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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

If you want a rewarding career as an occupational therapist, one who confidently enhances the lives and wellbeing of people facing physical, mental or social challenges, then our course is for you.

This course is fully accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and designed to equip you with all the academic know-how and valuable hands-on skills you will need to become a qualified professional in this field.

You will learn the profession-specific practice which meet the needs of employers and you will achieve this through academic, hands-on learning and a range of clinical practice. This includes working in a variety of settings with children and people with physical, social or mental health issues.

The experience you will get working alongside qualified professionals will bolster your CV and give you the essential, specialist experience that will set you apart from the crowd in interviews.

Course summary

This is an accelerated programme that requires high levels of motivation and commitment. We provide a mix of traditional learning methods and eLearning resources, including lectures, seminars and group work, as well as placement opportunities. Much of the study is self-directed and done outside timetabled hours, allowing you to take responsibility for your own learning needs.

Each module is credit rated. You are assessed in various ways including coursework presentations, reflective writing, vivas and reports. Assessment of clinical placements do not form part of the masters level assessed credits, but does contribute to your qualification and you will be graded to give you an indication of your performance.

Graduate destinations

You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, leading to work in the NHS, private and voluntary sectors, or overseas work, and membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Expansion of the role has led to exciting new developments and opportunities.


Occupational Science, Health and Wellbeing (20 Credits) - Core
Fundamentals of Occupation and Occupational Therapy (20 Credits) - Core
Project Design (20 Credits) - Core
Occupational Therapy in Practice 2 - Core
Occupational Therapy in Practice 1 - Core
Applied Occupational Therapy (20 Credits) - Core
Occupational Design (20 Credits) - Core
Researcher Development (40 Credits) - Core
Independent Exploration of Practice (20 Credits) - Core
The Contemporary Occupational Therapist (20 Credits) - Core
Occupational Therapy in Practice 3 - Core
Occupational Therapy in Practice 4 - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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 visit an Occupational Therapy department or talk to at least one Occupational Therapist prior to 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.