There are a range of things to consider when submitting an application to undertake a research higher degree.
- H1 standard for PhD and the MPsych/PhD
You are automatically H1 standard and therefore eligible for scholarships if you hold:
- An Australian/New Zealand bachelor degree with first-class honours (H1)
- An Australian/New Zealand research masters preliminary degree, formally graded at H1 level
- An Australian/New Zealand research masters degree, formally graded at H1 level.
- An Australian/New Zealand Honours or Masters graduate with a GRSC score of 80 or above.
- A Fellowship awarded by the Royal Australasian Medical Colleges, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, Australian College of Physiotherapists (fellowship of other colleges will be assessed individually).
If your qualifications don’t clearly meet the H1 standard, but your application is supported by your proposed department, the department may make a case for consideration of your qualifications and experience as equivalent to the H1 standard by submitting a case for H1 equivalence.
- H1 equivalence
The following qualifications require such an assessment:
- bachelors degree with second-class honours as the highest qualification
- research masters preliminary degree without a formal grade
- masters degree with no research component
- graduate diploma
- overseas qualifications where the University GRSC score is below 80
- all other qualifications.
In deciding whether your qualifications are equivalent to H1 standard, a panel of academic staff consider your:
- research output – refereed publications, such as books, journal articles, conference proceedings, reports and working papers, data bases, software and other non-traditional outputs
- prior substantial and successful professional experience in a discipline related to the research, demonstrated leadership in the profession, demonstrated leadership in the development of professional practice.
- prior research experience – the nature and extent of research undertaken during relevant work experience. It is important the applicant details their research output and relevant research experience when completing their research degree application.
Performance in previous roles will need to be substantiated by evidence of appropriate outputs (publications, reports, presentations) and referees reports.
PhD applicants cannot apply directly for H1 Equivalence consideration. Assessment of H1 equivalence is undertaken by the department and faculty during assessment of the application. The department will use the information provided in your application to decide whether a case for H1 equivalence should be submitted. The case is considered by the Faculty and outcomes notified to applicants within the advertised application round timelines.
- Masters by Research and the Doctor of Medical Science
H2A is the minimum academic standard for the Doctor of Medical Science and all Masters by Research degrees of the Faculty. Cases for H2A equivalence are not accepted.
For other entry requirements, refer to specific course entries in the University Handbook.
- Scholarship eligibility
To be eligibile for graduate research scholarships in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, you must be of first class honours or equivalent standard and you must normally have a scholarship score of 80 or higher. Students with H2A are not eligible for scholarships with two exceptions:
- Graduate research students applying for Fay Marles Scholarships
- Graduate research students identifying as Indigenous Australians.
- English language requirements
English is the language of instruction and assessment across the University of Melbourne.English Language Requirements
You must meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
Graduate Research Applications may be lodged at any time throughout the calendar year. The time frames below apply to:
- applications the University considers 'complete'***
- to course applications and also to the following funding schemes: Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships, Graduate Research Scholarships and MDHS Graduate Research Trust Scholarships.
Applications that are incomplete will take longer to assess, up to 12 weeks or longer in some cases.
*** Applications are assessed for course and/or scholarship only when the University considers the application is complete and once the application has received support from the proposed Academic Unit and the Faculty. Please refer to the University admissions website for definitions of a 'complete' application.
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23 February 2018
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23 May 2018
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Notes and definitions:
- Graduate research applicants should discuss a preferred commencement date with their proposed supervisor and include this information with their application. MDHS research students may commence their studies (enrol) between 1 March and 31 October each year. Enrolment outside this period is not recommended due to assessment timeframes, University closure periods, staff leave and grant writing commitments in the period November-February.
- The majority of scholarships will be awarded by 23 February 2018.
- All students are encouraged to submit applications by 31 October in order to be considered for the majority of scholarships available.
- The faculty does not guarantee scholarships will be available in all rounds.
- Applicants are considered for scholarships once their application is considered complete and when the application receives the support of the proposed academic unit and Faculty.
- Additional rounds may be advertised for specific scholarships (eg. MDHS Graduate Research Trust Scholarships).
- The 23 May closing date is scheduled to allow for Semester 2, 2018 commencement.
The Faculty reserves the right to alter timelines and dates subject to requirements. Check this website for any changes prior to submission of your application.
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All graduate research applicants are required to determine the research topic they want to explore, as well as liaise and gain support of a nominated supervisor before submitting an application. You can find a list of projects (and available opportunities) below.
New applicants: If you are a new student and have applied for a Graduate Research Degree by the relevant closing date, you will be automatically considered for the Graduate Research Scholarships. You will receive a notification that a scholarship application has been added to your record within 7 days of having submitted your course application.
Deferred applicants: If you have accepted a course offer and deferred commencement in order to be re-considered for a graduate research scholarships, you must submit an online application form by the relevant closing date. You will receive a notification that a scholarship application has been added to your record within 7 days of having submitted the online form.
Current students: If you are currently enrolled in a graduate research degree for which you seek a scholarship, you must submit an online application form by the relevant closing date. You will receive a notification that a scholarship application has been added to your record within 7 days of having submitted the online form.
Interested in doing research with us?Future Students Admissions and Applications
Graduate research courses
A range of graduate research courses are available in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and a summary list is provided below.
Course fees and fee waivers
- International Students
The majority of international graduate research students do not pay course fees in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences*.
All International applicants who advise the University on their formal application form that they are applying for both course and scholarship will be considerd for Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarships (MIFRS) which are course fee waivers. Applicants with sponsorship must include information with their application giving details of sponsorship arrangements so that the Faculty can assess whether additional support for the student may be required.
Conditions do apply. A matching stipend (living allowance) must be guaranteed by an institution (eg. the proposed academic department of enrolment in the faculty, sponsorship from an overseas government or the Australian Government, AusAid or other NGO). The stipend must meet our minimum standards (in 2016 the minimum rate is that of the Melbourne International Research Scholarship - MIRS) and must be guaranteed by the institution for a minimum of 3.5 years.
* This scheme applies to the Faculty's Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Medical Science, Master of Psychology/PhD, Master of Philosophy and specific Masters by Research degrees.
Future Students - Admissions - Fees - Graduate International Students - resource for the University's international fee policy and other useful information:
- Payment options
- Variations to fees owing (including refunds)
- Special provisions for graduate completions
- International students granted Australian permanent residency
- Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents
The Research Training Scheme (RTS) provides Commonwealth-funded Higher Degree Research (HDR) students with an 'entitlement' to a fee exemption for the duration of an accredited HDR course.
- For PhD or doctorate by research, funding is provided for a maximum of four years full-time (eight years part-time).
- For a masters by research, funding is provided for a maximum of two years full-time (four years part-time).
The University may elect to impose fees on students who wish to remain enrolled after exhausting their entitlement. More information is available from the Australian Government.
Refer to Future Students Start Here to find out if you are local or international student.
- International Students
Accepting your offer and enrolling
The offer letter you receive will contain instructions on creating an account and enrolling into your course. If prompted for your student number, this is the same as your Applicant ID at the top of this offer letter.
Graduate Research students are not able to enrol themselves in subjects.
You will need to email the MDHS Learning and Teaching Unit to be enrolled in your thesis subject. This is a requirement to complete enrolment.
I have a conditional offer, what does this mean?
If you receive a conditional offer for a course, you must satisfy the conditions before you can enrol.
Follow the procedures outlined in your offer letter and if you have any questions contact the MDHS Health Hub.
When will I start receiving my scholarship?
You must complete enrolment in order to make your scholarship active. Payments will commence in the first pay period after your enrolment is complete.
If you think you've completed enrolment and haven't received your first scholarship payment, contact the MDHS Health Hub to check your status. (For students holding scholarships from external organisations, check your scholarship offer letter and contact the funding body).
Need some help with online enrolment?
If you're having difficulty completing the online acceptance and enrolment process and need help troubleshooting, give 13 MELB (13 6352) a call.
They'll be able to walk you through the online process, and can also advise on general questions about The University of Melbourne.
Services available, orientation and induction
All graduate reserachers are expected to attend a University Orientation in their first year of enrolment. Orientation Day for Graduate Researchers provides a welcome to all graduate researchers (PhD, research doctorate or masters by research candidates) who are new to the University of Melbourne or new to their graduate research degree.
The day introduces you to the comprehensive research training and professional development services available at the University. Find out more and to register.
The Graduate Research Hub is a great resource to find out more about services and support outside of formal orientation. Keep up to date with news and events relevant to you. Find out about research training and professional development. Guidelines on a range of matters like thesis submission and examination.
International Student Briefing
If you are a new international graduate researcher, the online International Student Briefing provides you with information about safety in Melbourne, emergency numbers, tenancy and work rights and your responsibilities as a student visa holder. This is a compulsory requirement for international students; complete this briefing online.
All academic units (whether department, school, institute or centre) run local inductions and graduate researchers are required to attend a local induction.
If you haven't received advice about induction, check with your supervisor or contact your local graduate research administrator.
The Student Services website provides a comprehensive list of support services available to University of Melbourne students. These services include health and wellbeing, academic support, housing and financial assistance, support for international students, and orientation.