Occupational Therapy

2/4 years | Start date: Autumn 2017 | Degree: Degree of Master of science (60/120 credits) with a major in occupational therapy.

The master programme Occupational Therapy is a part-time Web based distance programme, taught completely online.

The master programme Occupational Therapy is a part-time Web based distance programme, taught completely online.

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. In occupational therapy, occupations refer to the everyday activities. Occupations include things people need  to, want to and are expected to do. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. (defintion according to World federation of Occuational Therapists 2012)

The programme will help students expand their knowledge and develop professionally. Since it’s a part-time programme you will be able to work while you study and keep close contact with your clinical practice. This is an important aspect and students are expected, whether they have been working before starting their master programme or not, to be closely connected to the clinical reality.

The programme is quite flexible and the courses can be shaped differently depending on the student. You can choose to have a broader focus on occupational therapy at large, or to narrow your focus down to your particular area of interest.

Since the programme is web based there are no scheduled lectures on campus. This means that you can take part in the programme without having to leave your family or country.

The modules are distributed via Internet and the web platform Ping Pong. Internet access with a bandwidth sufficient for watching streaming video is required (recommended minimum download speed 1 Mbps). The programme is conducted and examined in English. Swedish-speaking students will be allowed to hand in their examinations in Swedish.


A Master of Science (60 credits) with a major in occupational therpay is obtained after the student has successfully completed course requirements in the main field of their studies.

Career Prospects

Careers in occupational therapy range from positions within home case, private practices, health boards and hospitals to research centers, corporations, rehabilitation companies and within government sectors.

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Credits: 60/120 credits
Level: Master's
Rate of study: Part-time
Place of study: Web-based
Language: English
Start date: Autumn 2017
Application code: 60 credits: HJ-MU063, 120 credits: HJ-MU039
The applicant must hold the minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, 180 credits or equivalent from a recognised university.

Proof of English proficiency is required. Read more about our English Requirements.

Read more about our Admissions Requirements.

Degree of Master of science (60 credits) with a major in occupational therapy.

Tuition fees: SEK 117,000 per year

Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students

Programme modules

Year 1


Theory of Science and Scientific Method, 15 credits
Occupational Therapy, Theory I, 7,5 credits
Occupational Therapy, Community-based Practice, 7,5 credits
Occupational Therapy, Evidence-based Practice I, 7,5 credits
An Occupational Perspective of Health I, 7,5 credits
Occupational Therapy, Thesis I, 15 credits

Year 2

Occupational Theory and Evidence-Based Practice II, 15 credits
An Occupational Perpective of Health II, 7,5 credits
Statistical methods or Qualitative methods in Health and Welfare, 7,5 credits
Team Collaboration in Changing Organizations, 7,5 credits
System Thinking: Organizing, Leading and Steering health and Social Care, 7,5 credits
Occupational Therapy, Thesis II, 15 credits
Occupational Therapy, Thesis I and II replaced with one Thesis, 30 credits

At the end of the programme students must complete an independent project (thesis) worth at least 15 credits. This final project should be performed individually or in pairs. If students work together, each student's work should meet the demands on an individual project.

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