Taught course

Occupational Therapy

University of Southampton · Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree - Relevant 2:1 Honours degree, which includes research training component and was awarded within the last 5 years. Examples of relevant degrees are Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health. If you do not have a science background but can demonstrate personal and professional Health and Social Care experience transferable to occupational therapy, we would encourage you to make further enquiries.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) is a full-time two-year programme (45-46 weeks per calendar year). Embedded are clinical placements of 1000 hours (minimum) resulting in a total of 91 weeks of study over two calendar years. Ensuring your knowledge is at the forefront of current practice and research, you will benefit from our bespoke teaching facilities and high calibre researchers, clinicians and educationalists.

You will have the opportunity to learn alongside other health care professionals and develop a high level of critical thinking from academic staff, both inside and outside of the occupational therapy profession.

Our accelerated programme is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and World Federation of Occupational Therapists giving you a competitive advantage at home and abroad. You will be able to make significant positive changes to the lives of others.

This course will give you the knowledge and skills to treat people with psychological, physical or social disabilities. You’ll learn how to work effectively with patients, their families and carers, as well as with other healthcare professionals.

You’ll develop a strong professional identity as an occupational therapist and gain a clear understanding of how the role contributes to multi-disciplinary teams.

Occupational therapy combines a range of areas including human anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, pathology, learning disabilities and mental health. You’ll explore the impact of health conditions and life events on people’s sense of self, relationships and occupations.

The course uses creative, experiential and reflective learning approaches supported by practice placements. Learning is reinforced by internationally recognised researchers into occupational therapy.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

023 8059 7778