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)
Pizza brunch: 11.00am – 12.00pm (Redmond Barry Courtyard)
Optional campus tour: 12.00 – 12.45pm.

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

  • Data Science

    ProgramOrientation Session
    Master of Data Science

    Graduate Diploma in Data Science 

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

    You'll enter the Master of Data Science with a background in computer science or statistics (or both), and the course will be tailored to build your skills in the other discipline.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture

    Program Orientation Session

    Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture

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

    The Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture is designed for professionals managing urban trees. You will study tree growth and function, identification and selection, pests and diseases and environmental stresses including planning for a changing climate.

    You will learn how to write management plans for urban trees, conduct risk assessments and act as an expert witness for local government or consumer and trade tribunals. This course also provides a pathway to the Master of Urban Horticulture.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Planning and Management

    ProgramOrientation Session

    Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Planning and Management

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

    Bushfires are a part of landscapes around the world and significantly impact the environmental and our social values. Government land management agencies and private land managers have a growing need for skilled professionals with knowledge of bushfire planning and management.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Graduate Certificate in Garden Design

    ProgramOrientation Session

    Graduate Certificate in Garden Design

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

    If you're passionate about the design and creation of beautiful garden spaces, the Graduate Certificate in Garden Design can help you turn that passion into a career.

    You'll learn about holistic design principles, how to choose and use the right plants for the right situations, and develop skills in drawing and graphic presentation.

    If you're interested in progressing to the Master of Urban Horticulture after this course, you may be eligible for course credit - provided you have already met the entry requirements.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Graduate Certificate in Green Infrastructure

    ProgramOrientation Session

    Graduate Certificate in Green Infrastructure

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

    Green infrastructure proves that all spaces, even roofs and walls, can (and should) go green.

    The Graduate Certificate in Green Infrastructure, the first course of its kind in Australia, will teach you how to use vegetation to improve urban environments for their residents.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Biotechnology

    ProgramOrientation Session

    Master of Biotechnology

    Session 1: Monday 25 February, 1:15pm - 2:45pm, Room G26/G27, BioSciences 1, building 123
    Session 2: Friday 1 March, 11:00am - 11:30am, Drummond rooms (North and South), Biosciences 4, Building 147
    Welcome lunch: Friday 1 March, 12:00pm, Room G26/G27, BioSciences 1, building 123.

    The Master of Biotechnology gives you the opportunity to study all aspects of the biotechnology product pipeline, and you can put your knowledge into practice with our flagship Industry Project in Biotechnology.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Computational Biology

    ProgramOrientation Session
    Master of Computational Biology

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

    The Master of Computational Biology will give you theoretical and practical training in the analysis, interpretation and mangement of large biological data sets. You will develop specialised skills in the core areas of computational biology, including bioinformatics, systems biology, and biological and ecological modelling. All of this training will be alongside business, communication and general scientific acumen.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Ecosystem Management and Conservation

    ProgramOrientation Session
    Master of Ecosystem Management and Conservation

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

    This course will prepare you to be a leader in a range of fields, including land management, forestry and natural resource management. You will develop your understanding of the biophysical and social aspects of ecosystem management, your ability to work across local and landscape levels and your capacity to assess and act to address the problems of now and the future.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Environment and Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Environment

    ProgramOrientation Session

    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.

    The Master of Environment, Graduate Certificate in Environment and the Graduate Diploma in Environment will give you the opportunity to join a community of like-minded, passionate people from all over the world who are working towards a sustainable future. These flexible and multi-disciplinary programs will help you develop the knowledge and skills for professional practice in environment and sustainability to work across disciplines for environmental decision making.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Environmental Science

    ProgramOrientation Session
    Master of Environmental ScienceMonday 25 February, 1:00 - 2:00pm, Skeats Laboratory, room 209, Earth Sciences, building 200.

    Through the Master of Environmental Science you'll learn scientifically rigorous ways to solve grand environmental challenges such as air and water quality, climate change, energy transformations, conservation and ecosystem management, and food security.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Geography

    ProgramOrientation Session
    Master of GeographyTuesday 5 March, 11:00am, Level 2 tearoom at 221 Bouverie St, Carlton.

    The Master of Geography program will give you a variety of career options in public and private sectors to work in areas such as natural resource management, climate change adaptation, urban planning, policy and governance, urban and rural water resources, and research.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Geoscience

    ProgramOrientation Session
    Master of GeoscienceMonday 25 February, 2:00 - 3:00pm, Fourth Floor Boardroom, room 406, McCoy Building, Earth Sciences, building 200.

    The Master of Science will give you professional training in geology. Through collaboration at a national level between institutions including the Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (VIEPS), Monash University and La Trobe University, you will have access to the best and broadest range of advanced coursework in the earth sciences.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Science (Bioinformatics)

    ProgramOrientation Session
    Master of Science (Bioinformatics)

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

    Bioinformatics combines all areas of biology, including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology, with computer science, statistics and applied mathematics. This will give you the strong foundation to undertake independent research and gain detailed understanding of biology and biological processes.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Science (Biosciences)

    ProgramOrientation Session
    Master of Science (Biosciences)Monday 25 February, 1:15pm - 2:45pm, room G26/G27, BioSciences 1, building 123.
    Welcome lunch: Friday 1 March, 12:00pm, room G26/G27, BioSciences 1, building 123.

    This uniquely collaborative course is yours to personalise. Select your area of specialisation and pair it with a choice of professional skill-building subjects. The defining feature of the course is a major research project, allowing you to conduct lab or field-based experimental research in your area of interest.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Science (Chemistry)

    ProgramOrientation Session

    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 not meet this requirement will not be permitted to commence research. The School of Chemistry is strongly committed to the safety of all of its members, and new research students at all levels are required to have completed the School’s Safety Induction program.

    The Master of Science (Chemistry) embeds you in one of our cutting-edge chemistry research groups with world-leaders in areas such as molecular analysis, drug discovery, materials science, sustainable energy and nanotechnology.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Science (Computer Science)

    ProgramOrientation Session
    Master of Science (Computer Science)Monday 25 February, 2:15 - 3:15pm, Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room 106, Sidney Myer Asia Centre

    The Master of Science (Computer Science) will give you a broad base of high-level knowledge to keep up with these advances, with specialist skills in at least one area of knowledge systems, programming languages and distributed computing, information systems, mathematics/statistics, spatial information science or linguistics.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Science (Earth Sciences)

    ProgramOrientation session
    Master of Science (Earth Sciences)Friday 1 February, 10:00 - 11:00am, 4th floor tea room, Earth Sciences Building 200

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Science (Ecosystem Science)

    ProgramOrientation session
    Master of Science (Ecosystem Science)Monday 4 March, 5:30-7:00 pm, MB11 Seminar Room, Main Building, Burnley Campus.

    The Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) includes a major research project and will take your expertise in ecosystem science to an advanced level, and prepare you for a career in research.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Science (Epidemiology)

    ProgramOrientation session
    Master of Science (Epidemiology)

    Monday 25 February, 10:00am – 2:30pm, Theatre D, Old Arts Building

    Tuesday 26 February, 9:00am – 4:30pm, Theatre D, Old Arts Building

    With the Master of Science (Epidemiology) you'll become a medical detective, tackling cases that impact global health.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)

    ProgramOrientation Session
    Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)

    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.

    The Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics) is a flexible program that will allow you to study Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Operations Research, Discrete Mathematics, Probability and Stochastic Processes.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Master of Science (Physics)

    ProgramOrientation Session
    Master of Science (Physics)Monday 25 February, 2:00 – 3:00pm, Geoff Opat Seminar Room, Level 6, David Caro Building.

    The Master of Science (Physics) is designed to prepare you for a career as a professional physicist and/or pursue further research studies in physics. With programs in astrophysics, theoretical particle physics and experimental particle physics you can explore questions relating to the origin, evolution and fate of our universe, addressing some of the most important and fundamental problems of our age.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

  • Urban Horticulture

    Program

    Orientation Session

    Master of Urban Horticulture

    Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture

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

    The Master of Urban Horticulture has been designed to upgrade your existing urban horticulture and landscape management skills, or to enable you to begin a new career. You will complete core studies across plant production and establishment, horticultural science, urban soils and water, urban flora, plant health and green infrastructure, landscape management and current horticultural issues.

    Find out more

    View the Handbook

Supporting resources

The University has a range of resources available to assist with your transition and to make connections:

Graduate Welcome Guide

Handbook

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.

Science Graduate Student Lounge

The Science Graduate Student Lounge is the dedicated place on campus for science graduate students to study and relax. There are individual and group study spaces, charging stations for devices, presentation equipment and whiteboards.