M.Sc. Occupational Therapy

University of Derby | Buxton, United Kingdom
Occupational therapists enable people to take part in meaningful activities by helping them to overcome barriers that prevent them from reaching their potential.



Why choose this course?

  • This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, so you'll be able to apply to practise as an occupational therapist as soon as you graduate.
  • You'll be studying an accredited course which is recognised nationally and internationally through the College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
  • In the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014, 90% of our students felt that this course prepares them for their future career and they found it intellectually stimulating. 100% of students said that staff are enthusiastic about what they teach.
  • You won't have to pay any tuition fees as the course is funded through the NHS and you'll also be able to apply for a means tested bursary to help with your studies. If you would be interested in self funding a place or your employer would fund you a place then please get in touch.
  • You'll go on three practice placements which will give you the experience of a diverse range of areas in occupational therapy, and ensure you're ready for your new career as an occupational therapist.
  • You will develop key skills such as leadership, lifelong learning and a deep theoretical knowledge that will help you to develop and make dynamic contributions in your occupational therapy profession.
  • When you've completed this fast paced two year professional course, you'll be able to apply for exciting and diverse career opportunities in this country and abroad.
  • You will have access to all the excellent facilities within our university including our purpose built occupational therapy kitchen, a domestic living suite and an anatomy lab all in our Clinical Skills Suite to help you put the theory into practice whilst also being able to access a variety of online resources to help your self directed learning.
  • Take a virtual tour of our Britannia Mill site to find out more about the site you'll be based at.
  • If you are a compassionate and considerate individual who has a positive outlook on life, who sees solutions rather than problems and is highly motivated to help others reach their potential, then the MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre Registration) programme at the University of Derby could be for you.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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  • There is no deadline for this start date.
Tuition fee
  • GBP 15718 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.


UK/EU:We have a significant number of places on our pre-registration courses in Occupational Therapy which are NHS funded. This includes having tuition fees paid in full and a £1,000 grant each year. If you're offered and accept one of these NHS funded places, you'll also be eligible to apply for an additional means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 per year.

Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Occupational therapists enable people to take part in meaningful activities by helping them to overcome barriers that prevent them from reaching their potential. These activities vary from paid or unpaid work and self care activities to sports and leisure. We'll help you develop a deep and critical understanding of the profession.

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, so you will be eligible to apply for registration to practise as an occupational therapist when you graduate. It is also accredited nationally and internationally through the College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

You will develop and demonstrate your pre-registration competencies through the practical and theoretical elements of this course. Towards the end of the course you'll complete an independent scholarship where you'll investigate a potential area of practice you're passionate about and identify real opportunities for future innovative occupational therapy. When you've completed this course you'll be well placed within the employment market as a self-directed, reflective, proactive and initiative driven practitioner, capable of influencing the development of others and the profession.

During this course you will develop a deep and critical understanding of the profession, by focusing on:

  • what 'occupation' may mean for individuals and communities;

  • how people's 'occupations' are developed and affected throughout their life;

  • how 'occupation' is influenced by and informs health and well-being;

  • how 'occupation' may be used therapeutically.

You'll reflect on your role and performance as a developing practitioner and analyse how your professional decisions in practice are shaped and influenced by multiple factors such as health and social policy, research, working with others and experience.

What you will cover

You’ll study these modules:

  • Foundations for Occupational Performance (20 credits)

  • The Developing Practitioner (20 credits)

  • Occupational Therapy: Foundations for Professional Practice (20 credits)

  • Occupational Impact of Life Changes (20 credits)

  • The Occupational Therapy Process: Integrating Theory and Practice (20 credits)

  • Pactice Placement Education 1 (0 credits)

  • Practice Placement Education 2 (0 credits)

  • Practice Placement Education 3 (0 credits)

  • Independent Scholarship (60 credits)

  • Occupational Therapy: Reasoning and Therapeutic Practice (20 credits)

English Language Requirements


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You'll need an honours degree at 2.1 or above, or a 2.2 with additional qualification at level 7. If your degree is over 5 years old then evidence of study at level 6 or above in the past 2 years is required. We'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application, as we are looking for a range of skills and experience that demonstrates commitment, enthusiasm and suitability to become an Occupational Therapist. We'll want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university. You will also require evidence that you will be able to manage the academic demands of Masters level study.
If you apply before the end of January each year, you will be given full consideration for an interview, however, due to the popularity of the programme those applications received after this date may not be afforded this opportunity.

You'll need to be familiar with at least two areas of occupational therapy, shadowing experience with an Occupational Therapists, ideally in more than one setting is desirable. You'll need to be fluent in English and for overseas students the IELTS at level 7 or equivalent is also required.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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