Domestic applications

Graduate coursework study

When you apply for graduate coursework degrees at Melbourne, first choose your courses, check you meet entry requirements, then apply directly with the University of Melbourne. After applying, also see if you're eligible for our special entry schemes, scholarships and bursaries.

To help you do this, follow our step-by-step guide below on how to apply for graduate coursework degrees.

How to apply

Domestic graduate coursework applicants

Find graduate coursework degrees you want to apply for. There are 400 graduate courses in 18 graduate schools you can choose from.

Options include:

  • Graduate certificate – a six month course where you can choose from more than 25 discipline areas. It's a perfect stepping stone to help you return to tertiary study after some time away.
  • Graduate diplomas – similar to an undergraduate major and ideally suited as an introduction to a new discipline. It's can be used as a preparatory program if you intend to study at a higher level in an area you have not studied previously.
  • Masters by coursework – normally one to two years of study it provides advanced specialist or professional training in a particular discipline or interdisciplinary area and can lead to professional accreditation. Some also offer pathways to doctorate specialisations.
  • Professional doctorates – carry out advanced academic and professional study directly relating to a professional role. Completion normally requires doing coursework and a thesis.

View graduate courses

Eligibility

You need to meet minimum eligibility to apply for graduate research courses. This includes courses requirements, subject prerequisites and English language requirements.

See graduate coursework entry requirements

Fees

Your course fees are based on the course you’re enrolled in and the subject load. Fees for courses will vary.

If you're offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), your course fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. If a CSP is not available, you may be offered an Australian fee-paying place.

You'll also need to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and factor in other costs while at university, such as for course materials, excursions, social events, travel and accommodation.

There are scholarships and bursaries that can help with tuition and the cost of living while you study.

To find out how fees are calculated and ways to pay, see Fees & payments

Many courses you'll need to submit copies of relevant documents for your application to be considered. If you are currently studying, you'll also need to provide a transcript of your final results and evidence of completion as soon as they’re available.

Check the graduate degree you're applying for to find out application due dates and before submitting your application.

Special application requirements

Applications for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music as well as the Melbourne Law School may require completion of specific application forms and/or have additional requirements. Medicine, Dental Surgery, Clinical Dentistry and Master of Teaching also have alternative application methods.

Review the entry and application information for the graduate course you're interested in.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

You'll need to confirm your Aboriginality to be eligible for Indigenous targeted places and scholarships. If you haven't already done this, see Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development

Early application is recommended for graduate degrees, as you may be given an early offer by some schools. Late applications may also be accepted if places are available.

How to apply

  1. If you're a current student at Melbourne, you can apply through your student account
  2. If you're a new student, you can apply online here. You'll need to provide a copy of your academic results as part of your application. For more information on supporting documentation, see your online application.

Ensure you apply by the relevant due dates for graduate applications.

You can track your application by logging back into your student account or online account where you applied and viewing the status of your application.

Change your preferences

After you apply, you can change your preferences. If you made a direct online application with Melbourne, login to your user account and change your preferences. For non-online applications, email your changes to Admissions.

This needs to be done within published university due dates.

Don't have your results yet?

You can still apply if you haven't received your results. You'll need to submit these results when you receive them to be admitted into a graduate course.

If personal circumstances have impacted your undergraduate results, you may also be eligible to apply for special entry access to courses with Graduate Access Melbourne. If you qualify, you'll increase your chance of getting into a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and will also be automatically considered for a Melbourne Graduate Access Bursary.

To check eligibility and apply, see Graduate Access Melbourne.

After you apply, you'll receive a confirmation email with your unique student ID and application reference number. If anything is missing from your application, we'll email you.

If your application is complete, assessment of your application will take approximately 4-8 weeks for most graduate courses, however some graduate schools assess applications in rounds on particular dates.

If you meet all entry requirements, you'll be made an offer for the graduate course you've selected. This could be an early offer, if you meet early offer requirements for the course you're applying for, or a later offer.

You can choose to accept, defer or decline your offer. To find out how to do this, see Offers and enrolments.

We have one of the most generous scholarship programs in Australia to help with your tuition and living costs. Some you'll automatically be considered for, others you'll need to apply for.

  • Coursework scholarships – including future Generations Scholarship for high-achieving students, the Melbourne Graduate Access Scholarship and the Maisie Fawcett Scholarship for students who have applied under Graduate Access Melbourne, the Irene and Arthur Kinsman Awards for Postgraduate Studies, and the Eleanor and Joseph Wertheim Scholarship for students experiencing difficult circumstances.
  • Endeavour Scholarships and fellowships – competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships offered by the Australian government, providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas and for overseas citizens to do the same in Australia.
  • Travelling scholarships – for students undertaking research at an overseas institution, such as the Rae and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholarship.
  • Scholarships for indigenous students – offering scholarships to help with tuition and living costs applied with Melbourne and under the Graduate Access Melbourne scheme
  • Other grants and bursaries – some offered by faculties to reward you for academic achievement other to help  with the general cost of living and tuition while studying at Melbourne.

To find the right scholarship for you, see Melbourne Scholarships.

Melbourne Accommodation Program

If you're planning to move to Melbourne for your studies, check if you're eligible for a place through the Melbourne Accommodation Program offering student beds in partner accommodation close to campus.

See Melbourne Accommodation Program

Other accommodation options

There are also other option such as residential colleges, student apartments, share houses, homestay and temporary accommodation.

For help finding a place to live in Melbourne, see Accommodation

Under 18 international students

If you're Under 18, you'll need to ensure that your proposed arrangements for accommodation, support and welfare meet visa requirements.

To find out what these requirements are, see requirements for under 18 international students.

Accepting your Melbourne offer

Find out how to receive and accept your offer, enrol as a student, and start getting ready for your graduate studies.

Offers and enrolments