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What will I learn?

Our master's degree equips you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Occupational therapists are dynamic and able to respond to changes and complexities in health, education and social care. This course will enable you to consider the challenges and opportunities these changes can create for occupational therapists.

Course overview

This two year accelerated course will prepare you for a career as an occupational therapist. Our use of problem based learning will support you to become an autonomous learner, global in your outlook, socially responsible and self aware. Upon completion, you can seek professional registration. Both the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) accredit this course.

As part of the course, you will:

  • Undertake at least 1000 hours of clinical practice in a variety of areas. These could include health, social care, education or third sector. A registered occupational therapist will supervise all clinical practice.
  • Consider the complex relationships between occupation and health and wellbeing. Learn to critique the application of occupational therapy practice models and occupational science.
  • Develop the ability to carry out occupational therapy assessments and interventions. In doing so, you'll enable people with a range of difficulties to fully engage in their everyday life.

When you graduate, you'll know how to develop and deliver contemporary occupational therapy. In your career, you'll be able to evaluate the changing landscape of the profession and seek opportunities for its development.

Career outcomes

Successful graduates holding our MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) qualification are entitled to apply for registration to practice and become practicing Occupational Therapists.

Which department am I in?

Occupational Therapy

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£18,400.00 (US$ 25,316) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


York St John University

Lord Mayor's Walk,


YO31 7EX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a Bachelors Degree. IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component), TOEFL iBT Overall score of 75 (Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 20), other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable.

For international students

A BSc degree in a relevant subject at a minimum of 2:1 classification. Subjects may include human biology, behavioural science, sports science, health-related degree. You must have completed the foundation sciences (including human anatomy and/or physiology/psychology); For applicants whose first language is not English they are required to at least meet one of the following criteria: Successful completion of a Bachelors or Master’s degree at a University in a majority English speaking country (for a list of these consult YSJ International) where the language of tuition has been English;The British Council IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each component An IBT TOEFL score of 87 overall (with no less than 23 in each band, other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.