MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)

University of Lincoln
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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About this program

MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)

MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) is a science-based programe designed to prepare graduates for work in a variety of settings, including health organisations, social care services, housing, education, voluntary organisations, or as independent practitioners.

This programe is suited to those who want to fulfil, or work towards fulfilling their potential as an occupational therapist, to promote function, quality of life, and the realisation of potential in people who are experiencing occupational deprivation, imbalance, or alienation. They believe that activity can be an effective medium for remediating dysfunction, facilitating adaptation, and recreating identity.

Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions; most commonly those who have difficulties due to a mental health illness, or physical or learning disabilities. The course seeks to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to work in a range of complex and dynamic health and social care environments.

Students on this course are encouraged to appreciate and understand current occupational therapy practice, while being critical in their approach to developing new, innovative, and evidence-based interventions. There are interprofessional components of the course which are designed to develop practitioners who are professional, compassionate, safe, reflective, and autonomous. Working with peers from other professions including physiotherapy, nursing, midwifery, and social work helps promote team work, collaboration, and an application of research skills in the transformation of health and social care services.

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline at 2:2 classification or above. If you are unsure whether your first degree is relevant we welcome you to send us your degree transcript so that our Admissions Tutor can advise you further.
  • Entry on to the course is subject to meeting the requirements of a profession specific occupational health screening.
  • Certificates and degree transcripts of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.

International Applicants

We welcome international applications although our places are very limited.

All international applicants require IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element for students whose first language is not English. Applicants must provide a valid IELTS certificate at the point of application.

Students who have completed a UK degree within 5 years of their proposed enrolment at the University will not be required to provide IELTS.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Applied Sciences in Occupational Therapy
  • Assessment and Professional Reasoning in Occupational Therapy
  • Essential Interprofessional Practice
  • Essential Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Improving Population Health and Wellbeing
  • Managing Complexities in Occupational Therapy Practice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your course. Students will be engaged in a two-year full-time course and so, at the very least, should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term-time. There may also be assignments set outside of term time. The composition and delivery of the course varies for each module. Each year of the course runs from January to December.

Master's level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures, seminars and practice-based learning. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend two to three hours in independent study.



Full Time

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £17500


How You Study

The foundation of this course is the inter-professional learning approach to develop and promote a culture of wellness in health and social care. Students on this pre-registration MSc Occupational Therapy course can experience collaborative approaches to learning and teaching that will challenge traditional perceptions of healthcare provision.

A variety of learning and teaching strategies will be used to cater for the individual needs of students on the Program. These strategies may include lectures, seminars, workshops, small group activity, self-assessment, case studies, library based resources, clinical skills sessions, virtual learning, simulation, and practice-based learning.

In addition to academic-based learning in a modern university setting students will have the opportunity to experience over 1,000 hours of practice-based learning in a variety of clinical settings.

In the second year, students have the opportunity to develop a 'role emerging placement' to explore an area where occupational therapists haven't traditionally worked before, subject to achieving the minimum requirements for supported practice learning.

Career paths

Many registered Occupational Therapists work within the NHS or in social care settings and are recruited and employed by individual organisations. This forward-looking programe appreciates that many occupational therapists and new graduates may also work in non-traditional OT roles, or for private and third sector organisations.

New, varied, and innovative job opportunities are increasingly available to qualified Occupational Therapists, and this programe aims to prepare its graduates accordingly. Non-clinical careers also exist in teaching, research, management and administration, health and safety, and training and development. The experienced teaching team can help students explore and develop their individual career aspirations.

The University Careers and Employability team can provide tailored, individual support and careers advice. The service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice, and interview preparation. Alumni can continue to access support and advice for up 15 months after graduating. The service works closely with local, national, and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool
LN6 7TS Lincoln

Phone no: +44 (0)1522 835 528

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