Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

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.

Entry requirements

MSc: We welcome applicants with a first degree in any discipline. 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 5 years) first class or upper second honours degree (or equivalent) in health, behavioural or social sciences A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above (for graduates of non-UK institutions) Route 2 Entry via Negotiate Learning Module: A second entry route to the programme, which may require completion of the Negotiate Learning Module, is available for applicants who: Have not studied in the last 5 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 Have studied a discipline outwith the health, behavioural or social sciences The Negotiate Learning Module is an online module which is completed at distance between August and November prior to admission. In addition applicants should normally have: A basic knowledge of statistics which includes an introduction to statistical inference Two satisfactory references (one of which should be academic)

Course modules

Occupational Therapy Foundations for Practice; Inter-Professional 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.

Assessment methods

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.

Sponsorship information

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. For up to date fee information for this programme, please visit


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time January 2020 - 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Glasgow Caledonian University G4 0BA Scotland

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