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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


The flexible Professional Development in Occupational Therapy programme from London South Bank University focuses upon 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.

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.

Programme Structure

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 health care professionals
  • Introduction to economic evaluation for AHPs
  • Leadership skills for allied health professionals
  • Teaching and learning in practice settings (AHPs)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Part-time: 2 - 6 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

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 at 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

Tuition Fee

Normally it is possible to be funded for this course as continuous professional development by your employer or Trust. 
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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