Joint programs

Think big! We want to make you the next leader in international pharmaceutical, pharmacy and biomedical research.

We're training the next generation of leaders and putting their research onto the international stage with our elite Joint International PhD programs with top ranked UK universities, The University of Nottingham and Warwick University.

Applications for admission and scholarships for the Joint International PhD with The University of Nottingham or The University of Warwick are made through the online application system for the Monash Doctoral Program.

Explore the projects and supervisors available for the Joint International PhD programs.

Joint International PhD with The University of Nottingham

We've assembled the world's leading G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) biology, allosterism and cell signaling expertise to train the next generation of international leaders in molecular pharmacology and drug discovery biology.

The new Joint International PhD in Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Discovery Biology is an elite PhD program developed for the world's brightest biomedical science students to enable them to develop more effective and selective therapies to tackle diseases of global relevance to human suffering.

Participants in the Joint Award PhD will be members of our new Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) for Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Discovery Biology. The Drug Discovery Biology, Theme of the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) will drive the program.

Core training delivered in the first year will provide students with skill sets that are essential for their development as creative and independent scientists. Further training and workshops in molecular pharmacology and drug discovery biology delivered in years 2-4 will provide specialized training  in specific aspects of pharmacology.

An advanced skills workshop in year 4 will equip students with the necessary skills to compete for prestigious positions in academia and industry. Further, the DTC is exploring options for cohort building and generating international exposure during years 2-4 proposing "retreat" meetings of both Monash  and Nottingham students (every second year) and development of satellite research meetings allied to international meetings in the field.

This program will also offer laboratory rotations in year 1 and industry rotations during year 4. Laboratory rotations provide students with an opportunity to experience different laboratory environments and to explore divergent areas of scientific enquiry. During year 1, students will undertake three  8-10 week rotations in their primary institutions. The rotations will be in different laboratories studying distinct topics with divergent approaches. At the end of the rotations the students will select one laboratory for their thesis project. This laboratory will be partnered with a laboratory at their  secondary institution. Typically, students will spend years 1-2 at their primary institution, year 3 at their secondary institution, and year 4 at their primary institution. During year 4, students will undertake one 8-10 week rotation with an industrial partner in a field that is directly relevant to  their thesis research topic. The rotation will expose our students to research in the biotechnology/ pharmaceutical setting.

Students interested in the Joint International PhD with The University of Nottingham should contact the Program Director, Prof  Nigel Bunnett.

Joint International PhD with Warwick University

The Monash Warwick Alliance offers a new model for research-led institutions to meet the global challenges of the 21st century. By accelerating the exchange of students, ideas and information and exploiting the opportunities offered by the two institutions, we intend to create a new approach to global  higher education.

A key aim of the alliance is to help meet the increasing student, industry and government demand for universities to produce graduates with a global education, and to undertake rsearch that addressed world-relevant and strategically important problems. As part of this strategy we have introduced a new  model of PhD training, The Joint Doctoral Programmes (JDOs), allowing you to study at two innovative and internationally renowned institutions. This innovative model challenges traditional concepts and enables Monash students to spend part of their PhD at Warwick and receive a joint-badged PhD.

Visit the Joint Doctoral Programmes (JDPs) webpage for more information.