Getting started in your graduate science degree

Orientation for your science graduate degree will take place during Melbourne orientation week, Monday 22 – 26 February 2021.

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.

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 1 Orientation: 22 – 26 February 2021

    Semester 1, 2021: 1 March – 28 May

    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? Check out the some maps and key campus services at Campus information page.

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.