At St Vincent’s Institute, we pride ourselves on our national and international reputation for excellence in medical research. It’s what attracts the high calibre of researchers and students at SVI, who are working to improve the health of the community through medical research.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate training provides students with exposure to cutting-edge research techniques and skill development in areas such as gene expression analysis and immunological assays, x-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, cell culture, proteomics, genomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics.

In addition, our diverse range of learning and collaborative research environments in areas such as cell biology, protein structural biology, biochemistry, immunology, cell signalling and regenerative medicine; as well as clinical and bioinformatics research exposes our students to a broad range of career opportunities.

But don’t just take our word for it; hear about the SVI experience from some of our current students:

More student videos can be viewed here.

Current student opportunities

If you are willing and eager to get your hands dirty in a working lab with skilled and enthusiastic researchers who are at the top of their game and focused on improving the health of the community, we are currently offering a range of learning opportunities for Honours, Masters and PhD students in research areas including cancer, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, bone and heart disease.

Visit our student projects page for more information available for Honours, Masters and PhD studies commencing in 2020. We can help you develop the skills, experience and knowledge you need to take the next step in your career.


Top-up Scholarships of $5,000 per annum are available for PhD students at the Institute.

St Vincent’s Student Society

The Student Society is run by students who organise both social and career development events throughout the year, including journal clubs, BBQs, ice skating, trivia nights, movie evenings and the Postgraduate Ball. The annual Student Retreat provides great educational and socialising opportunities for students.