Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy (Translational Clinical Medicine)

Torrens University Australia (TUA) in collaboration with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute offer a jointly badged Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program in translational clinical. The Baker Institute brings international status as a high quality centre with specialisation in cardiovascular disease and diabetes and the opportunity for Torrens University HDR students to work intensively with experienced medical researchers. This new HDR program is primarily, targeted at biomedical and medical researchers including clinicians and health professionals in both Australia and overseas. A unique aspect of the HDR programs is an online course component in the first six months specifically designed to strengthen capacity in clinical, ethics, design and conduct. In addition, students have an option of a one year clinical or industry placement to complement their research

The pursuit of knowledge is a central driver for Torrens University Australia. We aim to develop distinctive research and research training with enduring global and national significance.

Why Study With Us?


Undertake a course of research under the supervision of experienced and highly-skilled mentors and bring new thinking to light.


Torrens University Australia is an Australian university with a national presence, embedded within Laureate Education Network’s Asia, Africa and Middle East (AMEA) region. Our research derives meaning from the social, economic, cultural and environmental context of our unique geographical place in the world, while being connected to a global network of researchers.


The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is an independent, Australian-based research institute, recognised internationally for its contributions to medical science since 1926. The research work of Baker extends from the laboratory to wide-scale community studies with a focus on diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Institute is one of the few medical research institutes in the world, and the only one in Australia, with the scale, vision and expertise that is dedicated to tackling the deadly trio of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. The Institute’s research extends from the laboratory to wide-scale community studies, with multidisciplinary teams comprising medical specialists, scientists and public health experts all focussed on translating laboratory findings into new approaches to prevention, treatment and care.The Institute is strategically located in one of the country’s premier medical research precincts, the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct in Melbourne, adjacent to one of Australia’s busiest hospitals, The Alfred Hospital. With more than 300 scientists, clinicians, research nurses and students, the Baker Institute provides a collaborative, stimulating and supportive environment for students to develop their skills and the confidence to launch their career. For more details, visit the including research, highlights please see the Baker Institute’s Heart and Diabetes website here. Address: 75 Commercial Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004.


Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health): 087898M
Master of Philosophy (Health): 088892J

087898M & 088892J

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About the School

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Course Delivery

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Workload and Assessment

No. of timetabled hours per week:

Full-time students would normally be expected to devote 40 hours per week for 48 weeks per year to their studies.
PhD - A thesis of approximately 80,000 words or thesis by publication;
M.Phil. – A thesis of approximately 40,000 words.

Subject Information

Six months (semester 1) online coursework giving students the time to write their literature review and develop a thesis proposal and/or research ethics application.

One year placement (Semesters 2 and 3) at the Baker Institute in Melbourne allocated to a specific laboratory in one of the five Baker Institute Programs:

One year research (Semesters 4 and 5) at the Baker Institute in either a clinical or a laboratory location approved by the primary supervisor for the PhD Program.

Six months (Semester six) write up of thesis with the option to complete remotely.

Torrens University will be responsible for the delivery of the coursework component of the course. The online course component of the program aims to develop a strong basis for research skills & knowledge. The coursework component makes the Torrens/Baker HDR degree courses distinctive with the quality of the learning materials, up-to-date learning methodologies and the use of technology to enrich the learning experience. The coursework includes three core competencies complemented by an extensive range of elective modules, which can be tailored to meet individual student needs.

  • Core 1: Research Methods and Developing a Research Proposal
  • Core 2: Human Ethics and Research Integrity
  • Core 3: Data, Statistics and Systematic Reviews
  • Electives: Including a wide range of research and ethics modules

Students undertaking a clinical placement or clinical research will be required to choose ‘Principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP)’ as an elective. Note: All GCP training options offered within this program are TransCelerate accredited.

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