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How we will deliver your course: Occupational Therapy (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

New students

No changes to the content of the first year curriculum.

Returning students

No changes to the content of the curriculum

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

New students

No anticipated changes.

Returning students 

Due to a backlog in placements across the sector, there may be some anticipated changes based on the availability of practice education placements. Students may need to trail a placement if it cannot be sourced when required. 

3. How your course will be delivered 

New students 

Asynchronous online directed study including lectures and seminar preparation for most blocks

Synchronous online seminars for some blocks including OT5705, OT5706, OT5708, OT5709. Some exceptions i.e OT5705 – Moving and Handling training and Breakaway Training to be held on campus. 

In-person practicals and seminars for the more hands-on blocks including OT5701, OT5702, OT5703, OT5704, OT5707 will be held on campus. It is anticipated that these blocks will be taught at least 2.5 days on campus in Term 1 and 3.5 days on campus in Term 2.

Assessment includes coursework assignment submissions online. Practical examinations will be in person on campus.

Returning students 

Asynchronous online directed study including lectures and seminar preparation for most blocks.

Synchronous online seminars for some blocks including OT5712 and HH5823.

In-person on campus practicals and seminars for most blocks including OT5713, OT5711, HH55032, HH55035, HH55036, OT5601, OT5710.

Assessment includes coursework assignment submissions online. Exams that are presentation based will be held on campus.  If a student needs to re-sit the practical exam from Year 1 at the end of Year 2, this will be held on campus. 

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.

If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders, either in person or via phone or MS-Teams, to discuss academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. 

You can find availability on Blackboard Learn or email your lecturer to book an appointment. Please give as much notice as possible to help your lecturer find a time that suits you.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend out virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, so please keep an eye on those. 

We occasionally host whole cohort drop-in meetings and other events where you can get updates and join in conversations with peers and lecturers from your department, you will receive an invite by email.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your course rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research Society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CHMLS-TPO-biosciences@brunel.ac.uk


Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21