Degree and experience
- An honours degree, 2:1 or above in any subject area, normally completed in the last ten years, but evidence of recent study such as continuing professional development or other studies, normally at level 6, could be considered.
- Work experience in health or social care preferred but not essential.
- Two academic/professional references.
- One 500-word report which demonstrates the applicants understanding of the diversity of occupational therapy. Each applicant is responsible for gaining the knowledge required to write the report. Applicants who work in an occupational therapy setting may wish to draw on their experience, but it will be expected that a range of services will be referred to including physical, mental health, hospital or community settings. All applicants are encouraged to use resources such as books, journal articles, and web-based sources. The report will not be expected to cover all occupational therapy practice settings. The report should be in addition to the personal statement and uploaded as a separate document on the personal statement section of the admissions portal.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5 (to meet requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council).
International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through our Extended Masters programme.
If you do not meet these entry requirements, you could apply for our Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons). It is ideal if you wish to start a career in this challenging and highly rewarding field.
COVID-19 vaccine requirement
The COVID-19 vaccination requirement has been removed. Find out more about this decision.
Application and interviews
Interviews normally take place from January to June, for a September start. There is no application deadline but we reserve the right to close the course if all places are filled. Places are limited and we recommend that you apply early to be considered.
Men are under-represented in many nursing and allied health professions in the UK. We are committed to helping address the balance and particularly welcome applications from male applicants.
Other requirements and interview
Applicants will be interviewed to allow them to demonstrate their communication skills as these are so important both during the course, and for future practice. The interview is also an opportunity for applicants to find out more about the course from staff.
We are looking for students who have a very good understanding of the profession, are highly motivated and have excellent communication skills.
All candidates must be able to demonstrate (in both application form and at interview) a sound knowledge of occupational therapy as a profession. This could come from, for example, experience of working in occupational therapy departments, talking to qualified occupational therapists, visits to departments, open days/ other events and reading relevant material.