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Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

2 years
September 2024

Do you want to become an occupational therapist? Do you have study skills from completion of an undergraduate degree? If so, our pre-registration MSc offers a superb opportunity to undertake a Master's course in two years. Successful completion of this course entitles you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and, with this registration, take up employment as an Occupational Therapist.

Why study with us

  • The course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).
  • You’ll be taught in a small cohort with excellent tutor support. The course is timetabled to three days per week, giving you flexibility around your studies.
  • You’ll be taught by expert staff who are passionate about occupational therapy and are actively involved with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, research and the development of the profession.

What you'll do

  • There’s an emphasis on ‘real-life’ assessments which reflect the everyday working environment of an occupational therapist.
  • The course balances placements in practice with experienced occupational therapists and high-quality teaching in academic modules which is enhanced through the use of innovative technology.
  • You will meet a range of employers, such as the NHS and other social care providers, at our annual recruitment events.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Academic expertise

Katherine Ward
Senior Lecturer
Rachel Imms
Senior Lecturer
Dr Hayley Bamber
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Kristina Babbitt
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Dr Anne Milston
Deputy Head
Dr Kathryn Jarvis
Senior Research Fellow

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I always felt completely supported on the course and every tutor was always so approachable and friendly.
Amy Flute
MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)
United Kingdom

The Faculty is one of the largest providers of health and social care education in the North West. As a result, we have developed close links with practice partners across the region in both NHS and non-NHS settings.

We organise annual recruitment events where employers from the public (NHS and social care providers) and private spheres attend and network with students.

Future careers

Our graduates are highly employable. Through consultation with our clinical partners, we know that there is a great demand for occupational therapists in the North West – particularly those with master-level qualifications.

After graduating from this course you’ll be in a position to apply for initial registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You’ll also be able to apply for full membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Equal Consideration Deadline

The Equal Consideration Deadline for this course is 31 January 2024. This is our equal consideration deadline, which means any application that is submitted before this deadline will be considered for September entry - any applications submitted after this date are not guaranteed to be considered for the September start.

Fees and funding

Full-time£11,000 per year
Full-time£16,900 per year
Full-time£11,000 per year
Full-time£17,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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