The Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health is a Department of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. 

The Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health

The Florey Department is responsible for the teaching of research higher degree programs including the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy. Students may also be based at the Florey Institute as part of an Honours Year or the Master of Biomedical Sciences. These students undertake all of their scientific research work on site at the Florey Institute, while undertaking their course work at the University Department through which they are enrolled.

Approximately 100 PhD students are enrolled through the Florey Department, investigating multi-disciplinary neuroscience projects. A further 100 Honours, Masters and PhD students are enrolled through other University of Melbourne Departments or Institutions but are based at the Florey Institute for part of or the duration of their candidature.  

Our graduates produce consistently high quality theses of an international standard with many receiving recommendations for the University of Melbourne’s Chancellors Prize for PhD Excellence. At the time of graduating, most of our students are authors in peer-reviewed publications and have presented at national and international conferences. Around 99% of our PhD students complete their degree within the mandated three-year period. 

Research Higher Degree Students enrolled through the Florey Department can expect:

  • High quality, internationally recognised supervisors who are leaders in their field
  • Completion of a compulsory doctoral-level short course. The PhD Coursework in Neuroscience provides a broad overview of the multi-disciplinary field of neurosciences, introduces a wide range of contemporary methodologies and techniques, facilitates critical reading of the literature and provides networking opportunities
  • A highly supportive training environment with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • An annual scholarship ‘top-up’ of $2000 for 3 years
  • An annual travel ‘top-up’ of $1000 for 3 years to attend national and international conferences or for professional development activities
  • A stimulating year-round seminar series, scientific meetings, symposia and workshops
  • Competitive travel prizes and awards
  • Peer mentoring
  • Membership to the Students of the Florey Institute (SOFI) group

In order to be a student of the Florey Department, you must meet the University of Melbourne’s minimum entry requirements for your chosen degree. Entry to the Florey Department’s postgraduate program is based on the availability of projects, student suitability and academic background.

The first step in becoming a student of the Florey Department is to consult the list of projects available and to make contact with the named Principal Supervisor. You should provide a copy of your CV and Academic Transcripts. If your application is supported then you can proceed to apply online to the University of Melbourne for candidature and scholarship opportunities. Please note that all applications are handled centrally by the University of Melbourne’s Admissions Office. Applications may take 4-6 weeks to assess.

For more information on becoming a student of the Florey Department, please contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinator

Students of the Florey Institute

The Florey students have their own independant committee, SOFI, which organises social, sporting and welfare activities for the student body.

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