MSc Advancing Practice Sensory Integration

Year of Entry 2024/25
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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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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 Edwards (, or by contacting

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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

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, email our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.

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


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

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

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Sensory Integration 1: Foundations And Neuroscience
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sensory Integration 2: Clinical Reasoning In Sensory Integration: Assessment
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sensory Integration 3: Clinical Reasoning And Practice In Sensory Integration: Intervention
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sensory Integration 4: Advanced Practice
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Dissertation 45 Credits
Credits 45
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Researching For Practice (Distance Learning)
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

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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, 342.1KB)

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