The course examines health, wellbeing and work (or other meaningful occupation), bringing together the disciplines of occupational and vocational rehabilitation. A bio-psychosocial model will be explored, with a work focused approach, as opposed to a condition-focused one, in order to facilitate and support work participation.
During your time with us, you'll consider the health and wellbeing of employed and unemployed individuals as well as the perspectives of a range of key players such as the employer, health and social care professionals, employment advisers, the voluntary sector etc.
The aim is to develop your critical awareness of the issues that play a part in the areas of occupational and vocational rehabilitation and strategies to improve practice and collaboration. The course takes a systematic, multi-disciplinary approach - one grounded in research and ethical principles.
The course has a full-time and a part-time route:
This module covers a range of theoretical principles and research evidence, including:
You will also develop your own personal-development plan.
This course examines long-term conditions in relation to work and identifies quality case management principles for client-centred rehabilitation, as applied to a range of complex presentations and perspectives.Content includes:
You should have either an:
If you do not meet our academic entry requirements, but do have alternative qualifications and/or significant relevant experience in a related field /subject , you may still be successful in your application if you meet the criteria laid down in the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) route. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency in the language: we require an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in any component. Find out how to take an IELTS test.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
This course is for you if you work with – or want to work with – individuals who are struggling to stay in, return to, or enter the world of work due to ill health, injury or ongoing physical, mental or social obstacles.
The course is particularly appropriate if you are a practicing:
You should be an enthusiastic individual seeking to develop your critical-thinking skills and keen to challenge and improve your practice.
You may currently work in a team or independently, within occupational and vocational rehabilitation.
You must want to improve your ability to learn and collaborate effectively in practice, and provide co-ordinated and integrated services that meet the occupational and vocational needs of those you are working with.
You should also be keen to use research evidence to develop your knowledge and your functional and intellectual capacity in this complex and specialist area.
If you take the course on a full-time basis, you will be required to complete two 30-credit modules per semester, across three semesters over a year.
As a part-time student, you'll take one 30-credit module per-semester, and two semesters each year over a three year period.
The course is delivered through:
You will explore the course material via real-time lectures, engagement in tutor and peer-led group work, and study in our virtual classroom. You will also receive support in setting up and familiarising yourself with relevant IT and media resources, including wikis, blogs and discussion forums for asynchronous learning.
You will also have the chance to participate in academic tutorials via email, telephone or Skype. And you will have full access to our online library resources and other student support services.
You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will act as a mentor and guide for the duration of your journey through the programme.
Some course modules include room for negotiation with your tutors about how you will be assessed. This is to ensure that the methods of assessment meet your learning needs, your interests and the demands of your workplace.
Assessment methods can include:
Christine Parker, Programme Leader
Christine has extensive experience as a physiotherapist, particularly involving complex rehabilitation cases in community settings. She has also acted as clinical lead for a growing and developing Interdisciplinary Pain Management Service.
Christine moved into teaching and research in 2005 and is now a Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford. She has developed a work and health focus in the undergraduate physiotherapy programme and has run the standalone postgraduate module on ‘Vocational Rehabilitation’, which is now superseded by this new Postgraduate Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation programme.
Christine's research interests centre on health, work and wellbeing and she is currently working towards a PhD, exploring the perspective of the employer in managing sickness absence and sickness presenteeism, and how we can bridge the gap between healthcare and the workplace.
This course will demonstrate how to solve complex problems and think critically and creatively to achieve optimal results.
These skills are highly sought after in occupational and vocational rehabilitation practice industries that are placing ever greater emphasis on evidence-based, cost-effective and efficient service provision.
The course programme will also enhance your cognitive abilities and effectiveness in inter-professional collaboration – skills and attributes that will make you very attractive to a prospective employer.
You should consider taking this course to progress in an industry that you already have experience in, re-skill for a different career path or continue the studies you took as an undergraduate.
“This course has broadened my perspective and given me a deeper understanding of what and why I do things in practice and ideas for ways in which I can develop further. Everything I learnt is now embedded into my routine work. In particular, I feel that this course has given me more credibility and confidence when pitching for business – worth all the hard work!”
Deborah Harrison, MSc Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation, 2015
Guest speakers make a valuable contribution to the course, and bring a real-world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. These sessions allow you to mix with professionals from industry, make contacts, set up placements and conduct research.
Graduates from the MSc Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation may choose to consider ongoing research based study.
There are two particularly relevant research programmes within the School of Health Sciences:
This programme is led by Professor Alison Hammond
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||Home/EU: £2,750 (for year one)|
|Full-time PgDip||Home/EU - £5,500, international - £8,870|
|Full-time PgCert||Home/EU - £2,750, international - £4,435|
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section.
Funding for this course may be available for eligible staff within the NHS. To find out more please see the NHS CPD Apply system.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
MSc (one year full-time or three years part-time)
PgDip (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (one year part-time or five months full-time)
Selected stand-alone module (30 Master-level credits over five months)