Entry requirements

Graduate research

Find out if you're eligible to apply for graduate research degrees. Each course has minimum entry requirements and English language requirements. While most domestic graduate researchers are supported by living allowance and/or tuition scholarships, there are fees you'll need to be aware of before you apply.

Minimum eligibility

If you're an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you're considered a domestic student.

To be eligible to apply for graduate research degrees, you're normally required to have completed at least a four-year Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent and achieved an overall average of greater than 75% in the relevant degree.

You're also normally required to have completed a research project/component that accounts for at least 25% of your year's work at 4th year undergraduate or masters level.

Some courses may have higher or additional entry requirements. Check the course details to learn what these are.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

The University has several entry pathways and research programs for Indigenous researchers interested in a graduate research degree.

If you are new to Melbourne or are just starting to think about a PhD, the Indigenous Research Initiative can help you find a supervisor, advise you on how to develop a research proposal and provide an Academic shepherd to advise you through the application process.

Visit Indigenous research initiative

Course-specific requirements

Requirements vary by course. Usually, to apply for a graduate research degree, you first need to determine your research topic and find a supervisor. Some graduate schools advertise available projects. Visit Find a Course for the requirements of the degree that interests you. You will need to be able to commit to the workload required by the degree.

Finding a supervisor

Check with the course you're applying for to see if you need to find a supervisor for your degree before applying.

If so, you want to make sure the supervisors you choose are right for your needs and can support you in your research. Support from supervisors does not guarantee admission, nor does it guarantee a scholarship or financial assistance.

For help finding a supervisor, visit Find an expert.

Writing a research proposal

Some graduate schools also require a research proposal as part of your application.

To develop a successful proposal, you need to be familiar with current research in the area. Your proposal also needs to state your research question, your area of interest, and how you'll undertake your research.

Many graduate schools offering research degrees will have their own pre-application process, entry requirements and application due dates. Check the entry requirements for the course you're applying for.

English language requirements

All applicants must satisfy the University’s English language requirements to be eligible for a place.

Graduate applicants with predominantly local tertiary qualifications will usually satisfy the English language requirements via previous studies. If you're required to show additional evidence of your English proficiency, there are additional English programs and tests you can take.

See other ways to satisfy English language requirements

Apply for graduate research degrees

Ready to apply for a Melbourne graduate research degree? Find out how to prepare your application and apply online.

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Visit our Research website

Here you'll find information on research support, applications, funding opportunities, industry connections and more.

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