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

Wednesday 18 July 9.30 – 11.30am, Venue to be confirmed

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.

Orientation sessions

ProgramDate and timeLocation

Master of Biotechnology

Wednesday 18 July,
11.30am - 12.30pm


Master of Environment

Wednesday 18 July,

Hercus Theatre (Room L105), Physics South

Master of Forest Ecosystem Science

Wednesday 18 July,
1pm - 2pm

Conference Room 136, Baldwin Spencer Building

Master of Geography

Wednesday 25 July,
10:45am - 11:15am

Geography Tea Room, Level 2, Building 739 (221 Bouverie Street)

Master of Geoscience

Tuesday 17 July,
10am - 11am

Fourth Floor Boardroom, McCoy Building (Earth Sciences)

Master of Science (Bioinformatics)

Wednesday 18 July, 11.30am

Melbourne Bioinformatics Offices (187 Grattan St)

Master of Science (Biosciences)



Master of Science (Chemistry)

Tuesday 17 July,
9.15am - 5pm

Wednesday 18 July,
11.45am - 5pm

Thursday 19 July,
9.15am - 4pm

Cuming Theatre, School of Chemistry

Master of Science (Computer Science)

Wednesday 18 July,

Seminar Room 8.02, Doug McDonell Building

Master of Science (Earth Sciences)

Tuesday 17 July,
10am - 11am

Fourth Floor Boardroom, McCoy Building (Earth Sciences)

Master of Science (Ecosystem Science)

Monday 23 July, 5.30pm

MB11, Building 901, Burnley Campus

Master of Science (Maths and Stats)

Wednesday July 18,
12pm - 2pm

Starting in the Evans Williams Lecture Theatre, Peter Hall Building, moving to the Maths Staff Tea Room for a light lunch

Master of Science (Physics)

Tuesday 17 July,

Geoff Opat Seminar Room, Level 6, David Caro Building

Master of Urban Horticulture

Monday 23 July, 5.30pm

MB11, Building 901, 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.

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.