Studying at Flinders

There are several routes to graduate studies at Flinders, and members of the Edwards lab come from all different routes. Each program has different entrance requirements, forms, and protocols, so you should contact the graduate advisors for each of the programs to seek further advice. 

Honours Research

We are always looking for honours students to tackle different, exciting, and challenging projects. Talk to Rob if you are thinking about an honours in bioinformatics, molecular biology, microbiology, or biotechnology.

Master’s Degrees

The master’s programs are a great way to come to see if you like the university and the professors and to study before applying to the PhD programs. If you get good grades in the master’s courses it is a lot easier to be accepted into the PhD program!

Ph. D. programs

We are always looking for talented students to study for the three year PhD program at Flinders. We have a range of scholarships available. The easiest route to the PhD is via the one-year honours program, but for international students there are options to get straight into the PhD program. Reach out and talk to Rob and we’ll get you on the right track!

Here are the steps to apply for our PhD program.

  1. Check the how to apply page for the steps and details
  2. We will need to write a project outline. This is only ~500 words. I will help you with this process and we should work together on it. Your project outline should include the following points:
    • suggested title.
    • a brief statement of what your will research try to achieve: What is its aim? What are the objectives?
    • Demonstrate how your proposed research aligns with my other work (that is easy!).
    • Find out what has already been published in the area. Your project must aim to make a significant –and for doctoral level, original- contribution to that field.
    • Demonstrate originality.
    • Include the proposed methodology.
    • Include a timeline NB full-time PhDs are expected to be completed within three years (thesis only degrees).
    • Include a bibliography.
    • Estimate any potential significant projects costs, if possible
  3. Apply online at the page either for domestic students or for international students.
  4. Check out the scholarships application page

The most successful applicants to our PhD programs, regardless of whether they are in Biology or Computational Science, typically have a first author publication to complement a competitive gpa. If you are thinking about grad school, think publications!