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Research Degrees

Information for research applicants – the University of Melbourne

Disclaimer: This information is provided in good faith and is correct at September 2021. Please confirm these details with Study Options before making a formal application.

For general information on the minimum entry requirements please click here.

Before starting the research application process, you are required to determine the research topic they want to explore. An overview of the graduate research opportunities that are available at the university can be found here.

Some faculties require you to identify a potential supervisor before making your application. You should check the relevant faculty website to see if this is a requirement for your subject area. You can find the list of faculties here.

If you are required to find a supervisor you can use the ‘Find an Expert’ search engine which can be accessed here.

When contacting supervisors we recommend that you communicate your research intent in a concise but well thought through manner – academic staff will receive a lot of similar requests and are only likely to respond positively to the ones that demonstrate commitment and ability.

It is also a good idea to attach a CV (no longer than two pages) and a copy of your academic transcripts.

Once you have checked this, and if necessary, made contact with a supervisor, you should contact Study Options, who will send you the relevant application forms and list of required documentation. We are the official representative of the University of Melbourne in the UK and therefore if you submit your application through us it will be fast tracked through the assessment process. We are a completely free service.

Please be aware that some faculties have additional documentation that they require you to submit as part of the application. You can find these listed on the individual faculty sites that can be accessed here (step 3).

Study Options is able to certify all of your academic documentation and liaise with the admissions teams with regards to your application. Once Study Options has submitted your application it will usually take between 8 and 12 weeks for the assessment to be completed. If your application is successful, Study Options will assist you with the acceptance and visa process. We can also provide advice and guidance on accommodation, bank accounts and more!