The Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health
The Florey has a large and vibrant student community; at any one time there are typically over one hundred PhD students studying at the Florey. We welcome potential students from honours level through to Masters and PhD. 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 is responsible for the teaching of research higher degree programs: Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy. The Florey also offers shorter research projects suitable for the research component of scholarly selective and honours year courses.
The multi-disciplinary nature of neuroscience research means there are student projects available to suit a wide range of backgrounds, including medical, biomedical and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Students work towards their academic qualifications which give them broad ranging opportunities to work in neuroscience research both locally and internationally.
Much as Australian students and graduates are keen to travel, the Florey welcomes students from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds to conduct their research studies in Melbourne. The Florey's Postdoctoral and Student societies are a very active part of Florey life. They help students to connect with the local science community and they introduce international students to the excellent and unique lifestyle offered in Melbourne.
Graduate researchers enrolled through the Florey can expect:
1. High quality and internationally recognised supervisors.
2. A highly supportive training environment with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment; an annual scholarship ‘top-up’ of $2,000; annual funding of up to $1,000 for 3 years for conference attendance and personal development expenses, in addition to other travel scholarships available competitively, such as e.g. the Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship (MATS).
3. A sound foundation upon which to build the thesis’ research project and networking before starting the research, through a doctoral-level short course (also open to MPhil students). This provides a broad overview of the multi-disciplinary field of neurosciences, introduces a wide range of contemporary methodologies and techniques, and facilitates critical reading of the literature.
4. Stimulating Seminar series all year-round; multiple scientific meetings, symposia and workshops.
5. Membership of Student of the Florey Institute (SOFI) student group & Student of Brain Research (SoBR) network, providing social and academic activities.
Applying for Candidature
Applying for PhD Candidature
Step 1 – Determine your research interest and identify a potential Supervisor
Before you begin the application process, you will first need to identify a Supervisor and determine the research topic you wish to explore. Please refer to the list of available projects to be undertaken at the Florey Department of Neuroscience & Mental Health.
Once you have identified a research topic, made contact with the Supervisor and have received confirmation that the Supervisor will support your application to undertake a PhD at The Florey then you can proceed with submitting an application to the University of Melbourne.
It is recommended that you include the Florey Graduate Research Administrator in any correspondence you have with a potential Supervisor regarding your formal application for enrollment.
For more information on Step 1 please contact the Florey Graduate Research Administrator.
Step 2 – Prepare an application
Applicants apply to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) through the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, nominating the Florey Department of Neuroscience & Mental Health as their enrolling Department.
It is essential to read and understand the entry requirements and application documentation required. Please ensure that you meet the entry requirements before proceeding with your application. An application will not be considered unless you have made contact with a Supervisor and they have agreed to supervise your research topic (refer to Step 1).
What type of applicant am I?
You are considered a local applicant if you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, have Australian permanent residency or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.
You are considered an international applicant if you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen, do not have Australian permanent residency or hold a permanent humanitarian visa
For more information on Step 2 please contact the Florey Graduate Research Administrator.
Step 3 – Submit an application – course and scholarship
Applicants to the University of Melbourne apply online through Future Students for all graduate research degrees and to make a scholarship application. Applicants must ensure that they have applied for both course admission and scholarship opportunities. All relevant supporting documents must be attached in full including Referee Reports. Incomplete applications may not be accepted.
Local applicants who have questions about how to complete or submit their application should make an enquiry via the Local Future Student Online Form, indicating “Graduate Research” in the subject line
International applicants who have questions about how to complete or submit their application should make an enquiry via the International Future Student Online Form, indicating “Graduate Research” in the subject line
The PhD program at the Florey includes a four-week coursework component: the PhD Coursework in Neuroscience [PDF]. This course is designed to give an overview of the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience and introduce some of the major research approaches used in contemporary neuroscience. It exposes first year graduate researchers to a wide range of essential concepts and methods to enable a more critical reading of the literature and to place the PhD project into a wider context from the onset. The course is delivered annually in March/April over 4 consecutive weeks. The course is also a fantastic opportunity to mix with other PhD students from the Florey and across the University. Should your application for a PhD place be successful you will be contacted separately to complete a PhD Coursework in Neuroscience Course Selection Form. For more information please contact the Course Convener, Dr. Kathy Lefevere-Burd.
Scholarship Timelines and Assessments
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences has four closing dates yearly; October, December, March and May.
The closing dates may be subject to change and applicants are encouraged to check the Timelines and Assessments webpage at the time of applying.
It should be noted that the majority of scholarships are awarded in Rounds 1, 2 and 3. Candidates are encouraged to submit their application by the 31 October in any given year to be considered in rounds 1, 2 and 3. The Faculty cannot guarantee scholarships will be available in all rounds.
An application that is not supported by the Florey Department of Neuroscience & Mental Health cannot be considered for scholarships by the Faculty.
Applicants are considered for scholarships once their application is considered complete and when the application receives the support of the Florey Department of Neuroscience & Mental Health and the Faculty.
What happens next?
- You will receive an email to confirm receipt of your application within 5 business days
- Your application will be assessed by the Faculty
- Depending on the outcome of your assessed application it may be put forward for consideration by a scholarships committee
- If successful you will receive an unconditional or conditional offer letter, which explains how you can accept your place
- Applications usually take 8 weeks to process
For more information on Step 3 please contact the Florey Graduate Research Administrator.
Step 4 – Accepting your offer and enrolling
Should your application be successful you will be sent a letter of offer from the University of Melbourne. This letter contains instructions on accepting your offer, creating an account and enrolling into your course. Graduate Research students are not able to enrol themselves in subjects. You will need to email the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences to be enrolled in your thesis subject. This is a requirement to complete enrolment.
Once you have accepted your offer you will need to decide on a commencement date. This is done in conjunction with your Supervisors.
Receiving a conditional offer
If you receive a conditional offer, you must satisfy the outlined conditions before you can enrol. Applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining a scholarship or sponsorship but who still wish to proceed with their studies will be asked to complete a Self-Funding Declaration Form as a pre-condition for enrolment.
Receiving scholarship payments
You must complete enrolment in order to make your scholarship active. Payments will commence in the first pay period after your enrolment is complete.
For more information on Step 4 please contact the Florey Graduate Research Administrator.
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