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Course content


  • Accelerated pre-registration programme to prepare you to enter the workplace
  • Gain an academic qualification and eligibility to apply for licence to practice with the HCPC
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply


This accelerated programme will provide you with a master's level academic qualification together with eligibility to apply for licence to practice which is a pre-requisite for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council. 

This programme offers you the opportunity to become occupational therapy practitioners at the forefront of occupational therapy. This will be achieved by developing a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current challenges and developments in the field of occupational therapy.


This course is delivered entirely online providing you with the opportunity to learn from, share and engage in critical debate with peers and colleagues all over the world.

We appreciate that undertaking a course entirely online may seem a daunting process and to help you meet this challenge we will provide you with tutorial and technical support. Our aim is to create an online community of like-minded individuals who support and encourage each other to make a difference in the world of occupational therapy.


The content of the programme is delivered by academic staff, practitioner colleagues and service users. A wide range of teaching methods which match the requirements of the subject matter and different learning styles are utilised. 

A mixture of the following will be used as relevant throughout the modules.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Simulation experiences including working on real world problems and engagement in a volunteering role.
  • Workshops
  • Groupwork
  • Seminars
  • Placement experience
  • Individual Scholarly Activity -self directed learning, personal reflection,
  • On line Learning Resources -delivery of supporting resources such as study guides, lectures and tutorials through technologies such as the virtual classroom, podcasts, blogs, wikis, suggested reading, links to web based reading or activities and on line learning forums. 

This programme uses a cognitive pedagogy which emphasises conceptual development through integration and co-creation of ideas, opportunities for reflection and for ownership of a given task. This approach provides interactive environments and appropriate challenges, encourages experimentation and the discovery of broad principles and frames learning outcomes in meta-cognitive terms to encourage the development of autonomy. You will have an identified MSc Tutor who will work with you and your peers to develop these skills and attributes.


Assessment focuses on conceptual understanding (applied knowledge and skills), processes as well as outcomes, crediting varieties of excellence and the development of self- and peer-evaluation skills. The following assessment methods are utilised to collect evidence of academic and professional suitability:-

  • Essays
  • Practical Report
  • Case Study
  • Critique
  • Practice experience Assessment: Learning Agreements
  • Research Proposal
  • Presentations


Through the programme you will develop a sound level of competence in occupational therapy required to meet professional standards and the UK Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Occupational Therapists.

You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to obtain a protected title and license to practice as an occupational therapist in the UK.

You will be able to work in a range of practice environments such as paediatrics, older people’s care, long-term mental health settings and learning disability services. Alternatively you may develop your career into medico-legal work, management, education and research. In addition to the NHS services, employers may include prisons, private hospitals, litigation services, voluntary organisations and private and/or independent practice.



Our purpose built rehabilitation flat provides the opportunity to test occupational therapy skills within a secure environment.

The flat has a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom with a range of equipment and daily living aids such as:

  • Specialist knives and adapted cutlery
  • Utensil holders and openers
  • Non-slip mats and reachers
  • A variety of dressing aids
  • Bath lift and grab rail

The flat is used to demonstrate equipment and the way in which an occupational therapist may assist a client to learn a new way to perform an activity and maintain their independence. You will also have access to the occupational therapy resource room, equipment relating to ADL, splinting and personal care, and use of community resources for experiential learning.

Visit the Occupational Therapy: Pre-registration (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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