PgDip/MSc MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration mode) 2022/23

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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Full training in two years

Please note that due to exceptionally high demand,  this course is no longer recruiting for September 2021 entry

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. 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?

Ranked 1st amongst London competitors for Student Satisfaction and Overall Score in Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide 2021).
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.
1st in London for teaching, academic support, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback (National Student Survey 2019).


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


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 'Occupational Therapy can help people'. The Royal College of Occupational Therapists have a website Choose OT which explains if this career is right for you and the possible routes your career could take.

Post Registration Occupational Therapy MSc (Top-Up) / 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.

We maintain very strong links with occupational therapists working in health and social care settings across the NHS London area. These expert clinicians contribute to the course design, delivery of teaching sessions and provision of practice placements.

Health and Care Professionals Council logo
The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council; the regulator of Health, Psychological and Social professionals.
College of Occupational Therapists logo
The course is accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists; the professional association for occupational therapists.

The course is also recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Other professional links include the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy. You will also be able to join the OT student society, which has won several LSBU awards.


During the course you are required to successfully complete and pass over 1000 practice placement hours within a broad variety of health and social care settings; meeting the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (2019), the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (2016) and the Health and Social Care Professions Council (2017) standards and requirements.

At LSBU, we work closely with a number of health and social care organisations to provide a wide range of suitable practice placements.  On completion of the course you will have experienced a wide range of health and social care provisions that are suitable for the chosen programme. These placements take place across a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements and the independent sector.

Placements may include working with people of different ages, diverse backgrounds and life situations, acute and long standing health needs (including physical, mental health and learning disability) and be based in a range of settings (hospital, community, existing and emerging services).

Structure of placement learning

Practice placements are in four blocks and are developmental in nature as you progress through the course. Placements are full time following the working hours of the setting. Student work under the guidance and supervision of a state registered occupational therapist (practice educator).

Placement settings

Placements will predominantly be within the Greater London area in the NHS, local authority, voluntary, social enterprise, charities and private sectors. Placements can be in established or emerging services. Applicants should be aware that they may need to cover travel costs and placements could require them to commute across London and beyond if necessary.

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 your engagement and motivation to study, 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
  • English GSCE Grade C above or 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 (see more information below) 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, and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion and the impact of these issues upon health inequalities for individuals and communities.
  • 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 English is 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

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
PGDip Full-time
2 years
Start date
Application code
Application method
MSc 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 website. Please allow sufficient time for the admissions decision-making process and any visa application to be successfully completed.

All applicants for 2021

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:

  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 panel may consist of LSBU lecturers, clinicians and service users. Offers will be made following the interviews of all potential applicants.

Online interviews will be offered for domestic and international applicants.

Online interviews

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

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Prepare to start

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.

The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email. You will receive the email during Summer 2021.

DBS update service

If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please bring in your original green DBS certificate for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at

How to complete your DBS

Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.

Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.

You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.

When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.

Frequently asked questions

My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?

What do I need to declare on my DBS?

I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?

Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?

Who reviews my DBS?

When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?

Which address do I use?

I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?

I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you will need to produce three accepted documents from this list to be verified.

Providing documents whilst campus is closed due to COVID-19

Document check on campus

Document check at the Post Office

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 (OH)

An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.


The first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire from our occupational health provider. This link is for current enrolled students only. You should not complete this until you have been made an offer to study. If you are due to start from September 2021, please note this page will be updated again in May 2021 and you will be notified when to do this in your offer letter.

GP appointment

The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter
GP Vaccination and Screening History

Occupational Health appointment

After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.

The OH team have prepared this guide which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.

Frequently asked questions

I don't want to get vaccinations. Can I opt out of these?

My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?

What if I can’t make my OH appointment?

I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?

If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?


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 and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.

Frequently asked questions

Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?

Which uniforms will I receive?

How long do the uniforms need to last?

How do I know what size I am?

Am I able to request a longer tunic?

Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?

What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?

Can I order more uniforms?

Can I try on my uniforms?

What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?


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 contact using our enquiry form.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.


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 Enrolment pages.

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.


MSc Occupational Therapy FT - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2021/22
UK fee: £9250International fee: £17000
AOS/LSBU code: 4895Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK £21658
International £37158

PgDip Occupational Therapy - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2021/22
UK fee: £9250International fee: £17000
AOS/LSBU code: 4893Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK £18500
International £34000

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.


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

Since August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students have been able to access loans from the Student Loans Company.

Accessing loans provides 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.

MSc students, please note: you are able to apply for a £9250 student finance loan each year but this will not cover the full cost of the second year of this course i.e. the loan will not cover the MSc module.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

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