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Year of Entry 2021/22

Vocational Rehabilitation

Distance learning Occupational therapy

Be at the forefront of political changes relating to work and welfare reform on this useful distance learning course.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £8,490 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
When do I start? September 2021
January 2022

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Course summary

  • Learn to help those with illness, injury and disabilities overcome obstacles in the workplace.
  • Examine the social and political issues that individuals with illness, injury and disabilities may face.
  • Benefit from a flexible, distance-learning approach; perfect for fitting around a related career.
  • Personalise your learning approach; adapting your modules and qualification level to suit you.
  • Enhance your employability; be at the forefront of political changes relating to work and welfare reform.

This versatile postgraduate course is aimed towards those with an existing position in an employment-related area. You'll specialise and suit your interests, work and experience; graduating with sought-after qualifications.

How you learn

Watch course leader Martine Guilford talk about this course.

This course allows you to study as you work. You'll take two core modules, and then choose a more specialised route. Throughout, you'll be encouraged to forge interprofessional relationships, sharing your experiences through the online learning environment.

You learn through

  • self-directed study
  • live webinar engagement
  • essays/journal articles
  • project and research work
  • service improvement plans
  • reflection

You can study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

Course leaders and tutors

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Martine Guilford
Senior Lecturer In Occupational Therapy

Applied learning

Work placements

This course is designed to support those who already work in an employment-related area. As such, much of the learning and assessment you undertake will be related to, and based on, your current position.

Live projects

You'll study topics that are each relevant to your own work, personal development and practice.

Networking opportunities

You will have regular opportunities to engage in online discussions with your peers during your study. These tutor-directed activities enable you to share your ideas and experiences, and make connections with other individuals who have common goals and may face similar challenges.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • occupational health
  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • human resources
  • employment services
  • rehabilitation
  • disability services

Where will I study?

You study this course online from any location

Entry requirements

All students

Academic Qualification

Normally, applicants will hold a first degree or professional qualification which is recognised in the UK in a related healthcare subject. Exception can be made to this on a case by case basis. Alternative evidence to show the necessary academic ability will be requested, such as a written piece of work.

Other formally certified qualifications

Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be accepted. Applicants will be considered on other relevant evidence which may include for example; documented evidence of recent CPD activity. such evidence must be clearly described in any application.

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

Level of English language capability

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill area.

Relevant work or work-related experience

Applicants would normally have experience in a professional role in a related field of health and wellbeing, although individual circumstances would be considered.

Applicants will be motivated and prepared to study independently and autonomously. They must be prepared to embrace the challenges of Master's level study including online distance learning, have access to a reliable internet connection to support engagement and have sound IT skills.

The programme is intellectually challenging and applicants should be prepared to actively contribute to discussion and debate; critically reflect upon own and others¿ practice and; explore and evaluate the evidence base underpinning their chosen course of study.

Use of Prior Credit (RPL): prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit may be used within the programme in the following ways:

Through the University's recognition of prior learning (RPL) process it may be possible for applicants to be exempt from some modules of the programme.

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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


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: Ergonomics And Human Factors At Work Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals Of Vocational Rehabilitation Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advancing Practice In Neurological Therapy (Distance Learning) Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evaluating Service Improvement Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exercise For Mental Health And Psychological Wellbeing (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Health Promotion And Lifestyle Management Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Leadership In Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Learning And Teaching For Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Planning Service Improvement Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation 60 Credits Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£710 for 15 credits or £1,415 for 30 credits).

† 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

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£710 for 15 credits or £1,415 for 30 credits).

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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)

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for September 2021

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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