Honours research program

We accept biomedical science and science students to undertake full-time honours projects for one year in cancer-related biomedical research

Find out how to join our Honours research program.


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

You must meet the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in biomedical research 
  • Commit to spending the honours year (typically February to October) full time with us (in some instances, mid-year commencement may be available)

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.

Steps to become an Honours research program

If you meet these criteria, you should: 

  1. Review the 2024 Student Project Book
  2. Contact the relevant project supervisor directly by phone or email to discuss your interest in their research 
  3. Send them a copy of your CV and your academic transcripts to help them understand your background, interests and academic strengths 
  4. Make a time to meet with our potential supervisors to discuss your project interests and discuss your academic record 
  5. Visit the laboratory and meet the research group 
  6. If they offer you a position, you should then apply for honours candidature through the university of your choice - our staff will help with advice for this process

If you need help in the application process, please contact Peter Mac's Research Education Administration team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Apply for the Honours research program

University of Melbourne students 

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. 

To find out how to apply for honours, visit Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours): How to apply.

Other University Students 

You should aim to find a PeterMac supervisor who is affiliated with your university. This is a mandatory requirement for most universities. 

If you are uncertain, please contact your department honours coordinator for further information.

What the Honours research program offers 

Honours students come to us with a range of majors and backgrounds including:

  • Biochemistry 
  • Chemistry 
  • Biomedical science 
  • Immunology 
  • Cell biology 
  • Medicine 
  • Medical physics 
  • Pharmacology 
  • Molecular biology 
  • Pathology 
  • Physiology  
  • Anatomy

You will undertake all scientific research work on site with us while undertaking coursework at your university campus. 

You will have full access to our research education program, which provides you with opportunities to develop:  

  • Knowledge and expertise in your chosen research area 
  • Professional skills that will help you fulfil your career ambitions

Our program allows you to develop a higher degree of independence and leadership during your candidature. It does this by complementing established conventional training for biomedical research students. This enhances your preparation for a competitive and broader job market. 

Contact details 

For all Honours enquiries email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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