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Advanced studies

Advanced Studies is a research and scholarship theme integrated within the Health Professions and Society (HPS) theme across all four years of the medical course.

It provides an opportunity for MD students to undertake supervised research activities or postgraduate coursework.

The research opportunities are in collaboration with clinical, academic and research staff across sites within and outside of the University and disciplines broadly related to medicine.

The coursework opportunity allows a student to expand their knowledge and experience in a selected range of postgraduate topics covering areas such as public health, health administration and rural and remote health.

The Advanced Studies theme started with first year MD students in 2014.


Year 1

Students undertake studies in research methods, ethics, epidemiology and statistics.

Towards the end of the year, students are presented with a range of approved research projects and coursework options and are asked to decide on their Advanced Studies choice. Students may develop their own project, subject to approval.


Year 2

Students have a choice of research or postgraduate coursework options to pursue in Year 2. This is normally continued in the first semester of Year 3.

Research option

  1. Submit research project preferences from the list of approved projects.
    • These projects are updated annually and may be based at the University, Flinders Medical Centre, and other sites within the metropolitan Adelaide or at our rural and remote sites in South Australia or in the Northern Territory.
  2. Identify own area of research interest
    • Students will find an appropriate research supervisor, seek their support and then submit a research project proposal.

Coursework option

    3. Select 4.5 units of coursework from a range of approved postgraduate topics.


Year 3

Whichever option students undertake in second year, students will normally continue with the same option in third year.

Switching between research and coursework options is reserved for special circumstances. This is reviewed by the Advanced Studies topic coordinator on a case-by-case basis.


Year 4

Advanced Studies Capstone (ASC) is the final topic students undertake in the Advanced Studies theme of the Flinders MD. All students will be undertaking the topic where they will showcase their research or scholarly work, in addition to the skills and knowledge they have acquired over the four years.