The Ph.D. degree in Rehabilitation Sciences (REA) is offered by the School of Rehabilitation Sciences located within the Faculty of Health Sciences. The degree prepares candidates from both professional and research backgrounds for a career involving research in rehabilitation sciences, including issues ranging from basic science questions to psychosocial repercussions of health conditions in a rehabilitation context. PhD graduates will develop independent and collaborative research skills and will be equipped to contribute to the knowledge base that informs the practice of rehabilitation professionals. The program is offered in English and French and students may write examinations, papers and theses in one or the other language.
The PhD program involves three fields of research:
Admission to the PhD program in rehabilitation sciences is governed by the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS). Applicants must have a master’s degree in Health Sciences or in a related discipline (e.g., education, health administration, psychology) with a minimum average of 75% (B+) calculated in accordance with FGPS guidelines. Proficiency in either English or French is required. Applicants whose first language is neither English nor French should provide proof of proficiency in one or the other. The list of acceptable proofs is indicated in the admission section of the general regulations of the FGPS.
Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:
Students in a Health Sciences research master’s program at the University of Ottawa (for instance, Nursing, Human Kinetics) who have achieved an 80% (A-) average in their last two years of undergraduate studies may be allowed to transfer to the PhD program without being required to write a master's thesis provided they meet the following conditions:
The transfer must take place within sixteen months of initial registration in the master’s. Following transfer, all the requirements of the doctoral program must be met.