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Professional Development in Occupational Therapy PgCert / PgDip / MSc


Please note that this course is only open to applications for September 2018 entry.

The MSc in Professional Development in Occupational Therapy offers occupational therapists the opportunity to build a masters level qualification around their own area of practice and personal development plan. The flexible programme focuses upon core skills of leadership, research application, and critical thinking applied to the practice of occupational therapy in the context of multi-disciplinary working in health and social care services. The programme consists of six taught modules and a dissertation which can be completed between two years full-time and up to six years part-time.

You can choose from a range of Masters (Level 7) taught modules available within the School. You must complete six modules comprising:

  • Two compulsory core
  • One (from four) additional core
  • Two Occupational Therapy modules
  • One optional module for the PgDip and a further 60 credit dissertation related to Occupational Therapy for the MSc

Dissertation options include: research project, work based project or a systematic review.

Students who complete one core module and two Occupational Therapy modules will be eligible for a PgCert award.

Employment prospects: No.1 in London for graduate prospects in Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
2 - 6 years
Start Date
January; September
Southwark Campus

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Compulsory Core

  • Research in health and social care
  • Innovation for excellence

Additional Core

  • Professional development through contract learning
  • Developing skills and competence in professional practice
  • Delivering an evidence-based service
  • Ethics consultation and best interests decision making

Occupational Therapy Modules

  • Advanced group skills for occupational therapists;
  • Outcome measures in occupational therapy
  • Theoretical perspectives in context: advancing occupational therapy practice
  • Occupational therapy for the older person
  • Applied leadership and service innovation in occupational therapy

Examples of Optional Modules

  • An introduction to counselling skills for health care professionals
  • Introduction to economic evaluation for AHPs
  • Leadership skills for allied health professionals
  • Teaching and learning in practice settings (AHPs)


Modules in this programme will contribute to the continuous development of your occupational therapy practice through the acquisition of advanced skills and higher levels of knowledge which are required for the effective performance of a complex role.



Musharrat Ahmed-Landeryou

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

Musharrat is an HCPC registered occupational therapist and has contributed to the academic community through published academic articles which are narrative reviews on neurophysiology.

Cheryl Angell-Wells

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

Cheryl has worked in a variety of clinical settings and has been in health profession education for many years. Her key interests are mental health and health professional education. Cheryl is the lead admissions tutor for BSc Occupational Therapy and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education.

Judith Enterkin

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Associate Professor

Judith's interests are in leadership and change management, service improvement, coaching and mentorship for leadership, supporting and facilitating learning concerning clinical leadership.

Dr Lynn Sumerfield-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.


Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

Applicants should:

  • Hold a professional qualification in occupational therapy which is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) 
  • Be eligible for registration with the HCPC in the UK
  • Normally have an Honours degree at classification 2:1 or 1st in a relevant subject area or evidence of the ability to study at Masters level. Students who obtained their degree outside the UK should produce evidence via UK NARIC that their qualification is equivalent to a bachelors degree with Honours
  • Be able to access a health or social care environment where the learning outcomes can be applied

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
2 - 6 years
Start date
January; September
Application code
Application method

Apply for this course through our online CPPD prospectus.

Fees and funding

Normally it is possible to be funded for this course as continuous professional development by your employer or Trust. Please speak with your manager regarding professional development opportunities to fund this course.

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In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

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