Brunel University
Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc
Brunel University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Occupational Therapy at Brunel is one of the largest, longest established and most highly regarded programmes in the world. In fact, we're the original ‘London School of Occupational Therapy’ which was founded in 1934. So if you’re positive, a motivator, good at coming up with solutions to problems and looking for a career that’s rewarding and really makes a difference to people’s lives then this could be the course for you.

The Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc provides a master’s level route for you to become an occupational therapist. The course integrates theory with practice. Our Mary Seacole Building is purpose-built for occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The rooms reflect the type of clinical environment that you will work in as an occupational therapist. You’ll learn your practical skills here so that you’ll be confident and experienced in time for your first placement.

Our lecturers are still active in their field and have close links with colleagues in the NHS, social service and voluntary organisations around London. This means that you’ll have the opportunity to do your 1,000 hours of practice placement at a variety of settings including some of the top hospitals in the world such as the National Hospital for Neurology at Queens Square and Imperial Hospital.

The programme is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the US Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)*. It is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy.

When you graduate from this programme you’ll be eligible to:

Apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Sit for the US national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Apply for membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/Royal College of Occupational Therapists

*This occupational therapy masters programme was accredited by ACOTE in 2018. ACOTE Address: 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. Telephone Number: (301) 652-6611.

The University term structure allows the student to have assessments spread across the academic year to assist learning. In order to promote independent learning, a variety of assessment methods are used such as case studies, essays, practical assessments, placement reports, presentations, written examinations, literature reviews and a research dissertation. These assessments are designed to not only reflect master’s level academic requirements, but also professional skills in preparation for practice. At the beginning of each you’ll be provided with the assessment schedule, including assessment and feedback dates. This will be provided verbally and in the programme handbook.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 7 with no less than 6.5 in each subsection
Institution's Own Test with no less than 65% in each subsection
PTE Academic 64 with no less than 58 in each subsection
TOEFL (iBT) 100 with no less than 20 in all areas

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Occupational Therapy (pre-registration), MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

- At the time of application, you must have a completed a UK first or 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, (any subject) with strong applicants demonstrating a science profile (health and social care experience relevant to OT) and evidence of informed insight into the profession of occupational therapy. - Applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree in a subject relevant to occupational therapy (for example biology, psychology, human sciences and sociology) and who have extensive experience of working in a health or social care setting relevant to OT will be considered and assessed on an individual basis. - Evidence of academic achievement in the last five years will be required. Please note: This course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. Where this is the case, students are required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application (previously known as a CRB check). The application currently costs £51.86, but this is subject to change. For the most up to date information please visit the Home office website. A satisfactory health declaration is required. Selection Days Applicants may be invited to attend an Interview. For all additional entry requirements such as required immunisations, please visit our website:


Tuition Fees Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc

EU £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £19855 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

For more information on any additional course-related costs visit Fees for EU applicants- For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Brunel University

Established in 1957, Brunel University is located in the large town of Uxbridge, in suburban London. Thanks to its location, Brunel University has numerous public transport connections to London, which students make use of for expanding their options when it comes to work experience placements. The admission rate is lower than in many universities, so applicants should prepare their personal statements and interviews well when applying to enrol here.

Student composition of Brunel University

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