Research training

Student and early career research and training pathways

Are you interested in doing research that makes a difference in the community? Each year the Department of General Practice has more than 40 students take part in one of our research training programs. We offer an outstanding environment to develop research skills with supervision and mentoring from world class primary care researchers and educators. Our students study within a supportive, collaborative environment and will be involved in regular team meetings and academic seminars. An active student led graduate research group provides a forum for peer support and development of practical academic and research skills.

Regardless of your career stage, if you are interested in primary care research, we have an opportunity for you.

For a more detailed description of our research pathways at the Department of General Practice, please download our booklet here:

Supervision & support

Our Supervisors are very experienced, highly trained and accredited with Monash Graduate Education to supervise a range of research candidates. Early career research support groups and training are also available. Your supervisor will work with you to assist in the development of the following skills and abilities:

  • Work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Work independently
  • Synthesise clinical and scientific information
  • Conceptualise research ideas
  • Critical analysis
  • Communication skills (written and oral)
  • Time management
  • Improved understanding of human ethical issues
  • Presentation skills
  • Technical skills (computer, databases etc)

Search for research projects

All projects on offer from the Department of General Practice are available via Supervisor Connect.

Summer and Winter scholarships

You can develop your research skills with a summer or winter scholarship. This scheme is for undergraduate and postgraduate students to undertake a small project over semester breaks. As a scholar you will:

  • Work with a supportive research team on a project that falls within our areas of research excellence
  • Experience community based research in general practice/primary care
  • Gain insights into careers in research or academia

Find out more here


The DGP provides supervision to students from Bachelor of Medical Science honours and Bachelor of Biomedical Science honours programs.

An honours year is an opportunity to complete a supervised research project to identify and address a gap in medical research knowledge.

The program provides you with a strong foundation in the principles and practice of research.

You will be equipped with a range of skills including data analysis and oral and written skills for communicating scientific ideas and writing a thesis.

For more information about our honours program please click here.

Academic Registrars

A GP Academic Registrar Post provides exposure to research and teaching in an academic environment over a 12 month period on a part-time basis. At Monash University, you will be supported to develop your research and teaching skills as part of your individualised learning plan.

You will receive supervision and training in research methods by senior researchers, develop your skills and confidence as an educator while teaching medical students in the 4th year medical program, and be mentored by an academic GP while participating in an array of professional and career development activities.

Find out more here.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our academics support a large and diverse postgrad program in general practice/primary care research. Students benefit from strong supervision and peer support mechanisms.

A PhD can be flexible and taken over 3-4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.

Our graduates gain the skills and professional attributes to make an immediate and enduring impact on academia, industry, government and community.

Find out more here.

Current students

Who to contact to find out more:

For more information about research training opportunities in the Department of General Practice contact the Research Training Coordinator Dr Chris Barton.

Dr Chris Barton
Department of General Practice
Building 1, 270 Ferntree Gully Road
Notting Hill, VIC 3168
Ph: +61 3 9902 4495