Faculty of Science Department of Zoology

Teaching and Training

Doctoral Program

The department maintains a strong doctoral program with approximately 60 students enrolled for the Doctor of Philosophy degree at any time. We welcome inquiries from graduates of all universities interested in joining any of the department's research groups to undertake study and research for the PhD.

The PhD degree is obtained by a course of advanced study and research approved by the Academic Board of the University and directed by the department and nominated supervisors. The course of study for the degree normally occupies three years. To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have completed a four year Honours degree with a significant research component or a Masters degree with a research component, or some combination of studies deemed to be equivalent to these.

Entrance for to the program is based on academic merit and is competitive. University regulations limit the number of students that staff members can supervise and Zoology supervisors are highly sought, so the standard for acceptance is high. The Department has a large number of potential supervisors available in institutions with which we have strong links (e.g. Howard Florey Institute, Children's Hospital, Zoos Victoria, Museum Victoria, Parks Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Department of Primary Industry) so discussions with staff members may reveal additional opportunities for projects and co-supervisors.

A limited number of Commonwealth, University and research-grant-linked awards is available to support outstanding National and International candidates. Applications for these awards normally close at the end of August.

If you are interested in enrolling, general enquiries should be made in the first instance through the Head of Department, (Professor David Gardner) or the Coordinators of Graduate Studies (Prof Michael Keough, Dr Mary Familari). Since acceptance also depends on appropriate supervision being available, direct negotiation with potential supervisors is necessary. We can send you an information package, or you can use the information about the department provided through the web to identify a research area that you may be interested in, and to find the names of academic staff working in the particular area. You may then wish to contact the supervisor directly.

For general information relating to postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, see the Graduate School home page.

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