Taught course

Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy

London South Bank University · Health and Social Care

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Entry requirements

You should hold an award which entitles you to register with the HCPC (or equivalent for international students).

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language,
  • Possession of an IELTS score of at least 7.0 across all four domains or its equivalent for students whose first language is not English.

Months of entry


Course content


Extend your knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of Occupational Therapy to further develop your occupation-centred and evidence-informed practice.

Prepare yourself as an OT to meet the agendas and future challenges within healthcare sector and to enable the development of services fit-for-the-future, including innovation and entrepreneurship.

This is a post-registration qualification intended for practising Occupational Therapists. If you are interested in a pre-registration course, please visit our Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) PgDip/MSc course page.

Key benefits of the PGCert programme
  1. Enhance the delivery of effective, efficient, quality and sustainable occupational therapy in partnership with service users and other stakeholders
  2. Develop your potential for strategic leadership in health and social care services and other contexts
  3. Develop your reflective, enquiring, critical and innovative approach to professional practice
  4. Allow you to contribute to advancing professional practice by continuing professional learning.
Key benefits of the PGDip programme

As well as the above, should you take on the PgDip qualification you'll also develop a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and methods in health and social care research together with the skills to find, appraise and use the evidence to address policy and practice issues.

Key benefits of the MSc programme

In addition to the above, by undertaking the full Masters level qualification you'll develop critically, strategically and in-depth an area of occupational therapy practice, justifying and applying your knowledge in order to undertake a research project, mini systematic review or a work-based project.


The courses are intentionally flexible; modules may be studied in any order and at your pace (provided all modules for an award are completed within a six year timeframe). You'll meet with your personal tutor/course director each semester to discuss module choice and review your progress.


  • Three 20 credit option modules of which a minimum of two must be occupational therapy modules.


  • Research in Health and Social Care (Core)
  • Plus five 20 credit modules (a minimum of three of which must be occupational therapy modules


  • Dissertation (60 or 40 credit) - (Core)
  • Research in Health and Social Care (Core)
  • Plus five or six (depending on whether you choose 40 or 60 credit dissertation) 20 credit modules, a minimum of three of which must be occupational therapy modules.
Build your qualification

Open the pop-up module table to see which modules are mandatory or options for PgCert, PgDip and MSc. Also see which modules are taught through blended-learning with an element of on-site teaching - and which are available 100% distance learning.

Before applying please contact our course team at ot-cppd@lsbu.ac.uk to discuss your choice of modules. View the pop-up module table.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.


Occupational therapists beginning their career as allied health professionals in the NHS typically as a Band 5 with a starting salary of about £21,909. Salaries in local government are at similar levels.Career development offers opportunities to move to higher grades in team leadership, clinical expert, service management and Consultant Therapist roles. Within the NHS, this can mean salary in the band 7 and 8 range.

Information for international students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations

Fees and funding

CPPD employer-funded students

Many of our students are funded through their NHS Trust or employer. If you are being funded by your employer,please check with your line manager before making your application. You will need to know how your fees are being paid before applying.

For more information about fees and funding for individual CPPD modules please contact hsc-cppd@lsbu.ac.uk

Fee paying postgraduate students

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    part time
    36-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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