MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Reg)

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Introduction to our Occupational Therapy Masters

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Join our two-year pre-registration Masters degree

Validated by the HCPC and accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

Occupational therapists help people to thrive – enabling them to do the things they need and want to do, and regain quality of life.

As an occupational therapist, you'll assess people's needs, and use your expertise and experiences to co-create plans to help them re-engage in everyday life, despite their health and social difficulties.

Occupational therapy is a growing healthcare role in the UK. With an increase in patients with long-term and complex health needs, alternative treatment pathways are essential to provide a framework of options to support patients. Our pre-registration Masters degree will prepare you to join this area and make a change.

Our full-time Masters degree is open to graduates with excellent communication skills, who are resourceful, practically minded, comfortable in various environments and want to support people regain their lives. We welcome applications from positive, motivated and solution-focused people from a variety of backgrounds.

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Course features

As an MSc Occupational Therapy student at ARU you'll benefit from:

  • access to specialist occupational therapy equipment
  • expert staff who'll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed
  • hands-on learning, with most of Year 2 spent on placement

Eligible students can access a training grant worth at least £5,000 a year.

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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


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Health & Care Professions Council

Our Occupational Therapy MSc is validated by the Health & Care Professions Council, allowing you to register with the HCPC when you graduate and work as a professional occupational therapist.

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Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Our Occupational Therapy MSc is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).


What can you do with an OT Masters degree?

On successful graduation you’ll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an occupational therapist with the NHS in professional practice, local authority or the private sector.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a PhD programme at ARU. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

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If your application to study Occupational Therapy is successful, we'll invite you to an interview day. Here’s how to get prepared.

Your Occupational Therapy interview
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