Postgraduate research studies

Our postgraduate research program provides excellence in research training and support for all laboratory and clinician research students

We are proud to support our postgraduate research students as they develop expertise in innovative technologies and help drive new discoveries that lead to changes in research and clinical practice. 

About our postgraduate research program 

We provide a world-class research education program at a leading Australian cancer research institution for students from the University of Melbourne and other national and international universities. Our research education program provides opportunities to develop knowledge and expertise in your chosen research area, and professional skills that will help you fulfil your career ambitions. The program incorporates the University of Melbourne Comprehensive Cancer PhD Program and specific Peter Mac Research education program requirements. 

Peter Mac requires its staff and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide evidence.

All healthcare workers (including students and honoraries) are required to have had three doses of the COVID-19 vaccination in order to work onsite - including those who are not patient facing.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss this requirement.

Becoming a postgraduate research student 

There are two general stages in preparing to become a student in our postgraduate programs. You must first find a project and supervisor for your research program and then meet the university's degree eligibility and entry requirements. 

What you can expect on the postgraduate research program 

Our program complements established conventional training for biomedical and clinical research students. In doing so, it lets you develop a higher degree of independence and leadership during your candidature to enhance preparation for a competitive and broader job market. 

Our model for research education and training that underpins the Peter Mac and Comprehensive PhD programs includes: 

  • Postgraduate program requirements, including 
  • Support for the research project 
  • Progress reviews  
  • Supervisor training and management 
  • Research skills development, including:
    • Proficiency in core technologies
    • Critical analysis through exposure to journal clubs, scientific seminars, and presentations 
  • Professional and career development, including:  
    • Generic and transferable skills 
    • Mentoring 
    • Networking 
    • Leadership  
    • Career opportunities 
  • Science communication including:  
    • Thesis and journal writing skills  
    • Oral or poster presentations at conferences to promote interdisciplinary and international exposure 

Contact details 

For all postgraduate research student enquiries, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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