Undergraduate Research Training

General information

BIOM30003 is your opportunity to see what a real research laboratory is like! Upon undertaking this subject in the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology, students spend a semester working on an exciting, research-based project with our internationally regarded researchers. This experience gives students a significant edge for future post-graduate research options in the Department, including Honours and Masters.

The BIOM30003-Biomedical Science Research Project (PDF 2.2 MB) contains details of the research projects that are available for prospective BIOM30003 students in the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology. Most projects are supervised by departmental researchers in the University of Melbourne Bio21 Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute or the Medical Building on the main Parkville Campus.

What are the entry requirements for BIOM30003?

  1. An average score of 75 or better in relevant second and third year subjects.
  2. Completing the equivalent of a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Pharmacology.
  3. You are expected to either be taking or have completed a third-year practical subject (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ‘Advanced Techniques in Molecular Science’ (e.g., BCMB30010), 'Drugs in Biomedical Experiments' (PHRM3009) or an equivalent practical subject in another department). This requirement is waived for students undertaking a computational project (i.e., not lab-based). Instead students must have skills in a discipline that is relevant to that project, (e.g., coding, bioinformatics, mathematics).

Note: final selection of students into projects is at the discretion of the laboratory head.

How do I apply?

  1. Read the project descriptions and arrange a meeting with the supervisor(s) you are interested in.
  2. Obtain a provisional offer in the project by the supervisor.
  3. Complete the Project Application Form available for download at the SBS Undergraduate Research Training website.
  4. Send the signed form to the departmental coordinators Laura Edgington-Mitchell (laura.edgingtonmitchell@unimelb.edu.au), Juliet Taylor (juliett@unimelb.edu.au) and Debnath Ghosal (debnath.ghosal@unimelb.edu.au). Please cc all three addresses to ensure the most timely processing of your request.

Who can I contact for general advice?

You can contact the BIOM30003 coordinators Laura, Juliet, and Debnath at the email addresses listed above.