Degrees & Requirements

Master's of Science Degree (M.Sc.) in Rehabilitation Science

Coursework

1.Core Courses (2) must include RHBS 804* Rehabilitation Science and RHBS 833* Research Methods I.

2. Evaluation/Application Courses. A minimum of two additional term length courses selected from the calendar listings. Note that some courses are offered as 1.5 credit unit modules. Two of these are equivalent to a term course. A minimum enrolment may be required for some courses. Where appropriate, a course may be offered as an independent study if the minimum enrolment is not met. Selection of courses to be determined in consultation with the graduate student's supervisor and subject to departmental approval. The student must obtain satisfactory standing (B-) in all courses.

3. School of Rehabilitation Therapy Seminar Series. All students are registered in the Seminar Series course (RHBS 803) throughout their program. They are required to deliver one 20-minute seminar about their research during the Seminar Series, which is normally scheduled in their final semester of study.

Research and Thesis

  1. The student is registered in their MSc thesis course (RHBS 899) throughout their program. The requirement of this course involves the preparation of a satisfactory thesis and successful defence of the thesis.

Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Rehabilitation Science

The Ph.D. program will normally involve three to four years of full-time study. The program involves

Coursework

  1. Students entering the program from other universities or disciplines are required to take RHBS 933* Research Methods I and RHBS 904* Rehabilitation Science. A minimum of one additional graduate course (three credit-units) is required, but the student's supervisor or the chair of the graduate program in rehabilitation science may recommend that the student complete additional course work if they require further background preparation in order to be successful in their research. Elective courses should be selected with the guidance of the student's supervisor and may be taken outside the department depending on the area of interest of the student. The student must obtain satisfactory standing (B-) in all courses.

  2. Seminar Series and Journal Club: Throughout their program, doctoral students are registered in the RHBS seminar series and journal club (RHS 903). Requirements to successfully complete this course include: the delivery of two journal club sessions, the delivery of a research seminar in some area related to their research interest, the delivery of two lectures/educational sessions to students in the MSc(Physical Therapy) or MSc (Occupational Therapy) program, and the delivery of a research seminar specifically related to the student's thesis research.
Comprehensive Examination

Ph.D. students are expected to successfully complete their comprehensive examination prior to the fifth term of study in the program.

The examination will comprise 2 parts:

i) An examination with written and oral components that will test the student's knowledge in Rehabilitation Science in general, research methods used in rehabilitation science, and in the area of the student's research focus; and

ii)Submission of a written thesis proposal and oral defense of this proposal in front of a proposal examination committee.

Research and Thesis

  1. The student is registered in their PhD thesis course (RHBS 999) throughout their program. The requirement of this course involves the preparation of a satisfactory thesis and successful defense of the thesis.