About the course

A University of Newcastle research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff.


Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.


Why choose this course?

·         An internationally recognised research qualification.

·         Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level.

·         Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience.

·         Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research.


Entry requirements...

An honours degree (normally at least 2:1 or above) in an appropriate discipline. IELTS entry requirement is normally 6.5, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent for overseas students.

Study routes

·         Full Time, 1 Years

·         Part Time, 2 Years





Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.


Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.


The School of Health and Emergency Professions has a broad research profile covering the main areas of Dietetics, Paramedic Science, Disaster Management and Planning, Physiotherapy and Radiography (both Therapeutic and Diagnostic) and several members of staff have strong national and international profiles. Our research activities are broadly divided into (a) Professional and Educational Research and (b) Professional Practice research.


The work of the Professional and Educational Research group crosses several discipline boundaries and is focused on three main areas: that of Simulation in Education, Education Systems and Pedagogic Research, and Research in Professional and Role Development. A significant amount of the work is undertaken in collaboration with professional organisations and USAP partners.


The work of the Professional Practice Research Group focuses on several areas of significant expertise: haemophilia, electrotherapy, musculoskeletal therapy, neurorehabilitation, radiography practice and disaster management. Many of the projects undertaken are in collaboration with health and other service partners with a focus on applied work that makes a direct contribution to the evidence on which professional practice is based.



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