Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 2 years  
  • Programme start: January 2024
  • Entry requirements: 2:1 graduates from across a range of disciplines, eg biological sciences, social sciences, health sciences. We will also consider those with a 2:2 classification in their degree with recent relevant experience or further study
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This course provides you with all the knowledge and practical experience you will need to become a qualified Occupational Therapist and able to register with the HCPC. The programme offers a variety of practice placement opportunities which include extended part-time placements, role-emerging setting and an elective placement that can be take at home or overseas.

The programme incorporates the excellent grounding in biological and social sciences that our undergraduate programme is renowned for. Students will have the opportunity to undertake research to develop the evidence base of the profession as well as opportunities to learn alongside master’s students on our other Allied Healthcare programmes.

Our graduates have an excellent employment rate and because of the strong relationships we have with our local practice partners, they are highly regarded by local employers.


In year 1 you will undertake a part-time 12 week placement and an 8 week full-time placement. This will be a typical occupational therapy practice placement setting such as an acute or rehabilitation hospital ward or within the local community.

In year 2 you will undertaken a 6 week full-time placement in a role-emerging setting and an 8 week elective placement. The elective placement is an opportunity to experience a placement overseas, further afield within the UK or within local specialist healthcare settings.

Why Health Sciences?

Breadth of expertise

The School comprises of programmes in Diagnostic Radiography, Theraputic Radiography and Oncology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics and Physiotherapy and has a vibrant Postgraduate/CPD portfolio. The School is committed to delivering quality research to the highest ethical standards in order to improve knowledge and services for the health of the community. Our multi professional cohort of staff has a strong research profile and is committed to developing policy, practice and technology for the improvement of healthcare and service delivery.

Contributing to the advancement of health care practice

We offer taught modular postgraduate programmes, and higher degrees by research, providing extensive opportunity for in-depth study and development of advanced clinical skills in a range of areas and contributing to the advancement of healthcare practice, management and professional education.

Continuing professional development provision

The School also offers a wide range of accredited and non-accredited CPD modules and hosts a vibrant daytime and evening short course programme to maximise opportunity for attendance. The most up-to-date information about these activities is to be found on the School website.