Senior registrars should be able to read and absorb medical literature, and carry out research in a subject of some relevance to their clinical practice.

From February 2020, registrars may complete either a medical literature project (MLP) or the University of Auckland’s POPLHLTH 701 Research Methods in Health.  These may be completed after passing the University of Auckland’s Evidence for Best Practice paper (POPLHLTH 709) or RNZCUC-approved equivalent paper.

A high standard is expected for the MLP.  The MLP may be one of:

  • a case history
  • clinical guidelines
  • original research.

Those considering the MLP should read the instructions before commencing.  It is important that you submit an outline or draft of the proposed paper before starting intensive work so that relevance can be ascertained and research direction agreed.  Outlines and final papers should be emailed to

Full copies of all references are required, and should be submitted with the final paper.  Acceptable formats are Word (.doc or .docx) and pdf.  Copies of submitted work should be kept by the registrar in case of dispute or papers going missing.

We will ask authors of projects that have received a pass mark if we can publish the paper on the research page of the website.