Integrating research and clinical training dates back to the late 1800s. Driven by the growth of translational research, the clinician scientist fills a unique niche in uniting clinical medicine with training in the basic, clinical or social sciences. The School of Medicine offers outstanding students the opportunity to 'intercalate' a PhD or an MPhil with their medical training.

The Intercalated MD-PhD or MD-MPhil is a mixture of full and part time research which is 'intercalated' with the MD degree. It requires time out of the medical program to undertake full time (FT) research between MD years 2 and 3.

NOTE: Enrolled MD students and provisional entry MD students who are interested in the intercalated MD-PhD or MD-MPhil must first obtain approval from the School of Medicine to apply for either the PhD or the MPhil. See First Steps below.

Advantages to the intercalated MD-PhD or MD-MPhil

  • More opportunities to do clinical or wet lab research
  • More opportunities to be involved in 'world class' research
  • The opportunity to become immersed in the rich culture of research 
  • Career benefits of establishing strong research contacts and maintaining collaboration
  • Multiple and varied career opportunities 

Timeframe

The entry point to either the Intercalated MD-PhD or MD-MPhil is at the start of Year 2. This means that students must be approved to apply for the RHD by August/September in Year 1 of the MD for commencement in January Year 2.

MD-PhD

The MD-PhD is completed over 6-7 years with a mixture of part-time and full-time research work intercalated into the 4 year MD. You will take two years out of your MD program (between Year 2 and Year 3) to work full-time on your research, then return to full-time MD (clinical Years 3 and 4) while completing your PhD part-time.

MD-MPhil

The MD-MPhil is completed over 5 years with a mixture of part-time and full-time research work intercalated into the 4 year MD. You will take one year out of your MD program (between Year 2 and Year 3) to work full-time on your research, then return to full-time MD (clinical Years 3 and  4) while completing your MPhil research part-time.

Selection criteria

Only medical students who demonstrate all of the following criteria will be approved to apply for the Intercalated MD-PhD or MD-MPhil:

1. Meet the PhD or MPhil eligibility enrolment requirements specified by the Graduate School.  

  • In summary for the PhD: A Bachelor's degree with Honours class IIA, or better, or an MPhil degree, or completion of approved coursework and relevant research experience as deemed sufficient by the Dean of the Graduate School. See also Evidence of Relevant Experience a minimum of 14 weeks research placement experience. 
  • In summary for the MPhil: 3. A Bachelor's degree with Honours Class IIB or better or completion of approved coursework and relevant research experience as deemed sufficient by the Dean of the Graduate School. See also Evidence of Relevant Experience or completion of approved coursework and a minimum of 14 weeks research placement experience.

2. High academic merit. You must have a minimum GPA=> 5.5 to apply and maintain this throughout the medical degree program. 

3. Demonstrate your interest in a specific research area by identifying a potential research project and principal advisor. 

Please remember, interested students must obtain permission from the School of Medicine to apply for the intercalated PhD or the MPhil.

Steps to apply

  1. Ensure you understand all of the above information.
  2. Ensure you are eligible to apply for the PhD or the MPhil according to the rules set out by The Graduate School, understand the Milestone requirements, and have a GPA from your first year MD =>5.5.
  3. Identify a research area to develop into a PhD or MPhil project. Check out our Medical Student Research Portal and visit UQ Researchers to identify an Advisor who has previous experience in supervising RHD students and is agreeable to supervise your MPhil .
  4. Send your curriculum Vitae (CV) and a brief outline of your interests to the Director of MD Research Associate Professor Di Eley.

Information for student supervisors

The Student supervisor information document provides information to research staff who are supervising or considering the supervision of an Intercalated MD-PhD or MD-MPhil student.

Scholarships

UQ Medicine: Scholarships and Prizes
Graduate School: Scholarships