Getting started in your graduate science degree

Settle into your graduate studies with a range of degree-specific resources, checklists and course planning advice and information. We hope you make the most of your experience at the University of Melbourne.


Orientation is the best way to get to know your student community and the wide range of services and programs available to you.

The University’s Orientation program for Semester 1, 2023 took place from Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February.

Science Graduate Orientation 2023

A dedicated Science Graduate Orientation was held on Friday 24 February. The day included a range of useful sessions for commencing science graduate coursework students. In case you missed out, recordings of some of the sessions have been made available below.

Welcome Session

Associate Dean (Graduate Programs), Associate Professor Craig Nitschke, outlines some key opportunities and course information and speaks to a student panel about their experience studying a graduate degree at Melbourne.

Academic Skills: Getting ready to study Science

Watch this session to hear some great study tips from Dr Ha Nguyen from the Academic Skills Team. For more information, visit the Academic Skills website.

Make sure you're ready to start

  • Accept 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.

  • Get 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.

  • Plan 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

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

  • Remember important dates

    Please check your letter of offer for your course’s start dates. Other key semester dates can be found on the University's Semester dates page.

  • Get to know your campus

    Want to get to know your campus better? Check out the some maps and key campus services at the Campus information page.