Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

University of Liverpool · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

The programme will recruit graduates from across a range of disciplines, eg biological sciences, social sciences, health sciences, who have obtained a 2:1 classification in their degree. We will also consider those with a 2:2 classification in their degree who are able to provide wider contextual information of recent relevant experience or further study.

Non-health related degrees and professional qualifications may be accepted but each application will be considered on its own merits.

Applicants must also hold 5 GCSE grades 5-9 (or grades A*-C if assigned according to previous grading system), which include maths English language and a science (dual award is accepted).

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides you with all the knowledge and practical experience you will need to become a qualified Occupational Therapist and able to register with the HCPC. The programme offers a variety of practice placement opportunities which include extended part-time placements, role-emerging setting and an elective placement that can be take at home or overseas.

The programme incorporates the excellent grounding in biological and social sciences that our undergraduate programme is renowned for. Students will have the opportunity to undertake research to develop the evidence base of the profession as well as opportunities to learn alongside master’s students on our other Allied Healthcare programmes.

Our graduates have an excellent employment rate and because of the strong relationships we have with our local practice partners, they are highly regarded by local employers.


In year 1 you will undertake a part-time 12 week placement and an 8 week full-time placement. This will be a typical occupational therapy practice placement setting such as an acute or rehabilitation hospital ward or within the local community.

In year 2 you will undertaken a 6 week full-time placement in a role-emerging setting and an 8 week elective placement. The elective placement is an opportunity to experience a placement overseas, further afield within the UK or within local specialist healthcare settings.

Why Health Sciences?

Breadth of expertise

The School comprises of programmes in Diagnostic Radiography, Theraputic Radiography and Oncology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics and Physiotherapy and has a vibrant Postgraduate/CPD portfolio. The School is committed to delivering quality research to the highest ethical standards in order to improve knowledge and services for the health of the community. Our multi professional cohort of staff has a strong research profile and is committed to developing policy, practice and technology for the improvement of healthcare and service delivery.

Contributing to the advancement of health care practice

We offer taught modular postgraduate programmes, and higher degrees by research, providing extensive opportunity for in-depth study and development of advanced clinical skills in a range of areas and contributing to the advancement of healthcare practice, management and professional education.

Continuing professional development provision

The School also offers a wide range of accredited and non-accredited CPD modules and hosts a vibrant daytime and evening short course programme to maximise opportunity for attendance. The most up-to-date information about these activities is to be found on the School website.

Career prospects

Graduates in Occupational Therapy are a vital part of modern health care and employment opportunities are available in the UK and abroad. This is a vocational programme and a skill shortage area within the National Health Service.

Graduates from the University of Liverpool have an excellent employment rate and are highly regarded by local employers and successfully achieve employment nationally entering a wide variety of roles and services.

Information for international students

Applications from EU and international students already resident in the UK are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

Fees and funding

UK students
See https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/occupational-therapy-msc/fees/
International students
See https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/occupational-therapy-msc/fees/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)151 795 6000