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Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc

Course Description

This innovative, two-year, accelerated, problem-based-learning course provides the opportunity to study for an MSc in Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) where students examine human occupation as an essential component of health and wellbeing. As well as a postgraduate diploma in occupational therapy, the course will prepare students for professional practice in the ever diversifying role of an occupational therapist. The degree benefits from sharing facilities and expertise with physiotherapy and podiatry course teams as well as joint learning events with students in medicine, social work and nursing. The School of Health Professions was rated 'excellent' by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Professional accreditation
This programme is classified as a pre-registration course, at postgraduate level, for those who already hold a bachelors degree in another subject. Successful completion of the professional elements of the programme leads to the award of a postgraduate diploma in Occupational Therapy, which carries eligibilty for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health Professions Council (HPC).

On successful completion of the research dissertation, additional to the professional elements, the award of master of science in Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) is then awarded.

Course structure
The intensive programme runs over 45 weeks per year. It has a student-centred, problem-based learning philosophy. The structure maintains a balance between campus-based study and clinical practice. On campus, students work in small groups together with a tutor to address real-life occupational therapy problems or scenarios. In this way, all subjects and skills are integrated as in real life, thus students are able to develop problem-solving skills relevant to the practice of a modern occupational therapist. Various clinical placement settings provide the environment, educational support and role models to apply the principles and skills acquired in campus-based study to practice. Understanding the occupational nature of human health and wellbeing is also examined through student participation in various activities such as cooking, craft, horticulture, performing arts and pottery. Assessments provide various opportunities for feedback in essential professional skills including written critique, report writing, team working, presentation skills, and verbal/written presentation of intervention. On completion of the programme successful students will graduate with a postgraduate diploma in occupational therapy which allows them to apply to the HPC for licence to practice. The MSc degree is awarded to students on submission of a research dissertation undertaken throughout the second year.

Areas of study
You will examine topics such as theories of occupation and occupational science (causes of occupational problems); occupation related to population health; clinical reasoning; occupational therapy process (assessment, treatment, and evaluation); occupational therapy skills (creative, productive, leisure and daily living); research methods and professional issues.


Year 1
Human Occupation (including two-week Beginner Practitioner placement)
Assessing Occupational Capacities
Novice Practitioner (practice placement)
Maximising Occupational Capacities
Intermediate Practitioner (practice placement)
Evaluating Occupational Therapy

Year 2
Occupational Therapy: Teams
Intermediate Practitioner (practice placement)
Occupational Therapy: Consumers
Competent Student Practitioner (practice placement)
Occupational Therapy: Settings
Achieving Best Practice
Research project

Career and progression opportunities
After professional registration with the HPC graduates are eligible to take up opportunities in health and social care, in the NHS, social services, and the private sector. There are now many new and exciting possibilities for occupational therapists nationally and worldwide.

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

Entry Requirements

Degree 2:2 or above in any subject, obtained in the last 10 years. Work experience in health or social care preferred but not essential. Two separate 500-word reports on visits to occupational therapy settings including a mental health and physical health setting, one of which should be with adults. This is in addition to personal statement and separate from application form. Two academic/professional references. Incomplete applications without additional entry criteria will not be considered. For students whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 7 overall with no element below 6.5 (to meet requirements of the Health Professions Council).

Course Fees

Fees and ELQ status are calculated by University of Brighton Registry

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