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Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc

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Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

2 years full-time



International £19,855

UK £9,250

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

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*** UPDATE: Applications for this course are now closed for 2021/21. Applications for 2022/23 will open in October 2021. ***

Occupational Therapy MSc students starting this September: Your Welcome Week starts on  20 September which includes a number of on-campus and online inductions which all students are expected to attend to ensure success on this course. We will send you a full itinerary of welcome week activities towards the end of August. It will also be published on the university website. It is important that you attend Welcome Week as we’ll be giving you more information about the programme as well as introducing you to our academic team, your personal tutor and your fellow Occupational Therapy students. Teaching begins 27 September on campus.

Occupational Therapy at Brunel is one of the largest, longest established and most highly regarded programmes in the world. In fact, we're the original ‘London School of Occupational Therapy’ which was founded in 1934. So if you’re positive, a motivator, good at coming up with solutions to problems and looking for a career that’s rewarding and really makes a difference to people’s lives then this could be the course for you.

The Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc provides a master’s level route for you to become an occupational therapist. The course integrates theory with practice. Our Mary Seacole Building is purpose-built for occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The rooms reflect the type of clinical environment that you will work in as an occupational therapist. You’ll learn your practical skills here so that you’ll be confident and experienced in time for your first placement.

Our lecturers are still active in their field and have close links with colleagues in the NHS, social service and voluntary organisations around London. This means that you’ll have the opportunity to do your 1,000 hours of practice placement at a variety of settings including some of the top hospitals in the world such as the National Hospital for Neurology at Queens Square and Imperial Hospital. 

Please note that the application deadline is 30th April 2021.

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The programme is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the US Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)*. It is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy.

Dean’s International Scholarship: This course is eligible for a £2,000 fee waiver, per academic year, subject to availability. This Scholarship is for full-time international students only. Find out more.

We're proud that across a 3-year period (2016-2018), an average of 94% of our students (118/126) who started our Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc have graduated:

  • 2016: 32/34 (94%)
  • 2017: 47/50 (94%)
  • 2018: 39/42 (93%)

When you graduate from this programme you’ll be eligible to:

  • Apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Sit for the US national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT**)
  • Apply for membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/Royal College of Occupational Therapists

*This occupational therapy masters programme was accredited by ACOTE in 2018. ACOTE Address: 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. Telephone Number: (301) 652-6611.

** The results for the programme graduates who undertake the NBCOT certification examination by state (Middlesex) and program (OT Masters-Level Programmes) are available here. Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain HCPC registration or state licensure.

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You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

You’ll benefit from the extensive area of expertise at Brunel. In the first year of study, you’ll undertake components from some of the current BSc course and from courses across the areas of physiotherapy, social work and community health and nursing studies. Where learning is shared with the undergraduates, the content has been integrated into master’s level modules and is assessed at master’s level.

To provide a balance between academic and practice placements and still meet the minimum of 1,000 hours of practice placements required by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists, three of the practice placement modules extend beyond the term boundaries over the summer.

You’ll develop, explore and critique the core concepts and skills of the profession. Your first year will involve a balanced mix of study and two practice placements, allowing you to develop your theoretical knowledge and then to use this in the workplace environment. You'll learn how to apply research to a clinical situation.

In year two you’ll perform critical analysis and evaluate theoretical concepts. There will be two practice placements, one at the beginning of the year and one at the end. In addition, you’ll study one optional module that will enable you to learn a specialist area in greater depth.

This course can be studied 2 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

After successfully completing the course you are eligible to apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council in order to practise as an occupational therapist. You’ll be able to work in areas such as physical rehabilitation, mental health settings, with children in schools or clinics and with people with learning disabilities, based at a hospital or as part of a community reablement team. As well as opportunities to work in the health and social care sector there’s also demand for occupational therapists in the voluntary sector, private practice, schools and industry.

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UK entry requirements

  • At the time of application, you must have a completed a UK first or 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, (any subject) 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. In addition, you should have relevant work experience at the time you apply across one year or more. This could be gained through employment, work shadowing or voluntary work. Relevant work experience should be gained in health or social care, rehabilitation, teaching, teaching assistant, working with people with disabilities or at risk populations, and should give you a good understanding of the work of an occupational therapist.
  • Applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree in a subject relevant to occupational therapy (for example Biology, Psychology, Human Sciences and Sociology) . In addition, you should have 5 years relevant work experience. This should be gained through working in a health or social care setting relevant to occupational therapy.

Please note: This course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. Where this is the case, students are required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application (previously known as a CRB check). The application currently costs £51.86, but this is subject to change. For the most up to date information please visit the Home office website.

A satisfactory health declaration is required.

Selection Days

Applicants will be invited to attend an Interview. Interviews for 2021 will be held online.

The deadline to apply for this programme is the 30th of April 2021. Applications received after this date may not be considered.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 68% (63% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 98 (min 23 in all areas) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry


£19,855 full-time


£9,250 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll be taught by lecturers who are still active in their field and have close links with colleagues in the NHS, social service and voluntary organisations around London. This means that you’ll have the opportunity to go to some of the top hospitals in the world such as the National Hospital for Neurology at Queens Square and Imperial Hospital. You’ll also benefit from their up-to-date practical expertise.

At Brunel we have an impressive record of research, innovation and many of our lecturers have produced publications in the field. You’ll benefit first hand from their leading-edge findings and this will form part of your course.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

The University term structure allows the student to have assessments spread across the academic year to assist learning.

In order to promote independent learning, a variety of assessment methods are used such as case studies, essays, practical assessments, placement reports, presentations, written examinations, literature reviews and a research dissertation. These assessments are designed to not only reflect master’s level academic requirements, but also professional skills in preparation for practice.

At the beginning of each you’ll be provided with the assessment schedule, including assessment and feedback dates. This will be provided verbally and in the programme handbook.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.