Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

The MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) aims to provide a Master's level route for graduates to become competent occupational therapists eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council, for membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists and be equipped for lifelong, safe and effective practice within the global marketplace.

Frequently asked questions 


It differs from other Masters programmes in that it is a professional programme at postgraduate level and is full-time. It is not for those who are already qualified occupational therapists.


The closing date for the MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) applications is 19 December 2014.

Dr. Elizabeth McKay| Admissions Tutor- Occupational Therapy|
Department of Clinical Sciences | College of Health & Life Sciences| Brunel University London |
Mary Seacole Building | Kingston Lane | Uxbridge UB8 3PH
elizabeth.mckay@brunel.ac.uk | T +44 (0)1895 268754 |

Placement Practice Enquires:
Janet MacPhail
+44 (0)1895 268799

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Course Content

You will be expected to demonstrate Master's level thinking, clinical reasoning and critical appraisal in relation to the topic areas.

The research modules will prepare you for an evidence-based clinical environment and develop the skills to communicate research through publication.

Typical Modules


Research Methods

Main topics include: philosophical underpinnings of research methodology; proposal design; searching and reviewing the literature; ethical issues in research and research governance; surveys and longitudinal studies; questionnaire design; experimental and quasi-experimental designs; n of 1 studies; statistical analysis and using spss; depth interviews; focus groups; observation; use of documentary sources; qualitative analysis. 

Occupational Science

Main topics include: occupation defined and classified: theoretical perspectives; occupation as means of promoting and sustaining health and well being; occupational risk factors as barriers to occupational justice; historical perspectives on occupation; the theory base for occupational science: paradigms, frames of reference and models of occupation; occupational science in context.

The Art of Occupational Therapy

Main topics include: key models of reflection; modes of clinical reasoning in occupational therapy; judgement, decision making and expertise development; the work of key occupational theorists; historical foundations of occupational therapy.


The dissertation will take up substantial time in the second year and there are opportunities to link with interesting staff research projects.


Occupational Therapy for Children, Young People and their Families

Main topics include: analysis of aspects in child development and study of common problems and disorders in childhood; review of the research based current evidence on occupational therapy theory and practice for children and adolescents; review the clinical reasoning process in paediatric occupational therapy practice; examine a selection of experimental methods appropriate for assessing and evaluating clinical practice or service delivery in children’s health; exploration of effective ways of incorporating the family into their child’s assessment and treatment; exploration of relevant current children’s health policy and legislation.

Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

Main topics include: overview of occupational therapy in mental health; review of the research based literature on occupational therapy theory and practice in mental health; detailed exploration of current mental health policy and legislation in relation to occupational therapy practice; exploring contemporary issues; examining current evidence and research related to the contemporary mental health issues; exploring a detailed selection of quantitative and qualitative measures appropriate for assessing and evaluating clinical practice or service delivery in mental health.

Note: This course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults. Where this is the case, students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. The application will cost £51.86 (this amount is subject to change) and the University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process. For further guidance please email admissions@brunel.ac.uk

Special Features

Research within the College includes: 

  • Professional Practice (eg user involvement, occupational science, health promotion, falls prevention, discharge planning, acute care, cultural awareness)
  • Research in Rehabilitation
  • Ageing Studies.


Assessment is normally a mixture of written assignments, exams and the dissertation.


Occupational Therapy as a career offers many opportunities to work in the health service, social services, education or the private and voluntary sector.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2014/15 entry

UK/EU: NHS fee full-time

NHS funding has been approved for a number of places and the funding comes with the offer of a place; there is no requirement to apply for this separately.

International students: £16,000 full-time

There will be a fee of £2,000 for self-funding students to cover placement costs, spread over the duration of the course.

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements

A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification any discipline with strong applicants demonstrating a science profile (health and social care experience relevant to OT) and evidence of informed insight into the profession of occupational therapy.

Applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree who have extensive experience of working in a health or social care setting relevant to OT will be considered and assessed on an individual basis.

Evidence of academic achievement in the last five years will be required.

The application closing date is 19 December 2014 and all applications who meet the initial criteria above will be considered after this date. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in February and March. 

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5W, 6.5L, 6.5R, 6.5S) 
  • Pearson: 64 (58 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (65% in all areas)

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Tuesday 09 September 2014