Postgraduate research by degrees

We are recruiting PhD students!

Join us and practice your research in Monash Chemical and Biological Engineering - number 1 in Australia. We are the perfect place to develop your potential.

Explore our research themes and find a supervisor:

We have 4 scholarship rounds per year

  • International: Round 1 closes March 31st, Round 2 closes August 31st.
  • Domestic: Round 1 closes May 31st, Round 2 closes October 31st.

Other research projects

Find out more about current research opportunities in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Monash.

Research scholarships

Monash offers generous scholarships which may support you and your graduate research. More information is here

How to apply

Take your Engineering skills to new heights

Engineers possess the technical and analytical skills to design new processes and products to generate a more prosperous and sustainable future. Be it renewable energy, sustainable food/water production, or designing disruptive med-tech, your skills are needed to make a difference.

Apply your scientific skills to solve the key challenges of our time

Chemical and biological engineering is a broad and interdisciplinary research field, and we think this needs to be reflected in our PhD cohort and graduates. Our diverse network of research collaborators, industry partners, clinicians and innovators drive our research. Drawing on elements of chemistry, biochemistry, clinical sciences, data sciences and economics, if you want to use your science background to solve problems, then join us!

Are you driven to pursue a passion in a world-class research environment?

From Monash Health to the Australian Synchrotron, from the Woodside Energy Partnership to Monash Food Innovation – we present a truly world-class research environment to pursue your passion. We are committed to training the next generation of research leaders.

Grace Talbot-Walsh
The GRIP program pairs PhD students with industry partners, allowing us to work on real-life issues faced by industry on a daily basis. It’s a great way to continue on with a career in research, whilst gaining invaluable experience in the field.”

Grace Talbot-Walsh
Project Engineer, Seqirus Australia

Harry Wan
Looking back, the units I studied were carefully selected to give me the knowledge of the entire spectrum of drug development – from target identification and synthesis of the chemical molecule to regulatory considerations and finally releasing the product.”

Harry Wan
Project Engineer, GlaxoSmithKline

Lyndel Speedy
I love using my problem-solving skills to complete projects that make a difference. I enjoy the environment I work in, which fosters integrity in work and focuses on producing high quality, life-saving products.”

Lyndel Speedy
Project Engineer, Seqirus Australia

 Shalini Kandasamy
My PhD has molded me as a problem solver, creative thinker and an excellent science communicator and journalist. I hope I can one day be such an example for future engineers and researchers.”

Shalini Kandasamy
PhD Candidate

Research Degrees in Chemical and Biological Engineering – is it for me?

Many undergraduate students, studying engineering and other STEM programs, are aware that research degrees exist but are looking for more information about what the graduate student life is all about, and what are the career opportunities once you complete your thesis. In years gone by, graduate students worked solely with one supervisor in a “master/apprentice” situation aimed at producing academics, inside the “ivory tower of academia”, with few interactions beyond the walls of their university. These days, research is interdisciplinary, teams-based, and you can choose to pursue a project that is fundamental or curiosity-driven, industry-focussed, or somewhere in between. As a consequence, the career opportunities are so broad – aside from the traditional academic career path (and there is very little “traditional” about academia these days!), many of our graduates end up in industry positions, ranging from process engineering to pharmaceutical companies, from technical roles to management, consulting, entrepreneurial enterprises (e.g. startup companies) and business leadership opportunities.

So how can you figure out if a research higher degree is for you? Firstly, check out the department research themes to find out what fields interest you. It pays to think about what topics drive and motivate you, and more importantly to rule out those that do not. Secondly, find out which of your lecturers work in these fields, what projects they are advertising and have a chat to them, talk to their PhD students (a great way to find out what they do on a daily basis and to get unvarnished advice from the people actively pursuing a research degree). Thirdly, look out for seminars, webinars, zoom meetings, etc, designed to give information to prospective graduate students – advertised through the student organisations such as SMUCE, MEPSS and MYMI. Finally, follow up on opportunities for immersive research experiences, to find out what life as a researcher is like – this could be a research elective (e.g. for double-degree students), summer research scholarship programs, 4th year final year project (now 2 semesters, possible to commence in Sem 1 or Sem 2) or a unique opportunity that pops up with department academics simply by having a chat with them.

Most importantly – when looking for an immersive research experience, don’t wait! Contact academics early, 6-12 months in advance, so that you both have time to discuss a project that is interesting to you and useful to them. The more experiences you have during your undergraduate degree, the more confident you can be when it comes time to decide as to whether or not a research higher degree is right for you.

Don’t forget there are also postgraduate coursework masters degrees available which are designed to deepen your technical expertise in an area of specialisation after completing your undergraduate degree.

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