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Program Content and Outcomes

The Integrated Bridging Program - Research (IBP-R) is a part-time program for international research students of the University of Adelaide. It aims to enhance understanding of the academic, linguistic and cultural conventions of postgraduate study in their discipline and supports students through to completion of the Core Component of the Structured Program (CCSP).

Registration to the program is compulsory for all commencing international higher degree by research students. Students are required to attend an orientation session and diagnostic task to determine the level of participation in the IBP-R that is required. Students could be deemed to need full participation, negotiated participation or be exempt from the program. Please see How to Register for more information.

Program structure

The IBP-R is delivered in three components:

  1. 12 Discipline Specific Seminars
  2. 12 Lectures
  3. Consultations - by appointment (as required until CCSP Milestone signoff).

Seminars and lectures are delivered over 12-13 weeks with students completing the program usually within 4-6 months. This program is undertaken concurrently with the first 4- 6 months of your candidature.

Program objectives

There are 4 skill areas addressed in the program:

  • Research Skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Graduate Attributes.

Program outcomesKnowledge and intellectual abilities

The program is accredited as Domain A on the Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

The program provides students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes as specified below:

  • Deep Discipline Knowledge
  • Ethical Awareness
  • Teamwork
  • Communication Skills
  • Confidence
  • Protocols
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Leading
  • Inter-Cultural Competence

Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST)

All students attending IBP R are able to claim a proportion of attendance hours towards the university required Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) activity hours. hours (120 hours PhD, 60 hours MPhil).

Students undertaking the IBP-R can claim a maximum of 30 activity hours.


Assignments are related to the Core Component of the Structured Program (CCSP) and/or the production of research writing and oral presentations. No extraneous work is required.

Participants in the program submit drafts of their research proposal and give a practice presentation in the seminar session (optional for Negotiated Students). These are assessed in regard to communication issues.

This part time program has been designed with the work schedules of busy researchers in mind. Suggested deadlines are provided and consideration is given in regard to student commitments and CCSP deadlines.

See MyUni  for details of assignments after course commencement.