PhD studies in biosciences

Start your research career in BioSciences here! Become an expert in your field by taking a deep dive into a biological science research project.

What does a PhD involve?

Over 3 years (or longer if part time), you’ll complete a research project that adds key knowledge to your chosen field. You’ll write up your findings in an 80,000-word thesis.

Throughout your PhD you’ll be guided by a supervisor who’s an expert in their field.

Your research work will be supported by state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure at the School of BioSciences.

Be sure to read all the general information on the Doctor of Philosophy – Science, in addition to this page.


What can I study?

Some of the areas you can specialise in when you study a PhD with us are: biotechnology, genetics, computational biology, plant science, ecology, evolutionary biology, zoology, animal behaviour, reproductive biology, marine biology, and environmental science.

Read more about research in the School of BioSciences


Where will this take me?

A PhD is an essential qualification for a research career in the biological sciences. It’s also a ticket to international research opportunities.

Our PhD graduates go on to work as academic researchers, biotechnologistsecologistsenvironmental scientistsgeneticistsmarine biologistsmedical researchersplant breederspolicy analystsscience teachers, and zoologists.

They find rewarding careers in:

  • Research and teaching in universities
  • Public research organisations such as the CSIRO
  • Consulting and professional services firms
  • Commercial sectors including the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and resource industries
  • Governmental organisations such as the EPA and Museums Victoria.

Pathways to a PhD

Our PhD students come to us after undertaking research training either:

  • as part of an undergraduate degree – for example via an honours year in the Bachelor of Science, or
  • as part of a graduate degree – for example the Master of Science (BioSciences) or one of our other Master of Science degrees.

Read more about the PhD entry requirements


How do I find a supervisor?

Our researchers are internationally renowned experts in their fields.

To find potential supervisors, browse the research groups in the School of BioSciences or use Find an Expert to search for keywords.


How to apply

All the details about how to apply can be found with the general information for the Doctor of Philosophy – Science.

We offer both the Doctor of Philosophy - Science (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy - Science, but most applicants apply directly for a PhD.


The Ecology and Evolution PhD program

For those looking for a PhD in one of these fields, there’s the additional option of enrolling in our Ecology and Evolution PhD program.

You’ll receive extra support in the form of workshops, short courses, mentoring, placements and internships, with a particular focus on quantitative skills.

More about the Ecology and Evolution PhD program


Scholarships and fees

Most domestic and international students who are offered a PhD place with us will also be offered a Graduate Research Scholarship.

Receiving this scholarship means you’ll pay no tuition fees. You’ll also receive a living allowance and relocation grant (if relocating to Melbourne).

When you apply for a PhD with us, you’ll be automatically considered for a Graduate Research Scholarship. There’s no need to apply separately.

A huge variety of other scholarships are also available. Search our scholarships to find the ones you’re eligible for.


Questions?

Before getting in touch, please read this page carefully, plus all the information available for the Doctor of Philosophy (Science).

If you still have questions, we’ll be happy to help.

Email us at biosciences-gr@unimelb.edu.au.