Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (2 years)
Campus location
University: Telford Campus
School of Allied Health and Midwifery
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Why choose this course?

This programme prepares you to work with people who, through illness, disability, trauma or personal circumstances, have complex personal health and social challenges to overcome.

You will learn to appreciate the importance of occupation to the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities and understand how occupational performance is influenced by environmental factors. There will be opportunity to think creatively, solve problems, analyse complex situations effectively to develop tailored and innovative interventions in order to facilitate therapeutic change and transformation. It is important to develop a sense of self-efficacy, enhanced personal and professional insight and the ability to empower and facilitate others to make choices, to take control and responsibility over their lives and aspirations.

Aligned with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists four Pillars of Practice (RCOT, 2017), this programme will provide a combination of theory based and practical experience supported by academic and practice educators with relevant expertise who will support your development as confident, compassionate and skilled Occupational Therapist.

What happens on the course?

Inter-professional learning (IPL) opportunities are embedded within both years of this programme with some modules being shared with other allied health professionals. Inter-professional learning is when students from different professional areas learn with, from and about each other to improve the quality of care. IPL is vital in supporting you to develop the knowledge, skills and insights necessary for employment within increasingly integrated and complex health and social care settings.

The course also benefits from a team committed to working to the Royal College of Occupational Therapists / World Federation of Occupational Therapists standards for their occupational therapy programmes. A focus on current public health priorities and the increasingly complex health needs of those using contemporary services. Service user involvement to ensure that the experiences of patients/service users and their carers/families are integrated into the programme.

Visiting and honorary lecturers / speakers from a wide range of health care and related fields who bring contemporary and real-world examples of practice into the classroom and links and knowledge from local, national and international research initiatives undertaken in the Institute of Health and the wider University research institutions. 

To support your application, please consider the below:

  • Draw out any links from your past degree to Occupational Therapy
  • Consider discussing and demonstrating your understanding of Occupational Therapy
  • Ensure that your application clearly reflects Occupational Therapist values and clear reasoning for wanting to be an Occupational Therapist
  • Demonstrate transferable skills from your current employment or experience to Occupational Therapy
  • Demonstrate understanding and insight in wanting to learn at a Masters level

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) programme aims to:

  • Facilitate the development of autonomous, accountable, reflective occupational therapy practitioners committed to continuing professional development and life-long learning.
  • Develop compassionate practitioners with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to deliver high quality person-centred care.
  • Contribute to the health and wellbeing of our society through the rigorous and considered application of occupational science to individuals, groups and populations.
  • Enable students to develop as enquiring practitioners with excellent skills of clinical judgement, who are able to practice in a diversity of settings.
  • Provide students with high quality practice learning opportunities, working within inter-professional teams in a variety of health and social care settings.
  • Enable students to critically analyse the complexity of professional, ethical and legal frameworks and their impact on Occupational Therapy decision-making.
  • Support students to develop a wide range of transferable skills including the ability to investigate ,undertake and apply research evidence, leadership and management skills and information technology skills.
  • Analyse the wider political, cultural, economic and social context of current health and social care provision as an influence on occupational engagement.
  • Facilitate the development of practitioners as change agents, able to respond to a changing and dynamic practice environment, safely and effectively treating and managing patients/service users with a wide range of conditions.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

You will need a good degree in a related subject (normally 2:1 or above) or hold a professional qualification such as teaching, nursing, social work or an allied health profession. Applicants with a 2:1 in a non-related subject will be considered on an individual basis.


We will consider applicants who have other qualifications or experience, equivalent to degree level. If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.


You will need to supply evidence in the personal statement on the application form that demonstrates your suitability for the MSc Occupational Therapy programme and your reasons for wanting to study the course.


International Applicants

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

  • English Language requirements are normally IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. You will also need to obtain a certificate of good conduct/character and any other references from your home country, and this will be required to ensure you pass the UK police (DBS) checks that are a requirement of the course.
  • For further information relating to overseas qualification please use the following link

Other Requirements

You will be required to provide a satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).


Successfully short listed applicants will be invited to attend a values-based interview.

Read further information regarding interview preparation


Free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check:

Due to the professional nature of some of our courses you may also be required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.  We will coordinate both of these non-academic conditions with you should your course require this and you receive an offer from us

There will be no cost for the DBS this is free to applicants who have secured an offer and have chosen to study at the University of Wolverhampton.


Entry to this programme requires a satisfactory occupational health assessment. You are required to complete a health questionnaire and meet occupational health requirements. If you are accepted onto the programme, all your vaccinations will need to be up to date before you attend placement and the University provides a vaccination programme to ensure that you are appropriately covered.


During the programme you will be required to attend placements, so it is essential that you are able and willing to travel to placement.


The University will make reasonable adjustments for any candidate who has a disability recognised under the Equality Act, 2010 but we ask that you contact the University in advance to enable us to make adjustments.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be assessed in advance of your entry to the programme and will be considered in line with professional body standards and university regulations. If you have other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.


If you have previously studied a professional programme at another University or College, we will require an academic reference from your previous higher education institution.


You will need to demonstrate that, on entry to the programme, you have capability for digital and technological literacy to meet course outcomes. Evidence of your digital literacy and technological literacy capability is linked to the online application process.




"Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)"

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as an occupational therapist.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

By studying an undergraduate or postgraduate pre-registration programme you are eligible for a Tuition Fee loan. of up to £9,250. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in healthcare.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

NHS Grant:

All new and continuing nursing, midwifery and most allied health professionals’ students on pre-registration courses will also receive a grant of at least £5,000 per year that is not means-tested and will not have to be repaid.

An additional payment of up to £3,000 per academic year will be available to eligible students. Eligibility will include the following:

• £1,000 towards childcare costs • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit • £1,000 if studying a shortage specialism

Among others, the shortage specialisms have been confirmed to include:

• Mental health nursing

• Learning disability nursing

Read the full press release on the Government website to find out more or access“The recent grants for health courses explained"

Additional funding:

Is available via NHS Business Services Authority

The Learning Support Fund offers students additional support while studying for their degree. This includes:

• Dependants allowance of £1,000 per student per year

• Additional travel and accommodation costs to clinical placements over their normal daily travel costs

• An exceptional hardship fund of up to £3,000 per student per academic year

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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