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The University of Melbourne has helped to shape Melbourne and Australia’s social, cultural and scientific profile for over 160 years. Studying at the University combines rich academic and social engagement on a wonderful campus with the delights offered by living in the city of Melbourne.

The University of Melbourne is currently ranked 33 in the world and number one in Australia (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15).

Employers ranked the University number 13 in the world for the employability of its graduates (QS World University Rankings 2014-2015), clearly recognising that a degree from Melbourne is a gateway to a global career. High-profile employers from around the world actively recruit University of Melbourne graduates for their problem-solving skills, capacity for independent critical thought, and leadership.

This international reputation is underpinned by excellence in teaching and learning and by our status as Australia’s highest ranked research university (according to Australian Government key indicators). By studying at the University of Melbourne you will:

  • Study in an atmosphere of intellectual rigour and excitement with some of Australia’s best academic minds
  • Benefit from award-winning support to achieve your potential
  • Achieve outstanding career outcomes.

Melbourne programmes

Melbourne’s degree programmes are designed to equip its students with the skills required to meet the challenges of the future. Students complete broad undergraduate degree programmes which are followed by an extensive range of specialised graduate professional or research higher degrees.

The combination of disciplinary breadth and academic specialisation offered by the University of Melbourne means that our graduates have an increased capacity to successfully negotiate their way in a world where knowledge is rapidly changing, discipline boundaries are constantly shifting and employees are required to communicate in a variety of cultural settings.

Undergraduate studies

Our undergraduate degrees ensure you gain deep knowledge in your discipline but also require you to study up to 25% of your courses from other disciplines. You will be exposed to alternative areas of knowledge, different ways of understanding and varied methods of enquiry. There is also a focus on skills development – problem solving, communication, teamwork and leadership. Our degrees provide a base for employment or for advanced study in specialist and professional disciplines. Our undergraduate degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Oral Health
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

Graduate studies

After undergraduate studies, you may go straight into employment, or you can choose from over 270 different professional coursework and research higher degrees. The University’s Graduate Schools provide a supportive, professional environment to all students.

  • Arts
  • Business and Economics
  • Design (architecture, building and planning)
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Government
  • Information Technology 
  • Law
  • Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

Research

Melbourne is a research-led university and our researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as medicine, law, climate change, art conservation and nanotechnology. Students are inspired by high quality staff who include Nobel Laureates, eminent scholars, award-winning researchers and other internationally renowned thinkers.

The University campus

The campus, a blend of traditional and contemporary architecture and green spaces, has its own special ambience with galleries, cafés, a theatre, banks, bookshops, food outlets and more. The Student Union is the heart of the campus and is home to over 100 clubs and societies. The campus also has world-class sports facilities including an indoor swimming pool, aerobics and yoga rooms, gyms, running tracks, courts and fields. The University also has a rowing boatshed on the Yarra River and a ski lodge in the mountains.

The city of Melbourne

The University is just a short walk or tram ride from the city centre of Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city. Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most liveable city for the last four years by the Economist Intelligence Unit and is widely considered to be Australia’s most cosmopolitan city. Elegant tree-lined boulevards are surrounded by a mix of modern buildings and grand Victorian architecture from the 1880’s. The city is home to a population from over 100 different nations and is food-obsessed, with many excellent restaurants. It also has a distinctive laneway bar culture as well as many festivals and events.

Student accommodation

A range of housing is available including residential colleges, purpose-built student apartments, homestays and private housing. These options are all close to the campus. Extensive public transport and bicycle lanes make it easy to access the University.

Scholarships

A small number of undergraduate and graduate, and a larger number of research scholarships, are available for outstanding students each year. For more information, please see have a look at the scholarships page.

The University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is the oldest Faculty at the University and is a diverse one with a commitment to innovation and community engagement. The Faculty offers programmes as wide-ranging as Indigenous studies, classics, politics and art curatorship.

It also provides employment- relevant specialisations in fields such as public policy, journalism, linguistics, cultural conservation, and development studies.

The Faculty's Bachelor of Arts programme reflects the inspiring ambitions of the University’s 'Melbourne Curriculum', featuring common curriculum in first year, clearer sequences through the three years, capstone subjects in every major and excellent opportunities for internships and study abroad.

The Faculty of Arts delivers an array of subjects through its five academic schools: The Asia Institute; the School of Culture and Communication; the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies; the School of Languages and Linguistics; and the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Postgraduate study options in the Faculty of Arts are offered by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and by the Melbourne School of Government.

The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers 14 professionally oriented masters programmes in media, communications, social sciences and arts management. Our programmes enable students to follow their passions and interests to new career destinations. All our programmes are taught by leading professionals and offer the opportunity for students to undertake an internship and develop industry links. Our academic and professional staff foster and support networking and cohort-building to enliven the student experience. As a graduate school offering specialised study, all students are dedicated to their specific study area and their passion is evident in class discussions and group projects.

The Melbourne School of Government was created to inspire and equip individuals to make a difference on a global scale. Through rigorous research, teaching and debate, we convert shared knowledge into collective wisdom, influencing politics and decision-making to improve our future. Our students make valuable contributions to society through research projects under the guidance of our leading academics and through our four masters by coursework degrees in international relations; development studies; public policy and administration.

In addition to this rich and diverse academic life, the Faculty of Arts also offers students a wide range of on-campus activities and clubs to join, opportunities for volunteering and student leadership. Whatever path you choose to take with us, you are bound to have an exciting and rewarding experience at the University of Melbourne.

Enakshi Ambani studied Master of Global Media Communications

"Before coming to Melbourne I worked for four years in Sri Lanka in marketing communications and public relations. I wanted to develop my educational and professional career prospects, so I chose the Master in Global Media Communications. Studying at the University of Melbourne allows me access to a world class degree while also providing me with internship opportunities and real world experience in Australia."

David Lilly studied Master of International Relations, and now works as foreign policy officer, in Trade Negotiations Division, New Zealand

"I started working at New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs And Trade a couple of weeks after submitting the final essays for my Master of International Relations. My studies allowed me to hit the ground running with the knowledge and skills I needed. A lot of the issues I have dealt with in the past year were the very same ones that we debated in class, or that I wrote papers on for submission."

Carra Simpson studied a Bachelor of Arts with Diploma of Modern Languages (Spanish)

"The flexibility of the Bachelor of Arts degree here at Melbourne has allowed me to study breadth and electives across disciplines. I have really enjoyed having the option to compliment my core subjects with interdisciplinary subjects and classes taught by different faculties. I have taken subjects taught by the education, fine arts, law, and science departments... just to name a few!"