Components of the Engaged PhD


Students will participate in Stage 1 workshops to improve their skills in the following topics:

  • Communication to different audiences
  • Career planning and development
  • Effective publishing techniques.


These workshops are delivered by the Teaching Innovation Unit as part of UniSA’s Research Education Support Activities (RESA).

Masterclasses focusing on particular topics will be delivered by researchers in the Division of Health Sciences as part of the Engaged PhD program.

In Stage 1 students in the Engaged PhD program will undertake compulsory master classes to develop their skills in topics such as:

  • Analytical methodologies (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • Project management
  • Finding research funding

Additionally, in subsequent years of the program, pathway-specific master classes for Stage 2 will also be hosted by the Division of Health Sciences:

  • Teaching methodology (Academic Pathway)
  • Networking (Global Outlook)
  • Entrepreneurial Commercialisation (Research Enterprise Pathway)
  • Systematic reviews (Clinical Pathway)
  • Clinical audit (Clinical Pathway)
  • e-Health recording (Clinical Pathway)
  • Evidence-based practice (Clinical Pathway)

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

The Engaged PhD program will encourage students to increase their knowledge base via participation in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) as a course component option for several of the pathways during Stage 2.


UniSA Undergraduate courses

Non-award enrolment in UniSA undergraduate courses relevant to the Global Outlook pathway in Stage 2 may be negotiated for students on a case by case basis. Participation in these courses, if possible, will be organised by the Division of Health Sciences Research Office. In these circumstances, students would attend the course but not be assessed and would receive no official credit from the University. If you have identified a course that you would like to take as part of the Engaged PhD program, please discuss this with the Division of Health Sciences Research Office team.

>Learning Employment Aptitudes Program (LEAP) modules

LEAP modules are offered by the eGradSchool for free to UniSA students. Positions are highly competitive and limited to 15 students per module on a first come first served basis. Access to positions is managed through the Graduate Research team.

Further information is available here.

A variety of LEAP modules: Entrepreneurship, Global sustainability, Leadership and communication, Project management, Research commercialisation and Public policy; are offered in 2 rounds during the year.

In Stage 2, students in several pathways will be able to select specific LEAP modules as a possible course component option.

Pathway experience

Undertaking work experience or a relevant community engagement activity is an essential component of Stage 3 of the Engaged PhD program. The choice of experience is pathway-specific. These may occur within UniSA (e.g. paid teaching of undergraduates; or volunteer internship with a UniSA business or governance unit); or they may be external (e.g. placement with a community, non-government organisation, industry or government organisation).

Students are encouraged to identify an appropriate work experience or community engagement opportunity early for Stage 3 in conjunction with their supervisors; and discuss these with the Dean: Research Education and Research Coordinators in the Division of Health Sciences Research Office. The pathway experience must be confirmed by the Division of Health Sciences Research Office before it is undertaken by the student.

Areas of study and research

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