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Research infrastructure

Melbourne, Victoria is home to quality research infrastructure and expertise, world-renowned research institutes and state-of-the art technology centres.  There are many opportunities for students to be part of these exciting research areas.

Australia has a long and proud tradition of world class research and development. With a first class education system and unique, innovative culture Victoria, Australia has attracted many of the world’s top organisations to establish their Research and Development operations here.

Victoria's research strengths lie in:

  • biotechnology
  • agricultural and food technologies
  • medical and pharmaceutical research and nanotechnology
  • information and communication technologies
  • industrial and advanced manufacturing technologies  
  • clean technology - environmental and energy technologies
  • governance and public policy.


As well as hosting many private business research and development institutes, Victoria is also home to many of Australia’s most important public and private sector research establishments.

Australian Synchrotron

Australia's major national research facility, the Australian Synchrotron is ranked as world class and has a growing reputation for producing high quality results.

Classified as the largest scientific user facility in the southern hemisphere, the Australian Synchrotron is recognised for major breakthroughs across a wide range of scientific and industrial applications, from medical research to micro manufacturing.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Peter MacCallum is the largest cancer research group in Australia, with 500 scientists, clinician researchers, research nurses, support staff and health professionals.

Major areas of research include: cancer immunology, tumour microenvironment and tissue architecture, molecular genetics and human cancer, clinical trials, molecular and cellular therapeutics, a centre for cancer imaging, supportive care and radiation research.

Nanotechnology Victoria

Nanotechnology Victoria is a joint venture between four major universities: Victoria University, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and RMIT University.

One of its aims is to develop new sources of competitive advantage for existing and emerging industries in Victoria using advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology. They are also focused on marketing Victoria’s capabilities and technology outcomes nationally and internationally.

Victorian Medical Research Institutes

Victorian Universities with Major Medical Research Capabilities

Victorian Health Services with Major Medical Research Capabilities

Other Victorian Medical Research Organisations


Research Scholarship opportunities in Melbourne and Victoria

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Last updated: 27 Jun 2013

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