In the Prideaux Centre, the objective of completing a PhD is to perform translational research where the links between educational theory and practice are clear.
The Prideaux Centre offers candidates the opportunity to work with highly qualified and recognised professionals who are leaders in international research and development partnerships in the field of health professional education (HPE).
PhD candidates will be well supported to engage in ongoing learning throughout their candidature. They will have opportunities to access a range of postgraduate courses with flexible learning options to cater for diverse learning needs.
In order to be considered for PhD candidature, the following criteria must be met:
An IELTS English language proficiency test score of at least 6.5 is required.
PhD candidates will work closely with supervisors (at least one of whom is part of the Prideaux Centre membership). These academics have a wealth of experience in conducting HPE research.
Contact with supervisors will occur in person, via email and Skype (for distance-based candidates), but will be negotiated at the time of commencement.
It is suggested that candidates visit Flinders University several times during their PhD candidature. This will enable them to access RHD Professional Development Program intensive courses, in addition to engaging in face-to-face meetings with their supervisors.
The Prideaux Centre offers formats for structuring PhD candidature:
*These formats are endorsed by the Dean of the Office of Graduate Research, Professor Tara Brabazon*
This is the traditional PhD format where the thesis is presented as a series of linked chapters (e.g., Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Results, Discussion and Conclusion).
This option is available to domestic and onshore international students only.
The Prideaux Centre offers a ‘PhD in Publication Format’ as an alternative to the Traditional PhD Thesis.
Whichever thesis format is selected at the beginning of candidature, the University strongly encourages candidates to publish research from their theses prior to submission, provided this activity does not detract from the main task of completing their thesis on time. Publications may be included in either thesis format provided authorship is clearly declared, and provided they contribute to the overall theme of the thesis and are appropriately placed within it.
This option is available to both domestic and international (onshore and offshore) candidates.
In the Prideaux Centre, a PhD in publication format involves identifying a research topic and a broad, overarching question.
Throughout the PhD candidature, a series of empirical studies are conducted in order to address this ‘big question’. Publications are produced at each major stage of the research and form the basis of the PhD thesis.
The number of publishable papers produced is dependent on the type of research that is being conducted. However, as a guide, a PhD thesis will typically consist of at least four journal articles, publishable in peer reviewed international journals, that report on the empirical studies that were conducted, at least half of which are either accepted or published at the time of completion. In addition to these articles, the PhD that includes publications incorporates an introductory chapter and a conclusion/discussion chapter.
Publications can be included as separate chapters or integrated into chapters and must be formatted in the same way as the other chapters in the thesis (i.e., not presented as reprints). The same typeface should be used throughout the thesis. Reprints may sometimes be included as appendices where they differ substantially in form from the body of the chapter (pending copyright approval if required).
Published chapters should be conceptually linked to the chapters before and after, and follow a logical sequence. In addition, theses with a high proportion of published material need to contain a broad contextual statement, demonstrating the relevance of the work to the wider field of knowledge. This is most commonly achieved through an introductory literature review or commentary and a general, wider ranging, conclusion.
Multi-author papers may be included within a thesis; however, the candidate is expected to be the primary author of these papers. A clear statement is required for each publication documenting the contribution of each author to the paper (from conceptualisation to realisation and documentation).
The PhD that includes publications is gathering momentum in parts of Europe and Australia. This structure possesses a number of potential benefits and disadvantages:
|The scope of the research can be as narrow or as broad as desired||The processes of publication (e.g. preparing and submitting manuscripts, and the peer review process) can be time-consuming|
|By integrating ideas, there is flexibility to adapt the research in response to changing interests or unexpected findings|
|Because a series of smaller studies are conducted, there are opportunities to develop expertise in a range of methodologies and methods||High-ranking journals often have very low acceptance rates|
|There are opportunities to develop skills in writing for publication at the same time as conducting research|
|Not only are candidates awarded a PhD, but they have a publication record against their names when they complete their studies|
To be considered for PhD candidature in the Prideaux Centre:
|Teaching & learning||Professionalism & career development||Assessment|
|Curriculum development, design and evaluation||Professional identity||Assessment design|
|Transformative learning||Professional development||Assessment for learning|
|Longitudinal integrated learning programs||Career choice||Programmatic assessment|
|Student/supervisor relationships||Interprofessional education and practice|
|Rural and Indigenous health||Rural workforce and training pathways|
|Problem-based learning||Recruitment and retention|