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.

Faculty of Science Graduate Welcome

Monday 25 February 9.30 – 1.00pm, Basement Theatre and Foyer, Melbourne School of Design

Welcome and information session: 9.30am – 10.30am (Basement Theatre)
Graduate Expo: 10.30am – 11.30am (Basement Foyer)
Free Lunch: 11.30am – 1.00pm (School of Physics Lawn)

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
  • A free lunch will be offered to all attending students!

Orientation sessions

Orientation sessions will be run for many of our graduate programs. Date, time and locations details will be updated shortly.


Orientation Session

Master of Biotechnology

Session 1: Monday 25 February, 1:15pm - 2:15pm, Room G26/G27, BioSciences 1, building 123
Session 2: Friday 1 March, 11:00am - 11:30am, Room G26/G27, BioSciences 1, building 123
Welcome lunch: Friday 1 March, 12:00pm, Room G26/G27, BioSciences 1, building 123

Master of Computational Biology

Monday 25 February, 2:00pm. Prof James McCaw's office, room 303, Level 3, Old Geology South.

Master of Data Science

Graduate Diploma in Data Science

Monday 25 February, 1:15 – 2:15pm, Laby Theatre, Physics South L108.

Master of Ecosystem Management and Conservation

Friday 22 February, 3:30 – 5:00pm. Enrolled students will be contacted with location details.

Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Planning and Management

Monday 11 February, 2:00 – 3:00pm. This will take place after the lunch bread during the first day of FRST90025 – Patterns and Processes of Landscape Fire.

Master of Environment

Graduate Certificate in Environment

Graduate Diploma in Environment

Monday 25 February, 11:30am – 12:45pm, Malaysian Theatre, Melbourne School of Design.

This session will be followed by a Networking Lunch from 12:45pm – 2:30pm at the Terrace Lounge, Walter Boas Building 163.

Master of Environmental Science

Monday 25 February, 1:00 - 2:00pm, Fritz Loewe Theatre, Earth Sciences building 200

Master of Geography

Tuesday 5 March, 11:00am, venue TBC.

Master of Science (Bioinformatics)

Monday 25 February, 2:00 – 3:00pm, Melbourne Bioinformatics Boardroom, 187 Grattan Street.

Master of Science (BioSciences)

Monday 25 February, 1:15pm - 2:15pm, Room G26/G27, BioSciences 1, building 123
Welcome lunch: Friday 1 March, 12:00pm, Room G26/G27, BioSciences 1, building 123

Master of Science (Chemistry)

Tuesday 26 February, 9.15am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 27 February, 9:30am – 5:00pm and
Thursday 28 February 9:15am – 4:00pm, Cuming Theatre, School of Chemistry

This is a mandatory program and all students are required to participate. Attendance at all lectures and successful completion of the safety exam is compulsory. Students who do no meet this requirements will not be permitted to commence research. The School of Chemistry is strongly committed to the safety of all its members, and new research students at all levels are required to have completed the School's Safety Induction Program.

Master of Science (Earth Sciences)

Friday 1 February, 10:00 - 11:00am,  4th floor tea room, Earth Sciences, building 200

Master of Science (Ecosystem Science)

Monday 4 March, 5:30-7:00 pm, MB11 Seminar Room, Main Building, Burnley Campus.

Master of Science (Maths and Stats)

Monday 25 February, 1:15 - 2:45pm, Evan Williams Theatre, Peter Hall Building

There will be an orientation presentation in the Evan Williams Theatre, Peter Hall Building, 1:15 - 2:15pm, followed by afternoon tea in the Staff Tea Room.

Master of Science (Physics)

Monday 25 February, 2:00 – 3:00pm, Geoff Opat Seminar Room, Level 6, David Caro Building.

Master of Urban Horticulture

Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture

Graduate Certificate in Garden Design

Graduate Certificate in Green Infrastructure

Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture

Monday 4 March, 5:30-7:00 pm, MB11 Seminar Room, Main Building, Burnley Campus.

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.

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.