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Occupational Therapy (pre-registration mode) PgDip/MSc


Please note: this course is currently closed to new applicants.

Full training in two years

Our graduate entry programme is designed to enable you to be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We have a dedicated team of tutors who utilise their clinical experience to inform their teaching.


This course allows full-time professional training to be condensed into two years, rather than the traditional three-year route. To support teaching, the School of Health and Social Care has a dedicated suite of clinical skills labs, including two well-equipped Activities of Daily Living (ADL) suites, plus large rooms for art, splinting and group skills sessions.

Why Occupational Therapy at LSBU?

Exciting employment prospects: the No.1 London Modern for graduate prospects in Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).
No. 1 in London for student satisfaction and graduate prospects in Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide 2019).
Professional accreditation: we’re accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
Our three Occupational Therapy Labs, with facilities including simulated living spaces and artistic intervention tools.
An award winning student OT society, which took home society of the year at LSBU in 2016 and 2017.
No.1 amongst London competitors for teaching, assessment & feedback in Allied Health (National Student Survey 2018).


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
MSc Full-time
2 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
PGDip Full-time
2 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


  • Jenny Leow, MSc Occupational Therapy

    Jenny Leow, MSc Occupational Therapy

    After working as an audio producer for the last eight years Jenny was ready for a career change to help her achieve her aspirations, as well as one that matched her personal and professional attributes.

  • Nicole Deenmamode, MSc Occupational Therapy

    Nicole Deenmamode, MSc Occupational Therapy

    A career change is never an easy choice to make, but Nicole felt supported by LSBU right from the start of her journey to study Occupational Therapy.


Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Year 1

  • Introduction to occupational therapy and occupational science (20 credits)
    This module introduces students to the philosophy and theory of occupational therapy and occupational science. The module develops students’ understanding of these concepts and their relevance to the current health and social care environments within which contemporary occupational therapy is practiced. The module includes an introductory practice placement which enables students to begin the development of their professional identity as an occupational therapy student.
  • Human function and occupational performance (20 credits)
    This module develops students’ knowledge of body structures and functions and the link between occupation and health. This knowledge informs activity analysis, contributes to the evidence base for practice, informs students’ professional reasoning and compliments their learning in modules 1 and 3.
  • Promoting health and wellbeing through occupation (20 credits)
    This module explores ways in which occupational therapy uses occupation to promote health and well-being from theoretical, evidence and practice based perspectives. Students begin to develop their knowledge of theories and models influencing Occupational Therapy practice and explore how the evidence base informs practice. This module also includes practice placement 2 (7 weeks) which requires 4 university day’s attendance. The aim of these 4 days is to enable the students to retain the link between theory and practice as they develop their knowledge and skills of application of the occupational therapy process.

Year 2

  • Autonomy, accountability and development of professional identity (20 credits)
    In this module students will gain confidence in their ability to identify their personal potential as an occupational therapist through self-evaluation. Awareness of the need for personal resilience and resourcefulness to meet the requirements for entry into the profession and the delivery of contemporary occupational therapy practice is a strong feature of this module. The module includes Practice Placements 3 and 4.
  • Person, environment and occupation (20 credits)
    This module develops the students’ ability to utilise knowledge, skills and the evidence base to design, implement and evaluate the practice of occupational therapy with individuals and groups with a range of complex health and social needs, with a focus on  how the physical environment can be adapted to enhance occupational performance. Students consolidate their knowledge, skills and professional reasoning in relation to the occupational therapy process, and explore the influence of wider environmental, socio political and economic issues that influence sustainable and productive participation. This module prepares students for occupational therapy Practice Placement 3.
  • Contemporary Issues in occupational therapy (20 credits)
    This module consolidates the students’ knowledge, critical and analytical skills and understanding of contemporary factors (e.g. changes in policy, demographics, and context) and their impact on occupational therapy theory and practice. The module prepares students for the complexities of a dynamic health and social care environment to create and develop innovative and sustainable Occupational Therapy through collaborative working with people within the wider community for example: service users, carers, other professionals.
  • School of Health and Social Care Dissertation (MSc pathway only) (60 credits)
    This additional module runs concurrently with the year two modules, and successful completion allows students to graduate with an MSc award. This module provides the student with the opportunity to undertake original enquiry in a chosen area of professional practice. Through the preparatory learning set the students will be able to consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation design and associated methods of enquiry. Students will be supported to develop the skills necessary to plan and carry out their chosen project. The preparatory learning set will address ethical and governance issues and processes relevant to their project.

All modules are at level 7 (Master’s level) and are assessed by a mix of written assignments, case studies, critical review, presentations, examinations, practice placements and a dissertation (MSc students only).


Students who successfully complete the 6 core modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy.

Students who successfully complete the 6 core modules and the additional School of Health and Social Care Dissertation module will be awarded an MSc in Occupational Therapy.

Graduates with either award are eligible to register as an Occupational Therapist with the HCPC. Registration allows you to practice as an Occupational Therapist within the NHS, community services and local authorities, as well as social enterprise and the private sector. Other settings include prisons, residential and nursing homes, schools and Social Services.

For more information on what is involved in working as an occupational therapist, please watch the College of Occupational Therapists video, 'Occupational therapy can help people'.

Continuous professional development

For graduates with a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy from London South Bank University awarded within the last three years, we offer a unique opportunity to 'top up' your qualification to an MSc in Occupational Therapy by completing the School of Health and Social Care dissertation module. This is completed whilst working.

To find out more about this course and other continuous professional development opportunities please refer to our online CPPD prospectus.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.



Clare Beanlands

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Dr Austin Claffey

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Anne Marie Langan

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Anne Marie has a diverse range of teaching and research interests. These include problem based learning, professionalism, the public health agenda and the teaching of biomedical sciences in pre-registration occupational therapy courses.

Sarah Maris-Shaw

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Sarah Maris-Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in occupational therapy with interests in perinatal mental health. She has worked in education since 2000 joining London South Bank University in 2003. She became Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.

Sarah-Jayne Rowe

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Sarah-Jayne has clinical experience working with a range of complex acute and chronic medical conditions, acute stroke rehabilitation and neurology.

Dr Paul Sugarhood

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Sugarhood is an occupational therapist and has worked as a clinician, manager and researcher in the UK and Brazil. He is Course Director for the MSc Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy.

Dr Lynn Summerfield-Mann

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Lynn Summerfield-Mann is a Principal Lecturer and Pre-Registration Lead in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, with particular interest in the use of models of practice and Problem-based Learning in the education, practice and research of occupational therapy.

Sandie Woods

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader

Sandie worked as an Occupational Therapist with individuals with physical disabilities and mental health needs in hospital and community settings over many years. She is undertaking a Doctorate in Education linked to living well with Dementia and has a special interest in qualitative research. She works full-time.


Teaching and learning

The course uses a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group sessions, practical skills sessions, online and self-directed learning activities.

Key features of this programme is the use of problem-based (PBL) and inquiry-based approaches to learning. These educational approaches involve students working together in small groups and sharing responsibility for meeting learning outcomes.

Structure of the course

The course runs over 2 years with 2 practice placement in each year.

All occupational therapy courses are required by the World Federation of OT (WFOT) to provide a minimum of 90 weeks of study; this includes a minimum of 1000 practice placement hours.

When at university the core structure of the programme consists of taught and small group session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to this the overall number of sessions will vary at different times with practical skills and workshop sessions usually occurring on Mondays and Friday as required. Some sessions may be taught until 7pm in the evening.

In the second year the dissertation module runs for a set number of weeks on a Wednesday.

This is an accelerated course and in each of the two academic years there are seven weeks of holiday.

The above structure may be liable to change.

Personal and professional tutoring

As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your tutor regularly throughout your course.  This will include an introductory meeting in your first semester and placement visits and calls.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelors degree of 2:2 or above in any subject or recognised equivalent
  • Values and attributes that are comparable to the NHS constitution
  • Students for whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.5 in listening/ speaking and not less than 6.5 in writing and reading for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) or a TOEFL score of 570 including 55 in the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and at least 5 in the Test of Written English (TWE), at the time of application.

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants will need to demonstrate the following abilities, skills and attributes within the application, personal statement and interview activities.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Commitment to the values and principles that underpin the occupational therapy profession.
  • Articulate their understanding of the role of the occupational therapist including the value base of the profession.
  • Demonstrate reasons for interest in the chosen field of occupational therapy.
  • Reflect upon their life skills and the relevance of these to occupational therapy and the demands of the course. Uphold the values and attributes required to work in health and social care as stated in the NHS constitution.
  • Personal resilience and adaptability to respond to and manage the demands of working in the evolving health and social care sectors.
  • Demonstrate due regard for dignity, respect for persons, confidentiality and equal opportunities.
  • Willingness to learn and engage in lifelong learning and support the development and achievement of high quality care in occupational therapy.
  • To be accepted on the course you must have a successful outcome from an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and occupational health clearance, as well as an up-to-date immunisation record including Hepatitis B.

Assessment and interview

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to complete an interview. The interview panel consists of LSBU staff, lecturers, service users and clinicians.

English language

Those whom Englishis not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

Health, disability and becoming an occupational therapist

If you believe that you have a disability it is recommended that you read the information provided by the HCPC about becoming a professional, alongside the standards of proficiencies for Occupational therapists.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
MSc Full-time
2 years
Start date
Application code
Application method
See below
PGDip Full-time
2 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

When you apply, it is important to indicate if you wish to apply for the MSc or PGDip award. If you choose the MSc award, it is possible to leave with a PGDip, but this will mean that you are not able to do the top up MSc module at LSBU.

International applicants

International applicants should also apply through the LSBU webiste. Please allow sufficient time for the admissions decision-making process and any visa application to be successfully completed.

All applicants for 2019

Please ensure copies of GSCE, undergraduate certificates or equivalent qualifications are included with your application.

Personal statement

Please provide a concise personal statement, max. 1000 words, that provides evidence of the specific skills, qualities, values and attributes that you believe demonstrate your;

  1. Motivation to become an occupational therapist
  2. Specific personal skills, qualities and attributes that you bring to the courses and the profession
  3. Ability to work independently and in small groups within an accelerated professional programme at master’s level AND
  4. Understanding of how engagement in an occupation has contributed to your health and wellbeing. Make sure you provide an example.


Two professional/academic references. You will need to ensure your referees submit their reference as part of your application.

For further information please contact the postgraduate course enquiry team: or call 0800 923 88 88.


If you are successful at the application stage you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is a combination of a one-to-one interview, and group activities. The interview panel consists of LSBU lecturers, clinicians and  service  users. Offers will be made within one month after the interview.

Skype/Facetime interviews

We are able to consider Skype interviews for international applicants only. This does not include EU applicants or UK applicants who are travelling or on short-term employment abroad.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for 2018/19 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2019/20 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £16500
AOS/LSBU code: 4895Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £21398
International £39273
The fee shown is for 2018/19 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2019/20 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £16500
AOS/LSBU code: 4893Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £18500
International £33000

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

MSc students, please note: you are able to apply for a £9250 student finance loan every year, which does not cover the full cost of the second year of this course.

At application, candidates should indicate whether they want to take either the PgDip or MSc pathway as this cannot be changed after enrolling.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Funding for pre-registration postgraduate programmes 2018/19

From August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will access loans from the Student Loans Company.

Accessing loans will provide students with at least 25% more up-front living cost support whilst you study. You will also have access to the Learning Support Fund, which is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.

Background to these changes can be found on

Council of Deans have prepared a briefing paper and Student Finance have outlined who qualifies. The Funding Clinic provides further information on what support is available.

NHS Bursary will produce guidelines and information once the information has received parliamentary approval.


Select a story and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Jenny Leow, MSc Occupational Therapy

    Jenny Leow, MSc Occupational Therapy

    After working as an audio producer for the last eight years Jenny was ready for a career change to help her achieve her aspirations, as well as one that matched her personal and professional attributes.

  • Nicole Deenmamode, MSc Occupational Therapy

    Nicole Deenmamode, MSc Occupational Therapy

    A career change is never an easy choice to make, but Nicole felt supported by LSBU right from the start of her journey to study Occupational Therapy.

Prepare to start


You need to declare any previous convictions, cautions, warning or reprimands through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Find out more on the DBS process for applicants.

To see when and if convictions and cautions are removed from the DBS certificate check the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates.

For more information please read our DBS FAQs.

To complete the DBS application and get your ID documents checked, please follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Complete the online DBS application and ensure you refer to the corresponding DBS course title when completing your application, to ensure we can track your application.

Organisation: LSBUHSC
Password: london2013

If you already have a DBS certificate and are part of the DBS update service, we need to see the hard copy of your DBS certificate. You’ll also need to e-mail the details below so that we can perform a status check on the update service website:

  • Your DBS certificate number
  • Your name as it is on the DBS certificate
  • Your date of birth

Step 2:

You will need to bring in and show us three accepted ID documents so we can verify your application. You can bring them to the Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building during working hours, Monday-Friday (9am-11am, 1pm-4pm). No appointment is needed.

Please note:

If you are unable to physically come to campus and show your three forms of required ID, you can use the Post Office which offers an identity document checking service for a fee of £10.50.

Take photocopies of your three items of ID documents and your three original documents with you to the Post Office.

The Post Office will stamp the form and the photocopies and give them back to you

The documents should be scanned (including the Post Office receipt) and sent to

If you have further questions you can email

Enrolment and Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

Occupational health

Please read our guide to immunisation, screening and health clearance.

If you have met the conditions of your offer download and complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. You can only enrol on your course when this is complete. For further information please read our Occupational Health FAQs.

Vaccination screening

Read our Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter (PDF File 126 KB).

Before you enrol on your course take the GP Vaccination and Screening History Form (PDF File 117 KB) to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp.

Once you’ve enrolled take the form to the meeting with the occupational health nurse so the nurse can check your immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. If you do not complete the occupational health process you cannot go on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.

If you have any questions you can email


Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.


Most placements will require you to wear a uniform on placement or during some practical sessions in our skills laboratories. This will be provided along with a formal name badge.

You'll have to pay for any additional or replacement uniforms. For more information, see our uniform FAQs.


If you wish to change your address, change your personal details or withdraw your application, you must put this in writing to the Admissions Office who, you can email at

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