.m.fegan@shu.ac.uk), or by contacting support@sensoryintegration.org.uk.


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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll be part of an online community that’s multi-disciplinary in nature and promotes peer and tutor support.  

You learn through 

  • online presentations and lessons
  • webinars 
  • independent study tasks 
  • online discussion boards and meetings 
  • online activities 

In the research methods module, you’ll have access to a multi-disciplinary teaching team and an e-tutor. You’ll have your own research supervisor as well – they’ll support you through your research dissertation. You’ll also have access to a range of electronic resources. 

Course leaders and tutors

Colette Beecher
Colette Beecher
Senior Lecturer In Occupational Therapy

Colette Qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1990 and is a Specialist Occupational Therapist in Neurology. Her previous work history has involved working in neu … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

Both the postgraduate certificate and diploma include up to 60 clinical hours, which sit within the sensory integration modules. These clinical hours can be completed within your own workplace – or you can arrange to complete them in another suitable environment. 

You’ll also be supported in clinical mentoring sessions to help you hone your clinical skills. Your mentor will be from the SIE register of clinical mentors – or from your workplace if you have a suitable mentor at work who’s an advanced practitioner in sensory integration. You’ll usually have around three hours of mentoring per module. 

Networking opportunities

When you start the course you’ll become a member of SIE’s community of best practice – the Association of Sensory Integration Practitioners (ASIP). 


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in 

  • healthcare 
  • social care 
  • education  
  • third sector organisations 
  • private practice  

Where will I study?

You study this course online from any location


Equipment and facilities

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

Normally, applicants will hold a first degree or professional qualification in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech and Language Therapy which is recognised in the UK.

Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be accepted.

Applicants are usually required to provide at least one reference evidencing your capability for postgraduate study.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 6.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Sensory Integration 1: Foundations And Neuroscience Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sensory Integration 2: Clinical Reasoning In Sensory Integration: Assessment Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sensory Integration 3: Clinical Reasoning And Practice In Sensory Integration: Intervention Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Sensory Integration 3: Clinical Reasoning And Practice In Sensory Integration: Intervention Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sensory Integration 4: Advanced Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation 45 Credits Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Please visit the Sensory Integration Education (SIE) website (below) for details on the tuition fee for this course.

https://www.sensoryintegrationeducation.com/pages/postgraduate-courses

To study this course you will need to apply directly through the SIE website.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Please visit the Sensory Integration Education (SIE) website (below) for details on the tuition fee for this course.
 
https://www.sensoryintegrationeducation.com/pages/postgraduate-courses

To study this course you will need to apply directly through the SIE website.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Occupational therapy courses (PDF, 220.2KB)

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