Research Education

The Peter Mac research education program provides excellence in research training and support for all laboratory and clinician research students as they develop expertise in new technologies, and help drive new discoveries that lead to changes in research knowledge and clinical practice.


With strong links to local and international universities and research institutes, our research education program provides a training and support framework for the academic and professional development of our staff and students.

Our extensive research training program facilitates the development of future clinical and science researchers in the following ways:

  • We coordinate programs for postgraduate and honours students from the University of Melbourne (through the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology), and from all Victorian and national universities.
  • We offer an internship and placement program for local and international university students – both undergraduate and postgraduate.
  • We facilitate education training for clinical research.
  • We offer a secondary school program to provide younger researchers with opportunities to improve their understanding of cancer research and provide hands-on experience in a laboratory setting.


Come to our Research Student Open Day to find out how you can get involved in our research in 2021.

This session will provide an opportunity to talk to potential supervisors and current students about available projects and student life at Peter Mac.

Thursday 17 September, 4:30 - 7:00pm, on Level 7, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 305 Grattan Street. Melbourne


Applications for the 2021  Rosie Lew Peter Mac Foundation Postgraduate Award will open in September 2020.
This is a prestigious scholarship for candidates commencing their cancer research PhD at Peter Mac in 2021.
Applications close on Monday 9 November, 2020.
Eligibility and application requirements will be updated in September.

Available projects for 2020 PhD/Masters and Honours

To view potential projects for 2020, download the 2020 Student Project Booklet.

The Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology

Peter Mac is home to The Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology at the University of Melbourne.

Research students at Peter Mac

Why do a research degree?  Our students – past and present – share their thoughts on their student experience at Peter Mac.

Postgraduate research education

Find out about eligibility requirements, how to apply, support and resources and scholarship information for postgraduate and honours students at Peter Mac.

Honours research education

Find out about eligibility requirements and how to apply for Honours at Peter Mac.

Research placements

Research internships or placements (unpaid) are available for university students when it is a formal course requirement.

Applications for the now open for 2020-21 Summer Scholarships. will open in July. The closing date for 2020-21 Applications will be 6 August 2020.

School science activities

Learn about the Science experience activities and work experience available through our School Science Program.

Good Clinical Practice Education Program

Our Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training program is available at Peter Mac or offsite by arrangement.

Our Research Education Team

Coordination and delivery of our research education and professional development activities is provided by the following team:

  • A/Prof Caroline Owen, Head, Research Education
  • Dr Erika Cretney, Acting Manager, Research Education
  • Ms Niranga Nawagamuwa, Research Education Officer
  • Dr Maria Doyle, Application and Training Specialist

Contact this team through the group email: [email protected]