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    Full time available

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    Nursing & Health

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    Full time: 24 months

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  • Last Updated

    05 November 2019

Our MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) course enables you to graduate with a master’s degree. And be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK.

The course will develop your understanding of the potential for occupational therapy to promote the health and wellbeing of the population.

As an occupational therapist you will work people of all ages from all walks of life, in hospital, the community, their place of employment or in their home. Your clients will have a broad range of physical, mental health or social needs. You will work to improve function and enable them to fulfil the demands of their daily lives.

Our teaching staff are experienced in their specialist practice areas. They have reputations for excellence. As well as established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.

The degree does not provide eligibility to practice in any other country but it is WFOT recognised. This degree is NOT NHS Funded.

Learning and teaching

Our MSc in Occupational Therapy is taught alongside the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy. But you will be given an enhanced, level 7 learning experience with module specific tutorials. These explore a more critical and evidence based approach to the subject matter. And enable you to develop professional competence in:

  • academic research
  • digital literacy
  • critical thinking
  • personal self-awareness.

You will learn to build knowledge through the analysis, synthesis and conceptualisation of your learning experiences. This supports employability in a marketplace that demands adaptability, continuous development and leadership.

You will develop your ability to work both independently and as part of a team. This includes in the context of social, technological, administrative and policy changes.

We will support you in developing adaptability, continuous development and leadership skills.

Learning and assessment

The curriculum and structure of our course uses the spiral model of education as a framework. You will use enquiry based learning approaches to meet the demands of the format of the course.

You will be able to capitalise on your pre-existing study skills as a graduate student with high levels of self-motivation who is practiced in independent learning.


We use a variety of assessments including examinations and coursework.

Coursework tasks include:

  • verbal presentations,
  • posters
  • client case reports.

You will have the opportunity to practice using formative assessment tasks. These enable you to prepare for the final summative module assessment. You will receive feedback on your performance and advice for future assessments.

You will submit many of your assessments (and receive feedback) online.


The Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS) brings together research, education and care. It is underpinned by a strong, well-published research group, the movement science group. This supports the clinical expertise, rehabilitation, knowledge and care of adults and children with neurological conditions.

Within the Centre, staff, students and alumni across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences are engaged in a number of research projects, including:

  • driving rehabilitation
  • fatigue management dual task control in Stroke
  • efficacy of intensive motor learning programmes
  • arts in health research
  • virtual Reality (VR) technologies
  • early identification of motor and sensory processing impairments in children
  • sensory processing disorders and impact on function and behaviour in children with autism
  • measurement and monitoring of rehabilitation participation - Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • therapy for handwriting in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Career prospects

The majority of graduates from the occupational therapy degrees work as qualified and registered occupational therapists, but there are increasing opportunities to work in non-specified professional roles in mental health and community settings.

There are also increasing numbers of employment roles that are not explicitly described or advertised as an ‘occupational therapist’ but match the skills specification of an occupational therapist. This is due to the changing nature of health and social care practice and the new and emerging roles and opportunities for occupational therapy.

Visit the Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) - MSc page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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