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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Tyro3 in myelin damage and repair
The goal of this study is to establish how Tyro3 works, and the comparative benefit it is likely to provide.Learn moreAccepting students
Understanding the journey of bacterial extracellular vesicles from the gut to the brain and the implications for neurodegenerative disease
The aim of this project is to investigate bacterial extracellular vesicles in multiple models of Parkinson’s disease and clinical samples.Learn moreAccepting students
Using DREADDs to deconstruct motor neuron disease
Motor neuron disease is caused by selective loss of both brain and spinal cord motor neurons, leading to progressive muscle weakness, paralysis and death typically by respiratory failure. The loss of brain and spinal cord motor neurons is postulated to result from their chronic electrical over-activity (hyperexcitability) – increasingly recognised as an important pathological factor in MND. However…Learn moreAccepting students
Using novel animal models to investigate the role of genetic cardiac arrhythmia in sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)
Advancing stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte research to test cardio-protective strategies, targeting cardiac arrhythmia variants in SUDEP patients.Learn moreAccepting students
Using novel mouse models to determine the role of oligodendrocytes in disease
Motor neuron disease (MND) is a neurodegenerative disease characterised by the progressive loss of motor neurons. Recent research has identified that the surrounding glia play a critical role in both the onset and progression of MND.Learn moreAccepting students
Young Stroke Service
Almost 1 in 4 of all strokes in Australia are in young people. There is much we don’t know about why young people have stroke and the best way to support young people in their recovery. Often young people don’t get the right diagnosis or help they need. The Young Stroke Service team will work with young people who have had a stroke, as well as their supporters and clinicians, to offer a range of…Learn moreSeeking participantsAccepting students