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ILP & Honours

Independent Learning Project & Honours

The ILP/Honours project year aims to promote lifelong learning patterns and skills which will enable students to approach future medical challenges in their careers with a rigor and depth not possible without a detailed knowledge of the formal processes of research, literature appraisal, data collection, analysis and presentation.

The ILP / Honours year is undertaken in 4th year and aims to provide UNSW medical students with a period of in-depth study that engenders an approach to medicine that is constantly questioning and self-critical. 

The School of Women's & Children's Health is a very popular School in which to undertake an ILP or Honours project, with many past students obtaining peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations and an enhanced integration of research and its translation into clinical practice.

Information for Students:

For general information, please visit the UNSW Medicine website:

ILP Awards 2018

UNSW Medicine students currently completing their ILP in the field of obstetrics, gynaecology, or paediatrics are invited to submit an abstract which is reviewed by a panel of assessors. Four finalists are selected to give an oral presentation of their work.

Two prizes are awarded, for each Discipline:

  • Overall Winner (decided by a panel of judges); and
  • People's Choice (decided by the audience).

Please complete the entry form and include the abstract from your ILP Report.

To be eligible, you must:

  1. Be a current (2018) UNSW Medicine ILP student, completing a research project in the field of obstetrics, gynaecology, or paediatrics.
  2. Submit an abstract that does not exceed 250 words to Samantha McFedries by 5pm on 12th October 2018.
  3. Be available to present on either of the following dates, if selected as a finalist:
    Obstetrics & Gynaecology: Tuesday 13th November 2018 between 12:30pm and 2pm.
    Paediatrics: Wednesday 14th November 2018 between 12:30pm and 2pm

The authors of the best abstracts will be invited to give a short presentation (8 minutes + 5 minutes for questions) outlining their research.


Information Evenings:

Annually in March, the School of Women's & Children's Health holds information evenings for prospective students.

Supervisors introduce their teams, give a brief overview of their research and available projects, and their expectations of students.  Following the presenations, students are encourage to approach supervisors for further information with the aim of negotiating a project for next year.

Please find documents from the latest Information Evening below:

Support for Students:

The School of Women's & Children's Health provides support with biostatistics, ethics & governance, IT access, hotdesks, breakout space, meeting rooms, and kitchen facilities.
The Head of School, Director of Education, and ILP & Honours Coordinator provide additional support for students, outside of their supervisors.

Information for Supervisors:

Interested in supervising an ILP / Honours student?

The School of Women's & Children's Health have put together a brief summary document to help answer some of your intial questions. 
Information is subject to change, annually.  For the most up-to-date information, refer to the UNSW Medicine webpage.


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