Queen Margaret University
Key Course Facts
Salary of Graduates in counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy
Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.
|15 months after graduation||3 years after graduation||5 years after graduation|
|25-75 percentile range||£26000 - £32000||£18500 - £24000||£21500 - £27500|
All counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy courses of Queen Margaret University
Salary of all UK Graduates of counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy
|15 months after graduation||3 years after graduation||5 years after graduation|
|25-75 percentile range||£23659 - £26911||£15340 - £25476||£16859 - £28886|
All counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy courses in the UK
Living, not existing – that’s a primary objective for the profession. As an occupational therapist, you will work with individuals, groups and communities to foster participation in the aspects of life that people need, want and have to do. This course is your first step towards a rewarding and diverse healthcare career with excellent employment prospects.
On this course you will explore how to provide practical support to empower people, facilitate health and wellbeing, and help identify and respond to barriers that prevent people from doing what really matters to them.
You will learn a wide range of transferable personal and professional skills – understanding why and how people engage in occupation and what might disrupt patterns of occupation; critically engaging with knowledge and evidence that informs the profession; collaborating with services to address needs of their communities. You will also develop an appreciation of how individual’s lives can be shaped by society including environments, history, or systems and how these factors can impact on health. You will learn through a variety of approaches including interactive lectures, workshops, group work and self-directed learning. Practical placements are a key element of the course, giving you the opportunity to translate your learning into practice and to work with a wide range of services and populations. There is a practice placement offered in each of the four years, and in total you will complete 31 weeks of full time practice-based education.
In Year One you will study a range of modules that provide you with the knowledge and concepts that are foundational to occupational therapy practice. You will be introduced to different perspectives on occupation and its centrality in everyday life, as well as its relationship with health and wellbeing. You will also develop skills in communication, information technology and academic study skills.
In Year Two you will focus on occupational therapy processes (assessment, goal setting, intervention, evaluation) with individuals and communities. You will explore disruption and deprivation of occupation (personal and contextual factors), across the life span. Aspects of public health and health promotion will be introduced and revisited in the later years.
During Year Three you will critically explore issues related to practice, theories and systems. You will also study the social construction and complexity of knowledge and practice. You will develop further understanding of leadership, practice development and innovation in thinking and action.
Year Four consolidates your master’s-level learning opportunities and builds upon your previous knowledge and practice experiences in diverse and changing contexts. This year will include community partnership working, project development and deepening leadership skills.
Interprofessional learning and working is an integral part of professional practice and will be incorporated throughout the course.
What You Will Learn
Programme content: As a student of Occupational Therapy, MOccTh you will study the following course modules.
Jobs & Career Perspectives
15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.
Required skill level of job after 15 months
Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)
Example below based on all graduates of Occupational Therapy MOccTh at Queen Margaret University
|10%||Welfare and housing associate professionals|
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Minimum Required UCAS Tariff
UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course
This particular course
English or a discursive subject such as History or Sociology at A Level or equivalent. English and Maths at GCSE level grade C.
In Health and Social Care subjects to include a pass in the graded unit at grade B.
In Health and Social Care subjects to include a pass in the graded units at grade CB.
English or a discursive subject such as History or Sociology at Higher or equivalent. English and Maths required at National 5 level grade C.
Preferably to include a discursive subject. History, Literature, Modern Studies or similar.
Health and Social Care
These grades should include English or a discursive subject such as History or Sociology at Higher Level or equivalent. English and Maths are required at Ordinary Level grade O4 or Higher Level H5 if not taken at Higher level.
We accept many different qualifications, but cannot list them all here. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information or advice if you are thinking of taking a course of study. We welcome applications from international and EU applicants and you can find information on specific entry requirements by country here: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/information-for-your-country/. We also welcome applications from mature students, or people holding qualifications such as Access courses or OU modules. The Scottish Wider Access Partnership (SWAP) offers a range of local Access courses and those that are accepted for entry are listed here: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Occupational Therapy, MOccTh, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
Tuition Fees Occupational Therapy MOccTh
|England UK||£9250||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||year 1|
Additional fee information
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
How to apply
January 1, 2024
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Possible Entry Points:
- year 1 (Default entry point)
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[Published 09 September, 2023]
About Queen Margaret University
Located on the Eastern side of Edinburgh we find Queen Margaret University, where students come together to pursue their careers on the single-site campus in Musselburgh. As a relatively young university (2007), this institution has already earned itself significant University Ranking recognition from organisations such as QS, and is particularly noted for important research contributions in the areas of Global Health and Development, and Speech and Language. Those who choose to study here can expect well-funded departments and facilities with the latest technologies, including their state-of-the art laboratories for those studying medical disciplines in particular. Their 800-student Student Village located just minutes away from Fort Kinnaird retail park also ensures that those attending have plenty of social opportunities to complement their busy schedules.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy (Post-Registration) MSc||Queen Margaret University||72%||0%||5%||£6000||£16500||161||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Occupational Therapy MOccTh||Queen Margaret University||72%||0%||5%||£9250||£15500||161||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Occupational Therapy MOccTh||Robert Gordon University||66%||0%||0%||£6750||£14000||180||Aberdeen||On campus Full-time|
|Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc||Queen Margaret University||72%||0%||5%||£9680||£17900||161||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Occupational Therapy MOccTh||Plymouth University||46%||5%||2%||-||-||151||Plymouth||On campus Full-time|
|Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc (PG)||Plymouth University||46%||5%||2%||-||-||151||Plymouth||On campus Full-time|
|Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc||University of Essex||46%||5%||2%||£9250||£19380||151||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|Advanced Clinical Practice (Occupational Therapy) MSc||Brunel University||46%||5%||2%||£4240||£9925||151||Uxbridge||On campus Part-time|
|Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc||Brunel University||46%||5%||2%||£9250||£19855||151||Uxbridge||On campus Full-time|
|Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc||University of East Anglia||46%||5%||2%||£9250||£16400||151||Norwich||On campus Full-time|