MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

This two year accelerated course will prepare you for a career as an occupational therapist. Our use of problem based learning will support you to become an autonomous learner, global in your outlook, socially responsible and self aware. Upon completion, you can seek professional registration. Both the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) accredit this course.

As part of the course, you will:

  • Undertake at least 1000 hours of clinical practice in a variety of areas. These could include health, social care, education or third sector. A registered occupational therapist will supervise all clinical practice.
  • Consider the complex relationships between occupation and health and wellbeing. Learn to critique the application of occupational therapy practice models and occupational science.
  • Develop the ability to carry out occupational therapy assessments and interventions. In doing so, you'll enable people with a range of difficulties to fully engage in their everyday life

When you graduate, you'll know how to develop and deliver contemporary occupational therapy. In your career, you'll be able to evaluate the changing landscape of the profession and seek opportunities for its development.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications and Experience

  • A BSc degree in a relevant subject at a minimum of 2:1 classification. Subjects may include human biology, behavioural science, sports science, health-related degree. You must have completed the foundation sciences (including human anatomy and/or physiology/psychology). 
  • You will need to have experience in undergraduate level research.
  • Insight into the occupational therapy profession is required, as is evidence of study within the last three years.
  • However, if you have a BA degree you may still be considered if you have recent relevant work experience in health, social care, or education

Admission to the course is dependent upon your completion of the following selection processes:

  • Academic entry requirements being met (as noted above) – application is direct to the University
  • Satisfactory application form and personal statement
  • Successful interview on the selection day
  • Satisfactory references
  • Receipt of a satisfactory DBS
  • Satisfactory medical screening
  • During the course and on completion you will be required to declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body prior to application for registration

International students

For applicants whose first language is not English they are required to at least meet one of the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of a Bachelors or Master’s degree at a University in a majority English speaking country (for a list of these consult YSJ International) where the language of tuition has been English;
  • The British Council IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each component
  • An IBT TOEFL score of 87 overall (with no less than 23 in each band, other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable);
  • A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) of 59 overall, with no less than 59 in any component.
  • Tests must have been completed within the last two years (and the original official certification must be seen). Where students have satisfied these English language requirements, but further English language training needs are identified after admission, further training is available through the York Business School


If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Career Prospects

Successful graduates holding our MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) qualification are entitled to apply for registration to practice and become practicing Occupational Therapists.

Course Details

Occupational Beings
Theory and Foundations of Occupational Therapy
Contexts of Professional Practice
Evidence-based Practice and Research
Contributing to Communities
Management, Innovation and Creativity
Research Project

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