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Programme structure

Read more about the programme structure of the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT-EuroMaster).

The European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT-EuroMaster) is a postgraduate 2-year, part-time, research-oriented programme of 90 EC consisting of 6 modules. During the master, you will study at 5 different European higher education institutions.

You will be part of a small group of students (ca. 30) from at least 6 countries. You will share and compare experiences, strengthen your professional identity and enhance your cultural understanding.

The part-time programme takes 4 semesters and consists of 6 modules. The first 5 modules (12 EC each) are hosted by one of the partner institutions. The last module involves the completion of a semi-independent scientific research project in the field of occupational therapy or occupational science, resulting in the thesis.

Partners institutions
University of BrightonUnited Kingdom
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)The Netherlands
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)Switzerland
Universidade da CoruñaSpain
Karolinska InstitutetSweden


The programme aims to enhance understanding of the complexities of occupation, foster intercultural understanding and increase the research capacity of the profession. Occupational therapy, occupational science and research are integrated within each module. Every module ends with a written assignment. In the final modules, you plan and conduct a research project and write your thesis as a journal paper.

Year 1
1Eastbourne, UK
  • An introduction of the whole programme and what is required at Master of Science level education.
  • The history and current status of OT in each of your own countries
  • An Introduction to Occupational Science and the practice of problem-based learning
  • Read the full description of module 1(opens in new window)


Amsterdam, NL
  • An introduction to qualitative research methods. Different methods capture subjective dimensions, such as the lived experiences or meaning of the concepts of human occupation and participation.
  • The importance of diversity in occupational therapy research.
  • Read the full description of module 2(opens in new window)
3Winterthur, CH
  • Occupational performance is the performance of meaningful and relevant everyday life tasks to satisfy life needs. When implementing assessments and interventions, occupational therapy practice must therefore place its focus on occupational performance, assisting clients to become actively engaged in the everyday activities that are relevant and meaningful for them.
  • In this module, you will explore and integrate the use of quantitative research approaches in such occupational therapy intervention processes.
  • Read the full description of module 3(opens in new window)
4A Coruna, Spain
  •  You take a look at socio-cultural perspectives of human occupation, population health and OT practice. You seek to explore, discuss, critique, and synthesize human occupational life shaped by societal, political, economic, healthcare, and cultural conditions.
  • You conduct a literature review, leading to a suitable research question. 
  • Read the full description of module 4(opens in new window) 

Have a look at the Module in Winterthur, CH


Year 2
5Stockholm, Sweden
  • You apply the knowledge and scientific skills you've gained in the earlier modules.
  • The documents about your research interests, designs, methods and ethical issues as discussed in the learning groups, and as elaborated in the module 4 assignment, will serve as the starting point.
  • You produce a research proposal for your thesis research. 
  • Read the full description of module 5(opens in new window)
6Your home country

Title and diploma

After completing the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy programme, you will be awarded a degree "European MSc in Occupational Therapy". You may use the Master of Science title.

What is your study load?
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