The University has a RAE Grade 5* Biomedical Sciences Research Institute and a RAE Grade 4 Nursing Research Institute (with many primary care related research programmes), so expert support is available for a wide range of possible research topics. The Institute of Postgraduate Medicine and Primary Care has links with active researchers in the health service and can provide advice and support as well.
Assistance with obtaining funding is also available.
The HSC R&D Division is a particularly suitable possible source of funding for salary replacement as well as fees and research costs.
This is research-based degree which is equivalent in level to a PhD. Research students are expected to pursue an investigation of a specific aspect of a subject in depth, with the advice of a member of staff with similar research interests and the experience to provide guidance at the appropriate level. A specialist advisor may also be identified, who may be a researcher in the area at the student's place of work.
The programme of work is structured to enable the student to acquire competence in the methods of research and scholarship, and to produce a thesis demonstrating originality and sustained independent effort. During the study period, the student may attend courses in research methodology and will undertake an investigation as described above.
Examination is by submission of a research thesis which makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the field.