• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medicine
  • Areas of interest Medicine
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Learning Outcomes

This course is a compulsory requirement for Year 1 and Year 2.

The ANU Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) program draws on the research strengths of the ANU and other ACT and Commonwealth organisations by requiring all medical students to conduct a research project during years 1 and 2 of their 4 year degree.

The projects provide students with the opportunity to join world-class research teams and to build or broaden their research skills and experiences.

The aims of the Research Projects are to:
1. Teach students to identify research questions, and design and implement a research plan
2. Foster critical analysis of the literature and, where appropriate, teach students how to explore, analyse and summarise research data sets
3. Teach students to synthesise their ideas and present coherent arguments
4. Encourage students to develop publication style writing skills
5. Promote career development through original research

Other Information

Only students offered a place in the ANU Medical School are eligible to enrol.

Indicative Assessment

Submit a research paper, report or grant proposal of, at maximum, 4000 words (excluding data and references) and written in one of the following styles:
a. As set out by a scholarly journal in the discipline
b. Government report
c. Cochrane review
d. Systematic review
e. NHMRC grant proposal

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Each student is required to
  • undertake a research project of at least 120 hours in duration of relevance to health or medicine. The research must seek to answer a research question.
  • maintain a workbook that details the day-to-day progress of the program of study. For a laboratory-based program a laboratory notebook must be kept; for a non-laboratory based project the workbook will essentially be a diary recording what the student did each time they worked on their project. The workbook will be taken as evidence that the student has fulfilled the 80 hours of research time and will be handed to the supervisor for review at the same time as the completed research paper.
  • maintain a full reading record in an electronic database. This will form the basis of the bibliography or reference list of the research paper.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to http://medicalschool.anu.edu.au/students/.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
3 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

3.00 0.06250
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4770
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
Research Project
10220 02 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 21 Dec 2018 In Person

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