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Postgraduate Research Degrees

The Institute's research degree programs have been designed to meet the needs of busy clinicians and healthcare professionals who are seeking to grow or establish their careers.

Research projects undertaken by our Institute's postgraduate research students encompass various areas within a broad spectrum. Learn more

This postgraduate research degree aims to train students in research methodologies and techniques specific to the needs of evidence-based healthcare, as well as the critical evaluation of evidence and research. The program is usually completed in 1-2 years. Candidates who satisfactorily complete the first year may transfer to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.

The Institute is offering supervision for candidates interested in skill development in: searching for; appraising; extracting and synthesing evidence; in conducting systematic reviews; and in translating evidence into action in health policy and clinical practice.

This research degree includes a full-time, one semester program offered on-campus at the Institute in Adelaide. Course materials also include:

  • Biostatistics
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Systematic reviews of quantitative, qualitative and economic evidence
  • Translation of evidence into action
  • Conduct of a systematic review and/or an evidence implementation project and submission of a thesis based on this work
  • Option to transfer to PhD on a fast-track enrolment
  • The Structured Program

    Unique to the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), the structured program comprises 'core' and 'development' components. Development components are the entire range of short courses that JBI offers, normally for a fixed fee, students have the option of enrolling for free in any JBI course run from Adelaide.

    Postgraduate Research candidates are required to complete the following short courses offered in two one-week intensive residencies in JBI as part of their 'Core' program (first 6 months of candidature).

    Week 1

    • Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care and the Systematic Review of Evidence
    • Statistical Concepts & Methods for Evidence-Based Health Care
    • Qualitative Reference Methods
    • Searching Databases

    Week 2

    • The Appraisal, Extraction & Pooling of Quantitative Data from experimental & epidemiologic studies
    • The Appraisal, Extraction and Pooling of Qualitative Data from critical interpretive & textural literature of study papers
    • The Comprehensive Review Management System update & overview

    A 2 Day Research School incorporating a one day Symposium for all Higher Degrees by Research (HDR)/PhD students in each semester of Candidature.

  • Entry Requirements

    Please see the Adelaide Graduate Centre for entry requirements.

This program is fee-exempt for Australian citizens and permanent residents. Complete an online application form to enrol in this program.



Alex Mignone
Program Administrator, Higher Degrees Program
Phone: +61 8 8313 8327

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the gateway degree of choice, whether you are a medical graduate, allied health practitioner, or a Registered Nurse, this is the degree to establish your career. 

The Joanna Briggs Institute staff supervise PhD students from across the health disciplines with an interest in evidence review and synthesis, evidence transfer and organisational change, evidence utilisation and safety and quality. Current Master of Clinical Science candidates who have satisfactorily completed their first year of study may be considered for an upgrade or transfer to the PhD;

The first year of the Master of Clinical Science is counted as the first year of PhD study, meaning your PhD is only two short years away.


Alex Mignone
Administrative Assistant, Higher Degrees Program
Phone: +61 8 8313 3644

The Adelaide Graduate Centre administers both domestic and international postgraduate research applications.

Alternatively you can contact the Institute's Postgraduate Coordinator for assistance. The Postgraduate Coordinator oversees activities and provides assistance, advice and support, where appropriate, in matters such as resolution of grievances, and provision of resources.

The Joanna Briggs Institute

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The University of Adelaide


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