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MSc - Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

MSc - Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

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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

Course overview

Enhance the lives and wellbeing of people facing physical, mental, or social challenges. Use your existing scientific knowledge to maximise people's ability to move and function in a work environment.

This RCOT and HCPC accredited course is designed to equip you with all the academic know-how and valuable hands-on skills you will need to become a qualified occupational therapist and make a difference in the lives of others.


Building on your existing academic skills, you will learn profession-specific practice which meets the needs of your future employers. This will be achieved through academic learning, hands-on learning and a range of clinical practice. This includes working in a variety of settings with children and adults with physical, social or mental health issues. You'll complete over 1000 hours of clinical practice placements, taking advantage of our exceptional partner links.

Our professionally-experienced tutors provide you with theoretical backing and hands-on opportunities in our varied facilities. You'll utilise our simulation labs, home space, creative spaces and more to develop your skills before going on placement. Whilst learning, you will be able to work with other Institute of Health students, as you would in a professional role.


The programme will equip you with all the skills you need to practice whether you choose to work in the NHS or the independent sector. This programme is based on the understanding that people are occupational beings who need to engage in a balanced range of personally meaningful occupations to sustain health and wellbeing.

You will respond to current local, national and global needs and priorities relevant to individuals and populations. For example, you will explore lifestyle factors affecting health and wellbeing and the necessity for health promoting strategies to support positive change both nationally and internationally.

By the end of the programme, you will not only be able to practice safely and effectively but will be able to offer creative solutions to complex issues in practice through engaging with current evidence and reflecting on your practice placement experience. A key element in our programme design has been to create an effective, dynamic learning environment in which you are an active participant in directing your learning and developing your emerging professional identity.


Fundamentals of Occupation and Occupational Therapy
Occupational Science, Health and Wellbeing
Project Design
Applied Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy in Practice 1
Occupational Therapy in Practice 2
The Contemporary Occupational Therapist
Researcher Development
Occupational Design
Independent Exploration of Practice
Occupational Therapy in Practice 3
Occupational Therapy in Practice 4

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Students need to have 1st or 2nd class honours degree - to include GCSE in English Language at grade C or above. We strongly recommend you thoroughly research the role of an Occupational Therapist, speak to an Occupational Therapist or meet an Occupational Therapist prior to your interview as you will be asked about your understanding of their role. In addition to a degree, candidates should have a GCSE grade C or above in English Language. If you have an unrelated first degree, but have experience in occupational therapy, your application will be considered. Applicants unable to meet the formal academic entry requirements, but who hold another relevant professional qualification such as a diploma in physiotherapy, nursing, chiropody or podiatry are welcome to apply. Candidates will need to show post-qualification academic performance, a range of continuing professional development (CPD), and relevant professional experience. We look for a clear understanding of the work of an occupational therapist, so it is useful if you have undertaken some work experience or shadowing. The programme is intensive and you need to be a committed, independent learner. If applicants don't have recent study within the last three years, they may still be considered if they have appropriate work/life experience.