A Year 4 Medicine Research Project is a supervised project undertaken by a fourth-year medical student at UNSW. We have two research streams:
The research project is designed by the supervisor (that meets our criteria for supervision) whose responsibility is also to obtain the appropriate ethical approval, if applicable, for the project prior to data collection and no later than the end of the 4th week of Term 1. The supervisor is also responsible for providing the student with the appropriate training and support for the project (including but not limited to health and safety, methodology, scientific/clinical knowledge and other relevant research skills). Such training could be provided to the student by the supervisor directly or by other resources such as the co-supervisor, other members of the research team or other resources available within the medicine program and the university. The supervisor is responsible for providing the student with an appropriate, safe and well-resourced research environment (if applicable).
It is required that the student attends the research environment where the project is conducted for at least 25 hours per week, for 30 weeks (ILP) or 35 hours per week, for 34 weeks (BSc(Med) Honours). The student is not permitted to work from home for any significant length of time (maximum of 20%) and must be engaged with the research environment, attending research and supervisor meetings, seminars and other training opportunities negotiated with the supervisor(s). By the end of the ILP and/or BSc(Med) Honours the student is expected to:
BSC(MED) HONOURS ONLY:
Year 4 Medcine Research Project is designed to be undertaken in one of UNSW Medicine's Schools or a UNSW affiliated research institute or centre. Interstate or Overseas ILP/Honours projects will not be considered.
The research must address research aim(s) and hypotheses or research question(s) using scientific inquiry. The research must generate and/or analyse primary or secondary data in a systematic manner. It is expected that the final research report would meet the criteria set for a manuscript to be published in an indexed peer reviewed academic journal in the field.
The study design of the Year 4 Medicine Research Project may vary across the program and disciplines and below is a non-exhaustive list of examples of what would be considered appropriate, or not, for a project.
A few examples of projects that could be considered appropriate:
Some additional considerations:
A few examples that are NOT appropriate projects:
Independent Learning Project (ILP) Entry Requirements
Students have completed year 3 clinical coursework requirements are eligible to apply.
BSc (Med) Hons Entry Requirements
Students with a Phase 1 average course mark of ≥ 65 (see WAM calculation below) and have completed 12 UoC general education before Term 1 in year 4, are eligible to apply.
The Phase 1 average course mark is calculated from the following courses:
In addition, students are required to pass the following courses (including passing subsequent supplementary exams, but if a student fails a course then they will be ineligible):
General Education information is available here.
|1 March 2023||Student Plan (to be completed by students in eMed)|
|1 March 2023||Negotiation Process Commences|
|Monday 19 June 2023||Due Date for Year 4 Medicine Research Project (to be completed by supervisors)|
|July 2023||Student Form (to be completed by students in eMed)|
|Non-negotiated projects will be listed on eMed for students to browse and select|
|August 2023||Allocation emails will be sent to students/supervisors|
|Monday 12 February 2024||ILP/Honours Commenced - MANDATORY Induction day|
|Friday 20 September 2024||ILP Completed|
|Friday 18 October 2024||BSc(Med) Honours Completed|
How to negotiate a project
Students are encouraged to negotiate a research project with prospective supervisors. Some projects will also be designed by supervisors and listed in eMed for students to view. In both cases, the year 4 medicine research project form must be completed by the supervisor in eMed.
Year 4 Medicine Research Project Form
Criteria for Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor
Additional Criteria for Primary Supervisor
UNSW Medicine and Health academic staff members and affilated conferred title holders (conjoint or adjunct) who are interested in taking up year 4 research students can indicate their offers by updating their staff profile (see instructions here). For more information on this, please contact Ms Khanh Vo | firstname.lastname@example.org
UNSW ILP - Three Minutes Thesis (3MT)
ILP students will have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance, in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specilaist audience. Each presentation will be assessed by a panel with the mark contributing to the overall ILP grade and also as a competition (with a $500 gift voucher prize).
3MT Winner 2019
Ms Roshana Kanagaratnam (under supervision by Dr Steven Leach)
A role for intelectin-1 and lactoferrin in health and inflammatory intestinal disease in children
Presented by Dr Linda Ferrington