Higher Degrees Post Graduate Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Craig Lockwood

Higher Degrees Program Coordinator: Alex Mignone

 Email Alex Mignone for more information or to enrol.

 Master of Clinical Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs (2019 flyer, PDF 1.4MB)

The Joanna Briggs Institute – Higher Degrees by Research

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is a world-class research organisation within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the University of Adelaide. The teaching and research programs offered through the Institute are underpinned by methodologies and methods developed by JBI and recognised internationally. We have links to over 75 other centres, 7000 healthcare providers, 150 universities and research groups that apply and publish JBI methods. Our Master of Clinical Science and Doctor of Philosophy are not course based programs so are popular with busy health professionals and interstate students and, under the Research Training Scheme (RTS), there are no fees attached for Australian and New Zealand citizens and residents. These degrees are designed to suit clinicians and healthcare professionals who are seeking to grow or establish their careers.

Our multi-disciplinary approach accepts students from across all health professions who have an interest in research relating to synthesis, transfer or implementation of best practice. We challenge our research students to deliver acquired knowledge to those who need it most. Our focus is on practical clinical outcomes and support for student-led publications, ensuring a relevant and impactful opportunity for each student within their chosen field of practice.

Master of Clinical Science

The Master of Clinical Science is a 1-2 year full-time postgraduate research degree offered by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the University of Adelaide. This degree with Joanna Briggs Institute aims to train students in research methodologies and techniques associated with evidence-based healthcare, as well as the critical evaluation of evidence and its implementation and evaluation. 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 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), subject to approval.

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.

Doctor of Philosophy

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 may only be two short years away!

PhD students enrolled with the University of Adelaide and receiving supervision within JBI are provided with access to all JBI resources and are integrated into the Institute’s extensive international work program. 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 and change management in clinical practice improvement.

The University of Adelaide is moving to a new model of expectations for PhD study. Students are 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 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 the first year of enrolment.

Higher Degrees - Research School

JBI Research Schools are compulsory events held each semester for all current students and academic staff.

The objective of Research School is to create a forum for health professionals and researchers to pursue their degree within a multidisciplinary context and achieve a depth of learning and experience that is more comprehensive than a singular focus on their own topic area and methods. During these events, there is opportunity for staff and existing students to review the progress of our new students and provide them with beneficial feedback. Throughout the intensive sessions, the new students’ posters are on display to allow fellow academics to look at their work and provide comment. JBI Research School is also an opportunity for completing students to present their results and highlight the standard for successful candidature.

The JBI-HDR program considers the students’ ability to communicate their work verbally as a critical element in the transfer of knowledge and best practice, so expects its students to present on several occasions throughout candidature. Research School provides an ideal forum for students to fulfil this expectation and receive beneficial feedback.

Research School in the JBI-HDR program has a strong focus on student participation, interactive workshops and highly regarded academic/professional guest speakers. It is an opportunity to cultivate a spirit of academic collegiality amongst its students, with a view to building an alumni of graduates.