Taught course

Occupational Therapy

University of East Anglia · Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good first degree (min. 2.1 or higher) and relevant work shadowing experience. The University will also consider applications from applicants with current registration as a health professional with an appropriate professional statutory regulatory body.

Months of entry


Course content

The purpose of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to fulfil, or to work towards fulfilling, their potential as occupational beings.


As a student of this degree you will learn to understand that people shape, and are shaped by, their experiences and interactions with their environments. The programme adopts an enquiry-based learning ethos focused on student-centred independent learning, problem solving and decision making. There will be an evolving level of complexity; from engaging with case scenarios that develop baseline theoretical and therapeutic understandings, through to complex situations addressing service development needs.


On the programme learning is enhanced through a shared ethos between physiotherapy and occupational therapy students, echoing the importance of interdisciplinary work. Students can work with a member of faculty on their specialist area, either on a research project involving empirical data collection and analysis, secondary analysis or on a structured literature review.


When you study in the School of Health Sciences you will receive a sound academic and practice based education. This Master’s course is designed to be professionally dynamic and personally transforming with a creative, challenging and engaging approach to study. The teaching staff are continually involved in research so you can benefit from their knowledge of the very latest practices and techniques, working in partnership with them on this research.


Occupational therapists work as members of interdisciplinary and inter-agency teams in a range of settings including: hospitals, community health and social care services, industry, schools, prisons, individual homes, voluntary agencies and private practice, plus on occasion homeless people and asylum seekers.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component); PTE: 68 (minimum 68 in all components).

Fees and funding

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Scholarships & Bursaries

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:

  • MSc Health Economics
  • MSc Health Research
  • MRes Clinical Science
  • MSc Clinical Research – National Institute for Health Research route
  • MSc Physiotherapy
  • MSc Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Physician Associate Studies
  • MSc Adult Nursing

Any eligible applicant is invited to apply for a scholarship. As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office or visit the UEA website for further information on funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515