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 begins on Monday 20 February.

To find your Orientation events, select Graduate - by coursework under 'Level of study' and Science under 'Area of study'.

Register for Orientation

View the schedules for Faculty of Science offerings and School-specific offerings below.

Science Graduate Orientation 2023

Attend your dedicated Science Graduate Orientation, taking place on Friday 24 February. There will be a range of useful sessions for commencing science graduate coursework students on this day.

In addition to this, Schools within the Faculty of Science will be offering a range of discipline-specific sessions in the weeks before and during Orientation week.

View the schedules for Science Graduate Orientation and School-specific offerings below, and make sure you register for these on the Orientation 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

    Semester 1 Orientation is 21 – 25 February

    Important note: Some of our courses and Orientation offerings start on dates other than those above. Please check your letter of offer for your course’s start dates and the Orientation registration link for Orientation events. 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.