Honours research program

Each year Peter Mac accepts students from biomedical science and science programs to undertake full-time honours projects for one year in cancer-related biomedical research.

What we offer

Honours students come to Peter Mac with a range of majors and backgrounds including biochemistry, chemistry, biomedical science, immunology, cell biology, medicine, medical physics, pharmacology, molecular biology, pathology, physiology and anatomy.

Honours students undertake all scientific research work on site at Peter Mac while undertaking coursework on their university campus.

Honours students have full access to our research education program, which provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge and expertise in their chosen research area, as well as developing professional skills that will help them fulfil their career ambitions.

By complementing established conventional training for biomedical research students, our program allows our students to develop a higher degree of independence and leadership during their candidature to enhance preparation for a competitive and broader job market.

Don Cameron, honours and PhD student, Oncogenic Signalling and Growth Control Program; recipient of a Leukaemia Foundation of Australia PhD Scholarship & Cancer Therapeutics Top-up Scholarship; 2015 President, Peter Mac Student Society

“Attending a Peter Mac Student Open Day in my 3rd year, I was struck by the enthusiasm and the collaborative environment at the open day, and on subsequent visits to the labs. More so than other institutes that I’d visited and worked at. [At Peter Mac] I didn’t really notice a clear distinction between RAs, students and post-docs. I felt that everybody had an opportunity to contribute to the discussion around the experiments.”

Don completed his honours year at Peter Mac in 2010, following which he worked in various RA roles in the Oncologenic Signalling and Growth Control Program before commencing his PhD in 2014. He has remained at Peter Mac throughout these stages of his early research career because he enjoys the environment, the facilities are excellent, and he feels he can learn a lot from the people here. Every year, he is developing as a better scientist and critical thinker.

Becoming an honours student

Entry to the honours program is based on available projects, suitability and academic background.

Honours students must meet the following criteria:

  • demonstrate a genuine interest in biomedical research
  • commit to spending the honours year (typically February to October) full time at Peter Mac (in some instances, mid-year commencement may be available).

Applicants who meet these criteria should:

  • download a copy of the 2017 Postgraduate and Honours Cancer Research Projects
  • contact the relevant project supervisor directly by phone or email to discuss your interest in their research
  • send them a copy of your CV and your academic transcripts to help them understand your background, interests and academic strengths
  • make a time to meet with potential supervisors at Peter Mac to discuss your project interests and discuss your academic record
  • visit the laboratory and meet the research group.

If a position is offered, you should then apply for honours candidature through the university of your choice. Peter Mac staff will facilitate this process.

Honours students at the University of Melbourne enrol through the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences in the department most relevant to the project and supervisory team.

If you need help in the application process, please contact Peter Mac's Research Education Administration team: research education manager.

events

Research Student Open Day:

Tuesday 12 September 2017, 4:30 – 7:00pm

Come to our open day to learn about student opportunities in Research at Peter Mac. 

For more information and to RSVP, email: [email protected]

Contact details

Dr Caroline Owen

Research Education Manager

Phone: (03) 8559 5948

Email: [email protected]