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Masters and PhD

Our commitment to you

Inspiring students and fostering the next generation of scientists are what we do best. HRI is committed to providing an exciting and encouraging environment of research excellence and mentoring for postgraduate students to carry out their research and advance their scientific careers.

HRI students are provided with a wide range of practical, intellectual and emotional support from their supervisors, membership to and the associated benefits of an early-mid career research (EMCR) group, as well as the support and collegiality of the research family at HRI.

Our PhD students benefit from world-class research training, interaction with a diverse array of research groups across our own institute and that of our collaborative partners, and a variety of opportunities to learn more widely from some of Australia’s best medical researchers.

PhD opportunities for advanced clinical trainees

HRI offers advanced clinical trainees the opportunity to undertake a PhD with one of our research groups in Sydney, Australia. HRI holds a longstanding relationship with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), with several of our group leaders sharing clinical appointments with RPA within the Departments of Cardiology and Haematology.


PhD candidates who are successful in securing an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship are also awarded an HRI top-up scholarship of $A6000.


HRI welcomes honours students from a variety of affiliated universities and disciplines, including The University of Sydney (Sydney Medical School, the Schools of Medical Sciences [SOMS], Life Sciences [SOLS], and Aeronautical, Mechanical and Megatronic Engineering [AMME]); the University of New South Wales (UNSW); and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). ​

Undertaking honours at HRI

The program is heavily devoted to the student’s research project, and thereby emphasises the importance of experimental design, data collection and analysis, literature reviews and troubleshooting. Undertaking your honours degree with HRI is not only a great way to further investigate cardiovascular disease, it can also open up a plethora of career opportunities not limited to science.​


All selected HRI honours students will receive a scholarship valued at $A2000.

Candidates will receive support and advice from their supervisor and the HRI research grants management team in applying for a number of available national postgraduate scholarships (government, NHMRC, NHF, other).

Undergraduate opportunities

Research placements

HRI offers summer research placements to Australian and New Zealand undergraduate students through several scholarship programs. These placements provide high-achieving, research-focused students the opportunity to work on a medical research project directly related to cardiovascular disease, expand on their skills and knowledge, and be mentored in a world-class research institute. ​

These scholarships vary in duration from 6-10 weeks, and can offer opportunities for further undergraduate and postgraduate study, beyond summer placement. ​

The focus on positive clinical outcomes and increasing understanding of the mechanisms and therefore possible solutions to cardiovascular diseases makes me proud to have worked in the organisation for the last two months, and the importance of the work you all do cannot be overstated.

Emily McCarthy
NZ Summer Scholarship Recipient

Undergraduate summer scholarship placements are also open to students from Australian universities. Please contact us via the form at the bottom of this page for more information.​

Positions available

HRI is currently seeking highly motivated, results-focussed Summer Scholars, Honours, Masters and PhD students with projects available in all of our research groups.

HRI doctoral research projects incorporate a diverse range of fields including biology, chemistry and drug discovery, biomedical engineering, physics, implementation research and clinical trials.


Students can undertake their doctoral studies through a number of affiliated universities, including The University of Sydney. For students enrolling through UNSW, UTS or Western Sydney University (WSU), please contact our student coordinator via the contact form below for more information.


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