Studying at the Diamantina Institute:

UQDI is an internationally recognised research facility where clinical and medical sciences converge in the translational research of cancer, disorders of immune regulation and genomic medicine.  UQDI is part of the Translational Research Institute (TRI)-‘translating laboratory success into benefits for patients’. UQDI and the TRI are based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane thus enabling UQDIs strong clinical interactions.

 We offer the following Research Higher Degrees:

Masters and PhD programs at the Diamantina Institute require a Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) and either an Honours or M.Sc., or appropriate experience.  On average, the PhD takes 4 years to complete and the MPhil takes 2 years. All PhD students enter the program as provisional candidates for the first year and undergo an oral presentation and interview before they are admitted as full candidates.

Support from Leading Scientists:

In addition to the support from your principal supervisor who will guide your development as a research scientist, we also appoint a thesis committee to support you throughout the project. We have a seminar series with regular talks on the latest research topics given by leading scientists from universities across Australia and around the world, as well as by our own research staff and students. The Institute also offers a mentoring program that enables students to connect with people further along the career path who can help you grow in your career. 

Professional Development:

We are keen to support our students’ professional development, so we organise workshops on bioinformatics, bioethics, business, scientific writing, scientific presentations and other key areas that will help you grow as a researcher. You also have the opportunity to build your confidence in presenting your science to others by giving regular talks to your research group and Institute colleagues. Additionally, all students compete in the UQ Three Minute Thesis during their program, which is a great opportunity to learn to present your research succinctly to a general audience. Our dedicated writing coach can help you with your scientific writing and also individualised English-language support for ESL students.

Travel and Conferences

We offer finishing PhD students information and help on obtaining postdoctoral fellowships and encourage them to visit other labs and attend international conferences to secure a postdoctoral position. Travel awards are available for conference and workshop travel both domestically and internationally. Our graduates have gone on to work at labs in the USA, Europe, Asia and around Australia.

Research Seminars:

The UQDI postgraduate program aims to provide students with training beyond the boundaries of their specific research program. This is facilitated by a series of weekly lectures and seminars by both internal and external speakers. The content and structure of this program will evolve and change along with the ongoing evolution of biomedical science and in response to student and advisor feedback.

Exposure to Commercialisation:

With the commercialisation successes at the Diamantina Institute, we are focused on giving our students not only an all-round medical research education but also an introduction to topics such as commercialisation, biobusiness and intellectual property. These are designed to make all students aware of important or current issues at the interface of industry and basic research. Working at the cutting-edge of technology, it is imperative for students to also understand the impact science has on contemporary society.

What to do next?

Step 1 - Find a Research Project

For information on current postgraduate projects that are being offered by different laboratories in the Institute, please refer to the Research section and contact the relevant research leader directly to discuss a project. 

Is it highly recommended that students and potential supervisors interview each other in person or via Skype. To assist with this we have created an interview guide, which can be found here. 
Step 2 -  Complete the online application form via the Graduate School Website

Once a researcher has agreed to support your application and you have decided on a project to pursue together, please complete the online application form via the Graduate School website: You will be asked to upload a copy of your current CV as well as your academic records.  Your CV should include a list of publications along with hyperlinks to the article if available and the impact factor rating for the journal if possible. Your academic records should show your grades for each course and also the credit value for each course, especially for the courses that comprise the research component of your program.

This step serves as your Expression of Interest to study at UQ Diamantina Institute and replaces the former Expression of Interest process. Please do not complete the online form until a researcher has agreed to support your application.

Step 3 -  The UQ Diamantina Institute Education Committee will assess your qualifications

Your qualifications will be assessed by the Education Committee and you will be advised if  Diamantina Institute will support your application. You will then be asked to contact two referees to complete the required form, and your proposed advisor will be asked to complete the School Recommendation form. Any other outstanding documents will also be requested at this time. Once everything is received the Postgraduate Administration Officer will review the application, the Postgraduate Coordinator will sign the recommendation, and all documents will be sent to the Graduate School.

Step 4 - The Graduate School will assess your application for admission and/or scholarship

The Graduate School will formally assess your application. They will advise you of any outstanding requirements and they will issue you with an offer. This final step usually takes approximately 4-6 weeks. Scholarship announcements are made separately from offers of admission and details of relevant dates can be found at


Research Higher Degree section

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - Specialising in Translational Research

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