Studying at The Florey
Empowering the next generation of leaders
Study at the leading neuroscience institute in the Southern Hemisphere, and you can expect to work with internationally recognised scientists on a range of ground-breaking brain research. You’ll collaborate with senior researchers and fellow students on real projects, using cutting-edge facilities and technology, all the while making important contributions to our broad research portfolio. What’s more, The Florey provides a welcoming and supportive training environment to help you with your study and career aspirations.
Why choose The Florey?
Advancing brain science
From fundamental science to clinical trials, we make a difference in the lives of those living with brain conditions. Studying with us means you work alongside researchers who are leaders in their field and puts you at the forefront of global neuroscience research.
Supporting our students
We understand that our students are early career researchers. The Florey provides all students access to the necessary academic, scientific and personal support they need through their studies. Our dedicated Student Support team are an integral part of The Florey, and give you the assistance you need throughout your studies at The Florey.
Diverse, innovative community
We have a strong sense of community, with an ever growing, diverse group of dedicated students from all over the world. Coming together with a passion for neuroscience and mental health, innovation and grand ideas, The Florey community collectively pursues the science of tomorrow.
We believe that being a scientist is more than just doing research. We offer a wide range of seminars, workshops and professional development opportunities to help our students excel in their studies and beyond – including producing high-quality theses alongside peer-reviewed publications. Through research, mentoring and career-relevant activities, we want our students to become the next scientific leaders, ready to advance future brain research.
We want our students to feel welcome and a vital part of The Florey. We host multiple social events throughout the year so you can easily connect with your peers and foster new relationships and collaborations.
Students Of The Florey (SOFI)
Students Of The Florey (SOFI) is a student organisation run by current students at The Florey. SOFI hosts events throughout the year where you can meet other students, sharpen your academic and professional skills, and build a lasting network of aspiring scientists from different areas of neuroscience and mental health.
We have a fully integrated Student Support team who support Florey students from the application process right through to graduation. The team can help you as prospective student, including answering any questions you may have about the application process. Once you have enrolled, the team continue to support you through your studies, and connect you with other students and any resources you may need.
If you are interested in working with The Florey as part of your studies elsewhere, or you are looking for a student internship, year 10-12 work experience, contact the Student Support team to find out more about our exciting opportunities.Contact the support team
‘I chose to study at The Florey because they have great researchers and labs that align to my research interest. I found that once I started my degree, I got so much more than I expected. The research facilities are great and the support from the research services made it easy to learn new skills relevant to my research. ‘
Ann-Sofie Bjerre, PhD student
Apply to study at The Florey
Whether you are interested in doing your honours, masters or doctorate degree at The Florey, we’re here to help you through the application process. Do you know exactly what you want to research, or not sure what is the best fit for you? Use our student projects tool below to search for projects in your area of interest, or look for relevant supervisors and groups. We’ve also put together a step-by-step guide to help you prepare and submit your application.
Current student opportunities
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Investigating the impact of zinc in regulating blood flow in the Alzheimer’s brain
To investigate the impact of amyloid beta on zinc dependent vasorelaxationLearn moreAccepting students
Making spinal cord organoids from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells
Motor neuron disease (MND) is a neurodegenerative disease characterised by the progressive loss of motor neurons. With the advancement of stem cell technology, it has now become possible to use induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) derived from patients with MND to make mini brain and spinal cord structures in the lab. Comparing with iPSC-derived organoids from healthy control patients, we can investigate…Learn moreAccepting students
Mapping and defining the vagal viscerosensory information to the upper spinal cord
The McDougall/Viserosensory lab at the Florey Institute studies the basic neurophysiology underpinning the integration of sensory information within the brain. Our focus of study is at the level of the brain that first receives signals from visceral organs including those of the cardiorespiratory and gastrointestinal systems. This basic knowledge gained is pertinent to several disease states including;…Learn moreAccepting students
Mapping the origin and onset of MND – transcriptomic profiling of motor neuron populations in MND
This project will employ cutting-edge transcriptomic analysis to understand where and when motor neuron disease begins.Learn moreAccepting students
Memory storage in the cortex
This project will address where, and how, memories are formed in the brain and provide insight into new targets to treat disorders of memory.Learn moreAccepting students
Microglia in myelination
The aim of this project is to understand how microglia interact with myelin and the myelin-producing cells of the CNS to adapt myelin to the needs of axons.Learn moreAccepting students
Modulating metals homeostasis to treat neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders
We’ll test the hypothesis that reducing iron levels in Huntington’s disease slows disease progression and correct cellular/molecular dysfunctions in the brain.Learn moreAccepting students
Multiple system atrophy: a rare Parkinsonism
This project aims to better understand the biology of multiple system atrophy and to develop new treatments for the condition.Learn moreSeeking participantsAccepting students
Muscarinic receptors and alcohol seeking
We have shown that both muscarinic M4 and M5 receptors are novel targets for regulating alcohol (and other drug) consumption and seeking. Our current focus is examining how and where muscarinic M4 receptors interact with ion channels to modify behaviour. This program involves in vivo behavioural neuropharmacology in animal models plus in vitro mechanistic studies in cell-based systems.Learn moreAccepting students
Novel antiepileptic drug targets based on HCN channel antagonists
About 30% of epilepsy patients are not controlled on currently available antiepileptic drugs. Our laboratory has discovered a novel anti-epileptic drug target.Learn moreAccepting students