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Occupational Therapy Courses


Overall satisfaction

(National Student Survey 2016)


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
number 1 university in the East Midlands for graduate employment


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Help others to reach their potential through meaningful activities such as work, self-care activities, sport or leisure. Study occupational therapy at Derby.

At Derby we’ll equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a qualified occupational therapist, focusing on both the practical, theoretical and interpersonal skills you’ll need to thrive in your new career. We do this in our fantastic facilities which include a rehabilitation kitchen, six bed hospital ward, virtual learning environment and domestic living suite. In the 2016 National Student Survey 98% of our students were satisfied overall, so you can be confident in the learning you’ll receive.

“The degree really prepares you for working in any environment”

Catherine Bolton

“The highlight so far on the course has definitely been my placement. I was working in forensic mental health in women’s services and it was fantastic. I learnt so much - it really consolidated everything that I learnt in the first year - it was great to put it into practice. The degree really prepares you for working in any environment; it gives you a really broad knowledge of all of the different areas.”

This is Occupational Therapy

  • Our BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy is accredited by our professional body, the College of Occupational Therapists, and approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council, so you can be sure that your course meets the highest professional standards
  • We prepare you for your future career through exciting and stimulating work placements. You’ll experience a range of environments in which occupational therapists work, which will help you decide where to focus your job search after graduation
  • Our students achieve great things. Several have written articles and have been featured in OT News and other publications linked to occupation and wellbeing. Kate Towart, a recent graduate, received the Staffordshire Learning Links Travel Awards from HRH, the Princess Royal at the 2016 College of Occupational Therapy annual awards ceremony. The award was granted to support the dissemination of findings from a paper focused on occupation at the end of life, and was co-authored by lecturer Angela Payne.
College of Occupational Therapists

What our Occupational Therapy graduates do

You’ll be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • social services departments
  • companies and businesses
  • special schools
  • private practice
  • charities or voluntary organisations.