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MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) FAQs

Is the course accredited by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)?

I am overseas – can I have a telephone interview?

Yes, or alternative eg Skype

My credits are international – do they count?

Yes, providing they are equivalent or above the UK requirements

What is meant by ‘a science profile’?

We need to see that you have studied science before. So if your first degree was not science based, you will need to provide information about eg A-Levels or previous equivalent science based qualifications. Or you may need to consider obtaining an additional science qualification e.g. A-Level Human Biology or ITEC diplomA-Level 3 in anatomy and physiology.

Is an ITEC compulsory?

No – but some prospective students take this qualification to enhance their science profile (see above) if they need to increase their science profile or have been away from studying science for a while.

What should I put in a personal statement? How long should it be? Is there a word limit?

You may wish to consider demonstrating the following:

  1. Your commitment to the occupational therapy profession
  2. Evidence of research and understanding of the profession (at pre-entry level)
  3. Information on what you have gained from previous study, work or other experience
  4. Relevant work experience e.g. in different settings
  5. Information on personal strengths and areas for development
  6. The word limit for your personal statement is 500.

How can I better my chances?

Successful applicants tend to be those who meet the academic criteria and have some experience working with people with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. They will have clearly researched occupational therapy and current health and social care issues and are able to articulate their knowledge.

Are mature students welcome / considered?

Yes – as all students have a first degree, the age range, background and experience of individuals varies widely. We see this as a great asset to the learning and teaching experience, as does the broader OT profession.

Am I eligible for NHS funding?

For other information:

Overseas students are not eligible for NHS funding; EU students may qualify for NHS funding for fees purposes only.

Are there bursaries for accommodation?

Not specifically. The NHS bursary includes a cost of living component for those who qualify for it – usually home students.

Other sources of funding:

Do I need to contact NHS bursaries?

Yes, if you are a home student and only when the university has made you an offer.

I do not have a healthcare background – what can I do to help this?

You are advised to consider additional relevant voluntary work to demonstrate experience working with people from a disadvantaged background and / or with disabilities eg with a charity.

What are the time commitments during induction week?

Induction week is full time – an example of the 2013 programme can be found:

How many hours / days teaching and contact time?

The MSc (pre-registration) Occupational Therapy course is an exciting and innovative programme, delivered full-time over two years. Applicants should be aware that the programme is delivered over 45 weeks per calendar year. It is an intense course, the volume of learning is high and, in the first year, students should expect campus-based studies between 8am-6pm, 4-5 days per week. This includes independent study time. In the second year, the volume of work remains as high but the focus shifts to more self-directed study. Please also see questions about practice placements.

When will the practice placements be – how long and where? Is it compulsory to complete a certain amount of professional practice / clinical hours?

Please view the course structure and practice placement FAQs available at the following link:

In short, there are 4 placements; one is 4 weeks and three are 8 weeks long. The World Federation of OT requires a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical placement experience.

Currently placements are full time, 5 days per week, normally 37.5 hours.

After the course, can I go straight into research?

Graduates may choose to go straight into research according to opportunity. Many NHS Trusts are involved in research therefore there may also be opportunities to combine clinical and academic work.

Can I work with children straight after completing the course?

Yes, depending on job availability in the health, social and voluntary care settings.

What the current job market is like and the future job demand?

Currently the job market is positive and competitive. There are opportunities in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, community settings, charities and industry. Work preparation is embedded in the course content.