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MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh




Course info


This course will give you the knowledge and practical skills that you need to develop a new career as an occupational therapist in two years. It is delivered full-time and you will complete a number of placements which enrich the learning experience and prepare you for a diverse practice context.

This course attracts people holding a relevant undergraduate honours degree who wish to change career and become an occupational therapist. It is an intensive professional programme of study in developing theoretical, analytical, practical, evaluative and reasoning skills as well as professional values. The course is unsuitable for applicants already holding a qualification in occupational therapy.

Why QMU?

  • The course is well grounded in practice by integrating and applying practical examples throughout the course eg case scenarios linked to assignments, vivas and problem-based learning tasks and visiting lecturers. This integrates placement and coursework and therefore makes learning relevant to practice.
  • Critical thinking is encouraged throughout the course, helping learners to develop professional reasoning skills. Learners are facilitated to explore and justify their thinking and decision-making, as well as considering the bigger picture.

Course overview

Occupational therapists assess individuals’ and communities’ disruption and disengagement from their occupations. They facilitate alternative ways for people to re-engage and participate in their occupational roles to improve their quality of life, wellbeing and sense of belonging. Modules reflect contemporary and prospective occupational therapy practice. The course is underpinned by person-centred, evidence-informed and occupation-focused occupational therapy practice.


To obtain this MSc you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course philosophy integrates academic and placement study. It employs adult learning perspectives including; learner responsibility, active participation, collaborative, autonomy, and learning as a community. Problem-based learning using practice scenarios is a major feature of the learning experience where students work to develop professional reasoning, evidence-informed decision making, and interpersonal and team working skills. Learning is thus a facilitated process of acquiring enquiry skills, interpreting information, group discussion, exchanging of perspectives, creation of knowledge and arriving at a position or judgment. Teaching methods incorporate self-directed study, practice scenarios, group work, workshops, eLearning modules, digital technology, reflection, lectures and placements. Assessment methods include peer and self-assessment, written assignments, viva voce, presentations, projects and placements. Practice placements form a core element of the course and your personal performance is also assessed.


Occupational therapists are employed in a diverse range of settings including the NHS, public health, education, employment services, local authorites, prison service, third sector organisations and private practice. Outside the UK, graduates of this course have gone on to work in Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, Canada, USA and New Zealand.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration).

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

Year 1: £16,900 Year 2: £16,900 Year 3: £3190 (dissertation fee).




Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Queen Margaret University Drive,



EH21 6UU, Scotland

Entry requirement for international students

Evidence of a first degree at honours level 2:2 or above in an appropriate area including: Health, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Education or Humanities. Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0. Evidence of knowledge and commitment to occupational therapy as a positive career choice. Evidence of a written research project, a research module or research experience. Evidence of direct contact and responsibility with marginalised people or those with impairments in a personal, paid or voluntary capacity, for a minimum of six months in a health, social care, education or third sector context. Mature applicants who graduated more than ten years ago will be considered if they have experience and evidence of equivalent CPD. Mature applicants who graduated more than ten years ago will be considered with the condition that they engage in a module at master’s level study (SCQF level 11) if they do not have equivalent CPD.

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