What is a Bachelor of Science Graduate Degree Package?

If you’ve just finished year 12, a graduate degree package or guaranteed entry will combine your undergraduate and graduate degrees to help you become a leader in your field.

If you have a specific career in mind, a graduate degree package is a combined offer for both your undergraduate degree and a place in a specialised graduate program. There are also other guaranteed entry options and career pathways to help you focus on your career goals.

So if you’ve just finished year 12 and you have a career goal in mind, a Graduate Degree Package or a guaranteed entry pathway can help you follow your dreams from day one.

What Graduate Degree Packages are available?

If you’re interested in studying science at the University of Melbourne, you can begin your career with a Bachelor of Science and then specialise at graduate level with one of the following packages:

Who can apply for a Graduate Degree Package?

Graduate Degree Packages are for students who have just completed an Australian year 12 or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia. Domestic students can apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) while international students can apply for a full fee-paying place.

How do I apply for a Graduate Degree Package?

You can apply for a Graduate Degree Package through VTAC. Each Package has a unique VTAC Course Code you can add to your preference list.

If you don’t score the ATAR required for a Graduate Degree Package, you can still follow your career goals through your undergraduate degree. You can apply for a graduate program once you’ve completed your bachelors degree.

If you don’t achieve the ATAR for a package, you can’t automatically be considered for the Bachelor of Science. If you would like to be considered for an offer for a Bachelor of Science, you need to include this course individually in your preference list.

Find out more about Graduate Degree Packages

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements for each Graduate Degree Package will depend on what you want to study. First, you need to meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Science. Then, through your Bachelor of Science, you’ll need to complete the entry requirements for your graduate course.

  • Health Sciences

    Graduate Degree Package

    ATAR

    Additional Entry Requirements

    Bachelor of Science and the Doctor of Dental Surgery

    99.85+

    Prerequisite subjects must be satisfied for the graduate degree on the first attempt

    Bachelor of Science and the Doctor of Optometry

    99.00+

    Prerequisite subjects must be satisfied for the graduate degree on the first attempt

    Bachelor of Science and the Doctor of Physiotherapy

    98.00+

    Prerequisite subjects must be satisfied for the graduate degree on the first attempt

  • Data Science

    Graduate Degree Package

    ATAR

    Additional Entry Requirements

    Bachelor of Science and the Master of Data Science

    96.00+

    WAM 65%+

    Prerequisite subjects must be satisfied

  • Engineering

    Graduate Degree Package

    ATAR

    Additional Entry Requirements

    Bachelor of Science and the Master of Engineering

    96.00+

  • Law

    Graduate Degree Package

    ATAR

    Additional Entry Requirements

    Bachelor of Science and the Juris Doctor

    99.80+

  • Teaching

    Graduate Degree Package

    ATAR

    Additional Entry Requirements

    Bachelor of Science and the Master of Teaching

    95.00+

    Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) to be completed during Year 12 or during the undergraduate degree.

    Applicants intending to progress to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) must also satisfy the requirements for two learning areas.

  • Veterinary Medicine

    Graduate Degree Package

    ATAR

    Additional Entry Requirements

    Bachelor of Science and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

    98.50+

    WAM 70%+ (in both Level 1 and Level 2 science subjects)

    Bachelor of Science with a major in Animal Health and Disease (Veterinary Bioscience specialisation) is required

    Personal statement to be submitted at the time of enrolment in the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation.

What is guaranteed entry?

Guaranteed entry pathways are available if you know you want to complete your undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Melbourne, but you’re not quite sure about what you’d like to study. It’s okay if you’re deciding, you can still secure your place.

For example, you might know that you want to study a Bachelor of Science and have a career in health sciences. If you can’t decide between a pathway to medicine, dentistry or physiotherapy, you can start you science degree and plan your graduate studies based on your experiences at uni.

If you achieve an ATAR between 94.00 and 99.98, you can secure a guaranteed place in selected graduate degrees. You don’t have to decide which degree straight away. You can decide on your graduate degree closer to finishing your undergraduate studies.

So, you can apply for your Bachelor of Science through VTAC, and then figure out your graduate study options as you go.

Find out more about guaranteed entry pathways

Who can apply for guaranteed entry?

Guarantee entry pathways are available to all domestic and international students who complete an Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia. To qualify, you need to achieve an ATAR between 94.00 and 99.98.

To be eligible for guaranteed entry, you need to enrol in a University of Melbourne undergraduate degree immediately following year 12 or be granted a deferral by the University. If you transfer from another university, you won’t be eligible for guaranteed entry pathways.

How do I apply for guaranteed entry?

When you submit your application for your graduate course, you’ll be able to nominate that you’re eligible for a guaranteed pathway on the application form. The usual application deadline apply for everyone, including those eligible for guaranteed entry.

Is guaranteed entry different to a Graduate Degree Package?

Yes, a Graduate Degree Package is an offer made through VTAC, so you’ll start university knowing that you have a place in your graduate degree. For guaranteed entry, you’ll start your undergraduate degree with the option to choose your graduate course later on. You’re still guaranteed a place, but you will apply for you graduate degree towards the end of your undergraduate degree.

What if I’m already a University of Melbourne student?

If you’re already enrolled in a course at the University of Melbourne, you can still find some guaranteed entry or other pathway options.

Explore your Graduate Study Options

Is there guaranteed entry that doesn’t rely on my ATAR?

Even if you didn’t receive an ATAR to secure a place in a Graduate Degree Package or guaranteed entry pathway, many graduate courses will focus on your results at university. You can still apply for any of the graduate programs mentioned on this page if you meet the entry requirements.

Explore your graduate study options

Degrees with guaranteed entry:

Degrees that offer guaranteed entry have entry requirements specific to that course.

  • Master of Food Science

    Degree

    Notes regarding guaranteed entry

    Master of Food Science

    Applicants who achieved an ATAR (or notional ATAR) between 96.00 and 99.85 in Year 12 and commence and complete an undergraduate course at the University of Melbourne with a weighted average mark of 65% or higher are guaranteed a Commonwealth Supported Place (for domestic students) or international fee place. Undergraduate degree must be in a cognate discipline. Students must maintain a weighted average mark of 70% of higher in the final two years.

  • Master of Science

    Degree

    Notes regarding guaranteed entry

    Master of Science (All Streams)

    Applicants who receive an ATAR (or notional ATAR) between 94.00 and 95.95 in Year 12 and commence and complete an undergraduate course at the University of Melbourne with a weighted average mark of 75% or higher are guaranteed an Australian fee place (for domestic students) or international fee place.

    Applicants who achieved an ATAR (or notional ATAR) between 96.00 and 99.85 in Year 12 and commence and complete an undergraduate course at the University of Melbourne with a weighted average mark of 65% or higher are guaranteed a Commonwealth Supported Place (for domestic students) or international fee place.

    All students must meet entry requirements which may include arrangement of a supervisor for the research project prior to application, please refer to information about specific Master of Science streams for more details. Undergraduate degree must be in a cognate discipline.

  • Master of Urban Horticulture

    Degree

    Notes regarding guaranteed entry

    Master of Urban Horticulture

    Applicants who achieved an ATAR (or notional ATAR) between 96.00 and 99.85 in Year 12 and commence and complete an undergraduate course at the University of Melbourne with a weighted average mark of 65% or higher are guaranteed a Commonwealth Supported Place (for domestic students) or international fee place. Undergraduate degree must be in a cognate discipline. Students must maintain a weighted average mark of 70% of higher in the final two years.