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.

Accepting your offer

We're honoured that you've chosen to further your passion for science with 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.

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Getting set up

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

When do classes start?

Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1 2020: 2 March (Orientation 24-28 February)
  • Semester 2 2020: 27 July (Orientation 13-24 July)

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

More key dates

Orientation sessions

To give you the best possible start to your degree, we highly recommend that you attend both the Faculty of Science Graduate Welcome day, plus the orientation session for your course.For some courses the orientation session is mandatory, as it covers safety information.

Dates for orientation sessions will be available closer to the course start date. You'll receive an email notifying you of the dates for your course.

Find out about all the other events run during Orientation to help you settle into University. Read more about Orientation.

Faculty of Science Graduate Welcome

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 10.00am–1.00pm, Glyn Davis Building – Basement Theatre

Pizza lunch will be provided.

Orientation sessions for your course

Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture10 February, online orientation
Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Planning and Management10 February, 9am – 5pm, Student Recreation Centre, Creswick Campus [map].

Register here.
Graduate Certificate in Garden Design2 March, 5.30pm – 9pm, Room MB11, Academic Hub, Burnley Campus [map].

Register here.
Graduate Certificate in Green Infrastructure2 March, 5.30pm – 9pm, Room MB11, Academic Hub, Burnley Campus [map].

Register here.
Master of Biotechnology26 February, 1pm–3pm, Lowe Theatre (Room 103) Level 1, Redmond Barry Building [map].
Additional session 2 March, 5pm–7pm, G26/27, Biosciences 1 [map].
More information
Master of Computational Biology26 February, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, Evan Williams Theatre, Peter Hall [map]. 
Afternoon tea will run in the Staff Tea Room from 2pm before the session.
Master of Data Science/Graduate Diploma of Data Science26 February, 1pm – 2pm, Basement Theatre, Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design) [map].
Master of Ecosystem Management and Conservation21 February, 4pm – 6pm, Jim Potter Room, Old Physics-G16 [map].

Register here.
Master/Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Environment24 February, 10.30am – 12:30pm, Malaysian Theatre, Glyn Davis Building [map].

Register here. Orientation will be followed by lunch from 12:30pm - 2:30pm in the Terrace Lounge, Walter Boas Building [map].
Master of Environmental Science26 February, 1pm– 3pm, The Fritz Lowe Theatre, McCoy Building [map].
Master of Geography26 February, 10am – 12pm, Foyer, Geography Building (221 Bouverie St) [map].
Master of Geoscience26 February, 1.30pm – TBA, Room 409, Earth Sciences [map].
Master of Science (Bioinformatics)26 February, 2pm – TBA, 187 Grattan St [map].
Master of Science (Biosciences)26 February, 1pm – 3pm, Room G26 and G27, Ground Floor, Biosciences 1 [map].
Register here 
More information
Master of Science (Chemistry)Three compulsory sessions:
24 February, 9am – 4pm,
25 February, 9am – 4pm,
27 February, 9am – 2pm, all sessions are held in the Cuming  Theatre, School of Chemistry [map].

To commence research, you must attend all sessions and pass a safety exam.
Master of Science (Earth Sciences)26 February, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Board Room (Room 406, Level 4), McCoy Building [map].
Master of Science (Ecosystem Science)2 March, 5:30pm – 9pm, Room MB11, Academic Hub, Burnley Campus [map].

Register here.
Master of Science (Epidemiology)24 February, 3.30pm – 5pm, Seminar Room 302, Level 3, 207 Bouverie St [map].

Students can also attend other events during the Melbourne Population Health Student Association (MPHSA) orientation on 24 and 25 February. More information.
Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)26 February, 1pm – 2.30pm, Evan Williams Theatre, Peter Hall [map].

Afternoon tea will run concurrently in the Staff Tea Room until 3.30pm.
Master of Science (Physics)24 February, 2pm – 3pm, Geoff Opat Seminar Room, David Caro Building [map].
Master/Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Urban Horticulture2 March, 5.30pm – 9pm, Room MB11, Academic Hub, Burnley Campus [map].
Register here.

Planning your course

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

Visit the Handbook

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

Moving to Melbourne?

If you're moving to Melbourne from elsewhere, you're in for a treat. We're excited to welcome you to our friendly, green, cosmopolitan city.
More about Melbourne

When to get here? You should plan to be in Melbourne for for the start of Orientation, which occurs before semester starts. Read on for more about important dates and Orientation.

Where will I live? The University of Melbourne offers high-quality, secure student accommodation within walking distance of the Parkville Campus. Other options are homestay, private rentals or residential colleges. Find out more about your accommodation options.

Need a visa? Once you've accepted your offer, you'll be sent 'Confirmation of Enrolment'. When you have this document you can apply for a visa.

Parkville Campus
Located just a few minutes from Melbourne's central business district, the Parkville Campus is the main campus of the University of Melbourne.

Need help?

Questions and advice: If you have questions about your offer or enrolment, or anything about student services, contact the Stop 1 team for support. You could also try checking the FAQs on ask.unimelb to see if your question has already been answered.

Maps: Find your all your lecture and lab locations using the University of Melbourne's online maps. For navigation on the go, download the Lost on Campus app, and you'll be finding your way around with ease.

Scholarships: Search for scholarships that you might be eligible for.

English Language support: The Graduate Science Academic English Tutorial is a free face-to-face program for graduate students to develop their language skills among fellow science students. (Note that places are limited and applications are required.)

Student services: 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 skills: The Academic Skills Unit provides resources, workshops and face-to-face consultations for graduate students to help you realise your full academic potential. Look through their resources for graduate students, and if you're back at university after a break, it's worth reading their tips for returning to study.

Making the most of your study experience

Graduate study isn't just about the course content – there's so much else to take advantage of while you're with us.

Make new connections: 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.

Prepare for the next phase of your career: We strongly recommend that all our graduate students take an internship subject as part of their graduate degree. You can participate in programs like Job Ready to polish your employability skills or sign up for the STEM Industry Mentoring Program where you can meet a mentor from industry, building your knowledge, networks and professional confidence.

Broaden your outlook: Consider volunteering or studying overseas to stand out from the crowd. Plan early if you want to complete some of your course overseas, to make sure it can be fitted into your course.

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.