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    The MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) aims to provide a Master's level route for graduates to become competent occupational therapists eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council, for membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists and be equipped for lifelong, safe and effective practice within the global marketplace.


    It differs from other Masters programmes in that it is a professional programme at postgraduate level and is full-time. It is not for those who are already qualified occupational therapists.


    Occupational Therapy as a career offers many opportunities to work in the health service, social services, education or the private and voluntary sector.

    Special Features

    Research within the College includes:

    * Professional Practice (eg user involvement, occupational science, health promotion, falls prevention, discharge planning, acute care, cultural awareness)
    * Research in Rehabilitation
    * Ageing Studies.

    PROGRAMME STRUCTURE New Course 2014-15

    The MSc (pre-registration) Occupational Therapy programme benefits from integrated education with other programmes within the School of Health Sciences and Social Care. In their first year of study, the MSc (pre-registration) Occupational Therapy students undertake components from a number of the current BSc modules/study blocks, as well as shared teaching with post-graduate students from the Divisions of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work and Community Health and Nursing Studies. In their second year of study, students share modules with other post-graduate students within the Division of Occupational Therapy. Where learning is shared with the undergraduates, the content has been integrated into M level modules and is assessed at M level.

    The mode of study comprises two years full time. The programmes taught modules occur within Brunel Universitys three-term structure. To provide a balance between academic and practice placements and still meet the minimum of 1,000 hours of practice placements required by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists, three of the practice placement modules extend beyond the term boundaries over the summer.

    Academic modules are based at Brunel University and practice placement modules are provided in a range of health and social care setting and increasingly in voluntary and private organisations including non traditional settings.


    Year One: The Skilled Practitioner the How, What and Why of Occupational Therapy

    Year 1 of the programme introduces students to the how, what and why of occupational therapy and aims to give them the opportunity to develop, explore and critique the core occupational concepts and skills of the profession in depth. The arrangement of study blocks and the 3 practice placement modules (that occur prior to the commencement of academic study in year 2), allow for a reciprocal exchange of academic knowledge and professional skills that develop the students understanding and knowledge of the profession further. Applying and evaluating research in practice is essential for occupational therapists, who are required to adopt evidence-based practice. Therefore the students are made aware from the onset of the programme of how research impacts on practice through clinical reasoning and decision making skills gained in study blocks and also an inter-professional module HH5609: Approaches to Research.

    Year 2: Mastery of Occupational Therapy Advancing Practice

    Year 2 of the programme aims to provide students with a more advanced exploration of the occupational therapy profession. Students acquire mastery in critical knowledge and evaluation of key issues on professional practice as well as critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of theoretical concepts central to occupational therapy. In addition, students study one optional module that enables an in depth consideration of a specialist area of current practice. The students research skills are further enhanced in the second year and culminate in the students producing a research thesis, in the form of a detailed research dissertation.

    ElectiveOccupational Therapy for Children, Young People and their Families

    Main topics include: analysis of aspects in child development and study of common problems and disorders in childhood; review of the research based current evidence on occupational therapy theory and practice for children and adolescents; review the clinical reasoning process in paediatric occupational therapy practice; examine a selection of experimental methods appropriate for assessing and evaluating clinical practice or service delivery in childrens health; exploration of effective ways of incorporating the family into their childs assessment and treatment; exploration of relevant current childrens health policy and legislation.

    Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

    Main topics include: overview of occupational therapy in mental health; review of the research based literature on occupational therapy theory and practice in mental health; detailed exploration of current mental health policy and legislation in relation to occupational therapy practice; exploring contemporary issues; examining current evidence and research related to the contemporary mental health issues; exploring a detailed selection of quantitative and qualitative measures appropriate for assessing and evaluating clinical practice or service delivery in mental health.

    Note: This course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults. Where this is the case, students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. The application will cost £51.86 (this amount is subject to change) and the University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process. For further guidance please email

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    At the time of application, you must have a completed a UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification (any discipline) 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.The application closing date is 19th December 2014 and all applications who meet the initial criteria above will be considered after this date. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in February and March.Interview Dates (though these may be subject to change): * Tuesday 17th February 2015 * Thursday 26th February 2015 * Thursday 26th March 2015Entry criteria is subject to change.English Language Requirements * IELTS: 7 (min 6.5W, 6.5L, 6.5R, 6.5S) * Pearson: 64 (58 in all subscores) * BrunELT: 70% (65% in all areas)Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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