• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medicine
  • Areas of interest Medicine
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Brett Scholz
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

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.

MEDI8011, MEDI8012, MEDI8015, MEDI8020, MEDI8025 and either MEDI8022 or MEDI8023 form part of Phase 1 of the MCHD program.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Generate new scientific knowledge and communicate novel findings to an audience, or to a clinical or scientific readership.
  2. Generate a brief summation of the research project to highlight the aims, strategy, justification of the work and its impact.
  3. Critically evaluate the research findings of others and use the literature in the field to provide a justification for the research.
  4. Address a research hypothesis by posing clear and relevant research questions and objectives.
  5. Describe and understand methodologies required to appropriately answer specific research questions.
  6. Collect, record, and collate data using appropriate research tools.
  7. Present research data using figures, tables or other means as befits the specific research field.
  8. Critically evaluate your own research and present the ideas in a scientific context.
  9. Where appropriate, use correct statistical analysis to assess whether the data supports or refutes the research hypothesis.
  10. Detail the limitations or shortcomings of the research study undertaken.
  11. Describe how the findings of the project field fit into the broader research field.
  12. Report research findings in a manner formatted to the standards of a scientific or medical journal.
  13. Use appropriate resources, including electronic and library databases, to review an area of interest.
  14. Demonstrate the ability to write a scientific report in a clear, concise, and fluent style with good syntax.
  15. Present scientific data in a graphical manner clearly describing research outcomes.

Work Integrated Learning


Students may engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a component of the course

Other Information

This course is restricted to enrolled students undertaking the ANU Doctor of Medicine and Surgery.

Students must have submitted a Research Project Planning Form in order to enrol in this course. Details about how the form is obtained and completed will be disseminated during the first year of enrolment in the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery program.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Project Development Form (10) [LO 2,3,4,5,6,13]
  2. Research Project (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15]

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This course must be enrolled in twice over two consecutive semesters (3 units + 3 units)

Each student is required to undertake a research project of at least 130 hours in duration of relevance to health or medicine.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements for the ANU Doctor of Medicine and Surgery are guided by the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand Inclusive Medical Education guidance note:

Communication skills – verbal, non-verbal and written

  • Medical students will be expected to communicate effectively and sensitively with a range of different people to establish rapport, involve patients and carers in decision making, and practise in a culturally safe way to deliver high quality, safe care. This applies to listening, speaking, reading, writing, and the capability to use these different modes to elicit information from people, often under pressure and in difficult situations.


  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate capabilities consistent with those of a medical professional, including a commitment to making the care of patients their priority, and to practise safely and effectively, treat people with dignity and respect, and be aware of the limits of their own knowledge, skills and health. They will also be required to comply with the law, regulations and any other university codes or policies.

Insight into their own health and behaviour

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to recognise when they experience poor health and put in place effective processes to ensure their own health or behaviours do not pose a risk to others.

It should be recognised that there may be cases where students will not be able to meet the requirements of the program, even with reasonable adjustments. Steps should then be taken by university staff to provide guidance on other study options available.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (8950XMCHD) and have submitted a Research Project Planning Form. Incompatible with MEDI8023

You will need to contact the School of Medicine and Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Refer to the course WATTLE site

Preliminary Reading


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
2024 $2640
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5634
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3496 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8464 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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