Occupational Therapy PhD
How long it takes:
3-year full-time; 6-year part-time
Distance learning/ Campus
- Programme Overview
- Course Structure
- Entry Requirements
- Fees and funding
- Learning and Assessment
- Career Opportunities
Research students are welcomed to University of Newcastle as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.
Research degrees evolve in different ways according to discipline but the table below provides some indicators what progress might look like at each stage of study for full time students. Part time students will have up to 6 years to complete their research degree.
Research degree progress timelines Academic Task 0-12 months 12-24 months24-36 months
|Attend Induction Day||x|
|Develop research proposal||x|
|Draft research design: methodology, questions, etc||x|
|Complete draft literature review||x||x|
|Apply for and obtain research ethics approval||x||x|
|Produce detailed plan of work to expected submissions date||x|
|Data collection/field work||x||x||x|
|Produce detailed thesis plan for progress review||x||x|
|Review plan of work to ensure timely submission||x||x|
|Presentation at external conference||x||x|
|Poster/oral presentation at internal research conference||x||x|
|Write up – production of draft thesis chapters||x||x|
|Research skills and personal development||x||x||x|
Candidates for research degrees will normally be required to present themselves for a viva voce examination within three months of the date of submission of the thesis.
The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.
As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations.
Supervisors with insight
Our supervisors create knowledge and advance understanding, and equip research students with the confidence to apply what they have learnt for the benefit of society.
Each student will be allocated a supervisory team consisting of the principal supervisor, second supervisor and a Research Development Advisor. The supervisory team will set teaching and learning targets and advise the student how to achieve them. The progress of each student will be assessed by the supervisory team at regular meetings and by a formal Progress Review Panel at 9 months for full-time students (18 months for part-time students) and then annually. All academic supervisors receive university supported training in the supervision of PhD students.
Undertaking teaching and learning support duties represents an important professional and career development opportunity for postgraduate research students. Newcastle offers two levels of paid work available to Postgraduate Research students. The first level post is as a Demonstrator and the second level post is as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Teaching and learning support duties will vary between Departments and research students should not rely on such opportunities being available.