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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Novel insulin mimetics for managing diabetes
This project involves the development of new methods to produce insulin and novel insulin mimetics for the treatment of diabetes.Learn moreAccepting students
Novel insulin-like peptide 5 (INSL5) mimetics for controlling colon motility
This project seeks to develop new treatment for gut motility disorders including constipation and diarrhoea.Learn moreAccepting students
Novel relaxin-3 mimetics for controlling feeding and motivated behaviour
Eating disorders and addictions, in particular obesity and excessive food consumption, are a major health concern in Australia and worldwide; and there is an urgent need to better and fully define the neurochemicals and neural circuits controlling motivated appetitive and consummatory behaviours. Relaxin-3 (R3) is a highly conserved neuropeptide transmitter that can regulate a number of important…Learn moreAccepting students
Novel single-chain peptide mimetics of relaxin-2, B7-33, for the treatment of fibrosis
In this proposed study, we will unravel the pharmacological basis of functional selectivity of B7-33.Learn moreAccepting students
Optogenetic activation of vagal afferents to decode viscerosensory signal processing within the brain
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
Pacemaker channels and brain excitability
Discovering how HCN channels impact neuron excitability to enhance understanding of brain functions in diseases like epilepsy, mood issues and cognitive decline.Learn moreAccepting students
Peptide-assisted systemic delivery of therapeutic antisense oligonucleotides in a spinal muscular atrophy model
Spinal muscular atrophy is caused by loss of the survival motor neuron 1 gene. In this project, we'll develop a peptide-based delivery system that can shuttle ASO to the spinal cord.Learn moreAccepting students
Plastic chemicals, lipidomics and child neurodevelopment: are some of the apparent adverse effects of plastic chemicals on neurodevelopment mediated through lipidomic profile alterations?
This project aims to understand how plastic product chemicals such as bisphenols and phthalates alter the lipidome at birth related to a child’s neurodevelopment.Learn moreAccepting students
SENSe – Evidence-based sensory assessment and rehabilitation
The SENSe therapy program uses evidence-based approaches to measure sensation after stroke.Learn moreSeeking participantsAccepting students
Sex differences modulating anxiety and binge-drinking behaviours
This project investigates the neurobiology of binge drinking and anxiety-like behaviours in male and female mice.Learn moreAccepting students