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 Performance: Body Structure, Function and Participation; Foundations of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science; Essential Practice Skills for Occupation Focused Practice; Practice-based Learning 1 (Practice Education); Evidence-informed Occupational Transformation; Inter-professional Working: Context, Organisations and Practice; Practice-based Learning 2 (Practice Education); Practice-based Learning 3 (Practice Education); Ethics and Reasoning for Occupation Focused Practice; Practice-based Learning 4 (Practice Education); Occupational Justice; Policy and Societal Transformation; Dissertation.

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

Due to significant demand, applications for this course are now closed to international applicants for January 2022. Please consider our following intake in January 2023.

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
24 Months
31 Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 24 Months 31 Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
24 Months
Jan 2023
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 24 Months Jan 2023 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Minimum academic requirement

We welcome applicants with a first degree in any discipline. All applicants will be considered on their merits and academic preparedness for this course, however, there are two identified entry routes to the course:

Route 1: Direct entry. Prospective applicants should normally be expected to possess:

  • A recent (in the last five years) first class or upper second honours degree or equivalent (for graduates of non-UK institutions).

Route 2: Entry via pre-entry module – Research Methods. 

It is recognised that applicants bring a range of valuable academic and experiential learning when applying for entry to the course and, at times, applicants may fall short of the above requirements.

Therefore, a second entry route to the course, which may require completion of the re-entry module, is available for applicants who:

  • Have not studied in the last five years
  • Have a lower second or third class honours degree (or equivalent)
  • Have an unclassified degree with relevant work experience
  • For applicants who do not have satisfactory knowledge of the research process and research methods
The pre-entry module, as an alternative entry route onto the course, is an online honours-level module that students can undertake at an additional cost. For some students who do not meet the standard entry requirements, successful completion of the pre-entry module may form part of any offer of a place on the course.

Please note that the January 22 entry for this course is now full.

English language

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

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

This course includes work experience.
Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

This course features a mix of assessment and exams.

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.

This course features guest lecturers.

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

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home (Scottish) and RUK: £9,000
International: £16,500

Home (Scottish) and RUK: £7,000
International: £14,500

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

Additional costs

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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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 or uniforms. 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 £16 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 £325
- 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


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 £2 million per year.

View our postgraduate scholarships.

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.