BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists work with individuals, groups and communities to enable their opportunities for occupations that will promote their health and wellbeing. Occupational therapists understand the importance of participation in occupations and the social life of their communities. Occupational therapy is a practice that facilitates choice and diversity of occupations that have meaning and contribute to enhancing quality of life.

With a range of learning and teaching methods, including placements in each year and the opportunity* to study abroad, this course will equip you with all the knowledge and skills that you require to work as an occupational therapist.

Why QMU?

  • Employers tell us that our graduates are independent learners who can solve problems creatively.
  • Lecturers are nationally and internationally recognised for their contribution.
  • Students tell us that they love the small class sizes and personalised support for learning.


About the course

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge that are required to work as an occupational therapist in a range of human service settings. You will learn to analyse why people do certain things and how their behaviour influences health. You will also develop an appreciation for how individuals’ lives can be shaped by their environment and culture and how these factors can impact on health. You will learn through a range of approaches including interactive lectures, workshops, group work, and self-directed learning. In the later years you will experience greater autonomy and encouragement to debate and critically appraise practices.

Year One will provide an introduction to occupational therapy. You will study a range of modules and participate in practice education. Placements are a key element of the course and take place each year, giving you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. In Year Two you will focus on how to plan interventions and work with other team members. During Year Three you will be critically evaluating ideas and exploring the social construction of knowledge and practice. In Year Four, you will focus on translating knowledge into practice in changing contexts.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity and equipped with skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your understanding of: skills and strategies in working in teams; professional roles and perspectives; and collaboration in person-centred practices within current political contexts.



This is a four-year, full-time honours degree. You will complete a range of modules each year, as outlined, and a dissertation in Year Four.



Year One modules

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Humans as Occupational Beings
  • Finding and Consuming Knowledge
  • Service Learning
  • Practice Education
  • Interprofessional Education 1

Year Two modules

  • Assessment and Analysis
  • Intervention
  • Practice Education
  • Interprofessional Education 2

Year Three modules

  • Evaluation
  • Critical Considerations
  • Reconstructing Occupation and Occupational Therapy
  • Service Learning
  • Practice Education
  • Interprofessional Education 3

Year Four modules

  • Knowledge Translation into Practice: Transformation Through Occupation
  • Professional Autonomy
  • Practice Education
  • Interprofessional Education 4

The modules listed here are correct at time of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.



Placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory, by working with individuals, groups and communities in a variety of settings (eg NHS, local authority, third sector, private sector). You will complete one 6-week placement in Years One and Two and an 8-week placement in Years Three and Four. Placements are organised by the Professional Practice Tutor. Placements will take place across Scotland.


Exchange opportunities*

In Years Three or Four, you have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study or undertake practice-based learning at a university overseas. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/exchanges-and-study-abroad/

*subject to availability


Excellent career prospects are available in NHS Trusts, local authority social care departments, voluntary organisations, private practice or industry. Your work as an occupational therapist may not necessarily be in a medical setting, hospital or clinic. There are an exciting variety of work opportunities in the community, which include working with the voluntary sector and in primary care. The course will enable you to work as part of a team with other health and social care professionals. Should you wish to pursue a more academic career path there are opportunities to study at master’s and PhD level at QMU.


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS score of 6.0 with 6.0 in both the reading and writing elements and no element below 5.5. Upon graduation and to be eligible for HCPC registration, an IELTS score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5 is required.

Required subjects: English is preferred, or a discursive subject such as History or Sociology at Higher, A Level or equivalent. Eng and Maths at S/Int2/N5/GCSE

Mature/Access: Related Access course or HNC may be considered for Year One. See related Access courses.

We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and experience.

Direct Entry:

Year Two – HNC Occupational Therapy Support with B in the graded unit, plus successful fieldwork placement, when places available. Other relevant qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is also required. You will be required to attend an interview as part of the application screening process.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. Registration is approved by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website


Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2019
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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A Student Story - more at foot of page

- BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy "I was set on studying at QMU a while before I was old enough to go, but it was important for me that my parents would be happy leaving me here if I was accepted on to the course. There are two aspects of the open day that still stand out to me, including the modern, en-suite student rooms in the halls of residence. The second was a comment made by a lecturer about the occupational therapy course – “don’t study at QMU if you want to be able to sit at the back of lectures and not be noticed”. My course was made up of about 40 people, so you really could not go unnoticed in classes." Ready my story...