Doctoral Program in Actuarial Studies

  • CRICOS code: 056955G

How to apply

For domestic students

Key dates

  • Applications considered any time

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  1. Apply online
  2. Applicants to the University of Melbourne must use the online application form to apply for all graduate research degrees and to make a scholarship application (ensure you apply for course code: DR-PHILBE). International applicants may also apply through a University of Melbourne registered Overseas Representative.

  3. Attach supporting documents
  4. Please be sure to attach in full all relevant supporting documents (previous academic transcripts, evidence of English language requirements, GMAT/GRE score sheets). We will not be able to assess your application without these documents.

  • Previous academic transcripts, including evidence of completions if applicable.
  • Evidence of English language requirements
  • GMAT/GRE score sheets
  • Curriculum Vitae. A current CV outlining your all complete and incomplete academic qualifications and work experience, and details of any research publications (if relevant).
  • Prospective Supervisor Support. A copy of an email or letter indicating that your nominated Principal Supervisor has agreed to support your application;
  • Research Proposal (at least 1000 words)

    The research proposal is the starting point for your thesis. Ideally, it should include a brief introduction and conclusion, and the following outline:

    • the specific area of your intended research, with a clear title;
    • a brief summary of the key literature in this field, including a short bibliography and summary of key relevant works;
    • a sketch of the key research questions you hope to answer; and
    • a description of the methodology required to conduct this research.
  • Referee Reports
  • To support your application, you will need to nominate two referees who can comment on your academic ability and research potential

    All referee reports must be submitted using the online tool. On submission of your application, your referees will be emailed a link to access the online referee form and they must provide their references using this online form. You will be notified when they submit the reference. Your application may be deemed as incomplete if the referee reports are not submitted before the application closing dates.

    Things to consider before applying

    Your Previous Qualifications

    You must have completed a degree in an area that is relevant to your intended research topic.

    You must demonstrate that you have a specialist understanding of the academic body of knowledge in this area.

    Strong Evidence of Research Ability

    You will usually have completed a research project at fourth year or at masters level, counting for at least 25% of that year's work.

    Motivation and Commitment

    You need to demonstrate that you understand the level of commitment it takes to complete a graduate research degree.

    A full-time doctoral candidate is expected to devote at least 40 hours a week and a part-time candidate about 20 hours to their studies.


    If you are successful in obtaining an offer for a place, you must complete your enrolment and commence your course by the nominated commencement date.

    All commencing doctoral students are invited to the Faculty’s Orientation Welcome Session at the start of the semester. At this session you'll be introduced to your Graduate School, learn about our facilities and services, and get a chance to meet coordinators and peers from your program.

    Residency requirements

    Graduate researchers must be a resident in Victoria for at least one third of their candidature. For more information on residency requirements please see the Melbourne Policy Library Selection and Admission Policy (MPF1295).

    Transferring applicants

    Transferring graduate research students must use the same process to apply.

    Frequently asked questions

    For questions, please check our frequently asked questions. If you still can't find what you're looking for, contact one of our friendly advisors for help.

    Before you apply

    1. Check the degree website
    2. Check the entry requirements and make sure you're eligible
    3. Prepare a research proposal
    4. Identify if appropriate supervision is available
    5. Submit an application online
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