Doctor of Philosophy - Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

  • CRICOS code: 006670B

What will I study?


  • You will enrol in a thesis subject for the duration of the degree.
  • The normal period of candidature is 3 years for full-time candidates (part-time equivalent) with the possibility of up to 12 months extension.
  • You are required to complete a minimum of 12 months full-time research at the University in order to benefit from planning, conducting and writing up your research within a University community and environment.
  • Normally the entire degree is undertaken at the University.
  • You will have appropriately experienced academics available to arrange a course of supervised research designed to suit your requirements and interests.
  • You may be required to supplement your research program by attendance at, or enrolment in, additional subjects if considered necessary by the supervisor(s).
  • You are expected to attend departmental seminars over the period of their candidature.
  • Academic progress is reviewed regularly throughout the degree.
  • You will be examined based on your thesis which is examined externally. The normal length of a PhD thesis is between 80,000 and 100,000 words, exclusive of words in tables, maps, bibliographies and appendices.
  • You should refer to the University policy library and the Graduate Research Hub for further information regarding candidature, academic progress, ethics, thesis preparation and examination.
  • To be eligible to submit a thesis for examination, you must be enrolled in their course for the minimum period of 24 months full-time equivalent.

Undertaking a PhD with the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health involves one semester of coursework. For more information on PhD coursework in neuroscience please see the Handbook.