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A joint venture between The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital


The Doherty Institute offers many undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development opportunities, complementing its research Themes and Cross-cutting Disciplines.

At the undergraduate level, the Doherty Institute is home to The University of Melbourne’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, which delivers specialised courses in bacteriology, virology and immunology along with more generalist infection and immunity subjects. These courses draw on the wealth of expertise from internationally recognised infection and immunity specialists within the Doherty Institute and provide exposure to state-of-the-art technologies in purpose-built student laboratories. These laboratories are also used for a variety of wider technical training roles, often providing visiting students or researchers with specific training in diagnostic or pathogen isolation techniques.

At the postgraduate level, the Doherty Institute has more than 100 PhD students benefitting from high-level research training in microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, clinical and translational research, infectious diseases surveillance, outbreak investigations and more. Research students benefit from mentoring from world-class scientists in an environment where cutting-edge research is conducted side-by-side with public health laboratories.


An undergraduate degree is your first degree at university. The University of Melbourne’s undergraduate degrees are internationally recognised, flexible programs that open doors to an outstanding future.

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An Honours degree is an extra year of study supplementing a three-year Bachelor course, designed to qualify a student for higher degree (PhD or research masters) study.

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Master of Biomedical Science

A masters degree is the first level of graduate study, after completion of your undergraduate degree. The Master of Biomedical Science offers graduates a pathway into research, other science based careers, or PhD studies. This program is an alternative to the Honours pathway to a PhD.

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Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an internationally recognised masters degree by research. It is designed to develop advanced skills in conducting independent and sustained research on a particular topic under academic supervision.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the principal doctoral degree of The University of Melbourne. Doctoral degrees equip graduates with academic leadership skills, independence, creativity and innovation in their research. For many students, the completion of a PhD represents the pinnacle of academic achievement.

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Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Doherty Institute Epidemiology is coordinating a Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology through the University of Melbourne's School of Population and Global Health. 

The Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology provides the baseline skills necessary to work in the field of infectious disease investigation, monitoring, reporting, decision making and research. Within this degree, students will learn to use surveillance data, investigate outbreaks, and analyse and interpret information from studies of infectious diseases.

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Student research projects

Join us at the Doherty Institute. As a future Honours, Masters, PhD or MPhil student, choosing the right supervisor and project that interests you is a critical element of success. Below you can find a diverse range of cutting-edge research projects available at the Doherty Institute, as well as areas of interest of academic staff members who can supervise your project.

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Student association

Become part of the fantastic Doherty Institute’s student association. The association’s leadership team, comprising research students in the Doherty Institute, encourages scientific and social interaction between staff and students, as well as organising student retreats, trivia nights, Easter egg hunts and other social gatherings, which seek to engage all students of the Doherty Institute.

Educational and professional forums

Through symposia, visiting scientists, the Doherty Institute Seminar Series and other educational forums, students have the opportunity to hear from and collaborate with world-leaders in their field while showcasing their own expertise. 

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Student information days

Not sure where to next? Need some advice? Visit us to find out about courses, pathways and careers and to explore the University of Melbourne and the Doherty Institute during one of our student information sessions.

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Meet our graduate researchers

The Doherty Institute is home to students from all over the world, with different backgrounds, interests and motivations. We have asked our current students to give us a glimpse into their life, to tell us about their student experience and why they have made the Doherty Institute their choice to study.

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Contact us

The Doherty Institute makes every effort to align your research interests with those of lead investigators and their projects. If you cannot find what you are looking for or have any questions please contact us.