Getting started in your graduate degree

Welcome to the Faculty of Science! You are about to commence on an exciting and challenging journey. These orientation activities will help you make the most of your experience at the University of Melbourne.

During Orientation: Making the most of Melbourne (12–23 February 2018) the Faculty of Science will host multiple orientation events for commencing graduate coursework students.

The university offers a range of other orientation programs. You can make your own orientation program at Orientation: Making the Most of Melbourne.

Faculty of Science Graduate Welcome

Monday 19 February 9.30 – 11.30am, Malaysian Theatre, Melbourne School of Design

All commencing graduate coursework students are invited to attend this session. This is an excellent opportunity to:

  • meet other graduate students
  • meet the Associate Dean Graduate Program, A/Prof. Andy Martin
  • receive an administrative briefing
  • meet current students
  • learn about university services at the Graduate Orientation Expo, with exhibits from the library, Academic Skills, Graduate Student Association, Job Ready program, Industry Engagement and Internships, In2Science, Counselling and Psychological Services.

Program orientations

Master of Biotechnology Monday 19 February 11.30am - 12.30pm, location TBC
Master of Computational Biology Wednesday 21 February, 10.00am - 12.00pm, Thomas Cherry Meeting Room, Peter Hall Building
Master of Data Science

Monday 19 February, 12.00pm - 1.00pm, Steve Howard Theatre, Doug McDonell Building

Graduate Diploma in Data Science

Monday 19 February, 12.00pm - 1.00pm, Steve Howard Theatre, Doug McDonell Building

Graduate Environmental Programs      Monday 19 February 11.30am - 1.00pm, Malaysian Theatre, Melbourne School of Design followed by the Graduate Environmental Program Networking Lunch, Terrace Lounge, Walter Boas Building 163 at 1.00pm
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science       Details forthcoming
Master of Geography       Orientation 26 February, 1.00 – 2.00pm, 221 Bouverie Street. Exact venue to be confirmed via email.
Master of Geoscience      

Consultations with the Master of Geoscience Program Coordinator available on Wednesday 21 February, 9.00am – 12.00pm, Fourth Floor Boardroom, McCoy Building (Earth Sciences)

Master of Science (Bioinformatics)       Monday 19 February, 11.45am - 12.45pm, Melbourne Bioinformatics Boardroom, 187 Grattan Street
Master of Science (Biosciences)       Details forthcoming
Master of Science (Chemistry)       School of Chemistry Induction and Safety Program Tuesday 20 - Thursday 22 February. Details to be sent directly to students via email.
Master of Science Computer Science       Monday 19 February, 11.45am - 12.45pm, Doug McDonell Building Seminar Room
Master of Science (Earth Science) Thursday 1 February, 10.00 - 11.00am Fourth Floor Tea Room, McCoy Building (Earth Sciences)
Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) Details forthcoming
Master of Science (Maths and Stats) Monday 19 February, 12.00 - 2.00pm Evan Williams Theatre, Peter Hall Building (160)
Master of Science (Physics)       Physics Introduction Session, Tuesday 20 February, 2.00 - 3.00pm, Geoff Opat Seminar Room, Level 6, David Caro Building
Master of Urban Horticulture       Monday 26 February, 3.00pm, MB10 in the Main Building at Burnley Campus
Master of Science (Epidemiology)       Wednesday 21 February, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Basement Theatre, 207 Bouverie Street Carlton; please RSVP

Supporting resources

The University has a range of resources available to assist with your transition and to make connections:


The Handbook is the University’s ultimate course and subject guide. In the Handbook, you will find program rules, information on subject timetables as well as prerequisites.

Graduate Welcome Guide

The Graduate Welcome Guide is sent to all commencing graduate coursework students. This Guide provides detailed information to support your subject selection.

English Language Development Program

The Graduate Science Language Development Program is a free face-to-face workshop that takes place during Semester 1. It offers participants the opportunity to develop their language skills among fellow science students. Places are limited and applications are required.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the student representative body for all graduate students at the University of Melbourne. The GSA run events throughout the year and is available to consult for questions about your rights as a student.

Academic Skills

The Academic Skills Unit provides workshops and face-to-face consultations for graduate students, to assist with academic skills development and can assist with topics including returning to learning, motivation, tertiary writing and time management.