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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. Current PhD candidates and past PhD graduates of the Discipline have successfully secured PhD funding from the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Irish Research Council (IRC), or have been successful in obtaining a TCD Scholarship to fund their PhD.

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 of an academic 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 are expected to develop their expertise in research methods. As for all registered PhD students at TCD, the PhD student must also complete a small number of taught modules that are components of the TCD structured PhD programme. Please click here for more information on the TCD structured PhD programme.

Information on how to apply to our MSc and PhD degrees is found here.