University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Rehabilitation Sciences

University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Areas of Research:The PhD program involves three fields of research: 1) Impairment and rehabilitation: This field concerns the impact of motor, sensory, cognitive, and mental health impairments on the individual’s daily functioning. It includes research on fundamental views of disease and disease etiology as risks factors for eventual difficulties in functioning. 2) The environment and rehabilitation: This field focuses on the way social and physical environmental factors can either enable or hinder an individual’s functioning. 3) Participation in life situations and rehabilitation: This field focuses on how the individual is re-integrated into the community and takes part in life activities while gaining functional autonomy following the onset of disease, disorder, or trauma.
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,685


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.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    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: Academic performance in previous studies including the official transcripts, research reports, abstracts or any other documents demonstrating research skills; At least two confidential letters of recommendation from professors who have known the applicant and are familiar with the student work; An up-to-date curriculum vitae including a list of relevant publications; Statement of purpose indicating the reasons for PhD study, career goals, interests in the proposed research area; Identification of a professor (member of the FGPS) who is willing and available to act as thesis supervisor.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 79-80]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 14, 2022