From Indigenous knowledge to artificial intelligence, from climate change to cultural preservation. Research at the University of Melbourne is adding to human knowledge and understanding so that society can thrive. It is also translating discovery into meaningful, practical impact to benefit all of us.

We value research as a fundamental form of learning. Empowered by a sense of place, and the people we work with. Success requires collaboration, not just between scholars, but with community, industry and government.

Explore the precincts, people, platforms and multidisciplinary research bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise – and pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge.

Research Areas

  • Biomedical Engineering Innovation
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Comprehensive Cancer
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Indigenous Settler Relations
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Medical Biology
  • Mental Health
  • Migration, Statelessness and Refugee Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • One Health
  • Population and Global Health


  • More funding information and application deadline available here.
  • Prospective students can apply for scholarships for research study, or competitive grants as a professional researcher. Detailed information



“When starting a PhD, one question that most likely comes to everybody’s mind is: “Will I be up to the task of finishing a PhD?” My advice is to have some respect for the task at hand, but not too much. It is good to read relevant literature and to find academics in one’s field who can serve as models, but it is at least as important to leave room for one’s own ideas and to develop the self-confidence to pursue them.”
Dr Miriam Guenther, PhD , Department of Management and Marketing

Research Projects

MELB Projects

University:University of Melbourne
Faculty:Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Project Start Date:negotiable
Application Deadline:ongoing
Supervisor Name:Dr Rachael Moses, e-mail:
Location (City/Campus):Parkville Precinct
Project Description:Humans heal in a different manner to rodents, so we need to start using more representative wound healing models to replicate the tissue architecture and wound healing cascade observed in human dermal wound healing. This exciting PhD opportunity involves developing a 3D infected chronic wound model, comprised of culturing dermal chronic wound fibroblasts, which are obtained from venous leg ulcers and epidermal keratinocytes in a complex 3D model system, allowing the strong paracrine feedback system to occur between the two cell types, as occurs in the native skin environment. This model will be utilising mostly animal-free-origin products, in a move away from typically animal-derived components used in tissue culture, resulting in reduced ethical implications and reduced variability across experiments, due to batch-to-batch variability associated with animal-derived products. This model will use a synthetic hydrogel (PeptiGel®) from Manchester BIOGEL to replace the typically used Matrigel; this PeptiGel® can be tailored to include additional components, including collagen, laminin and fibronectin.

This project involves working within the Sloan/Moses lab at The University of Melbourne, benefitting from their extensive 3D model experience. Dr Moses has been awarded a number of grants and prizes recently to further develop this work, with a strong background in wound healing, in vitro 3D models and novel pharmaceutical screening. Professor Sloan has long standing expertise in developing novel in vitro / ex vivo organ 3D culture model systems for tissue regeneration/engineering and testing novel therapeutic agents, along with advancing the 3Rs in biomedical research and bioengineering. Dr Farrugia has a strong background in biomaterial development and characterisation, and wound healing, including in vitro models, with an additional focus on the development of new therapies. Dr Liam Sharkey is a bacteriologist specialising in antibiotic resistance with a particular focus on Staphylococcus aureus, a common cause of chronic wound infections. He has experience with in vitro models of S. aureus biofilm formation and the genetic manipulation of clinical S. aureus strains. This project benefits from collaboration with industrial partners assessing novel pharmaceuticals on these models; these natural pharmaceuticals have previously been assessed by Dr Moses through a variety of other 2D wound healing studies.

This project will involve a variety of laboratory-based techniques including tissue culture, 3D models, bacteriology, histology, immunostaining, H&E staining, confocal imaging, translational research, bioinformatics, biostatistics, research management, oral presentation skills, and scientific writing skills.
Funding Information:RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information
Categories : PhD Health Sciences | PhD Engineering | PhD Bio, Chemie | MELB Projects
University:University of Melbourne, Melbourne Business School
Faculty:Faculty of Business and Economics
Project Start Date:Ongoing
Application Deadline:Ongoing - applications are considered at any time
Supervisor Name:-
Location (City/Campus):
Melbourne, Victoria
Project Description:

Located within the Department of Economics, the world-renowned Centre for Actuarial Studies is one of the seven teaching units that are fully accredited by the Actuaries Institute with leading researchers in actuarial studies and financial mathematics. It has been designated a Centre of Actuarial Excellence (CAE) by the US Society of Actuaries (SOA). The Centre for Actuarial Studies holds a Joint Seminar Series on Stochastic Processes and Financial Mathematics, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne's School of Mathematics and Statistics. Graduate Research candidates form an integral part of the Centre and are strongly encouraged to participate in its research and teaching activities. The working environment for graduate research students is first class, with excellent library and computing facilities. The Centre can offer PhD supervision in several areas, including:

  • Risk theory
  • Investment models
  • Survival analysis
  • Financial mathematics
  • Derivative pricing
  • Applied probability
  • Mortality modelling
  • Longevity risk
  • Climate change risk
Funding Information:Generous scholarships (full fee waivers and a stipend of AUD$30,000 per year) are available for high-performing applicants through the University of Melbourne. Top-up funding of AUD $10,000 available for research, experiments and conferences during the research phase of the program.
Categories : PhD Business | MELB Projects
University:University of Melbourne, Melbourne Business School
Faculty:Faculty of Business and Economics
Project Start Date:Ongoing
Application Deadline:Ongoing - applications are considered at any time
Supervisor Name:-
Location (City/Campus):
Melbourne, Victoria
Project Description:The Department of Business Administration offers a PhD stream in Business Administration and Analytics that can be taken over 3 years full time (1 year extension available). High-achieving students can undertake research in one or more areas of specialisation. Here, under the supervision of internationally renowned researchers, our PhD students produce cutting-edge research, in preparation for placement in leading academic institutions and organisations worldwide. At the Melbourne Business School, we pride ourselves on fostering close working relationships between graduate researchers and leading scholars. Our small cohorts ensure a stimulating and collaborative learning environment. The Doctoral Program in Business Administration and Analytics is typically undertaken for up to 4 years (full-time equivalent) or up to 8 years (part-time). The thesis-only Doctoral Program in Business Administration and Analytics provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to work directly with award-winning researchers who specialise in a wide variety of disciplines. Home to Australia’s first MBA and executive education programs, the Melbourne Business School has been advancing business knowledge since 1955. Its academic faculty are leading experts in a broad range of business administration and analytics specialisations. Here, under the supervision of world-class researchers, our PhD students produce the highest calibre of research, in preparation for their placements in top institutions and organisations worldwide. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy signifies that the holder has undertaken a substantial piece of original research, which has been conducted and reported by the holder under proper academic supervision and in a research environment for a prescribed period. In scope, the PhD thesis differs from a Masters by Research thesis chiefly by its deeper and more comprehensive treatment of the chosen subject. It is written succinctly, in English, unless approval has been given for the thesis to be written in a language other than English. The normal length of a PhD thesis is 80,000 words, exclusive of words in tables, maps, bibliographies and appendices. About Business Administration: Candidates in the Business Administration PhD will undertake research in a wide range of academic areas including accounting, economics, econometrics, finance, human resource management, international business, management science, marketing, organisational behaviour, statistics, and strategic management. Supervision is available from a diverse group of internationally-renowned researchers from across the Melbourne Business School’s departments and disciplines. About Business Analytics: In today's business environment, companies increasingly compete on their ability to convert large and rich databases into improved insights and decisions. The approaches used to achieve this often involve advanced statistical and econometric modelling, machine learning and AI algorithms, and optimal decision-making systems. A PhD in the business analytics specialisation usually involves methodological research in one or more of these areas, along with application of these analytical approaches in one or more functional area, such as in accounting, marketing, finance or logistics. Candidates for this degree typically have a background in mathematics, statistics, operations research, computer science, economics or engineering, with a desire to undertake research in solving important business problems.
Categories : PhD Business | MELB Projects