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.

About our program

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.


Applications are now open for the  Rosie Lew Peter Mac Foundation Postgraduate Award – a prestigious scholarship for candidates commencing their cancer research PhD at Peter Mac in 2019.
Applications close 31 October 2018Read about the eligibility and application requirements.

Available projects for 2019 PhD/Masters and Honours

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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) and summer research scholarships are available for university students when it is a formal course requirement.

Applications now open closed for 2018-19 Summer Scholarships.

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.