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A large and diverse postgraduate research program with over 150 PhD students embedded within our research groups

Conducting your research at the Melbourne Children’s Campus – the partnership of MCRI, the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and the Royal Children’s Hospital has a number of advantages, including the collaborative nature of research and clinical practice and the ability to engage with different approaches to child health.

Embark on your research journey at the Melbourne Children’s Campus, a dynamic partnership of MCRI, the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, and The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). Here, collaboration thrives, bridging research and clinical practice seamlessly, offering unparalleled opportunities to explore diverse approaches to child health.

Conducting your research at the Melbourne Children’s Campus – the partnership of MCRI, the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and the Royal Children’s Hospital has a number of advantages, including the collaborative nature of...

Conducting your research at the Melbourne Children’s Campus – the partnership of MCRI, the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and the Royal Children’s Hospital has a number of advantages, including the collaborative nature of research and clinical practice and the ability to engage with different approaches to child health.

Embark on your research journey at the Melbourne Children’s Campus, a dynamic partnership of MCRI, the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, and The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). Here, collaboration thrives, bridging research and clinical practice seamlessly, offering unparalleled opportunities to explore diverse approaches to child health.

Moreover, PhD candidates at MCRI enjoy world-class facilities, laboratories, and research equipment. Students benefit from regular seminars led by esteemed experts across various child health disciplines, along with tailored professional development opportunities.

Affiliated with the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, MCRI primarily enrols its students through this department. However, PhD and graduate research students may also be enrolled through other departments or universities associated with their supervisors.

All PhD and graduate research applications and projects undergo scrutiny by the Melbourne Children’s Graduate Research Committee (MCGRC), ensuring comprehensive oversight and quality assurance, irrespective of the department or university affiliation.

How to apply

Students interested in joining the Murdoch Children's Research Institute are encouraged to investigate research opportunities by speaking directly to potential supervisors from Research groups. For more information:

After MCGRC approval, students apply for a PhD at a university, conducting research at Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Securing funding, like a living allowance scholarship, is crucial. PhD applications are ongoing, but note scholarship funding opportunities have closing dates.

Find out more about applying for a Graduate Research Degree at the University of Melbourne, and entry requirements for degrees at the University of Melbourne.

PhD Funding Support

Students are responsible for seeking scholarship funding support for their living allowance during their PhD candidature. Please be aware that scholarship applications are separate from your candidature enrolment, and application deadlines may apply. Some options for finding scholarships and understanding deadlines are listed below:

Contact us 

MCRI Postgraduate Research Coordinator
Associate Professor Shireen Lamande
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MCRI Student Programs Officer
Xavier Busuttil-Crellin

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Graduate Programs Officer - The University of Melbourne
Carmen Van Tiggel
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9345 7021

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