• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medicine
  • Areas of interest Medicine
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Krisztina Valter-Kocsi
    • AsPr Richard Callaghan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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Doctors must be able to evaluate new information and integrate this into their understanding of complex systems and clinical practice. Graduates of the ANU medical school are also expected to be able to contribute to the knowledge underpinning their profession. Learning about research and how to conduct it, is a curriculum framework within the ANU Doctor of Medicine and Surgery. In this curriculum students are introduced to research methods used in medical and health research, research ethics and study design, critical analysis of data and information, and apply these learnings in both an individual major research project and minor group research projects.

The Research Project (Advanced) course is designed for students seeking to commence a PhD or MPhil after completing year 2 of the ANU Doctor of Medicine and Surgery. As such the Research Project (Advanced)- MEDI8023 is an alternative program option for students to the standard Research project - MEDI8013. Students seeking approval to enrol in the Research Project (Advanced) will be required to have the support of a nominated supervisor (who must be an established researcher at the ANU with a track record of supervision of successful timely HDR completions) and must submit a detailed research plan in the form of a grant proposal outlining the proposed project spanning both the Research Project (Advanced) course and the subsequent HDR program and have secured all required ethics approvals by November 30 of the year preceding enrolment in MEDI8023.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Identify research questions, and design and implement a research plan;
  2. Perform sophisticated, critical analysis of the literature;
  3. Analyse and summarise research data sets;
  4. Synthesise meaning from data and observations and present coherent arguments;
  5. Produce written research outputs (grant applications, reports, publications) to publication standards;
  6. Develop project management skills commensurate with the planning and undertaking of an extended research plan including setting goals, meeting deadlines and communicating progress against agreed milestones;
  7. Develop persuasive written communication skills based on the judicious use of evidence to support a comprehensive research plan as outlined in a grant proposal sufficient to cover the minimum requirements to successfully undertake the research;
  8. Develop capacity to provide constructive feedback through peer review of the work of others, and to respond to constructive feedback form peers, their supervisor and their research mentor.

Indicative Assessment

Submit a research paper, report or grant proposal of, at maximum, 6000 words (excluding data and references) and written in an approved format. (LO: 1-8)

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.


Students undertaking MEDI8023 Research Project (Advanced) will be expected to undertake approximately 240 hours of research activities over a 24 week period, including but not limited to conducting research,attending meetings, participating in a student journal club, attending workshops and seminars and preparing the written assessment piece.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Must be enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery. Must have permission of the Dean of Medicine to enroll in MEDI8023.

You will need to contact the ANU Medical School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Prior successful completion of an AQF level 8 Honours program in a cognate area or AQF level 9 Master (Research Thesis) or a competitive publication record will be advantageous. Students without the above may be less competitive for HDR scholarships to enable them to undertake a conjoint PhD following completion of the Research Project (Advanced). This will not preclude a student undertaking a conjoint MPhil.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
3 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $2460
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3270
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6451 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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