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MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-reg)


The closing date for applications to start this course in September 2024 is 31 July 2024. Further detail here.

This programme is currently under development and may be subject to change

Key information

Duration: 2 years full time

Institution code: R72

Campus: Egham

UK fees*: £9,250

International/EU fees**: £20,500

The course

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-reg) (MSc)

The pre-registration MSc Occupational Therapy course is delivered by the Department of Health Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London in collaboration with local partners.

This two-year masters will give you the knowledge and practical skills that you need to develop a rewarding career as an occupational therapist in emerging global health roles and social prescribing roles in the UK and in internationals settings. The course places an emphasis on placements throughout the degree to develop your practice-based experience and establish strong employment networks.

Occupational therapy has a valuable role in society helping people recover, maintain or improve healthy participation in life. Working across disciplines in different sectors, our course has a unique focus upon disaster management, sustainability, and global health. It offers training in globally relevant and developing skills for disaster management and will deepen your understanding of the value of sustainability and the importance of the environment to health, wellbeing and social care.

You will acquire clinical and professional reasoning skills for occupational therapy in different settings, and learn the methods and skills needed to work with individual clients as well as community groups in the public and environmental health sectors.

Through teaching and practical placements, you will develop assessment and intervention skills for health promotion in physical and mental health with a variety of age groups, together with service evaluation and quality improvement skills.

On completion of the course you will have developed skills and experience for embarking on emerging global health roles and social prescribing roles in the UK and in international settings.

The Department of Health Studies is a hub for world-leading research, knowledge exchange and public engagement and you will be taught by international research leaders across a broad range of topics, particularly in the areas of occupational therapy, global health, long-term conditions and disease prevention.

*We are currently seeking course accreditation from the Health and Care and Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). We aim to have this accreditation in place for 2024/25. HCPC accreditation is required for the course to run.

From time to time, we make changes to our courses to improve the student and learning experience. If we make a significant change to your chosen course, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.

The course is a two-year full-time masters degree that will be delivered through a combination of on-campus learning at our Egham campus in Surrey and placement opportunities.

Teaching and learning are mostly through lectures, seminars, hands-on practical skills, placement-specific workshops, study groups, essay consultations, oral presentations, and guided independent study. Assessment of knowledge and understanding is typically by coursework assignments, examined essays, case study-based assignments, online tests and exercises, practice-based skills examinations, oral presentations, and the dissertation or long essay. In addition, students may be involved in workshops and may produce various forms of creative or editorial work. 

In the first year, the week will be divided into approximately two days on campus and two and a half days on placement. Additionally, students will have self-directed study time integrated into all modules and placements.

Year one teaching will consist of two 30-credit modules focusing on human sciences and occupational science, 'Occupational Therapy with a Global Context' and 'Human Sciences and Occupational Performance' as well as two 15-credit modules linked to practice placements 1 and 2. These will focus on developing core occupational therapy practice skills.

The second year will include two 15-credit modules focused on advanced clinical, research, and leadership skills required for occupational therapy practice across various settings, these are 'Research in practice (focused on PP4 preparation & research methods)' and 'Collaborative approach in practice (module focused on PP3)'. Additionally, students will complete two 30-credit modules: 'Contemporary Practice in Occupational Therapy' and 'Research project in Occupational Therapy & Global Health', a research project aligned with occupational therapy and global health needs.

Practice Placements:

Students on the occupational therapy course are required to complete a minimum of 1000 hours over four practice placements in two years, in line with the requirements of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT, 2016). Each learning placement is linked to a 15-credit module: Occupation in Practice 1, Occupation in Practice 2, Collaborative Approach in Practice, and Research in Practice.
The primary responsibility for the assessment of students is held by the practice educator, who has undergone formal preparation and education, including regular updates, before the placement. The Occupational Therapy Placement Lead will support the practice educator and student to ensure robust and consistent arrangements for the assessment of practice learning. Practice-based learning placements are graded as pass/fail, and students can be reassessed a maximum of two times on non-consecutive placements.


UK 2:2 entry grade. Some understanding of research methodology, taken within dissertation, final year project or as its own module will be required.

We invite students from a wide range of scientific, social science and humanities backgrounds to apply and be considered. You will need to have completed an undergraduate degree in one of these fields to be eligible. Other eligible backgrounds will be evaluated individually on a case-by-case basis.

Please note in order to meet RCOT standards of accreditation (standard 2.6), the university can only consider requests for recognition of prior learning in a maximum of one third of the total pre-registration course.

Applicants will be subject to an interview* and upon enrolment, applicants will be required to go through occupational health checks. DBS and Occupational Health checks are mandatory admissions requirements for this course in alignment with Health and Care Professions Council standards of education and training for occupational therapists.

*Applicants will be invited for a virtual or face-to-face interview on campus. Interview invitations and details of the interviews will be sent by email.
Applicants will take part in value-based interviews either in 1:1 or group format with academic staff from the course team, occupational therapy clinicians and Insight group members. The Insight group member will be a service user or client who has access to health or social care services and may have used Occupational Therapy services to help with their physical/ mental health conditions. We will be specifically looking at the applicant’s motivation, communication and interpersonal skills, teamworking skills, research project skills and any experience of working with people with health conditions etc.

International & EU requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS 7.0 and no sub-score below 6.5.
  • Pearson Test of English: 69 overall. No other sub-score lower than 61.
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE IV
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C/210.
  • TOEFL iBT: 97 overall, with Reading 25 Listening 25 Speaking 25 Writing 25.
  • Duolingo: 130 overall, with no sub-score below 125.

This is a pre-reg masters leading to a professional qualification to practice Occupational Therapy and not a traditional MSc studies in Occupational Therapy. Upon successful completion of your course, you will be eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Once registered, you will be able to practice as an occupational therapist in the UK and may apply for additional professional registration with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). If you are an international student or want to practice in another country, you may need to complete additional country-specific registration requirements.

This is a unique course that is focused on disaster management, sustainability, and global health. This course will equip you with clinical, professional, research and other transferrable skills to work in different sectors and age groups. You will have a variety of career development opportunities in health and social care within client-facing roles.


Home (UK) students tuition fee per year*: £9,250

EU and international students tuition fee per year**: £20,500

Other essential costs***: Please be aware that there will be additional costs such as travel and accommodation for placements.

How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis in the academic year 2024/25. Students studying on the standard part-time course structure over two years are charged 50% of the full-time applicable fee for each study year.

Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase all postgraduate tuition fees annually, based on the UK’s Retail Price Index (RPI). Please therefore be aware that tuition fees can rise during your degree (if longer than one year’s duration), and that this also means that the overall cost of studying the course part-time will be slightly higher than studying it full-time in one year. For further information, please see our terms and conditions.

** This figure is the fee for EU and international students starting a degree in the academic year 2024/25. Find out more 

*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree at Royal Holloway during the 2024/25 academic year, and are included as a guide. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.

There is an NHS Learning Support Fund available for this programme. Find out more here.

Samita Kirve

Course Director for MSc (pre-reg) Occupational Therapy
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy


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