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Higher Degrees by Research Program (JBI-HDRP)
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.
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The Master of Clinical Science is a postgraduate research degree offered by the JBI-HDRP, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide. This degree aims to train students in research methodologies and techniques associated with evidence-based health care, as well as the critical evaluation of evidence and its implementation and evaluation. The program is usually completed in 1-2 years full-time. Candidates who have exceeded all milestones and have completed their first 18 months of the Master of Clinical Science degree may be considered for a transfer to the PhD, subject to approval by the Head of School, Postgraduate Coordinator and Academic Progress Committee.
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 include:
- 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
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.
PhD students enrolled with the University of Adelaide and receiving supervision within JBI are provided with access to all JBI-HDRP resources including a fully networked workstation and are integrated into the Institute’s extensive international work program. A number of scholarships are available to holders of an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship or equivalent. (For information on scholarships, refer to the University Graduate Centre). Supervision is offered in the following areas:
- Evidence Review and Synthesis - Including methodological work on the synthesis of qualitative research findings; the synthesis of text and opinion; the meta-analysis of quantitative research findings; and the systematic review of international evidence.
- Evidence Transfer - Including the study of the use of electronic and print media in knowledge transfer; guideline development; embedding evidence in organisational systems; and consumer involvement.
- Evidence Utilisation - Including the evaluation of methods of implementing evidence based guidelines; clinical audit and feedback; and action-oriented approaches to barrier identification
The University of Adelaide is moving to a new model of expectations for PhD study. Students from 2016 onward will be expected to devote 1.5% of their time to the acquisition of transferable skills, which equates to 15 FTE days over the 1042 days of a four year PhD candidature. This new initiative is part of a suite of changes that intend to enhance the PhD experience, and provide students with a toolkit of skills, knowledge and experiences that may enhance their employment prospects post PhD.
Each PhD student enrolled with JBI will need to develop a plan for at least 5 days of programmed ‘transferable skill acquisition’ education or training. Note that in Semester 1 of the year of enrolment, the JBI intensive residencies in Systematic Review methods will constitute 10 FTE days, therefore no further activity is required in Semester 1 of the first year of enrolment.
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.