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C02065v1 Doctor of Philosophy

Award(s): Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
CRICOS code: 098404C
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Applications
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information

Overview

This is a research degree requiring an original and significant contribution to knowledge. It is the traditional path for those wishing to assume leadership positions in research. It requires students to undertake a large research project under academic supervision.

This course assists students to complete original research that contributes to knowledge in their field within an international context. Research at UTS takes place in a dynamic and outcome-oriented environment. UTS attracts students who want to develop their knowledge and expertise within a professional and stimulating framework. When students enrol, they become part of a lively and vigorous research culture, working closely with academic staff and professionals from the genetic counselling and healthcare professions.

Career options

This degree prepares candidates for leadership positions in teaching, management and research. Opportunities are not limited to Australia and there is the possibility of developing a career on an international level.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to the field of genetic counselling.
1.2 Apply systematic critical and creative thinking to address major research questions in the field of genetic counselling.
2.1 Critically evaluate existing academic literature in the research field.
3.1 Communicate a complex investigation of original research clearly and fluently to peers and the community.
4.1 Apply knowledge and skills to autonomy, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner and/or scholar in genetic counselling.
4.2 Demonstrate respect and value for diverse ways of knowing, being and doing, in particular recognising the diversity of Indigenous Australians, while critically reflecting upon the impact of colonisation and its pervasive discourse on their health and wellbeing, and integrating this knowledge into practice.
4.3 Integrate a critical awareness of cultural and societal diversity into research practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Applications

Students considering this degree should submit an expression of interest in the first instance. The school provides further information and assistance with the application process.

All applicants are required to contact UTS: Genetic Counselling prior to applying to establish eligibility and supervisory arrangements.

Course duration and attendance

The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study. Students can complete the course in less than the maximum time.

Course structure

Students undertake a research project that may be in a professional or clinical area of the student's choice, or may be of a theoretical nature, addressing gaps in knowledge related to policy or practice. Students choose from a variety of research methodologies with the research approach being determined by the nature of the research undertaken. The research culminates in the production of a thesis for examination. Students work closely with a principal supervisor and a supervisory panel and are required to report on their progress at each stage.

Course completion requirements

95601 PhD Thesis: Genetic Counselling 

Other information

Further information is available from:
Graduate School of Health
telephone +61 2 9514 1448
email gsh.future@uts.edu.au
or
Graduate Research School
telephone +61 2 9514 7196
email grs@uts.edu.au