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Friday, March 11th, 2016

Bond health sciences research identifies likely cause of common elite cricket injury

New Australian-first research from Bond University has shown that while elite cricketers play much more intensely, their hamstring strength is no greater than that of school level players, which is potentially causing the high number of hamstring injuries seen at the game’s top level.

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Bond researchers are studying hamstring strain injuries in cricketers (Photo credit: Bond University)

Hamstring strain injuries (HSIs) are the most prominent form of injury in professional cricket, evidenced by Aaron Finch who was recently sidelined by a hamstring injury that saw him lose the Australian Twenty20 team captaincy to Steve Smith ahead of the World T20 in India this month.

The recently published study from Bond University—led by Masters of Research student Wade Chalker and Associate Professor Justin Keogh from Bond’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine—compared the eccentric hamstring strength and hamstring strength asymmetries of elite, sub-elite and school-level cricket players and found no significant difference across the three groups.

The research, which encompassed 16 participants from the Queensland Bulls, looked at the eccentric hamstring strength of 74 male bowlers and batters and found no difference between the three distinct skill levels nor a difference between playing positions.

Following these findings Mr Chalker spent 11 weeks with the Queensland Bulls during pre-season to improve their eccentric hamstring strength through specialised training, which ultimately saw the team reduce its number of HSIs suffered by players from six injuries in the previous season, to just one in the 2014–2015 season.

Mr Chalker said the findings clearly suggested that a lack of eccentric hamstring strength may be the major risk factor behind why so many professional cricketers are sidelined by HSIs.

“Our research sought to identify trends and factors that may be causing elite players to suffer hamstring strains more frequently than junior players,” he said.

“Comparing the hamstring strength of school-level players to elite cricketers, and factoring in the difference in age, training and athleticism, you would expect to see stronger hamstrings in the professional players, however our research discovered that was not the case.

“The eccentric hamstring strength across all playing levels was almost identical, which is a major concern when you consider the intensity of today’s modern game at the elite level.

“This is a significant finding for professional cricket as it may explain why we are seeing a continual increase in HSIs in elite players, but not amongst the school-level players who are more likely to be injured by contact with the cricket ball.

“We also found no significant difference in eccentric hamstring strength between bowlers and batters; however, bowlers are more at risk of this particular injury during the bowling phase as they experience greater forces through their body so we expect these findings to be of particular relevance to this group of players.”

Mr Chalker said it was important to implement hamstring strengthening routines into training regimes in order to increase eccentric hamstring strength and to help reduce HSIs.

“Our recommendation is that teams need to be implementing eccentric-based strengthening exercises to strengthen hamstrings and reduce limb asymmetry,” the Bond health sciences researcher said.

“While elite players incorporate various strength and conditioning routines into their training schedules, strengthening exercises need to be specifically targeted to the hamstring, with an exercise like the Nordic hamstring exercise—which is basically a leg curl you would do at the gym, but lowering the whole body to the ground.

“We also believe it is important to implement these strength-based training routines not only in professional cricket but also at the junior level, so young athletes are conditioned and ready to move up through the ranks if and when the time comes.

“The next phase of our research will look at the effect of using real time visual feedback to help athletes reduce limb asymmetries, which also plays a role in hamstring injuries, using computers to monitor cricketers’ force output on both the left and right leg to identify and rectify asymmetries before they lead to injuries.”

Master of Sports Science at Bond University

The Master of Sports Science is designed to produce high quality graduates who possess an excellent understanding of advanced sports science practice. The program provides you with advanced studies in biomechanics, physiology, sport psychology and the principles of high performance sciences that incorporate programming, athlete monitoring and emerging technology in sports.

The program is delivered through a select blend of on-campus coursework, applied research and industry internship units. A unique feature of this program is the opportunity to gain comprehensive professional experience through the completion of a 10-month internship with a sports organisation relevant to the research project to be undertaken.

Program: Master of Sports Science
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: May
Duration: 4 semesters

Apply to a Bond University Health Sciences program!

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Learn more about studying sports science at Bond University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 or shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Bond psychology student studies texting and romantic relationships

After years of studying texting and romantic relationships, Jodie Bradnam knows better than most how to get a message across quickly, and it has earned her top honours in Bond University’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

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Bond 3MT winner Jodie Bradnam and runner up Skye Marshall (Photo credit: Bond University)

The psychology student presented her latest findings into whether texting fosters relationship intimacy at the competition, which challenges students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. Jodie was awarded both overall winner and people’s choice.

Jodie’s research findings revealed that while the use of text messaging in young adult relationships could enhance intimacy, using text messaging to manage conflict and communicate hostility was strongly related to declines in relationship satisfaction.

Jodie will now compete in the 2015 Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition against students from around Australia and New Zealand, being held at The University of Queensland (UQ) on Oct. 2, 2015.

Jodie said she had been working on her thesis since 2012, titled “Text messaging, attachment orientation, satisfaction and stability in romantic relationships: Does texting foster relationship intimacy?” which explored the links between romantic attachment, texting and relationship quality.

More than 990 young adults have already taken part in the study, with the final phase of research involving a further 200 young adult couples about to begin.

She said mobile phones had significantly changed the way romantic partners communicate and the research had already uncovered some interesting findings.

“Young people, aged 18 to 30, are the largest adult users of text messaging. Young adults send up to 90 text messages each day and texting is a way of staying connected,” said Jodie.

“While emerging research suggests text messaging may be a tool for promoting intimacy and connection in young romantic relationships, we’ve also found the use of texting for the management of conflict has been associated with significant reductions in relationship quality.

“What we’ve found is that a strong, positive, emotional climate is required to buffer the impact of negative text message sent between partners.

“The next phase of the research will involve couples so we can study the effect of text messaging on relationship quality from the perspective of each partner.”

“I’m doing the final piece of research now to complete the study, which will involve interviewing family and friends to create recommendations for how to better engage them to achieve more positive outcomes.”

Bond University Director of Research Services Mr Andrew Calder said the competition was a great way to showcase the diverse research underway at Bond, and right around Australia and New Zealand. “The Three Minute Thesis competition allows young researchers to engage with the wider community and showcase the work currently underway that will ultimately help to improve the way we do things.”

Mr Calder said Bond University was looking for aspiring researchers to join the growing research team, with PhD scholarships now on offer to bolster the diverse studies underway by Bond’s Higher Degree by Research (HDR) community.

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

Bond University research shows Australia records most shark-bite fatalities

Australia has recorded the highest number of fatal shark bites globally over the past three decades, as the number of unprovoked bites increased threefold, new research by Bond University shows.

The report, published this week in international scientific journal, Coastal Management, reveals 32 fatal shark bites had been documented in Australia between 1982 and 2011, more than South Africa, where there were 28 fatalities, or the United States, which recorded 25.

Associate Professor Daryl McPhee, who undertook the research, said there was a total of 171 unprovoked bites in Australia during that period, compared with 769 in the United States and 132 in South Africa.

“Of the six countries where shark bites are most prevalent, Australia actually recorded the fourth lowest percentage of bites that were fatal at 18.7 per cent, despite having the highest number of total fatalities,” he said.

“In comparison, the United States has by far the highest number of recorded bites but also the lowest percentage of fatalities, at just 3.6 per cent, which is likely to be because of a higher level of reporting of incidents, while Reunion, a small country located south of Mauritius, had the least attacks of the six countries, but the highest fatality rate at 51.6 per cent.”

Associate Professor McPhee said the high number of fatalities in shark bite victims in Australia could be attributed to a number of factors.

“Australians have an obvious love and affinity with the water, so the high level of usage undoubtedly plays a part,” he said.

“The type and size of sharks found in Australian waters is also believed to be a factor, with the white shark behind the highest number of unprovoked shark bites globally and prevalent here.

“Where the species responsible could be identified, the white shark was responsible for 41 of the 171 recorded bites over the period of the study, with 46.3 per cent of these proving fatal, with tiger and bull sharks behind the majority of unprovoked bites.”

The Bond University associate professor said the reasons behind the increasing number of bites and fatalities was complex and the next phase of the study would look more closely into ‘hot spots’ globally.

“While an increase in the human population clearly plays a role, it cannot explain the observations entirely,” he said.

“Changes to the species habitat use or behaviour as a result of both natural events and because of human activity is also likely to play a role.

“For example, an increase in the population of humpback whales and the New Zealand fur seal in Australian waters, including in Western Australian where there has been recent fatal shark bites, is believed to be a potential factor as the presence of this marine life potentially attracts more sharks to these areas.”

In Australia, surfers were bitten more than any other recreational water user, with 63 surfers suffering shark bites, compared with 44 swimmers and 26 scuba divers.

However, only 15.8 per cent of surfers suffered fatal injuries, compared with 34.6 per cent of scuba divers and 33.3 per cent of snorkelers.

“Scuba divers suffer a greater number of bites to the head and torso, as their whole body is submerged in the water, while surfers are more likely to receive less fatal bites to the limbs,” said Associate Professor McPhee.

“However, overall it is important to remember that despite numbers increasing, unprovoked shark bites still remain an extremely infrequent event with, for example, 129 people drowning on Australian surf beaches between 2001 and 2005 alone.

“The fear of a shark bite is out of all proportion to the actual risk posed.

“Unfortunately Hollywood in particular has created an inaccurate impression that there are sinister ‘rogue’ sharks waiting around every corner to ‘attack’ an unsuspecting human. This is simply not true.”

Bond University Associate Professor McPhee said the fear of shark bites could drive governments to enact expensive shark control programs.

“These not only kill sharks but other marine animals including dugong and marine turtles,” he said.

“Instead of shark control programs, governments should focus investment on non-lethal alternatives including public education.

“We need to focus on actions that facilitate early warning of an enhanced local risk, improve information flow to allow people to make better informed decisions about going into the water at certain times and locations, and increase our understanding of the habitat use of sharks commonly implicated in unprovoked bites.”

The next phase of the study, due to be completed next year, will look at the data in further detail, complementing it with evidence from scientists in ‘hot spots’ to get a better understanding of why unprovoked shark bites are more prevalent in some areas.

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Bond researcher takes third place in global genetic research competition

Bond University researcher and Teaching Fellow, Mark Barash, has taken third place in a global genetic research competition for his research which has the potential to help solve crimes and ancient mysteries.

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Run by US-based bioinformatics company, Golden Helix, the inaugural awards attracted more than 50 entries from DNA researchers in more than 20 countries. Their submissions highlighted the extensive array of futuristic research being conducted in this field worldwide, with subjects ranging from humans to animals to fruits and vegetables.

Mr Barash was awarded third place for his investigations into the genetic factors that influence human appearance and facial features. His research has broad applications and could potentially help to solve crimes and ancient anthropological mysteries.

According to Mr Barash, his data is attracting a lot of attention as it open to a wide range of applications in medical, forensic and anthropological sectors.

“Based on my previous experience with the police force, the data can give forensic investigators an extraordinary advantage, enabling them to draw a ‘molecular portrait’ from a minute DNA sample left behind at a crime scene. In the absence of any eye witnesses or video evidence, for instance, they could estimate what the perpetrator looks like based on the DNA left at the crime scene,” Mr Barash said.

Mr Barash’s PhD supervisor, Associate Professor Lotti Tajouri, has a passion for ancient Egypt and sees the potential for this work to be used by anthropologists to show the world what ancient mummies would have looked like.

A former Forensic DNA Officer with the Israeli Police Force in Jerusalem, Mr Barash moved to Australia in 2010 to undertake his groundbreaking research at Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine.

His PhD thesis focuses on identifying the “single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) involved in the determination of facial morphology.”

“SNPs are single point variations in our DNA sequence, which are responsible in part for the facial differences and therefore in the way we look,” said Mr Barash. “These specific subtle DNA variations can even explain why some people are susceptible to diseases and others aren’t; why people respond differently to drugs and chemicals.

“For my research, the goal is to identify SNPs that play a part in enabling normal variation of our facial characteristics, such as the shape and size of our nose, eyes, ears and other visible traits. While the craniofacial development is a very complex and poorly understood process, the results of this project have provided evidence of DNA markers associated with several traits of our face.

Mr Barash and his fellow winners from the Golden Helix competition will present their research to a global audience via a complimentary webcast that will be scheduled in the coming months.

Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine is dedicated to shaping individuals with superior scientific acumen who are distinguished by their ethics, professionalism and humanity. The postgraduate programs offered by the faculty have been designed to enable students to expand on an existing knowledge base and foster advanced capability to succeed in a chosen career within either the private or public sector. The programs are also designed to enrich students from other disciplines with a knowledge base that facilitates diversification and expansion of their academic horizons.

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Interested in health sciences and research at Bond University and at other Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about how you can study in Australia! Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Bond University researcher finds psychological acupuncture leads to weight loss

Initial results of a clinical trial by a Bond University researcher have given strong credibility to a radical method of weight loss by reducing food cravings using psychological acupuncture, the university stated yesterday.

Dr. Peta Stapleton, a clinical psychologist and Bond University researcher, has tested the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in two trials and is starting to amass positive evidence that needle-free stimulation of pressure points can lead to reduced food cravings and long term weight loss, Bond stated.

Stapleton, who is an expert in eating disorders and obesity, is now embarking on a third trial, which she told Bond University, should give enough evidence to encourage the integration of the practice into mainstream weight loss programs.

“The first trial we conducted in 2009 was with a group of 96 people over a four week period, but the second trial last year involved 40 volunteers and spanned an eight week program,” the university’s psychology expert told Bond. “This gave people more time to learn the techniques and to put them into practice. The result was that we achieved an average weight loss of (about) two kilograms per person over the whole group.”

She noted that 12 months down the road, the food cravings had not returned, which means they were teaching people a skill for life, Stapleton said.

Under Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or psychological acupuncture, tapping to stimulate pressure points while a person concentrates on particular thoughts helps people to override emotional and psychological responses to different stimuli, such as a craving for food. “I find that when medical causes have been ruled out, food and weight issues are deeply emotional and rarely psychological,” the Bond University researcher told Bond.

Stapleton has already released three academic papers from the original trials and presented them to national and international conferences, Bond noted. “Many current weight loss programs don’t place emphasis on the psychological element of addictive behaviour,” she said. “I would hope in the long term to show that the addition of these skills into mainstream dietary and weight loss programs will become common practice.”

OzTREKK’s Australian universities offer professional training via Masters and Doctor of Psychology degrees. The psychology programs comprise of professionally oriented coursework, supervised practical training and major research dissertation.

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Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Bond University studies new ways to detect drug cheats

Bond University researchers are taking aim at cheating: drug cheating, that is.

A new study is finding alternative methods to detect the use of growth hormones, essentially making it more difficult for athletes to cheat on drug tests.

The study is funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency and Bond University reports that the research project is looking for changes in the blood that can be identified over a longer time frame than current tests, which need to virtually take place immediately as growth hormones leave the system quickly.

Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine research assistant and PhD student, James Keane, told Bond that the first phase of the project started in 2009, with the next step now underway and more important than ever in the wake of the latest revelations of cheating at the highest level in cycling and new allegations of drug use in Australian sport.

“We received funding for the new phase of the project before these hit the media, but the Lance Armstrong situation in particular is a good example of what we are aiming to achieve with our research,” he told the university. “In his case he admitted to using testosterone and EPO, both of which current testing has only a very narrow window to detect.”

Keane went on to tell Bond University that it’s now simple for athletes to avoid if they know when the test is coming. “What we are trying to find is an indicator that can be detected over a longer period and, therefore, that narrows the opportunity for those trying to cheat.”

Keane told the university an initial study in 2009 looked at the blood results of those given a growth hormone injection and those given a placebo over a three week period. This new study will compare those results to new ones taken from athletes and non-athletes after a single exercise session.

“Basically, we are looking at gene expression to see if a panel of changes can be uncovered in those who used the hormones.  The new research will eliminate any changes that show up for both the athletes and non-athletes as a result of the exercise session,” Keane told Bond. “It is a starting point to see if we can uncover a new and improved way to detect drug cheats.”

To that end, researchers are looking for 30 untrained and 30 trained athletes to take part in the study. The trained athletes will include 10 from each of endurance, sprint and resistance. The untrained participants needed to be healthy, non-smokers or users of prescription drugs and aged between 18 and 35.

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine research assistant told Bond University that the exercise assessments and blood tests would take place over the coming months and the study would be finalized by the end of the year. If interested in taking part, contact Keane at jkeane@bond.edu.au.

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Friday, December 28th, 2012

OzTREKK Student Ashley Stark Reflects on her Australian Academic Research Journey

When Ashley Stark was waiting to meet up with a friend on campus at the University of Alberta four years ago, she happened upon an OzTREKK fair that would eventually change her life.

Wanting to travel while furthering her studies, Ashley spoke with OzTREKK at the fair, beginning her journey toward an academic life in research.

After applying to universities and undergoing interviews, Ashley enrolled in the Master of Counselling program at Monash University in Melbourne. Following graduation at Monash, she wanted to pursue a PhD degree.

So she travelled up the coast.

In order to do so, Ashley needed to first complete an honours degree in Australia. In Australia, university students most commonly complete an undergraduate or bachelor’s degree first, followed by an honours degree in a related field.

These degrees are often considered to be requirements for enrolling in a master’s or PhD program. Although her University of Alberta degree was certified by the Australian Psychology Association – a prerequisite for PhD studies – Ashley completed the honours year to be granted the BSc Honours in psychology program at Bond University.

The Honours in Psychology program at Bond University is an intensive, fast-tracked course aimed at providing students with the skills necessary to start an academic career in the field of research. Ashley said it was challenging, but most definitely worthwhile. She then enrolled in the Bond University Master of Arts program, and eventually upgraded to the PhD program, with a newly anticipated completion date of October 2014.

Over the past four years, OzTREKK has developed a great relationship with Ashley and so we wanted to catch up with her to find out what she’s currently doing to achieve her PhD in Australia.

Now that you’re enrolled in the Bond University PhD program, what are you currently researching?

My current research project is titled “A comparative analysis: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Asperger Syndrome with respect to clinical functioning, social cognition, and maladaptive behaviour.” This is a three-year research project aimed at assessing the clinical function, social cognition and maladaptive behaviour of adults with Asperger Syndrome and ADHD. More specifically, I will be comparing depression, anxiety, alexithymia, psychopathy, coping responses, social cognition, intelligence, aggression and alcohol consumption in these populations.

What research opportunities have been available to you to help you in your studies?

I have been very fortunate to receive assistance from two very skilled supervisors in this field of research. I have been very grateful for the rate of response and level of support offered by not only my supervisors, but also the Department of Psychology, and the greater Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as well.

Although Bond University, with a student population of fewer than 5,000, is relatively small in comparison to other universities, one of its current goals is to increase its research output. With this increase in focus on the field of research comes an increase in opportunity for funding. This year in particular has seen a significant increase in funding in many areas of the university, particularly in the area of health and sports medicine. I, personally, have been fortunate to receive funding for my own project, through applications for annual research grants, as well as funding allotted from my current supervisors’ grants.

My current work with Bond University has paid off significantly in the last year. I was fortunate to be awarded the Pricewaterhousecoopers Student Experience Award for 2012. Additionally, I was selected to attend the St. Gallen Symposium in May of this year; my attendance at this symposium was possible thanks to funding from both Bond University and the symposium itself.

Do you think there is a clear difference between the research opportunities offered by Canadian and Australian universities? If so, what?

Your average Canadian undergraduate degree takes four years, full time, to complete, with five subjects being completed a semester. Your average Australian undergraduate degree takes three years, full time, with four subjects being completed a semester.

Additionally, the grading system is much different in Australia from how it is in Canada. These grading systems differ from university to university, but a lot of overseas students from North America often report noticing a decrease in their overall GPA. This decrease is often not necessarily a reflection of the quality of work being produced by the students; there is just a different standard of grading here.

For example, someone who is getting marks around 80 percent fairly consistently might now be around the 70 percent mark, as marks in the eighties are far more difficult to obtain here (an 85 signifies an “HD,” the highest lettered grade that you can get in Australia, similar to an A or A+ in Canada).

With respect to the differences in research opportunities offered by Canadian and Australian universities, I unfortunately have spent the entirety of my postgrad life in Australia. My honours, master’s, and now PhD have all been undertaken in Australia, and as such, I have essentially no experience of postgraduate life in Canada. Australia as a country, however, is a country that is currently thriving economically by international standards.

Additionally, its close proximity and increasingly strong relationship with the countries of Asia have created many opportunities for study, work, and research overseas. This relationship also allows for a large cultural crossover, with people from all over the world living throughout the country. Bond University in particular provides a unique experience in this regard, with nearly 50 per cent of the student population being international.

What advice would you offer to a Canadian considering studying in a research program in Australia?

Australia is an incredible country with an increasing amount of opportunity for overseas students. My journey here began with the intention to travel and stay just for the duration of my degree, and now, three years later, I have found somewhere that I can very happily call my home away from home. Whether you would like to come here to complete a whole degree, or just attend a university here for a semester, it is a country that caters to all needs.

Australians are extremely friendly and their laid-back lifestyle is more than easy to get used to. Aside from significant changes in the weather, Australia and Canada are very similar in a lot of ways, and once you get a handle on beach etiquette and the different terminology, it is a very easy place to settle into.

One thing that students should be aware of if planning to move to Australia is the increase in cost of living. The Australian dollar is doing extremely well by international standards, so students should keep track of exchange rates prior to moving over here.

One positive to this is that Australia has wages that reflect the increase in cost of living, so if students are able to work for any of the duration of their degree, this does assist in alleviating some of the stress experienced from this problem.

By and large there are definite differences in the academic environments of Australia and Canada, but if you are a hard worker, and comfortable with the pace of study in Canada, you will likely adapt well to study in Australia.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Program of the Month: Research Programs

Postgraduate research programs are offered at many Australian Universities. Canadian university graduates who wish to undertake independent, original research and potentially make a unique contribution to an existing body of knowledge, spend considerable time exploring higher degree research opportunities. Combining an international education experience while undertaking postgraduate research in Australia, can result in academic supervision and teaching from cutting-edge researchers who are world renowned in their fields of study.

Postgraduate research degrees are ideally suited for graduates wishing to enter academic life or to work as a researcher in their chosen field. Under expert academic supervision, postgraduate research students focus on an original, substantial research project. Entry usually requires an honours year of study, which includes an Honours thesis or major research project. Some degrees may combine research with professional experience and/or coursework.

Most Australian universities offer graduate schools to support their many research students, and offer a range of services to assist students to develop high-quality, practical research skills and to prepare them for positive employment outcomes.

Additionally, scholarships for international students are primarily reserved for those undertaking research at the postgraduate level. Each university awards international postgraduate research scholarships (IPRS), which are funded by the Australian Government, with the aim of attracting top-quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength in higher education institutions, as well as advancing Australia’s research effort. Most Australian universities also allocate additional scholarships for international research students. Canadians interested in undertaking research at an Australian university should note that scholarships are competitive, even for research students. Postgraduate research degrees include:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD);
Master of Philosophy (MPhil);
Master’s by research, which can have various titles at different institutions, and
Professional doctorates.

The following Australian university partners offer research programs:

The OzTREKK admissions officers for postgraduate research are Beth McNally and Matt Miernik.

Before you submit an Australian university application for postgraduate research to OzTREKK, it is helpful to:

  • ensure you meet basic entry criteria, which generally includes the completion of
    research in your undergraduate studies and good academic standing;
  • choose a research topic or specific area of research;
  • outline a brief proposal of your research topic and make contact with the faculty at your university of choice, with the aim of securing a potential thesis supervisor; and
  • submit a formal application for admission to OzTREKK. Please contact OzTREKK if you require a university application form.

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Apply now to Australian university research schools!