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University of Lincoln MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)
University of Lincoln

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Lincoln, United Kingdom

2 Years


Full time

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MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) is a science-based program designed to prepare graduates for work in a variety of settings, including health organizations, social care services, housing, education, voluntary organizations, or as independent practitioners.

This program is suited to those who want to fulfill or work towards fulfilling their potential as an occupational therapist, to promote function, quality of life, and the realization of potential in people who are experiencing occupational deprivation, imbalance, or alienation. They believe that activity can be an effective medium for remediating dysfunction, facilitating adaptation, and recreating identity.

Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions; most commonly those who have difficulties due to a mental health illness, or physical or learning disabilities. The course seeks to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to work in a range of complex and dynamic health and social care environments.

Students in this course are encouraged to appreciate and understand current occupational therapy practice while being critical in their approach to developing new, innovative, and evidence-based interventions. There are interprofessional components of the course that are designed to develop practitioners who are professional, compassionate, safe, reflective, and autonomous. Working with peers from other professions including physiotherapy, nursing, midwifery, and social work helps promote teamwork, collaboration, and an application of research skills in the transformation of health and social care services.

Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government&rsquo's Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.

We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavor to keep current and prospective students informed.


The University of Lincoln is home to the Community and Health Research Unit (CaHRU), which is the research center for the School of Health and Social Care. CaHRU conducts world-leading interdisciplinary research with service users, health service professionals, and organizations to increase health and well-being across the health, social, and third-sector care services. CaHRU is allied with the Lincoln Institute for Health. The Lincoln Institute for Health (LIH) is a University-wide multidisciplinary research collaboration that conducts internationally excellent and world-class studies from ‘cell-to-community’

In the second year, students may have the opportunity to go on a ‘role-emerging placement’where they will be able to explore and justify the possible role of an occupational therapist in an organization. The options for this are wide-ranging and diverse and students can develop opportunities in areas of interest with the support of the teaching staff.

"This information was correct at the time of publishing (July 2023)"



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