Trinity College Dublin

Bachelor in Science (Occupational Therapy)

The overall aim of this one-year degree programme is to facilitate the development of an occupational therapy graduate who is reflective, has the ability to critically evaluate their practice, and provide client-centred, occupation-focused interventions. The course content has been designed in consultation with both occupational therapy practitioners and academics in Singapore to reflect current and developing areas of occupational therapy practice, and future developments in the Healthcare system of Singapore.

Four modules will be delivered during the one-year programme: Advanced Occupational Therapy Theory, Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice, Context and Delivery of Practice and Healthcare Development and Delivery. All four modules will focus on occupational therapy theories and interventions in the practice areas of Primary Care, Mental Health, Older Adults and Cognitive Rehabilitation that can be applied across the lifespan.

The learning approaches in the programme will be active and student-centred. Enquiry and problem-based learning will be used to facilitate development of critical thinking and self-directed learning skills.

Trinity College Dublin Academic Calendar AY2016/17

Semester 1

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
Term Break Dec 2016 – Jan 2017
Semester 2

Jan 2017 – Jun 2017

Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP): Jan 2017 – Feb 2017

Trinity College Dublin Academic Calendar AY2015/16

Semester 1

28 Sep - 18 Dec 2015
Semester 2

18 Jan  - 10 Jun 2016

Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP): 18 Jan - 26 Feb 2016

Grading System

The examination, assessment and grading of all modules are governed by the Trinity College Dublin academic regulations.

All modules must be successfully completed.

Weighting of modules:

All modules contribute to the final degree classification and the relative weighting of each module is outlined in the student handbook. The student handbook is available to the student on commencement of the programme.

Degree Classification:

Degree classification Grade Percentage range
First class Honors I 70% - 100%
Second class Honors, first division II.1 60% - 69%
Second class Honors, second division II.2 50% - 59%
Third class Honors III 40% - 49%
Fail F 0% - 39%

Trinity College Dublin
Occupational Therapy, BSc

Programme Structure

Semester 1

• OT4036 Advanced Occupational Therapy Theory

This module is for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of occupational therapy theories which underpin professional practice. By the end of this module, students will be able to discuss and critique the role of occupational therapy theory both in research and practice as well as discuss the impact of this unique body of knowledge on the profession's development. Students will review different levels of theory, their relationship to each other and how they are applied within occupational therapy practice. Students will be expected to apply different levels of theory to their experiences from their fieldwork placements. They will also be expected to evaluate the application of theory to their own professional practice during their practice education.

This module will form foundational knowledge for the Advanced Practice module in that knowledge developed in relation to occupational therapy theory and clinical reasoning will be used to examine current practice in the four practice areas of Primary care, Mental Health, Older Adults and Cognitive Rehabilitation. Knowledge from this module will also be applied to the service development proposals developed by students in the Advanced Practice module.

• OT4037 Advanced Practice Module

The Advanced Practice module will focus on current and evidence-based occupational therapy practice in the four areas of: Primary Care, Mental Health, Older Adults and Cognitive Rehabilitation. It will run parallel to the Advanced Occupational Therapy Theory Module and students will be expected to integrate knowledge from that module to ensure the application of occupational therapy theory into these four practice areas.

Semester 2

Overseas Immersion Programme

• OT4038 Context and Delivery of Practice (Overseas Immersion Programme)

The overall aim of the module is to allow students the opportunity to integrate their learning from both modules completed in Semester One. This module will allow students to reflect on practice both in Singapore and in Ireland, and consider how the context of practice (culture, legislation, professional development and identity) impacts on current practice and influences future practice developments. Students will have the opportunity to observe occupational therapy practice within the Irish context and will be able to draw on similarities and differences between practices in both countries. Through facilitated clinical visits, guest lectures, and peer-learning opportunities with the final year undergraduate Occupational Therapy students at Trinity College, the students will consolidate their knowledge and debate potential future directions and developments of occupational therapy practice within the Singapore context of practice. Through active participation in all aspects of this module, students will be able to consider how their new learning may influence their future practice as occupational therapists.

• OT4039 Healthcare Development and Delivery

This module takes place when students return from their Overseas Immersion Programme at TCD. In this module students are expected to integrate and consolidate their learning from the previous three modules of Occupational Therapy Theory, the Advanced Practice modules and their overseas module in TCD. During their time in Dublin they will have had an opportunity to visit practice sites particularly in the areas of Primary Care, Mental health, Older Adults and Cognitive Rehabilitation, and will have had lectures from clinical specialist occupational therapists practicing in these four areas. They will therefore be expected to use these practice-specific experiences to plan suitable occupational therapy services in these four areas, in Singapore, through detailed service-delivery proposals. Service proposals must be based on current occupational therapy theory, reflect current and evidence-based occupational therapy practice and fit within the local context of health policy and healthcare delivery in Singapore.

Trinity College Dublin
Occupational Therapy, BSc

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Trinity College Dublin
Occupational Therapy, BSc

Students studying in the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) degree programmes are required to complete a six-week attachment including associated clinical sites at the home campus of the Trinity College Dublin, where they will get to experience living and studying in Dublin, Ireland. The estimated cost ranges from S$5,500 - S$6,500. Note:

Estimated costs are dependent on prevailing currency exchange rates and flight ticket prices.


 tcd main campus

 @TCD main campus – The day we visited the Provost. (Photo courtesy of Teng Mei Ling)



gaelic football

Physiotherapy students get to play one of the most popular sports in Ireland - Gaelic football. (Photo courtesy of New Hsio Wei)



dining hall

Yam Seng! Enjoying a “Harry Potter” style dinner at TCD dining hall. (Photo courtesy of New Hsio Wei)


 Students enjoying the Ceili dance!


The most memorable part of the OIP was site visits. The opportunity to “see practice” instead of just reading about it gave me much to reflect about my own practice in Singapore. – Emily Koh Tse Hui, Class of 2012

It felt great to visit Trinity College Dublin, to be physically present in the campus increased the affiliation we had to the university. From the time this trip was planned, to the day we came back, there was so much fun and learning.  – Nirmalayga, Class of 2012

“The most helpful learning experience from the OIP is that I was exposed to the acute rehabilitation unit (Geriatrics), a total different unit that I am working in Singapore (Outpatients). I was able to learn and apply the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health model during the clinical attachment.” – Mauricette Lee, Class of 2012  

“The OIP trip would be the highlight of the degree program. The clinical attachment was an eye opener as it taught me different skills that will benefit my practice. It is definitely worth the experience.” – Barron Soh, Class of 2012

Going for this OIP trip has really enabled me to step out of my comfort zone. This is the longest trip that I have been away from home. But overall, the environmental changes have honed my life skills and I find myself to be a more independent and street-smart person.  – Teng Mei Ling, Class of 2012

Trinity College Dublin
Occupational Therapy, BSc

For admission-related queries, please email to 
For general and programme-related queries, please email to 

tan bhing leet

Associate Professor Tan Bhing Leet
Programme Director


Saitun Binte Abdullah

Ms Saitun Binte Abdullah
Executive, Academic Programme


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