Postgraduate Taught

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

This course will attract people holding a relevant undergraduate honours degree who wish to change career and become an occupational therapist.

Course Overview

This course is an intensive professional programme of study which will develop theoretical, analytical, practical, evaluative and reasoning skills as well as professional values.

Occupational therapists assess individuals’ disruption and disengagement from their occupations, and facilitate alternative ways for them to re-engage and participate in their occupational roles to improve their quality of life, wellbeing and sense of belonging.

Modules reflect contemporary and prospective occupational therapy practice, concerned with the relationship between the individual’s or a community’s occupations, their health, wellbeing and belonging. The programme is underpinned by person-centred, evidence-informed and occupation-focused occupational therapy practice. The programme values diversity and prepares graduates to work in diverse practice contexts.

Exit Awards

MSc (210 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

The course philosophy integrates academic and placement study. It centres on adult learning perspectives of learner responsibility, active participation in learning, collaborative and autonomous learning and learning as a community. Problem-based learning using practice scenarios is a major feature of the learning experience where students work to develop, professional reasoning, evidence-informed decision making, interpersonal and team working skills. Learning is thus facilitated by a process of acquiring enquiry skills, interpreting information, group discussion, exchanging of perspectives, creation of knowledge and arriving at a position or judgment.

Teaching methods incorporate self directed study, practice scenarios, group work, workshops, eLearning modules, digital technology, reflection, lectures and placements. Assessment methods include peer and self-assessment, written assignments, viva voce, conference presentations, projects and placements. Practice placements form a core element of the course and your personal performance is also assessed. There are four placements in total: Placement 1 – full-time, 6 weeks; Placement 2 – full-time, 6 weeks; Placement 3 – part-time, 14 weeks; Placement 4 – full-time, 8 weeks. There will be additional travel and accommodation costs for every placement.

Teaching Hours and Attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. The MSc academic modules require you to attend from 9.15am – 6.15pm. You should be aware that services may operate over seven working days. Placements may involve evening and weekend attendance. You will be expected to mirror the working hours of practice educators and be required to purchase professional indemnity insurance.

Links with Industry / Professional Bodies

Upon successful completion of the course, you can apply for membership of the College of Occupational Therapists and will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as an occupational therapist.


15 credits: Occupational Choices and Narratives in Context/ Research Methods

30 credits: Occupational Therapy Theory, Values and Skills for Practice/ Occupational therapy process and practice/ Advancing Scholarship and Professional Practice Non-credited Manual Handling

60 credits: Research project

You will also complete undergraduate level professional practice placements 1, 2, 3 & 4 (1000 hours in total) in order to be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (July 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.


Occupational therapists are employed in a diverse range of settings including the National Health Service, Public Health, Education, Employment Services, Local Authority, Prison Service, Third Sector organisations and Private Practice. Outside the UK, graduates of this course have gone on to work in Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, Canada, the USA and New Zealand.

Entry Requirements

This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in occupational therapy.

The entry requirements for this course are:

  • Evidence of a first degree at honours level 2:2 or above in an appropriate area including; Health, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Education or Humanities.
  • International applicants with an ordinary degree will be considered if their degree is comparable to a UK honours degree.
  • Other degrees where there is evidence of a written dissertation are considered.
  • Evidence of knowledge and commitment to Occupational Therapy as a positive career choice.
  • Evidence of a written research project, a research module or research experience.
  • Evidence of direct contact and responsibility with marginalised people or those with impairments in a personal, paid or voluntary capacity, for a minimum of 6 months in a health, social care, education or third sector context.
  • Mature applicants who have graduated more than ten years ago will be considered if they have experience and evidence of equivalent CPD.
  • Mature applicants who have graduated more than ten years ago will be considered with the condition that they engage in a module at masters level study if they do not have equivalent CPD.
  • Two satisfactory references.

International : International applicants with an ordinary degree will be considered if their degree is comparable to a UK honours degree. You will be required to take an IELTS test and achieve an aggregated grade of 6.5 or above, with at least 6.0 in each band. In order to be eligible to register with the HCPC, you will be required to be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to level 7, with no element below 6.5

Criminal Records Check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

Other requirements: All students are required to purchase professional indemnity insurance. In order to go on practice placements, a health clearance check and joining the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme will be required. There will be additional costs incurred for the applicant for these processes. International students or home and EU students who want to work internationally will have to undertake additional CPD studies to meet the competencies required in order to register for the National Board exams. There will be additional costs incurred for the applicant for these processes.

Application Deadline


More Information and Contacts

Admissions ( or Catriona Dillingham ( +44 (0)131 474 0000

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2017/18 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

Full-time: 2 years
Start Date
September 2017
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Fees & Funding

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