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The Thompson Institute offers a range of opportunities for students and the community.

Tertiary pathways

The Thompson Institute has many opportunities available for undergraduate students, postgraduate students, researchers and academics.


USC undergraduate students can undertake Honours projects with research teams at the Thompson Institute.

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Postgraduate programs

Our Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Neuroscience are the only postgraduate programs of their kind to be delivered fully online. Learn from Thompson Institute experts at the forefront of mental health and neuroscience research and clinical service delivery. Areas of focus include youth mental health and neurobiology, suicidality and suicide prevention, and recent and novel approaches to mental health treatment, such as psychedelics and brain stimulation.

Higher degree by research

Opportunities are available to undertake Higher Degree by Research at the Thompson Institute. Potential candidates can contact the research team directly to find out more about the opportunities available.

Research Areas:

View our full list of HDR study opportunities.

Science Mentors - Frontiers for Young Minds

Late PhD, early career researchers and researchers can become science mentors for Frontiers for Young Minds. Science mentors provide guidance for young reviewers, and must work in the fields of Neuroscience and/or Mental Health.

If you are interested in being a science mentor, contact Daniel Hermens, Professor of Youth Mental Health.

The Thompson Institute encourages researchers to submit papers to Frontiers for Young Minds to develop their skills in translating their research for a young audience. This broadens the reach of their research and helps inspire future researchers.

General practitioners

Our experts provide Mental Health Skills Training for GPs. Attendees will gain the knowledge and skills needed to provide and manage evidence-based, person-centred mental health care through high-quality treatment plans (GPMHTPs). RACGP accredited, 40 CPD points, attendees eligible to claim mental health MBS item numbers 2715 and 2717. Find out more.


The Thompson Institute offers a variety of mental health focused events and training opportunities of interest to the general public, students, people with Lived Experience and health care professionals. These include forums, workshops, training, panel discussions, collaborations, programs and film screenings.

High schools - future scientists and researchers

Young people can gain experience and understanding in neuroscience research, brain imaging technology and mental health.

Summer internship

We offer a summer internship for secondary students interested in neuroscience, research and mental health. Find out more and apply.

Frontiers for Young Minds

Young people interested in neuroscience and mental health can become reviewers for Frontiers for Young Minds. A young reviewer works with a Science Mentor to provide feedback to authors that will make their articles clear and interesting to a young audience. The Thompson Institute can provide this opportunity for young people as individual reviewers or a classroom of young reviewers. Find out more and register your interest.

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