Program Activities

A suite of focussed specialist and general programs will allow students to extend their knowledge in many areas.

Students will be supported to build relationships across the University and with relevant external organisations. The program will assist students in developing their future career path after graduation.

What will the Melbourne Neuroscience PhD Program offer me?

Program activities will comprise a mix of seminars, student presentations and skills workshops. Components of the MNPP and further information can be found on the Melbourne Neuroscience PhD Program Community LMS/Blackboard site (use your UoM username and password to gain access). This LMS community site will act as a repository of information about the various offerings of the MNPP.

Program ElementElement Detail
Formal coursework

The coursework program is specifically designed to support doctoral research in the neurosciences and related disciplines, and runs in March to April each year. Core neuroscience subjects are offered as well as subjects from a range of relevant faculties and departments to facilitate study aligned with a student’s particular research interests.

Cross-disciplinary coursework is taught in partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute. For more details, please download the coursework information sheet or consult subject entries in the 2019 Handbook.

To apply, please download the PhD student subject selection form.

Master of Biomedical Science students may choose one of NEUR90009, NEUR90011 or NEUR90013 (12.5 pts) as a discipline-based elective. To apply please download the Master of Biomedical Science subject selection form.

Note Master students are able to choose one of the 12.5-point subjects as a discipline-based elective.

The application deadline is mid-February 2019, please apply ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Technical skills 

Advanced Neuroscience Workshops

The Advanced Neuroscience Workshops are offered annually. These workshops offer students the opportunity to develop skills in key areas that they, with the support of their supervisor, identify to be directly related to their research project. Each workshop has been designed to provide a comprehensive, small group experience. Workshop topics range from 'Magnetic Resonance Imaging' to 'Neural Computational Modelling'.

Neuroscience-related Seminars

At least two neuroscience-related seminars are held per week at the Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, Parkville.  Notification will be given to MNPP students of neuroscience relevant seminars throughout the year.

Specialised Programs

The opportunity to be invited to undertake PhD studies within specialised programs such as the Yulgilbar Alzheimer's Research Program (YARP) Clinicians Research Network, offering strong clinical research links.

International Scholar Exchange Program

The opportunity to participate in the Rebecca Hotchkiss International Exchange Program at the University of Calgary, Canada. This established program offers (via competitive application) a placement at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI), University of Calgary of between 4-8 weeks, for a high calibre PhD student to collaborate on a research project of shared interest, to gain new skills and real-world experience and to encourage international collaborations. The HBI covers the cost of airfares, accommodation and living expenses stipend up to CAD $9000 per annum.

Scholarships and Awards

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship

The opportunity to apply for the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. Up to three RTP scholarships are available to high-achieving students to support cross-disciplinary graduate research in the Neurosciences and related disciplines.

Melbourne Brain Symposium - Mendelsohn Student Lecture and Award

The opportunity to apply for the Mendelsohn Award. The purpose of this prestigious award is to recognise and honour an outstanding University of Melbourne student in the Neurosciences, and provide them with the platform to deliver a lecture to communicate the outcomes of their graduate research to the Neuroscience community. This will be delivered alongside presentations by some of the most eminent scientists - internationally and from within Australia - at the annual Melbourne Brain Symposium.

Career training


The opportunity to apply for internships with key industry partners of the University of Melbourne managed through the Australian Postgraduate Research Intern program. Internships can begin after the first year of the PhD. Generally, internships
are for four days/week over a 3 – 5 month period. Internship projects will align with thesis topic.


MNPP students will be offered the opportunity to participate in the MNPP mentoring program. The program will involve Neuroscience Early Career Researchers, peers, training and mentor matching opportunities.

Career training modules

In order to enable students to realise their full academic potential and achieve excellence, this program offers the opportunity to participate in extant career training modules/opportunities offered by the UoM, such as the Academic Skills Unit and Melbourne Careers. Notification will be given to MNPP students as relevant events arise.

University of Melbourne Neuroscience Students' Association

The University of Melbourne Neuroscience Students Association will provide a cohesive peer support system for students based on shared interest and challenges in neuroscience. The Association will encompass cross-faculty and interdepartmental engagement and advocacy for Neuroscience PhD students undertaking cross-disciplinary research.

LocationStrategic location in the Parkville strip with capacity to link across Faculties and to interact with key partner organisations such as the hospitals, research institutes and  industry partners.