Graduate Research

Are you interested in research that improves health and wellbeing?  EHCS offers many exciting projects from clinical applications to public health and health services.

Eastern Health Clinical School is home to a vibrant research community with an enviable track record of research achievements that make a positive difference to our community.

Over 50 students each year take part in one of our research training opportunities offering practical, clinical and academic research skills.

We offer a stimulating environment with supervision and mentoring from world class physician researchers and educators, specialising across a broad range of clinical and public health areas.

Our students and staff enjoy research training within a supportive and collaborative environment, with individual one to one mentoring, regular team meetings and academic seminars.

Future students from all levels are encouraged to talk with our staff and student mentors about opportunities to join our exciting research programs.

For more information on graduate research at EHCS, please contact:

Dr Pavel Sluka
Graduate Research Coordinator
Phone: 61 3 9895 4633

Summer and Winter Vacation Research Scholarships

You can develop your research skills with a summer or winter vacation scholarship. This scheme is for postgraduate students to undertake a small project over semester breaks. As a scholar you will:

  • Work with a supportive research team on a project that falls within our areas of research excellence
  • Experience community-based research in general practice/primary care
  • Gain insights into careers in research or academia

To apply, complete an application for Vacation Research Scholarships.


Eastern Health Clinical School provides supervision for students from the  Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) programs.

An honours year is an opportunity to complete a supervised research project to identify and address a gap in health and medical research knowledge.

During the honours year students undertake research in an area of their interest as independent scholars, with the support of experienced supervisors in the company of clinical research teams. Honours students will develop foundation skills in the principles and practice of research, including; project design, ethics applications, participant recruitment, data analysis and oral and written skills for communicating scientific ideas and writing a thesis.


A masters by research is an opportunity to undertake independent research into a health or medical problem identified, designed and undertaken by the student, over two years of full-time study.

The faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences offers a range of masters by coursework and masters by research degrees. Eastern Health Clinical School can support projects and provide expert supervision for students undertaking the following three masters by research degrees: Master of Philosophy , Master of Biomedical Science, and the Master of Surgery.

Master of Addictive Behaviours

Develop specialist knowledge and professional skills to support individuals and communities affected by addiction.  The Master of Addictive Behaviours (M6014) is offered in partnership with Turning Point, a nationally recognised addiction treatment, research, and education centre.

Delivered online and part-time, the course is designed to provide the latest evidence for addiction concepts, models and theories to inform best-practice clinical interventions, policy and programs, research, and public health prevention for substance use and process addictions.  Eligible students may undertake a research project in their final year, and will be matched with an expert supervisor in the addiction field, which may be used as a pathway to a graduate research degree (such as Doctor of Philosophy).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD is an exciting research journey where students have the opportunity to spend 3-4 years focusing a research question that inspires them to make an impact to a field of knowledge. At the core of a PhD program is the completion of a research thesis on an agreed topic under the guidance of a supervisory team. At Monash, PhD research training is further enhanced by the Monash Doctoral Program, which provides professional development activities or coursework designed to support you in your academic and professional development.

Eastern Health Clinical School is the hub of a vibrant research culture and is home to a large number of world class academic and clinical research staff. Undertaking your PhD with us provides you with the opportunity to be immersed in a dynamic clinical research environment, working with experts and supported by experienced supervisors and prolific research teams.

The Monash Doctoral Program

All Monash PhD students are enrolled as part of the Monash Doctoral Program. This program comprises additional activities and requirements which students must complete in addition to their thesis before they can complete their degree. The aim of the program is to ensure Monash graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities not only to complete their PhD project with excellence, but also to broaden their professional attributes so that they can make an impact in academia, industry, government or community after graduation.