University of East Anglia
Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc
University of East Anglia

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Course Description

About This Course Occupational therapists are qualified to work in a uniquely varied range of settings, and our two-year, full-time, accelerated course will teach you how to apply professional reasoning, drawing on human sciences, occupational theory, psychology, sociology and creativity. Respectful relationships with service users are at the heart of Occupational Therapy practice and at the heart of our programme throughout. 

Our Master’s programme is open to arts, science, healthcare and humanities graduates. If you’re hoping to pursue a career in occupational therapy, our enquiry based-style of learning will shape your understanding of the profession, and underpin it with knowledge of human sciences and therapeutic approaches.  

Our active learning approach is designed to engage you cognitively, emotionally and spiritually, so you develop your professional identity as an occupational therapist and gain the skills to use yourself therapeutically. Throughout the programme you’ll have a personal adviser and a student mentor who will help you reflect on your highs and lows, enabling you to learn from both. And you will learn how to use professional development tools to identify your personal learning needs and goals. 

Your time with us will be split between university-based learning and practice-based learning. We have a dedicated placement team, which will work closely with our practice partners to set up a balanced range of placement experiences for you. While on placement, you will be allocated a dedicated educational supervisor; a qualified occupational therapist, who will support you as you apply your knowledge and gain skills and confidence. They will be experienced in judging your needs, and will help you to challenge yourself.  

You will take ownership of your professional development and arrange your final eight-week placement in a specialist field you are passionate about or haven’t yet experienced


The central theory of occupational therapy is that all humans are occupational by nature. By which we mean that we all engage in meaningful activities within our everyday lives that support the development of our identity. But what if something, an illness, condition or set of circumstances, disrupts our ability to live life our way?  

Occupational Therapists work closely with people who have an illness, injury or challenging life circumstance/s to help them live their lives to their full potential. Exploring what is important and meaningful to them and using their Occupational Therapy skill set to help overcome these barriers. You could be helping a young person with anorexia, supporting rehabilitation following a brain injury or amputation or assisting an elderly person with mobility issues. The profession is extremely varied – working with individuals throughout the lifespan - and blends ‘out of the box’ thinking with creativity. Our course prepares you for an exciting and rewarding career. 

You’ll join a community of enthusiastic lecturers and educators and a very active Occupational Therapy Society.


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When you study in the School of Health Sciences you will receive both an academic and a practice based education which is second to none. The whole programme adopts an enquiry-based learning ethos focused on student-centred independent learning, problem solving and decision making, which will be facilitated over the two years of the programme. We are very proud of our innovative teaching methods and the passion and dedication of our staff will inspire you to be the best you can be. The course includes the following elements: Interagency Learning, Research, Supportive Culture and Practice Development Placements.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees

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.

A 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent required; applicants must have graduated within the last 10 years. Applicants with a 2.2 or equivalent may be considered if they have strong relevant work experience. You must also have a strong profile of secondary qualifications in arts and sciences (A-level or equivalent). You need to have minimum grade C in GCSE Biology or CC in GCSE Double Science. Our admissions criteria also include requirements such as: a clear understanding of the chosen profession; a broad range of relevant work shadowing; an interest in people and a strong academic attainment. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in one of the listed countries.


Tuition Fees Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc

International £16400 year 1
EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

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 University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a government funded research university located in Norwich, England. The university operates from a single campus site which includes the Norwich Research Park and the Bob Champion Research and Education Building, as well a 24-hour library, a concert and gig venue, and the on-campus accommodation.

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