Taught course

Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Brunel University, London · Clinical Sciences

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 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 in a subject relevant to Occupational Therapy (for example: biology, psychology, human sciences and sociology) and 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.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note that there are no further places available on this course for 2016/17 entry.

Occupational Therapy (OT) at Brunel is one of the largest, longest established, and most highly regarded programmes in the world. In fact, we are the original ‘London School of Occupational Therapy.’

The MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) provides a Master's level route for graduates to become competent occupational therapists equipped for life-long, safe and effective practice within the global marketplace. This course is for those who are not already qualified as occupational therapists. It is a professional full-time programme, which will prepare you to become a competent occupational therapist in a variety of health and social care settings. It also allows students to be eligible to apply for:

  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists.

In January 2016 our programme was given “Candidacy Status” by The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), which confirms that Brunel has successfully completed the first step in the three-step initial accreditation process - see more at: AOTA OT Master's-Level Programs - Developing and visit our Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) information page.

The programme will now proceed with step two - the pre-accreditation review of the programme. Brunel is scheduled to submit its self-study in July 2016. We anticipate an on-site visit in late 2016 or early 2017 followed by an accreditation decision by mid-2017.

See our Frequently Asked Questions.


This programme differs from other Master's 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. Nevertheless, this course aims to prepare you to become a competent occupational therapist equipped for lifelong, safe and effective practice in a variety of health and social care settings. We provide a high quality educational programme, which ensures that you are properly qualified, prepared and safe to practise.

Occupational therapy students typically choose this career for the following reasons:

  • variety of work
  • the challenge
  • personal and one-to-one contact
  • client/patient appreciation
  • its holistic approach
  • the desire to help disabled people
  • to work in health settings
  • job availability
  • the chance to be creative.

If you are considering studying Occupational Therapy at Brunel University London then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the NHS Constitution.

NHS values

Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

Information for international students

Non English students should present evidence of having taken and passed a recognised English proficiency test. 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).

Fees and funding

UK students
NHS fee full-time
International students
£17,200 full-time

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: £17,200 full-time

There will be a fee of £2,000 for self-funding students (home/EU and International) to cover placement costs, spread over the duration of the course.

The DoH Funding Reforms have proposed that from entry 2017/8, students on Allied Health Professional pre-registration Masters programmes in England will not receive the former bursaries and tuition fees. Instead they will be eligible to apply for the standard PGT £10,000 loan which is a one off loan to cover fees and living costs for the entire length of the programme. We recognise this is insufficient. Through the current consultation on the funding reforms, we are requesting that postgraduate students receive the same financial support opportunities as undergraduate students. The outcome is likely to be known by the Autumn of 2016. Please see here for the undergraduate student proposed finance arrangements:

Future changes to fees from 2017

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr. Elizabeth McKay
+44 (0)1895 268754