Monash University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

By giving the world’s brightest minds access to the world’s best technologies, we create a culture that supports true research excellence and gives us the opportunity to tackle global problems, and save and transform lives.

Our researchers are constantly making critical scientific breakthroughs, such as understanding superbugs on a molecular level, identifying the genes that drive behaviour, or finding ways to stop cancer in its tracks.

Many of our researchers are also embedded as clinicians with Victoria’s leading health services, which enables them to apply their discoveries directly to patient care and quickly turn incredible scientific breakthroughs into real-life treatments.

Become part of our quest to improve outcomes for patients and join our thriving
research community.

Why Choose Monash for your Graduate Research?

Are you thinking about moving to Australia to start your research journey? At Monash, we are committed to providing you with a learning environment like no other. Not only will be starting your research career at one of the top 100 universities globally, but you’ll have the chance to develop international networks, access the latest facilities/platform technologies and gain skills sought after by industry, government and academia.

Here a few reasons why you should start your graduate research degree (PhD or Masters by research) with Monash:

Outstanding supervisors:
At the core of your research is your relationship with your supervisor. Our supervisors are accredited and provided with ongoing professional development opportunities to ensure that you are provided with the best quality supervision. Find your supervisor and research project using our Supervisor Connect database.

Skills for the 21st Century:

Our programs offer a range of professional training opportunities to complement your research project and to ensure you are “work-ready” to embark on a range of careers upon completion of your degree. These include face-to-face or online professional development modules, coursework units that develop expert knowledge and other development opportunities such as industry internships.

Leading research infrastructure:

Access to state-of-the-art platform facilities, including medical genomics, microscopy and biomedical imaging through to market research and industrial design facilities that enable you to push the boundaries of human knowledge.

Global Networks:
Our degrees prepare you for the global workforce whether it is through an international student exchange, or simply learning alongside some of the world’s best and brightest research students and staff. We also have exciting international PhD exchange programs and joint awards.

At a Glance

  • Ranked top 50 globally in clinical and preclinical and health sciences (Times Higher Education 2018)
  • 1,400 PhD students enrolled
  • 2,900 research staff
  • Close to 50,000 alumni from more than 90 countries across the globe

Research Themes

We take pride in educating future researchers who have the ambition and capability to respond the issues and opportunities in our region and globally.

You can undertake your research projects in any of our internationally recognised research themes:

  • Cancer and Blood Diseases
  • Metabolism, Obesity and Men’s Health
  • Critical Care, Trauma and Perioperative Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Infection, Inflammation and Immunity
  • Development, Stems Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Neurosciences and Mental Health
  • Women’s, Children’s and Reproductive Health
  • Public Health and Health Systems Improvement

Available funding options

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarship
The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences of Monash University in collaboration with the GOstralia! Research Centre awards one exclusive PhD-Scholarship for 2020. The Scholarship covers the full tuition fees for a 3.5-year PhD program and provide a stipend to cover the living costs for the full duration of the degree.
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Felix Kraus, Doctor of Philosophy
"Being based at Monash DBI, I have access to the latest instrumentation to conduct my research. I’m a regular user of Monash’s Micro Imaging facility, which provides me with great microscopes and optical setups to investigate my research questions. The team there are amazing and have been a great help in the progression of my project.
Being part of Monash’s research community has provided me with opportunities to travel and present my work at international conferences. I’ve also been a mentee in the Industry Mentoring Network in Stem (IMNIS) initiative, which was a great opportunity to make connections with people outside of academia."

Sophia Schroeder, Doctor of Philosophy
"Coming to Monash, I was pleasantly surprised by both the research facilities and resources available to PhD students. What has made the most impact on me are the people. Everyone from scientific staff to fellow PhD students are incredibly approachable and always happy to help. This creates the perfect environment for PhD students to be productive and undertake quality research work.
Since my research is part of a joint program between Monash and Justus Liebig University Giessen, my supervisory team is unique in that it’s composed of supervisors from both universities. They are all actively involved in the research process, from selecting and providing the samples to experiment design. We have bi-weekly meetings to discuss the project progress and plan the upcoming steps."