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Master in Occupational Therapy

«The European MSc in Occupational Therapy is unique. Approved in Switzerland, it is a truly international course that takes you to five European countries during the six learning modules, namely Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark 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.

Three good reasons for studying at ZHAW

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

Structure of the course

The European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is designed as a part-time course. A Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Zurich University of Applied Science or a European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy takes two years to complete.

The first four modules consist of two weeks’ preparatory self-study at home, two weeks of study at the relevant university and a post-processing phase at home with written proof of achievement.

In module 5, you prepare the project plan for your master thesis during the preparatory phase and present it to students and 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.


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Claudia Galli Hudec Head of MSc in Occupational Therapy
Anders Kottorp Principal lecturer
Brigitte Gantschnig Head Research Unit for Occupational Therapy, 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 for the Faculty of Health and Society at Malmö University

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Professional profile and training objectives

We are seeing a rise in the level of chronic illness and therefore in the demand for scientifically-validated therapeutic measures. The increasing complexity of health and social systems demands a broader perspective for occupational therapy in practice, teaching and research.

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 carry out scientific projects.

You will therefore be ready to assume new responsibilities, such as:

Successful completion of the Master in Sciences paves the way to a PhD.

How to enhance your competencies

As students...

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

Teaching location: Eastbourne (Great Britain), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Winterthur (Switzerland), Naestved (Denmark) and Stockholm (Sweden)

Language of instruction: English

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