Postgraduate course

Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc

Help people overcome barriers and improve their daily lives with our accredited MSc.

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.

  • Royal College of Occupational Therapy accreditation logo
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 2 years full-time
  • Start date – January 2020
  • School – Health Sciences

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250

    International 2019-20 £18,400

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. 

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.

Find out more by following us on Twitter @YSJOT and visiting our Occupational Therapy blog.

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.

 

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Occupational Beings (20 credits)
  • Theory and Foundations of Occupational Therapy (20 credits)
  • Contexts of Professional Practice (30 credits)
  • Evidence-based Practice and Research (20 credits)
  • Contributing to Communities (30 credits)
  • Research Project (30 credits)
  • Management, Innovation and Creativity (30 credits)

Entry requirements

Qualifications and Experience

You must meet the University’s general entry criteria for postgraduate study. In addition, there are the following requirements.

You would normally require a First- or upper second-class BSc honours degree e.g. a human biology/behavioural science/sports science/health-related degree, in which the foundation sciences (including human anatomy and/or physiology/psychology) were completed; furthermore you will need to have experience of undergraduate level research and a project/dissertation. Insight into the occupational therapy profession is required, as is evidence of study within the last three years.

However, if you have a BA degree you may still be considered if you have recent relevant work experience in health, social care, or education.

Admission to the course is dependent upon your completion of the following selection processes:

  • Academic entry requirements being met (as noted above) – application is direct to the University
  • Satisfactory application form and personal statement
  • Successful interview on the selection day
  • Satisfactory references
  • Receipt of a satisfactory DBS
  • Satisfactory medical screening
  • During the course and on completion you will be required to declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body prior to application for registration.

International students

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);
  • A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) of 59 overall, with no less than 59 in any component.
  • Tests must have been completed within the last two years (and the original official certification must be seen). Where students have satisfied these English language requirements, but further English language training needs are identified after admission, further training is available through the York Business School.

English language requirements

York St John University requires applicants whose first language is not English to at least meet one of the following:

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 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);
  • A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) of 59 overall, with no less than 59 in any component.

Tests must have been completed within the last two years (and the original official certification must be seen). Where students have satisfied these English language requirements, but further English language training needs are identified after admission, further training is available through the Business School at the university.

  • If the student does not have traditional qualifications, she/he/they may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL). We also consider applications for entry with advanced standing.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

From 1 August 2018 Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc students will have access to the same student loans system as Undergraduate students. This applies to new students on pre-registration courses (those which lead to registration with one of the health professional regulators).

When applying for student finance you will need to apply as an Undergraduate student, you will be able to find your course by searching Occupational Therapy (Pre-Reg) MSc – SLC code 629360. The course attracts Undergraduate funding and not Postgraduate so students are not eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan.

Students on this course are not eligible for Postgraduate Scholarships, however are entitled to the 10% discount applicable to all York St John University undergraduate Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking Postgraduate level study (excludes PGCE).

Additional financial support is available via the NHS for this course through the Learning Support Fund. For more information about the eligibility of this fund, please visit Learning Support Fund.

Tuition fees

Home/EU students

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £18,400 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

All places are self-funded unless subject to governmental change in policy.

Funding your course

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. 

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links .You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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