Come and study at Burnet - education and capacity building are a major focus across the Institute at Honours, Masters and PhD levels.

Students from Australian and international universities are actively involved in independent research projects across all our program areas.

We support projects for Honours, Masters and PhD students across our research laboratories and our multidisciplinary thematic Programs areas.

Come and study at Burnet!

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Why choose Burnet?

  • We are one of Australia’s leading medical research and public health institutes
  • Train with internationally recognised experts in a supportive and structured student support system
  • Gain a holistic research experience by conducting a cross-centre research project
  • Attain skills and knowledge to complement your research experience as part of our professional development program
  • Hone your presentation skills and gain valuable feedback on your research at regular Burnet seminars and our student symposia
  • Present your research at both national and international conferences
  • Participate in the various social events organised throughout the year

Honours Program

Burnet accepts Honours students from all major universities within Victoria with the aim of providing training in public health, infectious diseases and immunology research programs.

Honours projects in recent years have covered diverse areas of research including the immunology of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, the structure and function of cell surface receptors, determining sexual risk practices and STI awareness, modelling of infectious diseases, and HIV-1 associated dementia.

How to apply for Honours study

Postgraduate Study

Take the first step towards a challenging but rewarding research career. We place great emphasis on postgraduate study, providing high-quality research and training in areas related to public health and science in infectious diseases and immunology.

In recent years, Burnet has had students undertaking PhD research programs, enrolled via Monash University, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and RMIT.

These PhDs covered a range of topics including HIV entry and replication, HCV virology and immunology, autoimmune disease, malaria, drug misuse, sexual health, modelling of infectious diseases, and vaccine development.

How to apply for Postgraduate study

International Students

Professor Heidi Drummer talks about studying opportunities at Burnet.

Burnet is an internationally renowned medical research institute located in Melbourne, Australia, one of the world’s most liveable cities. We offers high-quality research training with internationally recognised experts in public health and basic science in the areas of infectious diseases and immunology.

We offer a structured student support system for local and international students.

We actively encourage applications from international students, please see our step-by-step guide below outlining the application process.

Further information on studying and living in Australia is provided at:

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Burnet offers postdoctoral training in a variety of laboratories where students who have recently graduated with their PhD can build their research skills and credentials. Find out more here.

Contact Details

Doctor Raffi Gugasyan

Education Officer, Chair of Research Students Committee, Coordinator of Higher Degrees by Research