La Trobe University

Doctor of Clinical Science - Occupational Therapy


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
3 years full-time (4 years maximum) or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
Learn more about the fees for graduate research.
If you are an experienced practitioner in occupational therapy, this degree provides you with an opportunity to further develop your expertise and undertake research in professional settings. The degree offers an integrated program of one-third coursework and two-thirds research. Through a combination of core and elective subjects, you will gain knowledge and skills in designing and conducting research, literature review techniques, critical analysis and writing for publication, as well as opportunities to apply these skills in clinically-based professional projects. Your research will produce a thesis of 60,000 words of publishable quality.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 10.

Entry requirements


Honours degree of H2A standard or equivalent, or research Master's, or Master's by coursework with substantial thesis component or equivalent, and at least three years relevant professional or practical experience. In some circumstances a candidate who can supply sufficient evidence of research capacity may be admitted through a special entry category. Prospective students should contact the School to discuss candidature prior to applying.

Career outcomes

RED Team

Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.


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Fees and scholarships

Course fees

Learn more about the fees for graduate research.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

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Additional information

Semester starts on February 29 or as stated in your letter of offer.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.