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MSC Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)

MSC Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)

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Study mode

Full time


24 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Occupational Therapy

Course type


Course Summary

Course summary

  • Learn how to address complex occupational challenges that individuals experience in everyday life.
  • Prepare for the changing face of health and social care, to effectively meet the needs of people across communities.
  • Think critically to develop future services.
  • Complete four placements, three of which are part-time and one full -time.
  • Collaborate in integrated and shared learning experiences with students across other health programmes.

The course combines an integrated educational approach in both academic and practice environments to allow students to build their competence in both theoretical and practical aspects of practice.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this course you'll benefit from an eclectic teaching approach. The combination of active learning, problem-based learning and enquiry-based learning approaches simulate authentic, real life scenarios across the modules. There are no exams within this course. We focus on your personal development through reflective practice and skill attainment to enhance your employability.

  • You learn through
  • practice based learning in a variety of different health and social care settings
  • group work
  • lectures and seminars
  • simulated and practical workshops
  • academic study and coursework
  • conducting research through a planned dissertation
  • action learning sets

Future careers

This course allows you to apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and find careers as an occupational therapist in a wide range of health, social care, voluntary and independent sector environments. Graduates have secured positions across the UK and international locations.


This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and can apply to become members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as an occupational therapist in the UK.


Occupational Performance And Engagement: Challenges And Innovations (15 Credits) - Core
Understanding Complexity In Practice (15 Credits) - Core
Professional Practice (15 Credits) - Core
Creating Original Practice (45 Credits) - Core
Evaluating Research Methodologies (15 Credits) - Core
Occupational Performance Across The Lifespan (15 Credits) - Core
Occupational Therapy Foundations For Professional Practice (15 Credits) - Core
Evaluating Complexity In Practice (15 Credits) - Core
Contextualising Occupational Therapy (15 Credits) - Core
Leadership And Enterprise In Occupational Therapy (15 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You need a first degree recognised in the UK at 2:1 or above in a related subject for example psychology, sociology, biology, health sciences and humanities. Applicants with a 2:2 in the above subjects will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants who have a 2:1 in a subject other than those above will also be considered on an individual basis which would take into relevant subjects studied at level 3 or a professional qualification at degree level such as teaching, nursing, social work or an allied health profession and GCSEs in Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents; Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents; English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents.

University information

When studying a postgraduate degree at Sheffield Hallam University, students will be working at the cutting edge of their discipline using the latest techniques, ideas, practices, and insights to address contemporary issues in their discipline, professional practice and the workplace. There are over 30,000 students at Sheffield Hallam University, and just over 6,000 of those are studying at postgraduate level. The university places a...more

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