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MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-reg)


The initial application deadline for this course is 1 June 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 programme 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 programme 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.

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.

You will benefit from individual attention, stimulating teaching to inspire and challenge you, and the flexibility to explore your own interests.

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 programme that will be delivered through a combination of on-campus learning and placement opportunities. 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 will consist of two 30-credit modules focusing on human sciences and occupational science, 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. Additionally, students will complete two 30-credit modules: one focused on contemporary OT practice and the other a research project aligned with occupational therapy and global health needs.


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.

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 programme in alignment with Health and Care Professions Council standards of education and training for occupational therapists.

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.

This is a unique programme that is focused on disaster management, sustainability, and global health. This programme 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.

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.

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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