Iðjuþjálfinn - 01.08.2011, Blaðsíða 26

Iðjuþjálfinn - 01.08.2011, Blaðsíða 26
26 • IðjuþjálfInn 1/2011 Introduction: Why should you that are looking for further education consider an international Master Program in Occupational Therapy? I could motivate this in many ways as one of the staff in the program but never as good as in this lived experience below written by one of our students in the program, Sarah Matovu from Uganda. Read this article (published in African OT­journals) and consider the possibility for this experience for yourself. Then read more about the program and here more opinions from students in a video at our web­site: www.ot­euromaster.nl If you already are in another Master Program it is also possible to take a single module in the program (module 2­4) for going deep into specific OT­theory. Consider this opportunity – it will change you ­ if not your whole life ­ at least what you think about science and about our profession. Hans Jonsson Research Director of the European Master Program Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm and Hogeschool van Amsterdam It all begun in 2007 when I got an email saying, I have been admitted for the European Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, after I had sent numerous applications to several Universities all over Europe. It was a very exciting moment and after 2 weeks I get a parcel with hand outs, the study guide for the entire course and the pre­course. This is when it dawned on me that the process had actually begun. The European Masters of science in Occupational Therapy is an International Consortium Joint degree with the University of Brighton, Eastbourne, United Kingdom, University College Sjælland, Næstved, Denmark, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden. This course provided an experience of a life time for me. The course is divided into six modules with each module carried out in a different country as indicated in the figure below. This makes it even more exciting because you get to explore the Universities as well as the countries. What other course would create such a vast amount of exposure. For each module in the various countries was divided into preparatory module task (56 hours) orientation, class work (80 hours) intensive classes with tutoring and lectures and then assignments (200 hours) papers. The preparatory work, gave me time to have an understanding of what the module was about, but also share contextual experience on Occupational therapy with fellow students during the face to face lectures, which were quiet informal and gave me the opportunity to freely express myself and share opinions even argue about the information that was being given. The sessions were highly interactive that motivated me to greatly contribute to my own learning process. I also got to appreciate the staff that were highly engaging and had a vast wealth of information as professional researchers, therapists and individuals with a different kind of culture, socialization and life context than mine. I also got the opportunity to interact with PhD students, guest lecturers from other universities like; Gail Whiteford. Although the face to face lectures were intense, we got a lot of support from the lecturers and would even get individual time to discuss our ideas for the thesis and get in put from them. Cohort 9 was one of the most diverse groups with students from Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Uganda, Norway, Switzerland, Chile, Denmark, Netherlands and Georgia. I got to appreciate the cultural diversity and also use it as a learning experience. English being the media of communication for the OT­ Euro masters did not come as a challenge, because the students used the opportunity to express themselves sometimes in their mother Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4 Module 5 Module 6 University of Brighton in Eastbourne, United Kingdom University College Sjælland in Næstved, Denmark Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden Own country 12 ECTS 12 ECTS 12 ECTS 12 ECTS 12 ECTS 30 ECTS Week 2-13 Wk 3-4 in class January Week 14-25 Wk 16-17 in class April Week 32-43 Wk 34-35 in class August Week 45-6 Wk 47-48 in class November Week 8-19 Wk 18 in class April Week 20-4 Wk 4 exam January Exploration of concepts of Occupation and Research Societal and scientific aspects of Occupational therapy & Occupational science Scientific reasoning about Human Occupation, Diversity, Culture and Participation Enhancing and evaluating Occupational Performance Planning a research project placed within the knowledge of the discipline Conducting a research project within an area of the discipline Assessment Critical literature review Assessment Position paper Assessment A report on a small scale qualitative study Assessment A report on a small scale quantitative study Assessment Research design Oral presentation Assessment Thesis Oral presentation Attending the European Masters of science in Occupational Therapy as a student from Africa By Sarah Matovu, MSc Occupational Therapist. Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mafeteng Lesotho



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