Taught course

Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh · Occupational Therapy and Art Therapy

Entry requirements

  • Evidence of a first degree at honours level 2:2 or above in an appropriate area including: health, biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, education or humanities.
  • You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0. You need to be aware that in order to be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), you are required to be able to communicate in English to an IELTS standard equivalent to 7 with no element below 6.5.
  • Evidence of knowledge and commitment to occupational therapy as a positive career choice.
  • Evidence of a written research project, a research module or research experience.
  • Demonstrate substantial involvement and responsibility with diverse groups of people (inclusive of marginalised people or those with impairments) in a personal, employment or voluntary capacity, in the health, social care, education or third sector context. Substantial involvement might be indicated by a time period of at least six months or equivalent.
  • Mature applicants who graduated more than 10 years ago will be considered if they have experience and evidence of equivalent CPD.
  • Mature applicants who graduated more than 10 years ago will be considered with the condition that they engage in a module at master’s level study (SCQF Level 11) if they do not have equivalent CPD.
  • Two satisfactory references, one should be academic, the other, professional.
  • All successful applicants will participate in a values-based group interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will give you the knowledge and practical skills that you need to develop a new career as an occupational therapist in two years. It is delivered full-time and you will complete a number of placements that enrich the learning experience and prepare you for a diverse practice context.

This course attracts people holding a relevant undergraduate honours degree who wish to change career and become an occupational therapist. It is an intensive professional programme of study; developing theoretical, analytical, practical, evaluative and reasoning skills as well as professional values. The course is unsuitable for applicants already holding a qualification in occupational therapy.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

0131 474 0000