MSc in Occupational Therapy Professional Qualification From University of Limerick

Program Overview

The MSc Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification ) programme is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and accredited by the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.

The MSc in Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) offered at the University of Limerick is the first Graduate Entry Masters programme in Ireland. The course was developed in response to the Bacon Report recommendation that graduate entry options for this programme be explored. This innovative programme is an opportunity for honours graduates to pursue studies leading to a professional qualification in Occupational Therapy. The two-year, full-time course is a timely and appropriate route for graduates, as it recognises their educational and work experiences to date.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Year 1

Semester 1


  • OT6111 The Anatomy and Physiology of Human Performance
  • OT6091 Occupational Therapy Approaches to Problems in Human Performance
  • OT6051 Science of Occupation
  • PR6031 Preparation for Practice
  • OT6042 (OT6012) Occupational Development through the Lifespan

Semester 2 

  • OT6081 Practice Education 1 (4 wks)
  • OT6062 Person-Occupation-Environment1
  • OT6052 Sociology of Health and Illness for Occupational Therapy
  • OT6032 Seminar in Professional Practice Issues
  • ES6002 Research Methods for Education and Health Sciences

Semester 3 (Summer)

  • OT6083 Practice Education 2 (8 wks)
  • CT6023 Research Project 1
  • OT6072 Lifestyle Redesign through Occupation

Year 2

Semester 4


  • OT6201 Person Occupation Environment 2
  • CT6041 Research Project 2
  • OT6101 Occupation in Context
  • OT6301 Practice Education 3 (8 wks)

Semester 5


  • CT6042 Innovation in Management for Health and Social Care
  • CT6052 Engaging through Complexity
  • CT6032 Research Project 3
  • OT6082 Practice Education 4 (9 wks)

*Please note: Entry requirements below are subject to Academic Council approval.

Minimum of a second class honours primary degree (2.2) (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or a postgraduate degree (Level 9 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). The type of previous undergraduate degree awarded is not a limiting factor in terms of eligibility.

Candidates may apply to this programme in the final semester of an undergraduate programme and must produce evidence that all requirements for postgraduate study are met by the end of June in the year that the programme commences.  Once all standard requirements are met for postgraduate applications at UL, the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test- Ireland) will be used as the sole instrument to select students for this programme. 

  • Candidates applying to the MSc Occupational Therapy programme in UL must register for HPAT-Ireland + Written Component (Registration fee €160).
  • Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist applicants as deemed necessary.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Graduates will be qualified to practice in Ireland and eligible for registration in other parts of the world. You will be able to work in a diverse range of environments including schools, hospitals and community settings.


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