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 on 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
Part-time 2-6 years January; September Southwark Campus


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 healthcare 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.

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 in 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.

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.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated September 8, 2018
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