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Please note: Applications for January 2019 entry are now closed.

This course is for people who want to help others to carry out everyday occupations with greater ease and independence – despite their disabilities, injuries or impediments.

The two year course is specifically designed for people who have already completed previous degree level study, and who can apply their critical thinking skills to the theory and practice of occupational therapy. The course includes four placements to develop skills and confidence in providing occupational therapy in a range of settings and contexts.

The advantages of this course include the breadth of our healthcare expertise and the variety of our placement opportunities.

This course adheres to the professional standards of practice, values and behaviours set out by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Occupational Therapists - RCOT, which will allow you to be eligible for professional registration on successful completion of your degree.

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

Modules and Learning

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including enquiry-based approaches in which you will be an active participant in your learning. As with other Masters degrees there will be a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Learning in practice is an integral part of the course. There are two practice placements in the first year and a further two in the second year. You will also undertake practical learning in our on-campus Clinical Skills Centre.

Our assessments are designed to promote academic development and professional practice. Methods include written assignments, presentations and assessments of practice during placements.


Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

Year one Year two

  • OT0606 - Human Occupation with Placement A (20 Credits)
  • OT0705 - Enabling Participation Through Occupation (with Placement B)(20 Credits)
  • OT0708 - Research in Health and Social Care (20 Credits)
  • RW7000 - Academic Language Skills PG (Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing) (Optional,0 Credits)

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: TBC

Full EU Fee: TBC

Full International Fee: TBC

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Your Future

The importance of people being actively engaged in occupations throughout life and periods of ill-health, transition and change is becoming increasingly recognised on a local, national and international level meaning now is a great time to enter this exciting profession.

On completion of this course you’ll be ready to seek professional registration with HCPC so that you can work as an occupational therapist with the NHS, social services, charities or private sector employers.

If you choose to continue your studies to a higher level, your experience of postgraduate research will provide an excellent foundation.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

Visit the Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!




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