Postgraduate study
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

This course is available for January 2019 entry

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

This course builds on your academic skills whilst helping you to develop the clinical competence to practice as a newly graduated occupational therapist. You explore the profession across the breadth of occupational therapy practice, experiencing a number of clinical and practice settings including a non-traditional context. In addition to intervention strategies you gain experience in applying sound clinical reasoning and learn something of the professional role within multidisciplinary and multiagency practice.

Course information

Full-time

  • 2 years; January start

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2018 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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We include a problem-based approach within our learning and teaching, and learning opportunities with students from other professions. On successful completion you are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

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Professional accreditation

Our pre-registration occupational therapy provision has been accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

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Year 1 outlines what an occupational therapist is. We consider the world as a place of occupational opportunity and people as occupational beings. Through a series of modules you consider the philosophy of the profession, practice skills and beliefs, and the professional knowledge base required to develop strategies for intervention.

Following two placement experiences you learn to apply the occupational therapy process using evidence from a range of sources. This is supported by input from practice colleagues and service users. You also develop the practical skills needed to demonstrate fitness to purpose. You are encouraged to draw on your placement experience and apply it in your learning. You build on your undergraduate research experience and further explore the research process and its relevance to your interests.

Year 2 helps you understand the professional constructs which determine the scope and viability of occupational therapy. You develop your entrepreneurial and professional skills, and learn about non-traditional or role-emerging practice areas to equip you for an ever-changing workplace. You also start your major project in Year 2, developing academic expertise in your area of research. Your project continues throughout the second year and is submitted in December. You have two more practice placement experiences over the summer.

Course structure

Modules for this course will appear here soon.

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

This well-established, progressive course incorporates biological, social and clinical sciences with health policy and research methods. You take a problem-based approach to learning and share learning with students from other disciplines across the University.

The course consists of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. We promote teamwork and encourage you to appreciate the many disciplines contributing to healthcare. You are supported through a personal tutor and a range of School and University strategies.

How you are assessed

The course includes oral and written assessments, with the opportunity to create scientific posters and demonstrate practical, professional techniques.

Career opportunities

Many employment opportunities exist for graduate occupational therapists in health and social care, schools and voluntary agencies. Occupational therapists also work closely with other professionals such as doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, psychologists and social workers.

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • a 2.1 honours degree (contact admissions before applying)
  • Evidence of academic achievement in the last three years will normally be required.

    We are unable to reconsider unsuccessful applicants in the same application cycle. You can, however, reapply in the future and will be required to meet the criteria as if you were a first time applicant.

  • International applicants:

    • International applicants must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimal score of 6.5 in all sections or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 100/120 before an unconditional offer is made.
    • If you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend an interview (which may be in person OR video call) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or through a secure web link (which will be arranged by the University).
    • If you cannot attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application.

    Admission to the course depends on:

    • academic entry requirements being met
    • satisfactory application form
    • successful interview
    • satisfactory references
    • completed work-based risk assessment process
    • a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

    During and on completion of your course, you must declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body before applying for registration.

    Your personal statement is measured against the following criteria:

    • your ability to complete all sections of the application form fully and correctly
    • the level of all qualifications and grades must be specified
    • appropriate academic entry requirements achieved or predicted
    • evidence of study over the last three years
    • a personal statement supportive of your chosen programme that demonstrates an understanding of the uniqueness of the profession and role of the professional
    • evident motivation for completing the programme

    At interview you are measured against the following criteria, mapped against the NHS constitutional values:

    • knowledge of your chosen profession and career
    • an appreciation of the demands of the programme and your chosen profession
    • enthusiasm for the programme and profession
    • an understanding of professional values and attitudes in health and social care
    • an ability to communicate effectively
    • relevant background experience in this area
    • team skills
    • problem solving skills and creative activities.

    If you are successful in shortlisting and interview you receive a conditional offer subject to:

    1. evidence of the required academic qualifications
    2. a successful work based risk assessment which reflects the Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) recommendations - please read these here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here
    3. a satisfactory DBS check - any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course
    4. satisfactory references.

    Until the steps above have been completed, the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.



    Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

    HEOP recommendations

    For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

    International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

Course information

Full-time

  • 2 years; January start

More full-time details

2018 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information