Taught course

Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh · Occupational Therapy and Art Therapy

Entry requirements

This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in occupational therapy.

The entry requirements for this course are:

  • 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.
  • International applicants with an ordinary degree will be considered if their degree is comparable to a UK honours degree.
  • Other degrees where there is evidence of a written dissertation are considered.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of direct contact and responsibility with marginalised people or those with impairments in a personal, paid or voluntary capacity, for a minimum of 6 months in a health, social care, education or third sector context.
  • Mature applicants who have graduated more than ten years ago will be considered if they have experience and evidence of equivalent CPD.
  • Mature applicants who have graduated more than ten years ago will be considered with the condition that they engage in a module at masters level study if they do not have equivalent CPD.
  • Two satisfactory references.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual

Months of entry


Course content

This course will attract people holding an undergraduate honours degree who may want to change career to become an occupational therapist. It is an intensive course of study which will develop theoretical, analytical, practical and evaluative skills. Occupational therapists assess people's disengagement from their occupations and provide ways for them to re-engage in their occupational roles or provide alternatives in order to improve their quality of life. Modules reflect the nature of occupational therapy, which is concerned with the relationship between people's occupations and their health. The course prepares graduates to work in diverse practice contexts.

Information for international students

If you do not hold a recent, acceptable English language qualification you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

This course does NOT receive any NHS or SAAS funding, the majority of students self fund their studies or apply for a Professional Career Development Loan. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/AdultLearning/FinancialHelpForAdultLearners/CareerDevelopmentLoans/index.htm

International Funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Catriona Dillingham
+44 (0) 131 474 0000