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Postgraduate study

Contribute to transforming mental health care and support
The Matilda Centre provides a challenging and supportive environment for postgraduate research students and access to internationally recognised researchers for supervision.

Candidates will work at the cutting edge of prevention, early intervention, treatment and epidemiological research on co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Our academics provide supervision to master's by research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students wishing to obtain advanced training in the fields of mental health and substance use.

Feedback from current PhD students

Logan Harvey, PhD student

Logan Harvey

I had worked as a Clinical Psychologist for a number of years before deciding to pursue a PhD based on my clinical work. I approached several universities and researchers, but my decision was rapidly made after making initial contact with the team at the Matilda Centre. I was quite surprised not only at the enthusiasm for my research, but also the level of support and opportunities on offer. I now have a team of supervisors guiding my research, each with their own strengths and areas of expertise. I have opportunities to develop my own research pathway while continuing my clinical work, and have a large team of other students, research assistants, and academics readily available for help when needed. The team at Matilda bring a lot of energy to their research, and their commitment to high quality research is rapidly helping me establish my research skills and career.

Anna Smout, PhD student

Anna Smout

I started as a research assistant in 2017 and began my PhD less than two years later. I didn’t expect to start a PhD so quickly, but with the support, enthusiasm and guidance of my supervisors, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. The culture of the Matilda Centre means all staff and students are continually offered opportunities for training, development and collaborations with researchers across the centre, Australia and all over the world. With a strong focus on evidence-based research and an appreciation for the bigger picture, I have already learnt so much from the academics and staff in the Centre. The wide range of expertise, perspectives and skills makes the Matilda Centre the perfect place to start your research career.

Thinking of starting postgraduate studies in mental health and substance use?

Our PhD handbook (1.1MB, pdf) provides a comprehensive overview of the Matilda Centre PhD group as well as:

  • Tips for developing your research areas and talking to potential supervisors
  • Supervision models
  • Scholarships and support

We have 19 academics available for research supervision at the Matilda Centre. Their Academic Profile Online includes their biographies, research interests and expertise.