MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)

Imagine the satisfaction of helping people reach their true potential, take control of their lives and participate fully in the world around them. With an MSc Occupational Therapy from GCU, that’s exactly what you’ll do. Occupational therapists are skilled professionals who help people of all ages to carry out activities made difficult by physical or mental illness, disability or ageing.

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by both the College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, our programme will broaden your experience and give you new insight into caring for patients.

As a graduate of any discipline, you can get a world-class education in occupational therapy with an internationally recognised curriculum. Train in both theory and practice, and prepare to contribute to the common good while also making a positive impact on your future career.

You’ll benefit from the friendly, open and diverse community at GCU – and gain experience in the inter-professional nature of the field by learning side by side with students in physiotherapy, dietetic, nursing and social work.

Graduate prospects

When you graduate from GCU, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the UK’s Health and Care Professions Council – and you’ll be ready to make a meaningful difference.

Our shared commitment to social responsibility is evident in our international network of alumni, who work with disadvantaged and marginalised groups around the world in hospitals, community settings, charitable organisations and private practice.

Occupational Therapy Foundations for Practice; Interprofessional Context of Practice; Challenges to Occupational Health and Well-Being; Occupation for Local and Global Health; Understanding Occupational Therapy in Practice; Implementing the Occupational Therapy Process in Practice; Developing Essential Practice Skills; Community Based Practice; Developing Readiness for Practice; Professional Development and the Work Environment; Working in Organisations: Interprofessional and Critical Perspectives Organisational Behaviour and Professional Practice; and Dissertation.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Applications for this programme will be processed on a first-come first-served basis and offers will be made based on date of application for the 2021 intake. It is advised to apply as soon as possible.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
24 Months
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
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Typical entry requirements

All applicants will be considered on their individual merits and academic preparedness for this programme, however there are two identified entry routes to the programme:

Route 1:
A recent (in the last five years) first class or upper second honours degree (or equivalent)
A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above (for graduates of non-UK institutions)
Knowledge of the research process and research methods

Route 2 Entry via Negotiate Learning Module:
A second entry route to the programme, which may require completion of the Negotiated Learning Module, is available for applicants who:
Have not studied in the last five years
Have a lower second or third class honours degree (or a GPA lower than 3.0 for international applicants)
Have an unclassified degree with relevant work experience
For applicants who do not have satisfactory knowledge of the research process and research methods
The Negotiate Learning Module is an online module which is completed at distance between August and November prior to admission.

In addition applicants require to submit:
Two satisfactory references (one of which should be academic)

Subject to PVG and/or occupational health checks. 

If successful, you will be shortlisted and invited for interview.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5 (or equivalent).

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £7,000
RUK: £7,000
EU: £7,000
International: £15,500

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £6,835
RUK: £6,835
EU: £6,835
International: £15,120

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

Additional costs for Scottish domiciled students

If you are a Scottish domiciled student, you will not need to pay for PVG checks, Occupational Health checks and Uniforms . However, while on practice education placements, you will need to meet any additional costs for accommodation and travel. You may be able to apply to SAAS for additional expense support to help meet these costs. Check out the SAAS Nursing and Midwifery student placement expenses claim and Allied Health Professions student placement expenses claim forms.

Additional costs for all other students (rest of UK, EU and International)

During this course, you will be required to cover the cost of:
- Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on the duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination set fee of £220.
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to the existing scheme record cost £18.

Invoices will be issued by the University for payment of all of the above additional costs in Trimester B (March / April) of the first year of your programme.

- Potential accommodation and additional travel costs during practice education placements

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Postgraduate scholarships.

We use a wide variety of interesting and challenging assessment methods to help you to develop personally, whilst simultaneously developing your knowledge and understanding of topics integral to occupational therapy practice.

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.