Accredited by: HCPC
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 aging.
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 recognized 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, dietetics, nursing and social work.
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 marginalized groups around the world in hospitals, community settings, charitable organizations and private practice.
What you will study
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.
Typical entry requirements
Recent UK Honours degree of a first or upper second class standing (or equivalent) in health, behavioral, or social sciences. Alternatively UK Honours degree of first or upper second class standing (or equivalent) in an unrelated subject and relevant and substantial pre-professional experience.
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 recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.
Fees and funding
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2018/19
- Home: £6835
- RUK: £6835
- EU: £6835
- International: £13600
If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
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.
If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.
International student start dates
For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.
There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.
The programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.
Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.
The learning and teaching methods we use to ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centered, 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.
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