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Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) (MSc)

Course Description

2016/17: Applications for January 2017 will be open until 4pm Thursday 2 June 2016 for Home/EU applicants and Thursday 6 October 2016 for International applications.

Gain the skills to become a professional occupational therapist, able to deliver and evaluate occupational therapy services in a range of traditional and innovative settings.

We place an emphasis on understanding humans as occupational beings, and the relationship between occupation and health. As a result, you will explore topics such as occupational science, the history and development of the therapy, the complex nature of human occupation, the impact of illness, and the relative detrimental effects on health and wellbeing. You will learn to develop methods of assessing and enhancing occupational performance.

Your learning experience will include problem-based tutorials, journal clubs, creative and practical sessions, self-directed learning and research. You are required to undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice with the supervision and direction of experienced occupational therapists.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/occupationaltherapyprereg_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


The majority of occupational therapists work within the NHS in acute and community settings and in social services. There are also growing opportunities to work within a wider range of settings, such as private health care, charities, industry, voluntary sector and local government.

- Occupational Therapist

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will participate in a wide range of learning experiences including problem / task based tutorials, creative and practical sessions, self-directed learning and research. In addition to university based learning, you will undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice under the supervision of experienced occupational therapists.


Practice Placements

Humans as Occupational Beings
This is the first module in which students learn about the nature of human occupation and how this links with health and well being.

Occupational Therapy Toolbox
In this module students learn about the core skills of occupational therapy; theory, practice and issues related to occupational needs of people in a variety of settings. There is an integrated practice placement in this module.

Contributing to Professional Knowledge 1 & 2
This module runs throughout the two years of the course. Students learn research methods and approaches and conduct their own research project.

Occupation & Health: Individual Perspective
Students revisit occupational therapy practice in this module and focus on how they might work with individuals with a range of conditions and occupational needs. There is an integrated practice placement in this module.

Occupation & Health: Groups & Communities
This focus of this module is how occupational therapy can contribute to the health and well-being of groups and communities nationally and internationally. The practice placement is in a role-emerging setting where they have to demonstrate the unique contribution of occupational therapy or an occupational perspective.

Transition into Practice
This is the final module and students make the transition from student to practitioner and focus on management, supervision and working with individuals with complex occupational needs. There is a 10 week final practice placement.

Occupation in Context
The focus of this module is occupation in the broader context on a local, national and international level; and how occupational therapists might contribute to organisations and society.

Rob Brooks

Senior Lecturer

"I am passionate about how occupational therapists and students can collaborate in research. My own qualitative research was based on my practice in child and adolescent mental health, and I am working with students and clinicians to generate research that could make a real difference to occupational therapy practice."

Previously and occupational therapist for children and young people, Rob has published literature on children's play and spoken internationally about occupation and young people.


- Community Living Area
Used to demonstrate rehabilitation activities, it contains a functioning kitchen, living area, bathroom and bed, and is equipped with a ceiling hoist, emergency lifting cushion, bariatric chair and a range of adapted equipment.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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

(Student Profile)

Anna Wood

My course was very hands-on. I had regular opportunities to try out my skills by using the University's specialist equipment. My placements gave me so much diverse, first-hand experience. This focus on real-life practice has built my confidence, and I now feel really prepared for my future career.

Anna Wood
Occupational Therapist, Later Life and Memory Service, Five Boroughs Partnership in Warrington


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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