Taught course

Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

University of Derby · College of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You'll need an honours degree at 2.1 or above, or a 2.2 with additional qualification at level 7. If your degree is over 5 years old then evidence of study at level 6 or above in the past 2 years is required. We'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application, as we are looking for a range of skills and experience that demonstrates commitment, enthusiasm and suitability to become an Occupational Therapist. We'll want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university. You will also require evidence that you will be able to manage the academic demands of Masters level study. If you apply before the end of January each year, you will be given full consideration for an interview, however, due to the popularity of the programme those applications received after this date may not be afforded this opportunity. You'll need to be familiar with at least two areas of occupational therapy. Shadowing experience with an Occupational Therapist is desirable, ideally in more than one setting.

You'll need to be fluent in English and for overseas students the IELTS at level 7 or equivalent is also required. If you are considered for a place on this course you will need to undergo health screening.

On application you will need to undergo an enhanced criminal record check which is done through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This course is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not "protected" (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). The amendments to the Exceptions Order provide that certain ‘spent’ convictions and cautions are ‘protected’ and are not subject to disclosure and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website. Further information can also be found on the Nacro website. We welcome applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Your criminal record will not, in itself, automatically debar you from being offered a place on the Occupational Therapy programme. All cases will be examined on an individual basis.


Months of entry


Course content

Studying a Masters in Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) at Derby is the next step to a career that transforms people’s lives.

Fees and funding

2017/18 Fees (August 2017 - July 2018)

This course is funded by the Health Education East Midlands, which means you have no course fees to pay.

Bursaries may also be available for eligible students. Find out more and how to apply.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

College of Health and Social Care
+44 (0)1332 591703