Higher Degree Research

Higher Degree Research

The Department of Chiropractic conducts and promotes interdisciplinary research in a wide variety of areas covering the health sciences.

Research Programs:

  • Master of Research in Chiropractic (MRes)
  • Master of Philosophy in Chiropractic (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chiropractic (PhD)

Macquarie University was the first institution in Australia to introduce the international-standard two-year research training pathway (BPhil/MRes) leading to Master of Research. This training pathway aligns with the well-known ‘Bologna model’ and will therefore provide students with internationally recognized research training prior to embarking on doctoral study (PhD).

Admission Requirements

Candidates who have a completed Bachelor/Honors degree or a Master of Chiropractic degree may receive up to 32 credit points towards the MRes program. This means that it is possible for postgraduates from the Department of Chiropractic to commence the BPhil/MRes program from Year 2. Academic advisers may require candidates who receive credit/recognition for prior learning to complete specified coursework before admission to Year 2.

To be admitted into year 2 of the MRes program in the Department of Chiropractic an applicant must have recently (within the last 10 years) completed a Master of Chiropractic degree, or a Bachelor/Honors degree. A level of performance equivalent to a GPA of at least 3 on a 4 point scale overall (or equivalent to a Credit average at the highest level of study*) in the Master of Chiropractic degree is required for entry.

* A Credit grade is usually taken to be between 65-74%. Highest level of study refers to the second year of the Master of Chiropractic degree.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria or recency requirement may still be considered on a case-by-case basis, if they can supply evidence of their research aptitude.

Structure of the Program

Year 2 of the Department of Chiropractic BPhil/MRes program consists of 32 credit points and is based around five core activities:

  • Research Frontiers 2
  • Literature Review
  • Research Methods
  • Research Planning
  • Thesis (20,000 words) based on a small research project

On satisfactory completion of Year 2 of the BPhil/MRes program, candidates will be awarded the Master of Research degree.


Supervision of MRes students in the Department of Chiropractic will be determined based on the student’s proposed research topic. A principal supervisor with the relevant expertise and content knowledge will be assigned to each MRes student. In addition to this, the MRes advisor and a supervisory panel (made up of academics from the Department) will oversee the Department’s MRes student cohort.

Fees and Scholarships

For information on fees and scholarships that are available for MRes students please visit the links below:

Master of Research - Fees and Scholarship

For more information or advice on the Master of Research program please contact the MRes advisor:

Dr Benjamin Brown
Ph: +61-2-9850-6363
E: benjamin.brown@mq.edu.au

Current Postgraduate Research Students and Thesis Titles

Research students can be contacted through the Chiropractic Office on 9850 6990, or through the Research Coordinator Dr Roger Engel or Dr Peter Tuchin or the MRes Coordinator Dr Benjamin Brown.

Thesis title: A randomised controlled trial of NET on chronic low back pain
Peter Bablis, Investigator, current PhD student

Thesis title: The validity and reliability of radiographs for assessing mechanical integrity of the Lumbo Pelvic Spine
John Dulhunty, Investigator, current PhD student

Thesis title: An analysis of the anatomical component of osteopathic education in Australasia
Raymond Blaich, Investigator, current PhD student

Thesis title: The effect of including manual therapy in the management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Bronchectasis in non-indigenous and indigenous Australians
Danielle Forbes, Investigator, current PhD student

Project Title:  ‘Is prolonged sitting and poor posture associated with neck pain in office workers?’
Gerry Keown, current MRes student

Project Title: ‘The Relative Effects of Manually Applied Manipulation and Instrument-Assisted Manipulation on the Central Nervous System.’
Lindsay Gorrell, current MRes student

Project Title: ‘The effect of exercise and manual therapy on C-reactive protein and leukocytes in mild stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’
Sheridan Barry-Cotter, current MRes student

Project Title: ‘A phenotype group analysis of the effect of combining manual therapy with a pulmonary rehabilitation exercise program for stable-moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.’
Chloe Wearing, current MRes student

Applications for all research programs may be lodged during the course of the academic year, there are Semester 1 and Semester 2 intakes for most programs excluding the Master of Research which is Semester 1 entry only.

For advice on the MPhil and PhD programs please contact one of the Departmental research directors:

Dr Roger Engel
Ph: +61-2-9850-6387
E: roger.engel@mq.edu.au

Assoc Prof Peter Tuchin
Ph: +61-2-9850-6384
E: peter.tuchin@mq.edu.au

For advice on the Master of Research program:

Dr Benjamin Brown
Ph: +61-2-9850-6363
E: benjamin.brown@mq.edu.au

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