Occupational Therapy Undergraduate Courses

Fulfil your ambitions with a pioneering university which has consistently led the way with new approaches to occupational therapy learning.

We’ll equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a qualified occupational therapist, focusing on the practical, theoretical and interpersonal skills you’ll need to thrive in your new career.

We do this with the aid of our fantastic facilities which include a rehabilitation kitchen, six-bed hospital ward and virtual learning environment. With 95% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of completing this course, you can be confident in the learning you’ll receive.

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


“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.”

Lecturer Karen Newberry and student Rebekah Carter tell us about the heritage of Occupational Therapy at the University of Derby
  • Our courses reflect the highest professional standards, underlined by accreditation or approval from prestigious bodies like the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the Health and Care Professions Council, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the British Association of Hand Therapists
  • In 1948 ours was the first Occupational Therapy School established under the auspices of the NHS. Since then we have helped thousands of occupational therapists to advance their careers
  • The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has commended the BSc and MSc Pre Registration Occupational Therapy programmes for their 'Forward thinking strategy for the development, delivery and sustainability of the programmes, recognising the need for flexibility and changing requirements of the profession and market'
  • 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 Award from HRH, the Princess Royal at the 2016 College of Occupational Therapy annual awards ceremony
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus entrance

Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the course with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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Students Chloe and David

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Our students, graduates and staff are people just like you. And they are making an impact in our region and around the world by using their knowledge and skills to drive innovation and change. You can be part of that story. We can make it real for you.

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