Extend your knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of Occupational Therapy to further develop your occupation-centred and evidence-informed practice.

Prepare yourself as an OT to meet the agendas and future challenges within the healthcare sector and to enable the development of services fit-for-the-future, including innovation and entrepreneurship.

This is a post-registration qualification intended for practising Occupational Therapists. If you are interested in a pre-registration course, please visit our Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) PgDip/MSc course page.

5 reasons to study here

  1. Flexible learning (including online distance learning):
    Modules may be studied in any order and at your pace (provided all modules for an award are completed within a six-year timeframe). You can also choose between modes, studying everything through distance learning, on-site, or a flexible combination that best meets your needs.
  2. Learn leadership and collaboration skills:
    Gain the vital, leadership skills to enable you to achieve value and cost efficiencies in health and social care as well as to work collaboratively with a broad range of agencies and professionals.
  3. Career prospects:
    Completion may be used as evidence to support career progression
  4. Evidence-based practice:
    Develop your research skills and critical thinking. Conduct a research project, laying the foundations for future research work and clinical practice as an evidence-based practitioner.
  5. Demonstrating impact:
    Advanced practitioners need to show the economic benefits of their role in any care setting but, added to this, there is now the need to demonstrate impact and outcome beyond economics alone.

Key benefits of the PgCert programme

  1. Enhance the delivery of effective, efficient, quality and sustainable occupational therapy in partnership with service users and other stakeholders
  2. Develop your potential for strategic leadership in health and social care services and other contexts
  3. Develop your reflective, enquiring, critical and innovative approach to professional practice
  4. Allow you to contribute to advancing professional practice by continuing professional learning.

Key benefits of the PgDip programme

As well as the above, should you take on the PgDip qualification you'll also develop a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and methods in health and social care research together with the skills to find, appraise and use the evidence to address policy and practice issues.

Key benefits of the MSc programme

In addition to the above, by undertaking the full Masters level qualification you'll develop critically, strategically and in-depth an area of occupational therapy practice, justifying and applying your knowledge in order to undertake a research project, mini systematic review or a work-based project.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Part-time (Distance or Taught) Up to 3 years January Southwark Campus
Part-time (Distance Learning / Taught) Max of 5 years if a participant wishes to undertake the top-up to MSc level January Southwark Campus
Part-time (Distance Learning / Taught) 1 year top-up to MSc (complete entire qualification within 6-year timeframe) January Southwark Campus
Modular Employer-funded CPPD Max 6 years to MSc Level January Southwark Campus


The courses are intentionally flexible; modules may be studied in any order and at your pace (provided all modules for an award are completed within a six-year timeframe). You'll meet with your personal tutor/course director each semester to discuss module choice and review your progress.


  • Three 20-credit option modules of which a minimum of two must be occupational therapy modules.


  • Research in Health and Social Care (Core)
  • Plus five 20 credit modules (a minimum of three of which must be occupational therapy modules


  • Dissertation (60 or 40 credit) - (Core)
  • Research in Health and Social Care (Core)
  • Plus five or six (depending on whether you choose 40 or 60 credit dissertation) 20 credit modules, a minimum of three of which must be occupational therapy modules.

Build your qualification

Open the pop-up module table to see which modules are mandatory or options for PgCert, PgDip and MSc. Also, see which modules are taught through blended-learning with an element of on-site teaching - and which are available 100% distance learning.

Before applying please contact our course team to discuss your choice of modules.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Module summaries

  • Research in Health and Social Care
  • 60 credit dissertation
  • 40 credit dissertation
  • Living well with dementia
  • Occupational therapy, public health and working with communities
  • Outcome measures in occupational therapy
  • Advancing practice in assisted living technologies
  • An introduction to counselling skills for health and social care professionals
  • An introduction to teaching in higher education for allied health professionals
  • Introduction to economic evaluation for health and social care practitioners
  • Mentorship for the allied health professions
  • Leadership and quality improvement for allied health professionals



Occupational therapists beginning their career as allied health professionals in the NHS typically as a Band 5 with a starting salary of about £21,909. Salaries in local government are at similar levels.Career development offers opportunities to move to higher grades in team leadership, clinical expert, service management and Consultant Therapist roles. Within the NHS, this can mean salary in the band 7 and 8 range.

Employability Service

We are the 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.

Professional links

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.

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council; the regulator of Health, Psychological and Social professionals.

The course is accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists; the professional association for occupational therapists.

The course is 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 be able to join the OT student society, which has won several LSBU awards.

Teaching and learning

Taught modules

The teaching strategy will aim to connect teachings to real-world issues, problems and applications. Methods will include the provision of online material, pre-session activities and a variety of blended learning through the virtual learning environment.

  • Lectures will be used to introduce new information and update existing knowledge.
  • Seminars and discussions will enable you to discuss real-world issues and develop your knowledge and understanding.
  • Formative assessments will be placed in all modules to enable self-reflection, peer and tutor feedback on progress.
  • You'll be encouraged to share examples from practice to support dialogue and reflection on practice.
  • Structured reading and guided study will be provided to update knowledge, encourage independent learning and peer discussion.
  • You'll be encouraged to engage in independent and group critical reflection to identify learning needs and develop strategies to address these.
  • Lectures and seminars will address contemporary practice issues and consider the potential for new directions in practice and inter-professional and inter-agency working.

Distance learning modules

The teaching strategy will involve the provision of online material through London South Bank University’s virtual learning environment. A range of methods will be used, for example, online presentations/lectures and synchronous and asynchronous online discussions.


Assessment methods are specified in each module descriptor with details in the individual module guides. Assessments are designed to be relevant to real-world practice and to meet the module and course learning outcomes. The assessment strategy assists you to work towards disseminable outputs (e.g. conference presentations, posters, journal articles) that will advance the occupational therapy profession.

Coursework can take many forms based on the content of the modules. Examples include:

  • Presentations – poster, PowerPoint, arts-based approaches (e.g. collage, photographs, artefacts or poem)
  • Single or multimedia portfolio
  • A critical review
  • Literature review
  • A business plan
  • An economic evaluation
  • Essay
  • Report.

Entry requirements

You should hold an award which entitles you to register with the HCPC (or equivalent for international students).

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language,
  • Possession of an IELTS score of at least 7.0 across all four domains or its equivalent for students whose first language is not English.

Use of Prior Credit (APL/APEL)

Prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit may be used within the Programme in the following ways:

  • Evidence of relevant academic and clinical expertise may be considered through the University’s APL and APEL procedures for Recognition of Prior Learning. Consequently, students may be able to claim appropriate Master's level credits as approved by the University.
  • You may be able to import specific credits into the MSc in support of previous relevant certified learning (APL) or provide evidence of experiential learning for which you may be awarded credit (APEL). This is currently permitted up to a half of an overall award (90 credits of a 180 credit Master's).
  • For the credits offered for APL to be considered, they must be current, at Master’s level and of an equivalent scale. Claims under the APL scheme will be considered by the course director and must be supported by acceptable evidence of proof of learning (e.g. transcripts, certificates, and module descriptors).

How to apply

International students

International (non-Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Part-time (Distance or Taught) Up to 3 years January 5073 See below
Part-time (Distance Learning / Taught) Max of 5 years if the participant wishes to undertake the top-up to MSc level January Please apply to PgCert qualification as a first step See below
Part-time (Distance Learning / Taught) 1 year top-up to MSc (complete entire qualification within 6-year timeframe) January Please apply to PgCert qualification as a first step See below
Modular Employer-funded CPPD Max 6 years to MSc Level January See below

All self-funding students intending to undertake the PgDip and Masters should first apply for the PgCert via UKPass. Students successfully passing the PgCert can then apply to the University directly to continue their studies and enrol on the PgDip and MSc.

CPPD applicants

Each module is available as CPPD to working healthcare professionals sponsored by their employer.

You can apply for the range of CPPD Health and Social Care courses on offer through our CPPD online prospectus where you can also browse through our programmes and modules. You can use the easy search facility or use one of the shortcuts to the professional groups. By clicking on the programme or module you are interested in you will be shown information on the course itself, including dates delivered. You will also be able to apply online, with no need to fill out lots of paperwork. Apply within five minutes using our system, and if your employer has offered to fund you, our system will even get their authorisation before your application is processed. Your application will be processed with ease and you will receive an e-mail at every step of the process.

Before applying please contact our course team to discuss your choice of modules.

More information on UKPass Application Service

Full-time/part-time self-funding postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). 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.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance.

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.

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 Welcome Week pages.

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Last updated February 16, 2019
This course is Campus based, Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Jan 27, 2020
1 - 6 years
2,898 GBP
Top up to MSc Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £2898; International fee: £4375
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