Next Step - Graduate research

The University of Melbourne is one of the country’s leading research universities.

Doing research here can open doors to many future careers, not least of which could be in the field you choose to study. To help you think about whether a research higher degree is your next step, here are some tips to help you start researching about research!

For more information about why you should choose to do graduate research at Melbourne, visit Future Students.

You can also check the Graduate Research Hub to give you more of an idea about what's required from graduate researchers.


Graduate research experience

What I have appreciated most about my experiences at the University of Melbourne has been the opportunity to work and interact with so many intelligent and motivated students and researchers. Talking with my colleagues has allowed me to not only refine my PhD research, but also my career goals.


- Madhavi A. Colton, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Zoology

Preparing for research

Doing a research degree means that you will become an expert in your field. It also means you will be examined on your capacity to produce quality written work that makes a genuine contribution to scholarship. Thinking about what you want to devote your time, mind and energy to can be a difficult decision.

Here are some questions to help you start thinking about the realities of being a research student:

Talk to people

Before you get started, talk to as many people as possible about what a research degree entails:


Graduate Research Programs

The University of Melbourne offers graduate research opportunities at masters and doctoral level. The PhD and masters degrees by research are available in all disciplines. Professional doctorates are offered in a limited range of fields.

For more information about research programs, visit the Future Students Research website.


Scholarships and support

There are a wide range of scholarships available to graduate research students, offered through the Melbourne Scholarships Program, industry and government programs, and by individual faculties and departments. For more information on graduate research scholarships, visit Melbourne Scholarships or contact the relevant Graduate School.

In addition to the scholarships available, you will still have access to the University's full of range of Student Services, including Financial Aid and Housing, the Counselling and Health Services and many others. For a full range of available student services, see the Services Finder.


Application process

Applying for a research program requires quite a lot of preparation. It is up to you to identify and approach a potential supervisor and to see if they would be willing to take you on. This means you will need to have a pretty good idea of what it is you would like to research. The Future Students website has more information on what is required when making an application for a research program