Information for graduate researchers

Who says you can't change the world? We expect nothing less.

Our reputation as Australia's leading comprehensive research-intensive university enables us to attract and cultivate the most promising researchers from around the world.

We collaborate with industry, other institutions and research organisations, the community, government and not-for-profit organisations to achieve research outcomes with global impact. We remain at the forefront of innovation in Australia.

Research made possible by Melbourne on Pursuit

Our research degrees

Doctor of Philosophy

Graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) marks your admission to the community of scholars in your discipline and requires the completion of a thesis of 80,000-100,000 words on a specialised topic.

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an internationally recognised masters degree by research and requires the completion of a thesis of 30,000-40,000 words.

Masters by research

Masters by research degrees differ from the MPhil in that they may have a coursework component, along with a shorter thesis of about 30,000 words.

Outstanding support

Research training is a core activity of the University. Our comprehensive support will help you become a more effective researcher. We offer access to dedicated research centres, advanced research facilities, generous scholarships, unique professional development and established student support networks.

Graduate Research Hub

Our research community

Find out more about the University of Melbourne's research through its faculties and graduate schools and associated research programs, centres and institutes.

Research at Melbourne

How to apply

Graduate research at Melbourne will help you develop the expertise and skill needed to make an impact in academia, industry, government and in the community. Get started now and find out about scholarships and fees and the application process.

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