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Master in Occupational Therapy

«The European MSc in Occupational Therapy is unique. Officially approved in Switzerland, it is a truly international course of study with six learning modules that takes you to five European countries: the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and Sweden.»

Claudia Galli, Head of MSc in Occupational Therapy

The Institute of Occupational Therapy, together with four prestigious European universities, offers the European MSc in Occupational Therapy in English.

Five good reasons for the European Master

European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from a training institution approved by the WFOT or equivalent (i.e. holders of qualifications awarded in the 1990s by professional colleges that later became universities of applied sciences may contact the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) to obtain a UAS title on the basis of their previously awarded qualifications).
  • Knowledge of English: International English Language Testing Service IELTS: score of at least 6.5.

Applicants from abroad apply at Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Please refer to:

Additional information on entry requirements

Programme structure

The European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is designed as a part-time course of study. It takes to years to complete and confers the titles “Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (UAS Zurich)” and “European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy”.

The first four modules consist of two weeks’ preparatory self-study at home, two weeks of study at the relevant university, and a follow-up phase at home with a written performance assessment.

In Module 5, you prepare the project plan for your Master’s thesis during the preparatory phase and present it to your fellow students and to lecturers during your one-week attendance at the university.

The sixth module is dedicated to writing your master thesis. It is a quantitative or qualitative piece of research, which is conducted and evaluated under supervision.


Person Role
Claudia Galli Hudec Head of MSc in Occupational Therapy
Anders Kottorp Deputy Module Coordinator, lecturer
Brigitte Gantschnig Head of Occupational Therapy Research, lecturer
Christina Schulze Lecturer

“I have rarely seen such a well-integrated programme that manages to maintain structure, guidelines, and criteria across all modules at the same time.”

Anders Kottorp, main lecturer in the Swiss module of the European Master of Science, Dean of Faculty of Health and Society at Malmö University

Professional profile and educational objectives

We are seeing a rise in chronic illnesses and therefore in the demand for scientifically validated therapeutic measures. The increasing complexity of health and social systems calls for a broader perspective in the practice, education, and research of occupational therapy.

The European Master of Sciences in Occupational Therapy provides you with the ability to evaluate and develop occupational therapy concepts, methods, assessments, guidelines, and models of care, and to conduct scientific research.

This programme will enable you to assume new roles and responsibilities, such as those of:

Successful completion of this Master’s degree program can also pave the way to a doctorate.

How to enhance your competencies

As a student, you will...

  • ... enhance your knowledge of research methods, assess research results, transfer knowledge into practice, conduct your own research projects, and communicate your findings.
  • ...evaluate, establish, and develop methods and concepts related to occupational therapy.
  • ...expand your expertise on human activity within a cultural context and its social relevance.
  • ...learn to judge the legal framework of European countries and its impact on professional practice.

The acquired competencies are applicable in all fields of occupational therapy.

At a glance

Degree: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy UAS Zurich and European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Workload: 90 ECTS credits

Duration of study: 4 semesters (24 months)

Course structure: Part-time

Start of the course: August

Registration deadline: 1 June

Location: Eastbourne (United Kingdom), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Winterthur (Switzerland), A Coruña (Spain), and Stockholm (Sweden)

Language of instruction: English

Tuition fees: A semester fee of CHF 720 + additional study and living expenses