This is a full year course involving the completion and reporting of a supervised research project. A wide variety of projects may be undertaken, the essential requirements being that the project is broadly related to the field of medicine and that an established and appropriate scientific methodology is to be employed. Evaluation of the suitability of projects will be conducted at the time of application by the Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) and Head of the School of Medicine and Public Health. Integral to this evaluation will be confirmation that the application has been supported by a suitably qualified researcher who is able to commit to supervision of the student over the study period. Projects may be conducted within University laboratories with animals or on human samples; on established databases; within a clinical setting; or in the case of appropriate sociological, behavioural or public health research, in other settings. Projects do not necessarily have to be conducted within the University of Newcastle, nor do they need to be supervised primarily by a member of the University of Newcastle academic staff, however in cases where a student wishes to conduct research externally, a University of Newcastle academic staff member should be involved as a co-supervisor. A conjoint appointee may be appropriate as a supervisor, if he or she has adequate research expertise.
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Demonstrate broad coherent knowledge and academic background appropriate for preparation for further research in a higher degree, and/or to deepen the appreciation of medical science as it underpins a career in medical practice. In particular, demonstrate advanced and in-depth knowledge and skills in a field of Medical or Health Science.
- Work independently and collaboratively to collect, analyse, interpret and organise scientific information effectively.
- Identify, define and analyse problems using scientific method to form and test hypotheses; to apply statistical principles and logic as appropriate; and to use appropriate tools for problem solving.
- Report scientific findings in written, visual and verbal forms and to communicate a convincing and reasoned scientific argument at an appropriately highly skilled level.
- Apply knowledge and skills to work on a scientific activity both autonomously and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment with an ability to adapt to change, including new technologies and methods.
- Demonstrate awareness of professional practice in relevant research and possibly clinical disciplines, including an understanding, appreciation and respect for appropriate research conduct and ethical research practice.