About the course

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.

MPhil degree option

An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.

Research profile
There are a range of research specialisms in the Division of Occupational Therapy and Community Nursing that span the breadth of UK and international practice, from neurorehabilitation, to assessment and professional decision-making, components of driving skills, physical and cognitive developmental changes and supportive interventions, to psychoanalytic and narrative approaches to research that develops understanding of client and professional perspectives. Research designed to educate health and social care professionals, to evaluate and contribute to the evidence base: we aim to produce graduates who are willing and able to make a difference.

Applicants are welcome to contact us about their own specialist topics and projects.  However we particularly welcome proposals on :

  • International perspectives on recovery for mental health service users
  • Elders’ experiences of living with psoriasis
  • Training resources for UK Milk Banking
  • Enabling continued driving opportunities
  • Evidence Based Clinical Guidance:  occupational therapy interventions to promote the driving ability of people with health conditions, older adults and people with disabilities

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of Colleges and Schools:

HLC can be contacted at inquiry@hlcommission.org.uk www.hlcommission.org.uk

Head Office:
9-10 ST. ANDREW SQUARE, EDINBURGH, COUNTY EDINBURGH, EH2 2AF

Individual programs are accredited through the Commission on DETC, and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs..

University of Newcastle is an institutional member of the American Education Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

The university is approved by the American Education Council.

Occupational Therapy PhD

Course Level:

PHD

Credits 

65

Course

CODE PHD002

How long it takes:

3-year full-time; 6-year part-time

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$12,000

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
 Data analysis  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
 Publication    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.

Research statement

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.

Tuition fees 

USD 12,000

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.