Getting started in your graduate degree

Congratulations and welcome! You've received an offer to study with us, and you're probably wondering what the next steps are. Here we'll try to answer all your questions about the exciting journey you'll soon be embarking on.

Ana Leitão, Doctor of Philosophy (Science)

"What I love about research in science is that you are constantly learning something new, just by being curious and posing questions to answer hypotheses, discussing with your peers or even just reading your colleagues’ work."

Read more about Ana's journey in Science.

Your Orientation activities

Graduate Welcome with student Q&A Panel

Thursday 30 July, 10am - 11:30am

Register for Graduate Orientation

To give you the best possible start to your degree, we highly recommend that you come and hear from Associate Dean of Graduate Programs - Andy Martin at the Faculty of Science Graduate Welcome.  Learn about what to expect as a graduate student within the Faculty of Science and hear from current graduate students about their experiences!

Course Orientation sessions

Happening throughout the week

Every graduate course has its own individual orientation session, make sure to check out yours to get all the specific information or training necessary for your degree.


Date and time

Chemistry Safety Induction (Day 1)
Chemistry Safety Induction (Day 2)
Chemistry Safety Induction (Day 3)

Tue 28 July, 9am - 4pm
Wed 29 July, 9am - 4pm
Thu 30 July, 9am - 4pm

Graduate Environmental Programs
Master of Environment
Graduate Diploma in Environment
Graduate Certificate in Environment

Tue 28 July - 1pm - 2:30pm

Ecosystems & Forest Sciences Programs
Master of Urban Horticulture
Master of Science (Ecosystem Science)
Graduate Certificate in Urban Horticulture 
Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture
Graduate Certificate in Garden Design

Thu 30 July, 4pm - 5pm

Master of Biotechnology

Wed 29 July, 3pm - 4:30pm

Master of Data Science

Thu 30 July, 12pm - 1pm

Master of Environmental Science

Thu 30 July, 12:15pm - 3:15pm

Master of Geography

Thu 30 July, 11:45 - 12:45pm

Master of Science (Bioinformatics)

Thu 30 July, 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Master of Science (Biosciences) + Biosciences Honours

Wed 29 July, 1pm - 2:30pm

Master of Science (Earth Sciences)

Thu 16 July, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Master of Science (Mathematics & Statistics)

Thu 30 July, 11:45 - 12:45pm

Master of Science (Physics)

Mon 27 July, 2pm - 3pm

Master of Science Research Projects information - all disciplines

Fri 31 July, 2pm - 2:30pm

University services and opportunities

Get to know what is available to you and where to go for help!




Thu 30 July

Academic Skills: Transitioning to graduate studies 
11:45am - 12:45pm

Spend the hour hearing from the Academic Skills team's teachers and learn about the fantastic resources their team has to offer.

Mindfulness with Counselling and Psychological Services 
1:30pm - 2:15pm

Join together in a brief guided mindfulness exercise and learn more about the free health and wellbeing services available to you at university.

Introduction to Library Services with Q&A 
3:30pm - 4:15pm

Hear about important information designed for science graduate students who are new to research at UniMelb from your librarians working in the Science and Engineering library team.

Getting an Internship
4:15pm - 5pm

Come along to this information session to find out more about how to get academic credit for completing an internship.

Thu 31 July

Graduate Student Association (GSA) - Information session 
1pm - 1:30pm

Learn about how GSA can represent you, the Grad group, their social engagement, as well as the academic and transition to work support they offer!

Research Projects in Graduate Science
2pm - 2:30pm

If you're studying the Master of Science in any discipline, then you'll be required to complete a research project as part of your degree. Make sure to attend this information session to hear about how it's structured, the assessment involved and important enrolment details.

Make sure you're ready to start

  1. Accepting your offer

    We’re honoured that you’ve chosen to further your passion for science at the University of Melbourne. Accept your offer via the Student Portal or the Application Portal. If you wish to change to a later commencement date, please apply to defer.

  2. Getting started

    Here’s a handy checklist to work through, to make sure you’ve taken care of administrative tasks including getting your student card, accessing your student email, and accessing the LMS.

  3. Planning your course

    To explore your subject options and understand the course structure, find your course in the University of Melbourne Handbook. The Handbook is the University’s official source of course and subject information.

    Check out the handbook here!

    Once you’ve selected your subjects, follow these enrolment instructions for International and Domestic students.

  4. Important dates

    Semester 2 Orientation: 27 – 31 July

    Semester 2, 2020: 3 August – 1 November

    Check out other key semester dates here!

    Important note: Some of our courses start on dates other than those above. Please check your letter of offer for your course’s start.

  5. Campus information

    Want to get to know your campus better? Download the app ‘GooseChase’ search for Science Faculty – Virtual Tour and complete some fun missions!

Further information for your studies

  • Student services

    If you have any questions about your offer or enrolment, or anything about student services, contact Stop 1 team for support. You can also check out FAQs on ask.unimelb to see if your question has already been answered.

    For help with health, welfare, careers, IT support and more, the Student Services Directory will connect you with the right person. Remember that the university offers free psychology services for all students, which you can access at any time.

  • Academic assistance

    Check out the Academic Skills workshops and arrange individual tutorials where they will provide resources to help you succeed in your studies. They can help with skills like essay writing, preparing for exams or oral presentations, or even just managing time better.

    Need some help in developing your English language skills?  Take the Diagnostic English Language Assessment (DELA) when commencing studies and assess your strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing and listening. For further support apply to be a part of the Graduate Science Academic English Tutorial; a free face-to-face program for graduate students to develop their language skills among fellow science students.

  • Important pages for you

    The Learning Management System (LMS) provides a secure environment for online teaching and learning, with access to subject materials, schedules, lecture notes and recordings, and tutorial questions. You will also access assessment information through the LMS.

    My.unimelb is used to access the University Library and the LMS, as well as to manage enrolment, view your results, check announcements and book advisor appointments.

  • Clubs and societies

    Join a club or society - a great way to meet people, develop a skill, stay fit, or just have fun! Also consider joining the University Student Union (UMSU), UMSU International and the Graduate Student Association.

  • Scholarships

    You may be eligible for scholarships and not even know. Check out the Find the Right Scholarship search and see!

  • Stay in touch

    You’ll receive the monthly GradSc_News e-newsletter, which will keep you up to date with opportunities and important news for graduate science students. The Science Student News Facebook is full of information about upcoming events, current news, and job and scholarship listings.