Degrees and Programs

IMB offers projects for students at all levels, from undergraduate units that give you a taste of life in the lab, through to our PhD program, where you immerse yourself in a project for three years, surrounded by leading researchers and world-class facilities.

Click on the links below to find out more about our specific research initiatives.

Degrees and Programs

PhD

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree allows you to undertake an extensive original research project, guided by an experienced researcher. A PhD fosters the skills you need to develop, conduct and communicate the results of a scientific research program. A PhD also equips you with transferable skills such as leadership, communication, critical thinking and teamwork. These skills allow IMB PhD graduates to secure positions not only in research and academia, but also in industry and government roles.  

Why choose IMB for a PhD?

At IMB, you are surrounded by brilliant thinkers dedicated to research, who enjoy the respect of their peers around the globe. You have access to world-leading facilities that allow you to ask and answer the big questions. You benefit from a collegial, supportive environment where translation and entrepreneurship are encouraged and fostered. Finally, you can have a lot of fun as an IMB student!

How long does it take?

A PhD at IMB usually takes between 3.5 and 4 years full-time to complete. There is no mandatory coursework for PhDs and you will start your research project as soon as you commence study.

What assessment is required?

There are three milestones you need to achieve to successfully complete a UQ PhD:

  • Confirmation - 12 months after commencement
  • Mid-candidature - 24 months after commencement
  • Thesis Review - 36 months after commencement

The milestones provide you with an opportunity to articulate your research to colleagues and receive feedback and guidance.

How much does it cost?

Domestic students can complete a PhD without charge, as four-year tuition fee scholarships are available for all domestic students, including Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens. 

International students are charged a fee of A$35,520 per year in 2017. Scholarships are available to cover international tuition fees.

Scholarships to cover costs of living are available for both domestic and international students.

Masters by Research (Master of Philosophy)

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree allows you to undertake an original research project, guided by an experienced researcher. An MPhil fosters the skills you need to develop, conduct and communicate the results of a scientific research program. An MPhil also equips you with transferable skills such as leadership, communication, critical thinking and teamwork. These skills allow IMB MPhil graduates to secure positions not only in research and academia, but also in industry and government roles.  

Why choose IMB for an MPhil?

At IMB, you are surrounded by brilliant thinkers dedicated to research, who enjoy the respect of their peers around the globe. You have access to world-leading facilities that allow you to ask and answer the big questions. You benefit from a collegial, supportive environment where translation and entrepreneurship are encouraged and fostered. Finally, you can have a lot of fun as an IMB student!

How long does it take?

An MPhil at IMB usually takes between 1.5 to 2 years full-time to complete. There is no mandatory coursework for MPhils and you will start your research project as soon as you commence study.

What assessment is required?

There are three milestones you need to achieve to successfully complete a UQ MPhil:

  • Confirmation - 6 months after commencement
  • Mid-candidature - 12 months after commencement
  • Thesis Review - 18 months after commencement

The milestones provide you with an opportunity to articulate your research to colleagues and receive feedback and guidance.

How much does it cost?

Domestic students can complete an MPhil without charge, as two-year tuition fee scholarships are available for all domestic students, including Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens. 

International students are charged a fee of A$35,520 per year in 2017. Scholarships are available to cover international tuition fees.

Scholarships to cover costs of living are available for both domestic and international students.

Masters by Coursework Research Project

The University of Queensland offers a number of coursework Masters programs in molecular biosciences, including:

Each of these programs includes an optional research subject worth 2-16 units (for comparison, one standard subject in a Masters program is generally worth two units), which you can undertake with a relevant IMB research group. These Masters projects are not advertised, but are negotiated on a case-by-case basis between you and an IMB Group Leader.

To select a project, please review the group webpages and choose one whose research is relevant to your program and interests you personally. Contact the group leader by email to ascertain their availability to supervise a Masters-by-coursework student and discuss potential projects. 

Honours

An honours year is a year at the end of your undergraduate program that provides you with the opportunity to pursue an independent research project under the guidance of an experienced researcher. An honours degree qualifies you for entry to Higher Degree Research programs such as PhD and MPhil, and equips you with valuable skills including problem solving, critical thinking, communication and time management.

If you have a passion for research and an enquiring mind, you will enjoy the freedom and intellectual challenge of immersing yourself in a research environment surrounded by world-leading scientists with access to the best facilities.

How long does it take?

An Honours program takes an academic year, so from February to November or July to May. Depending on your undergraduate degree, an honours year is either an optional addition or a compulsory part of your degree. 

What assessment is required?

The assessment varies depending on the program in which you are enrolled. One of the main components of assessment is the research project, which you will undertake at IMB. Please visit the website for your program for more details.

How much does it cost?

The tuition fee for Honours will vary depending on the program and/or major in which you are enrolled. 

An indicative annual tuition fee for domestic students in 2018 is A$8,773, and A$40,000 for international students.

UQ Undergraduate Research Courses

Winter Research Programs

If you're a UQ undergraduate or Honours student who has completed at least one year of study, or a UQ Masters by coursework student, the UQ Winter Research Program provides an opportunity for you to gain research experience by working alongside leading researchers. You'll develop your knowledge and analytical, critical thinking and communication skills.

Research projects are available at IMB for between 4-6 weeks during the winter holidays, from mid-June to mid-July.

All students selected to be a Winter Research scholar will receive a Winter Research Grant valued at $1000. 

Applications are now closed and will reopen in 2018. For more details, please see the UQ Winter Research Program website.

Summer Research Programs

(1) If you are a UQ undergraduate or Honours student, who has completed at least one year of study, or a UQ Masters by coursework student, the UQ Summer Research Program provides an opportunity for you to gain research experience, by working alongside leading researchers, to develop your knowledge and analytical, critical thinking and communication skills. All successful applicants will receive a scholarship, as outlined on the program’s website.

(2) If you are studying outside of UQ, IMB offers a limited number of high-calibre students the opportunity to complete an IMB Summer Research Program, in order for you to be able to experience IMB’s research environment as part of your research career progression. Scholarships, of an equivalent value to the UQ scheme, will be offered on a competitive basis.

For both schemes, research projects are available at IMB for between 6-10 weeks over the summer vacation period (from mid-November to mid-February) and applications for both open on 9 July and close on 31 August 2018.

For IMB Summer projects, please visit employability.uq.edu.au/summer-research.

For a summary of the type of research undertaken by each IMB group, please see: imb.uq.edu.au/research-groups.