PhD Student Education Opportunities

Melbourne Neuroscience PhD Program

Experience first class research training in your primary discipline, with the additional breadth of real-world experiences and multidisciplinary research opportunities.


The cross-disciplinary coursework is taught in partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute. For more details, please download the coursework information sheet. To apply please download the PhD student subject selection form.

Master of Biomedical Science students may choose one of NEUR90009, NEUR90011 or NEUR90013 (12.5 pts) as a discipline-based elective. To apply please download the Master of Biomedical Science subject selection form.The application deadline is mid-February 2019, please apply ASAP.

Program Overview
The University of Melbourne is launched a new interdisciplinary Neuroscience PhD program in 2018. The program brings together doctoral candidates from across the University of Melbourne.

The Melbourne Neuroscience PhD Program (MNPP) delivers an internationally competitive, integrated and interdisciplinary student experience beyond the core thesis project. With close mentoring and a breadth of initiatives, this experience will provide candidates with the opportunity to become accomplished graduate researchers who are not only prepared scholastically, but are equipped to effectively engage with industry, and have cultivated communication and personal skills that will optimise their graduate career outcomes.

In order to bring students a truly interdisciplinary student experience beyond the core thesis, we have assembled a diverse array of educational programs from across several Faculties and many departments of the University of Melbourne to ensure students have access to the very best that postgraduate neuroscience education has to offer.

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Advanced Neuroscience Workshops

A series of advanced, hands-on workshops for PhD students will be available during 2018. These workshops will offer students the opportunity to develop skills in key areas that they, with the support of their supervisor, identify to be directly related to their research project. Each program has been designed by the Workshop Leader to provide a comprehensive, small group experience.

Advanced Neuroscience Workshops

Rebecca Hotchkiss International Scholar Exchange

Interested in heading to Canada on exchange?

A trainee exchange scheme with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute has been developed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in neuroscience and mental health to spend up to eight weeks undertaking research in these partner institutions.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2017.

The RHISE program will provide up to $9,000 CDN towards travel, accommodation and subsistence for each exchange participant. As well, the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute will contribute up to $5,000 AUD towards the direct research costs incurred by the host laboratory for each exchange, contingent on the supply of a budget with the application and followed up by invoices.

Queries regarding Melbourne-based exchanges may be directed to:

Vikki Marshall (Operations Manager)

Melbourne Neuroscience Institute


Jason Ng (Education Coordinator)

Hotchkiss Brain Institute


The Mendelsohn Student Lecture was established in 2016 in honour of Frederick Mendelsohn, AO FAA, Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne and past Director of the Howard Florey Institute and R Douglas Wright Professor of Experimental Physiology and Medicine from 1997 to 2009. He held a Personal Chair in Medicine at the University of Melbourne until 1996 and during this time was the Scientific Director of the Positron Emission Tomography Centre, Austin Hospital.

The Mendelsohn Student Lecture will be presented at the Melbourne Brain Symposium.

The purpose of this prestigious award is to recognise and honour an outstanding student in the Neurosciences, and provide them with the platform to deliver a lecture to communicate the outcomes of their graduate research to the Neuroscience community, alongside presentations delivered by some of the most eminent scientists, internationally, and from within Australia.

The student selected to present the 2018 Mendelsohn Student Lecture will receive a prize of $500 and a certification of their award as ‘Mendelsohn Student Lecturer 2018’. The student will provide their 20-minute lecture and 5 minutes for questions at the Melbourne Brain Symposium on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

The two runners-up’s will receive $150 and certification of their awards as ‘Runner-Ups of the Mendelsohn Student Lecturer 2018’.

Emeritus Professor Frederick Mendelsohn will be present to award all three recipients of these awards at the Melbourne Brain Symposium.

Applications open 4 June 2018.


Application Form

Supervisor Form