The Discipline of Occupational Therapy welcomes applications from students for Masters (MSc) or Doctoral degree (PhD) by research. Candidates will normally be required to have an honours degree in order to pursue a MSc. by research and an honours degree or a Masters qualification in order to pursue a PhD. Academic staff in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy work in interdisciplinary contexts, employ a variety of methodologies and conduct research in broader fields within the health and social sciences. Students from other disciplines are also very welcome.
There are opportunities available to students to gain funding in the pursuit of a research degree. The Discipline of Occupational Therapy offers support to suitable candidates who seek funding for their research.
Masters through Research only (MSc)
Candidates may obtain a Masters degree through research alone, under the supervision of a staff member of the discipline. The average duration of an MSc is usually 1-2 years fulltime or 2-3 years part-time. There is no taught element to this degree. However, students are actively encouraged to attend courses on research methods and statistics. In addition to the support of their supervisor, students receive an induction programme and attend research seminars throughout the course of their study.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
To gain a PhD, the student must complete a substantial and original piece of research under the supervision and support of a staff member of the discipline. The average duration of a PhD is usually 3-4 years fulltime or 5-6 years part-time. During a PhD, students attend courses and seminars on research methods and complete a small number of taught modules that are components of the structured PhD programme at Trinity College Dublin
Information regarding applications to our MSc and PhD degrees are available here