Year 10 Work Experience

Want to know what it would be like to be a scientist? During the Faculty of Science Year 10 Work Experience Program, you will participate in workshops and activities in a STEM discipline of your choice. You will meet new friends and scientific role models, as well as get a taste of university life. Places are limited.

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the University has adopted a series of changes to reduce the risk of infection in the community. We continue to follow expert government and health advice, and prioritise the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors.

The 2021 work experience program

This year's Year 10 Work Experience program will be a blended model of online and on-campus activities. More details will be available closer to the program dates.


Monday 21 June–Friday 25 June

Program streams

This year we are running nine discipline streams – see 2021 program streams below for more information. Students must nominate their top three preferences as part of the application process.

Program activities

Each discipline stream will offer a unique set of activities that are part of a career in STEM including conducting experiments, attending seminars, collaborating with others on research projects, and presenting their own findings.

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Year 10 Earth Sciences Work Experience students

2021 program streams

  • Astrophysics

    If high school physics is the study of gravity, centripetal forces, and energy transfer – then astrophysics builds on that to investigate dark matter, new galaxies, and how our wider Universe works.

  • Bio21

    The Bio21 Institute seeks to improve human health and the environment through innovation in molecular life sciences and biotechnology, driven by collaborative research and dynamic interactions with industry. The University of Melbourne's Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute) is a multidisciplinary research centre specialising in medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology. Accommodating more than 600 research scientists, students and industry participants, the Bio21 Institute is one of the largest biotechnology research centres in Australia.

  • Engineering/IT

    How did humans build sustainable and innovative communities that spread worldwide? Engineering includes the study of the natural environment, transport, machines, buildings, and even humans. It strives to improve the physical structures that society is established on in ways that benefit both humans and the planet.

    IT is a rapidly moving field that explores the way we manage and store data. The flow of information across the world has become crucial for businesses, governments, and individuals. It is expanding human society to an entirely different platform, as more of our world goes online.

  • Earth Sciences and Geography: People, Rocks, Landscapes, Climate and Weather

    Earth Sciences and Geography draws from diverse fields of science to study Earth’s physical and chemical properties, the origins of life, the environmental and human effects of natural disasters, the distributions of minerals and resources needed to sustain our future planet, the evolution of Indigenous cultures and landscapes, the drivers and trajectories of climate change, and the dynamics of human behaviour. This week will cover diverse topics, from earthquakes and volcanoes, to climate change, to engineering geology, to the diversity of human behaviours and cultures.

  • Growing Forests (Creswick Campus)

    Planting forests is a good thing for the planet but which tree species should be planted where? Join the Forest Science team at the Creswick campus to immerse yourself in a forest and learn how scientists measure and analyse them. This will be a group problem based experience and you will be tasked to report back on an afforestation trial planted next to the Creswick campus to provide some advice on which tree species are best to be grown in the region as part of farm forestry initiatives.

    During this experience you will also get to know how forests grow, how they a valued by communities and what farm forestry is all about (hint – growing forests on farms). There is also a bushfire research team on campus and we may even get a chance to conduct some fire based experiments too. If you are keen on the environment and are thinking about a career involving forests, then this could be the experience for you!

  • Mathematics and Statistics

    Originally mathematicians engaged in pure mathematics – mathematics for its own sake, without having any application in mind. Today, however, almost all practical applications begin with mathematical foundations. Regarded as the root of all sciences, mathematics and statistics is now essential for millions of people to understand the growing amount of data in every field of study and work. It also helps us make everyday decisions (whether we realise it or not).

  • Nanoscale Imaging

    In science, the ability to truly observe phenomena has always been as good as the technology behind it. Be it tiny bacteria or even tinier nanostructures used to create materials that could change the world, nanoscale imaging is crucial to discoveries.

  • Particle physics

    Called “high energy physics”, particle physics explores all kinds of particles, and the forces that form the Universe. What makes up an atom, and in how many ways can it exist? Can we make new fundamental particles?

  • Urban Ecosystems (Burnley Campus)

    How do we bring nature into our cities? Researchers at the University of Melbourne's Burnley campus help green our city’s landscape by strategic planting on spaces such as roofs and walls, and also develop vegetation techniques to adapt to climate change – all of which will transform the urban environments of the future. In this stream, students will have the opportunity to learn on campus in Burnley and take a tour through the City of Melbourne to see innovative green infrastructure.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of term 1.

For other enquiries please send an email to