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Occupational Therapy Pre-registration (MSc)

Occupational Therapy Pre-registration (MSc)

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Occupational Therapy

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Change the lives of others for the better with our accelerated occupational therapy MSc. Develop a strong professional identity as an occupational therapist and gain a clear understanding of how the role contributes to multi-disciplinary teams.

When you graduate you’ll be eligible to register as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

This occupational therapy master's explores the impact of health conditions and life events on people’s sense of self, relationships and occupations. It combines a range of areas including:

  • psychology
  • human anatomy and physiology
  • sociology
  • pathology
  • learning disabilities
  • mental health

You'll study health and social care by exploring its origins, philosophy and priorities. Including the promotion of good health as well as the management of illness. Throughout the course, you'll develop the confidence to treat people with psychological, physical or social disabilities. You’ll also learn to work with patients, their families and carers, as well as other healthcare professionals.

Working in our purpose-built facilities will give you a great opportunity to apply the skills you learn. We have a multi-sensory environment, a biomechanics laboratory and an adapted flat.


Our creative and forward-thinking course prepares you to confidently work in the changing UK and international health and social care landscape. Our graduates take on roles in a broad range of contexts including the NHS, local authorities, charities, industry, schools, private practice and government agencies.

You can specialise in working with children, adults or older people across the lifespan, and pursue a career as a practitioner, researcher, manager, lecturer or consultant.

You can expect excellent career prospects in a whole range of healthcare environments where occupational therapy is practiced. Occupational therapy graduates are in high demand in the UK and abroad.


This module provides an opportunity to experience current practice in a variety of locations across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and surrounding counties. Principle providers of placements will be in health or social care settings. You will work alongside an experienced HCPC registered therapist who will act as the main placement educator for the entire placement. However, you will likely work within a wider team as a routine part of your experience. You and the placement educator and point of contact will be allocated a Locality Contact (a member of the academic staff in the School's OT team) who will provide a link to the academic programme and will meet you at least once during the placement. You will be supernumerary to the staff in the area in which you are placed.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students will need the minimum of a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline. This must include a research training component and must have been awarded within the last 5 years. Examples of relevant degrees are human biology, psychology, sociology, and public health.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more