School of Health Sciences

Occupational Therapy


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This Occupational Therapy degree at RGU will provide you with the skills to make a difference, working with people to overcome challenges in their lives. Working in a range of ways with individuals, groups and communities, you will use your specialist Occupational Therapy Skills to enable people to overcome challenges to participate more fully in life.

This is the first course in Scotland offering a four-year Master of Occupational Therapy award. It has been developed in response to employer needs and key current policy and social directives. It will develop you into an Occupational Therapist who is; professional, resilient, creative, practical and dedicated to implementing contextually relevant occupational therapy services which promote and enhance health, wellness and quality of life for individuals and populations.

RGU is ranked 2nd in Scotland for Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide 2020).

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
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Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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Course Length
4 years
Year 1

You will develop a basic understanding of the relationship between the person, occupation, health and wellbeing and the environment. You will learn the determinants of health and wider psychosocial and cultural influences on health, health promotion and the theoretical and practical components of occupational therapy. Professional practice and identity is developed, alongside interprofessional learning opportunities undertaken.

Year 2

You will explore wider theory of the impact of health on human functioning, and the application of occupation-based practice within a range of settings throughout the life-span. Interprofessional education, situated learning and practice placement opportunities develop clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills to underpin current and contemporary professional practice.


You will have advanced opportunities to apply clinical reasoning skills and occupational therapy skills attaining proficient integration of academic theory and practice placements aligned with multi-professional study of research. You will develop your critical thinking, team working, and entrepreneurial skills in relation to professional practice and interprofessional learning, leadership and management.

Year 4

You will develop enhanced skills in critical and professional reasoning in relation to understanding new models of health care and provision of quality evidenced based, person-centred care. As well as interprofessional learning, you will undertake a research project and an elective placement.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

This course involves a mix of academic, practice-based and community situated learning experiences. You will attend lectures, tutorials and workshops, and practical sessions are taught within the purpose-built clinical skills and home setting environments, engaging with volunteer patients to simulate patient scenarios during teaching and assessment sessions. You will also be facilitated in CPD engagement and integration of skills of reflection and clinical reasoning with person-centred evidence-based practice.

Activity Summary
  • Lectures - 38-100 students per group, 1-2 hours per week
  • Seminars - 38 students per group, 2-4 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 6-38 students per group, 4-6 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 5-7 students per group
  • Practical class or workshop - 5-38 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 1-2 students per group, 35 hours per week (lasting 6 weeks per semester)
Independent Study

Stages one to three prepare you to manage your own learning. By stage Four, you will understand the importance of life-long learning engaging with in-depth, self-directed study (50 – 80% of each module). You should seek and make effective use of feedback as would be expected of an entry level practitioner

Staff Delivering on This Course

All academic staff teaching on this course are qualified Occupational Therapists or allied health professionals with a breadth of clinical experience gained in a variety of clinical and geographical settings. Teaching is also supported by contributions from industry from across and out with the profession or within appropriate community settings.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 multiple choice exam, typically for 2 hours
  • 2 written assignments
  • 2 portfolios
  • 1 practical skills assessment (placement)

Year 2

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 1 placement

Year 3

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 placement

Year 4

  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 dissertation
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 2 placement

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.



All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


Practice Placement experiences take place in a wide range of health, social care and third sector organisations throughout Scotland. The first four placements are sourced and predominantly arranged by the course Practice Placement Coordinator. The fifth is an elective placement sourced and arranged by you and may take place in traditional or contemporary emerging area of practice, either in the UK or internationally.

Year 1: One six week placement in Semester 2

Stage 2: One eight week placement in Semester 2

Stage 3: One eight week placement in Semester 1

Stage 4: Two six week placements (One per Semester)

Study Abroad

To enhance your understanding of alternative healthcare systems and cultures, and to support your employability in the global workplace, an international learning exchange is offered in Stage 3 with LaCrosse University in Wisconsin, USA.


Job Prospects

A career in occupational therapy offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic and increasingly important area of health and social care. Occupational Therapists work in hospitals, social work services, rehabilitation units, housing services, schools, day care facilities, patient homes, third (voluntary) sector, prison service and addiction services.

Additionally, with the Master’s qualification, you will have the enhanced skills and attributes required to strategically influence workforce planning developments and be equipped to provide evidenced-based, quality services within and beyond statutory sectors. This ensures your readiness for current and future practice, whatever direction you may decide to take.



SQA Higher: BBBC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and one from a science or humanities subject. Maths and a science subject are required at National 5 level grade B or above if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: BCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and one from a science or humanities subject. Maths and a science subject are required at GCSE grade 6/B or above if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and one from a science or humanities subject. Maths and a science subject are required at grade O2 if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and one from a science or humanities subject. Maths and a science subject are required at Standard Level grade 4 if not held at Higher.

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from Partner Colleges

HNC in Occupational Therapy Support may allow advanced entry into Year 2.

International Students

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5, or an equivalent.

These are the requirements of the HCPC and supersede the standard University English Language requirements.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £14,010 per academic year

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,670 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • Accommodation: £1000 approximately to cover potential accommodation costs incurred during practice placements which you may be able to claim from funding body
  • Costs associated with your placement/study abroad
  • Protection of Vulnerable Groups clearance: £60 approximately – please note this is currently covered by Scottish Government but agreed on an annual basis
  • Student membership of professional body – CROT: £6 per month approximately
  • At the beginning of your course and during all practice placements you are required to purchase and wear an official uniform. If you are a student from Scotland, this uniform will be paid for by the Scottish Government. All other students (the rest of the UK (RUK) and international students) will have to purchase a tunic at £5.59 each and trousers at £7.04 each. Where uniforms become damaged or for any other reason unsuitable, you are responsible for the cost of the replacement.
  • Students from out with Scotland (the rest of the UK (RUK) and for any international students) must pay for PVG membership - £59 (new member) or £18 (existing member) as well as health checks which are variable depending on needs, but online screening is essential £22.70
    • Online Health Screening - £22.70
    • Additional Health Screening - £48.70 / £72.20
    • Hepatitis B Vaccination x 3 - £26.60 each
    • Hepatitis B Blood Titre Test - £32.00
    • TB Mantoux Test / BCG Vaccination - £33.00 / £24.00
    • MMR Vaccination x 2 - £22.45 each
    • MMR Blood Test - £31.00
    • Varicella Blood Test / Vaccination - £21.00 / £33.00

Other Fees and Charges


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

I chose to study Occupational Therapy at RGU because both the university and the course had an excellent reputation, and being a mature student, choosing the right university with a high graduate employment rate was really important to me."
"Being a student at RGU has offered me so many opportunities for personal development and hugely increased my confidence. The OT course offers an engaging and practical learning environment with really creative, yet professional ways to enable learning.


Health and Care Professions are regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). If you plan to train in the UK, you must undertake an approved programme to be eligible to apply to the Register. This programme is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).




The degree is a professional qualification which is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


UCAS Code: B920

We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.

Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.

RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.

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