Qsranking 28

Brief Introduction

The second oldest university in Australia, University of Melbourne, has been home to thousands of students since 1853. It is located in Parkville, Melbourne, with a lot of other campuses across Victoria.  

The university has a beautiful campus, located right in the centre of the city. Hence, the students get access to the various flavours of life. It also has many libraries spread around the campus, and all of them are renowned. The student clubs are involved in a wide range of interests. The exchange program is also supposed to be praiseworthy. 

It was ranked 32nd and 38th globally by the Times Higher Education and Academic Ranking of Universities respectively, in the 2017-18.

Schools under this department include - Architecture, Building and Planning; Arts; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Fine Arts and Music; Law; Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences; Science; Veterinary and Agricultural sciences.

The university has a total of 7 campuses including the main campus. The oldest campus is located in Parkville. A part of Melbourne’s creative arts project, the Southbank campus, houses the Victorian College of Arts. The Dookie Campus, established in 1886, holds the center for agricultural teaching and learning. The Shepparton Campus is a part of the University’s Medical School, and the Werribee campus is a part of the Melbourne Veterinary School. Besides these, they also have campus established in Burnley and Creswick.


The Parkville campus is of 36 hectares and has 5 libraries - Baillieu Library, Brownless Biomedical Library, Eastern Resource Centre, Giblin Eunson Library, Law Library. 

Then there are the Burnley Science Library in the Burnley Campus, the Dookie library, Science Creswick Library, Southbank Library, and Veterinary Science Library in Werribee. 

The university is also home to a lot of museums and galleries. The Grainger Museum is famous for being the only purpose built autobiographical museum in Australia.


The University of Melbourne offers a range of accommodation options to choose from: 

303 Royal Parade - This is an apartment under the university, where you can have your own private room. It includes other facilities like gymnasium, common areas, barbeque, basketball court, a games room, a music room, and a lot more. The prices range from $410 to $480 per person, per week.   

University apartments - These are located pretty close to the campus and include a kitchen, a bathroom and laundry facilities. You also gain easy access to the University’s libraries, study areas, etc. It costs $380 for Single occupancy and $460 for double occupancy. 

UniLodge at Lincoln House - This residence brings to you proper and affordable dorm rooms. It includes facilities like meeting lounges, shared kitchens and dining spaces, laundry facilities, a sports lounge and gymnasium. A few more worth mentioning features are two landscaped courtyards, main common lounge with terrace and a beautiful sky lounge with BBQ facilities. Standard dormitory costs $308 per week for 52 weeks, and $332 per week for 48 weeks. And Ensuite dormitory costs $340 per week for 52 weeks, and $366 per week for 48 weeks.


The university provides numerous scholarships to research students. The eligibility criteria is different for different scholarships. A few scholarships are applicable to all study areas, whereas a few are specific. You can browse through the scholarship programs, after applying for their masters program and choose whatever scholarship suits you. Some of the scholarships are: 

  • Graduate Research Scholarships
  • Research Training Program Scholarship
  • Melbourne Research Scholarship
  • Melbourne School of Engineering Scholarship
  • Science Graduate Scholarship (International)

Jobs and Placements

The University of Melbourne holds the 7th position in the world when it comes to employability. The university believes that internships are important for gaining real world experiences. Hence, it has established ties with the industry to make internships easily available to its students. 

A lot of prominent organizations visit the university for campus placements. The companies advertise online on Careers online, the university’s job noticeboard. The students of this university get an edge over the others with access to extra positions which helps them get opportunities which are not available elsewhere. The students@Work program is built to help students get on-campus job opportunities.


The nearest airport to the University of Melbourne is Essendon Airport (MEB / YMEN) which is 14 km from the center of the University. The University also arranges a free airport pickup for its new students. Buses are available which drop you directly at the university, or two blocks away, at the corner of Lygon and Faraday Street. Trams are also available along the Royal Parade and Swanston Street. Taxis are available on booking.

Biomedical Engineering 

This department explores the themes of Biomaterials and tissue engineering, Biomechanics and mechanobiology, Bionics, biomedical imaging and neuroengineering, Systems and synthetic biology. Their courses aim to find solutions which can have a positive social and economic impact. 

  • Undergraduate Courses Offered
    • Bachelor of Biomedicine
    • Bachelor of Science
  • Postgraduate Level
    • Master of Engineering (Biomedical) - This is a 3-year long course, which has 100 credit points per year. If you have credits for foundation engineering subjects from your bachelor’s degree, you can start directly from the second year. The course focuses more on human systems and new medical treatments, instruments and machines from the second year onwards.
    • Master of Engineering (Biomedical with Business) - This course combines engineering expertise with business skills in economics, marketing and finance helping the students to be more competent in the industry. This is also a 3-year course with 100 credit points per year.
  • Area of Research Degrees 
    • Master of Philosophy (Engineering)
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)
  • Lab - NeuroEngineering Lab; Biomechanics Laboratory; Cell and Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory; Movement Laboratory:  Joint facility at the Royal Park Campus, Royal Melbourne Hospital.
  • Faculty - Their faculty has a strength of 14 experienced teachers. 
  • Industry Collaboration - The department makes sure that its research and teaching programs are relevant to the present industry needs. It collaborates with companies like Bionic Enterprises, CSIRO, Synchron, etc. 
  • Research - Biomedical Engineering focuses its research in medical technologies, health informatics and healthcare delivery. One of the most notable achievements of the department is that the researchers have exhibited the possibility of replacing open brain surgery with a tiny device. 

Chemical Engineering 

This department focuses on the themes of Materials Development, Separations Technology, Surface Chemistry and Rheology, and Bioengineering.

  • Undergraduate Courses Offered
    • Bachelor of Science (Chemical Systems Major)
  • Postgraduate Level
    • Master of Engineering (Biochemical, Chemical, Materials, or Chemical with Business) - This is a 3-year full-time course, with 100 credit points per year. If you have a major in Chemical Systems Major, you can start with a degree from the second year right away. The completion of the course requires taking up an industry, design or research project. 
      • Biomedical focuses on designing new bioproducts and bioprocesses. Students learn about its applications in food and beverage engineering, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and environmental remediation.
      • Chemical concentrates more on the design and implementation of industrial-scale processes for converting raw waste materials into useful products. It has its application in diverse sectors from fuel to pharmaceuticals.
      • Materials include processing-structure-property relationships of a range of materials like polymers, ceramics, electronics and composites.
      • In chemical with business, students take up an extra five business-related subjects - engineering management, contracts and procurement, economic analysis, strategy execution and marketing. 
    • Master of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering) - This 2-year long course requires students to complete a 30,000-40,000 word thesis and 2-4 coursework subjects.
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering) - This is a 4-year long course and involves the completion of an 80,000-10,000 word thesis.
  • Labs and Groups - Aerosol Particle Technology; Dagastine Research Group; Nanostructured Interfaces and Materials Science Group; Algal Processing group; Dairy Innovation Hub; Polymer Science Group; Ceramics and Minerals processing group; Gras research group; Webley Group; Complex Fluid Group; Multiphysics Fluid Dynamics

  • Faculty - They have 22 acclaimed faculty members involved in teaching and learning. 

  • Industry Collaboration - The department has a strong Industry advisory group and industry links to make sure their research programs are relevant to the current needs. They have built ties with companies like Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (Australia), bioCSL, etc. 
  • Research - Important research areas under this department include Bioprocessing and food engineering, Nanomedicine and biotechnology, Materials design and multiscale modelling, Sustainable technologies, processing and remediation. The department’s present research project is to produce constable plastics to help the worsening problem of plastics in the world. 

Electrical Engineering

This department is focused on power systems, computation networks, electronic devices and materials, and systems engineering. 

  • Undergraduate Courses Offered
    • Bachelor of Science (Electrical Systems Major) 
  • Postgraduate Level
    • Master of Engineering (Electrical or Electrical with Business) - This course is a 3-year full-time course, with 100 credits per year. It requires a major in Electrical Systems to let you start directly with the second year. An industry, design or research project is also a part of this course. Second-year onwards, you start learning about electronics, control, signal processing, communications and power systems if you are specializing in Electrical. In case you are taking up Electrical with business, you will have to study five other business-related subjects - engineering management, contracts and procurement, economic analysis, strategy execution, and marketing management.
  • Graduate Research Programs 
    • Master of Philosophy (Engineering)
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)
  • Faculty - The department consists of 33 highly skilled faculty members. 
  • Industry Collaboration - The department makes sure that it keeps industry links so that their teaching and research programs are more effective. They have an industry advisory group with chairmen and founders from companies like Pearcey Foundation, Daintree Networks, etc. 
  • Research - The key areas of research are - Communication and Networks, Control and signal processing, Electronic and photonic systems and Power and Energy Systems. Their new project is aimed at improving life for people with mobility impairment.

Infrastructure Engineering

This discipline deals with Infrastructure that is effective in terms of the environment as well as the economy.

  • Undergraduate Courses Offered - Bachelor of Design (Civil Systems); Bachelor of Science (Civil Systems); Bachelor of Science ( Environmental Engineering Systems); Bachelor of Design (Spatial Systems); Bachelor of Science (Spatial Systems)
  • Postgraduate Level
    • Master of Engineering - This 3-year full-time course has 100 credit points per year. It also needs you to complete a project.
      • Specializations Include
        • Civil - You require a major in the civil system to start from the second year right away. The course involves learning about structural, geotechnical, hydraulic and transportation engineering and their applications in the fields of ports and harbour, energy, sustainability and project management. 
        • Civil with business - It includes all the civil subjects along with the following five business subjects - engineering management, contracts and procurement, economic analysis, strategy execution, and marketing.
        • Spatial - It focuses on subjects like mapping and visualisation, geographic information systems (GIS), 3D computer visualisations, surveying and satellites and image processing.
    • Master of Environmental Engineering - This is a year-long course which requires you to complete a total of 100 points. The four core subjects under this course are environmental modelling, sustainable infrastructure and monitoring environmental impacts and environmental analysis tools.
    • Master of Energy systems - This 18-month full-time course also has 150 points. The core subjects include Introduction to Energy Systems, Analysing Energy Systems, Electrical Power Systems, Financial Management, Non-renewable Energy, Renewable Energy, Managerial Economics, and Energy Supply and Value chains.
    • Master of Information Technology - The course duration is for 2 years full time and has 200 credit points. There are four core subjects: Programming and Software Development, Algorithms and Complexity, Internet Technologies and  Database Systems & Information Modelling.
    • Master of Engineering Management - This course is a one-year full-time course. Students have to take up Engineering Management Capstone and Strategic Management along with two subjects from change management specialisation and one subject from project management specialisation. 
  • Faculty - It has a huge faculty strength of 90 highly qualified teachers. 
  • Industry Collaborations - It has an industry advisory team consisting of directors, managing directors from many well- known companies like Spatial Vision Innovations, Urbanxchange Pty Ltd, etc. It makes sure their teaching and research project are on par with the current industry requirements. 
  • Research - The research is aimed at benefiting the community, economy and environment and sustainable infrastructure. 

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering department has been ranked the 44th best in the world, and 1st in Australia in the QS World University Subject Rankings for Engineering 2017 for Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering. The department is involved in applying human and material resources to design, concentration and operation and maintenance of machines. 

  • Undergraduate Courses Offered - Bachelor of Design (Mechanical Systems Major); Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Systems Major); Computing & Software Systems Major; Electrical Systems Major; Mechanical Systems Major; Mechatronic Systems Major
  • Postgraduate Level 
    • Major of Engineering (Mechanical, Mechanical with Aerospace, Mechanical with Business, Mechatronix) - This 3-year full-time course has 100 credit points per year. It also needs you to complete a project. You have to have a major in Mechanics Systems to start directly from the second year. 
      • Mechanical involves learning about turning energy into power and motion, and designing, constructing and operating devices and systems. The main focus areas of this course are fluid mechanics, turbulence and biomechanics. 
      • In mechanical with aerospace, the course focuses on mechanical engineering in the second year and has five aerospace related subjects in the third year. 
      • In mechanical with business, you will have to study 5 subjects related to business. 
      • Mechatronix is a blend of mechanical, electrical and software engineering aimed at developing automation and advanced manufacturing technologies and requires you complete mechatronix major to get to the second year right away.  
  • Faculty - It has 61 faculty members involved in the academic section. The teachers are highly skilled and knowledgeable. 
  • Industry Collaboration - The department has ties with companies like Boeing, Ford Motor Company, BAE systems, etc. 
  • Research - The main areas of research under this department are fluid mechanics, Manufacturing and Industrial Systems Engineering, Materials, Robotics and Thermodynamics. The department is internationally recognized for its brilliance in the field of research. 

Pure Sciences 

1. School of Physics 

The School of Physics is associated with many leading research groups in the world. Their programs in astrophysics, theoretical particle and experimental particle physics are aimed at solving the various questions related to evolution, origin and the universe that haunts the world at the present age. 

  • Undergraduate Courses Offered -  Bachelor of Science(Honours); Bachelor of Science Major in Physics; Bachelor of Science (Extended)
  • Postgraduate Level
    • Master of Science (Physics) - This is a 2-year full-time course that requires completion of 200 credit points. You can choose your area of research areas from the following - astrophysics, theoretical particle physics and experimental particle physics. You also have to choose a professional skill subject out of modelling, working with data, ethics, business tools, and communication. 
    • Master of Philosophy (Science) - This is also a 2-year full-time course. You’re supposed to take up a research project, and finally form a thesis based on that. The normal length of the thesis is around 30,000-40,000 words. 
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Science) - This is a 4-year full-time course. Here too, you are supposed to take a project and formulate a thesis. The length of the thesis is supposed to be around 80,000 words. 
  • Faculty - They have numerous experienced Teaching staff, Research staff, Research fellows and teaching support staff. 
  • Research - The main areas of research under this school are complex systems, Atomic, molecular and optical Physics, Condensed matter physics, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Experimental Particle Physics, Extragalactic astrophysics, High Energy Astrophysics, Large Scale facility Physics, Nanoscience, Physical Bioscience, Quantum Information, Theoretical Particle Physics. The School of Physics has six research groups - Astrophysics, Experimental Particle Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Optical Physics, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical Particle Physics.

2. School of Chemistry

The school is famous for its contribution to research. An ongoing program makes sure that the laboratories are properly upgraded to match the current world standards. 

  • Undergraduate Courses Offered
    • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Science major in Chemistry
    • Bachelor of Science major in Chemical Systems
    • Bachelor of Science (Extended) 
  • Postgraduate Level
    • Master of Science (Chemistry) - This is a 2-year full-time course that requires a completion of 200 credit points. Second-year onwards, you will focus on your research project. The core subjects under this department are Advanced Mass Spectroscopy, Synchrotron and NMR Structural Techniques. 
    • Master of Industrial Research (Chemistry)  - This is also a 2-year full-time course. It is a combination of the industry-based research project (150 credit points) and coursework core and elective subjects (50 credit points). 
    • Other than these, they also offer Master in Philosophy (Science) and Doctor of Philosophy (Science). 
  • Faculty - The school houses 26 exceptional continuing teaching & research staff and over 40 research only and 20 professional staff.
  • Research - The main areas of research are Advanced Materials and Nanoscience, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Molecular design and synthesis, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Spectroscopy and Molecular Characterisation. The school also actively participates in Bio21, a prominent biotechnology initiative in Victoria. 

3. School of Biosciences 

  • Undergraduate Courses Offered
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Science major in computational Biology
    • Bachelor of Science major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    • Bachelor of Science major in Biotechnology
    • Bachelor of Science major in Marine Biology
    • Bachelor of Science major in Plant Science
    • Bachelor of Science major in Zoology
    • Bachelor of Science major in Genetics
    • Bachelor of Science major in Environmental Science
    • Bachelor of Science (Extended)
  • Postgraduate Level
    • Master of Science ( Bioinformatics, BioSciences or Epidemiology) - This is a -year full-time course with a total of 200 points. Your first-year subjects will depend on your previous major, and your second-year subjects will help you learn about advanced analysis techniques. You will have a research project, a subject on communication for research scientists and elective subjects. 
      • Under Biosciences, you can focus your research in any of their bioscience disciplines - ecology, evolution, environmental science, genetics, genomics, development, plant science.
      • Epidemiology is a mixture of numbers and other data along with a focus on clinical research and practice. 
  • Master of Biotechnology - This a 2-year full-time course and has a total of 200 points. This course teaches students to apply fundamental knowledge of biology and medicine to new products related to health, agribusiness, etc. 
  • In addition to these, they also offer Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy in Science
  • Faculty - The department has a huge number of very passionate and helpful academic staff. 
  • Research - The School of Biosciences collaborates with a lot of renowned research centres like Cooperative Research Centre program which is directly under the Australian Government. In addition to that, it also collaborates with  Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence, Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA), ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), Melbourne Integrative Genomics, etc. 

4. School of Mathematics and Statistics

This school involves pure and applied mathematics and statistics. It is one of Australia’s most acclaimed mathematics and statistics schools. 

  • Undergraduate Courses Offered
    • Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)
    • Bachelor of Science (Computational Biology) 
    • Bachelor of Science (Data Science) 
    • Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Physics) 
  • Postgraduate Level
    • Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics) - You can specialize in either of the four topics - Pure Mathematics, Applied mathematics and mathematical physics, Discrete mathematics and operations research, Stochastic processes. There will also be a subject on Systems modelling and simulation. It is a two-year full-time course with 200 credit points. 
    • Master of Computational Biology - The course is 3-year long (full-time), and requires the completion of 300 credit points. This course is a combination of biology, mathematics and computer science. It helps students to enhance their skills in bioinformatics, systems biology, and biological and ecological modelling.
    • Master of Data Science - This is a 2-year full-time course with 200 credit points. Data Science has been labelled as the “sexiest job of the 21st century”. This course helps you to build technological skills to handle large collections of complex data. You have a wide range of professional skill electives to choose from. You are also free to take up  a research project in order to strengthen your skills.  
    • Other than these, Master of Science (Bioinformatics), Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy in science are also offered. 
  • Faculty - The department has around 121 experienced and skillful faculty members.
  • Research - The research is focused on Algebra, Continuum Modelling, Discrete Mathematics, Geometry and Topology, Operations Research, Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Physics, Stochastic Processes. They are partners with Melbourne Integrative Genomics and they are leading the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS). 

5. Business School 

The degrees offered are: 

  • Master of Management 
  • Master of Management (Accounting) 
  • Master of Management (Accounting and Finance) 
  • Master of Management (Finance) 
  • Master of Management (Human Resources) 
  • Master of Management (Marketing) 
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Business Administration (full time) 
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Senior Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Analytics Management
  • Master of Applied Econometrics 
  • Master of Actuarial Science 
  • Master of Business Analytics 
  • Master of Commerce (Actuarial Science) 
  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Enterprise
  • Master of Entrepreneurship 
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Finance (Enhanced) 
  • Master of Marketing
  • Master of Marketing Communications
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Supply Chain Management
  • Doctoral Program in Accounting
  • Doctoral Program in Decision, Risk and Financial sciences
  • Doctoral Program in Economics
  • Doctoral Program in Finance
  • Doctoral Program in Management
  • Doctoral Program in Marketing 
  • Doctoral Program in Actuarial Studies 

Other Department 

1. Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

The disciplines under this department are Architecture, Construction, Landscape Architecture, Property, Urban and Cultural Heritage, Urban Design and Urban Planning. The department also boasts about its cultural diversity being one of its strengths. It also has a lot of research hubs like the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage, Thrive Research Hubs, Transport, Health and Urban design research hubs, etc. 

2. Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts houses Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Asia Institute, School of Culture and Communication, School of historical and philosophical studies, School of Languages and Linguistics, School of Social and Political Sciences. With around 340 academic staff members, the Faculty of Arts has been ranked 1st of its kind in Australia. The department also has more than 20 research centres, two ARC centres of excellence, and a new digital studio.   

3. Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

The faculty deals with the composition, conducting, dance, design, production, ethnomusicology, film and television, interactive composition, jazz and improvisation, musicology, music performance, music psychology, music theatre, music therapy, theatre and visual arts.

The courses help the students to gain deeper knowledge and understanding in Arts. 

4. Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

This department has been operating for the past 150 years and has contributed actively towards the health and well-being of the society. The main research areas under this department are Cancer, Child Health, Infection and immunology, and Neuroscience. 

5. Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

If you are passionate about Veterinary, Agriculture and food sciences, this department has a range of courses to offer. Their research is also world-class covering areas of food production and security, animal health and welfare, veterinary public health and zoonoses, rural resilience and agricultural economics and climate change, water and land management.

6. Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The school has internationally recognized experts as faculty members. It has eight research centres and five research hubs and has received the highest possible ranking for all research categories. The department maintains close links with schools under the government, catholic and independent sectors, and thus can successfully run its program, Master of Teaching.

7. Melbourne Law School

It has been ranked the first in Australia and sixth in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject, 2019. Many graduates of this school are now placed internationally. The department is also very active in research and is a part of 20 research institutes. 

Annual fees for Indians $42,377
Annual off-campus living $9,800
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

Scholarships (coming soon)

Education loan

Expected EMI for funding the entire cost of education: $690 Get Your Quote Now Request a Callback
*We assume interest rate of 10% and loan term of 10 years


What are the Best Universities for Bachelors in STEM from Australia? | GyanDhan
...Rank - 38th Top QS Subject Rank - 15th, Engineering civil and structural What are the Eligibility Requirements? - To study a bachelor’s in science at the University of Melbourne, you should have completed high school with English, Maths and either Physics, Bio or Chem. If you’re from CBSE or ISC background, you need a minimum... ... Read more

Indian Government Scholarships to Studying Abroad for Indian Student | GyanDhan
Hi @Parmar_Neha_44 , Since you have not mentioned your target country, I am listing top colleges for MDS in the USA, Canada, and the UK. USA - University of California, SanFrancisco Harvard University University of Michigan-Ann Arbor New York university University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill U... ... Read more

22 US Universities Announce TOEFL – IELTS Relaxation
22 US Universities Announce TOEFL – IELTS Relaxation The following US universities, it is believed, have significantly relaxed their English language proficiency requirements for admission to their undergraduate as well as their postgraduate programs. If you are a student who has been admitted to... ... Read more

Discussion on Southern Cross university
The Southern Cross University was established in 1994 with campuses at Lismore and Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales and at the southern end of the Gold Coast in Queensland. The campus at Lismore includes a science and engineering precinct, environmental laboratories, contemporary music a... ... Read more

Discussion on Deakin University
Founded in 1974, Deakin University is the eighth largest university in Australia (in terms of students strength). Situated in the state of Victoria, Deakin has four large campuses and an online cloud campus. The largest one is the Melbourne Burwood Campus situated in the suburbs of the city of Me... ... Read more

Looking for help in foreign admission or loan? Arrange a call from an expert: