How to apply
- Decide on a research program
- Check your eligibility
- Find a supervisor
Before submitting an application, you are required to have the support of a nominated supervisor.
To identify an academic that is best suited to supervise your research, we recommend that you explore our current research projects. Each research project has a Project Leader that you may contact with a request of support for your application.
If you wish to pursue an area of research that is not defined in the list of current research projects, you can search for academics within your intended research area by using our Find an Expert directory.
When contacting a potential supervisor, you should include:
- A current CV
- All higher education transcripts
- A research proposal
- Any publications or publication information.
- Check the scholarship deadlines
Applications for admission to a graduate research program may be submitted at any time in the year. To be considered for a scholarship, however, you are required to submit your application before one of the deadlines of our five scholarship rounds.
- Prepare documentation
The Melbourne School of Engineering requires particular documents to be included with your application before assessment can take place. If you are still studying, we encourage you to apply now before completing your degree by including current transcripts of at least up to the first semester of the final year studies. To avoid delays in the assessment of your application, you must include all documents listed below:
A current CV outlining work experience relevant to your proposed field of research, prior research background and details of any research publications.
- Scanned copies of official transcript from every higher education institution you have attended, completion statements (if relevant). Academic transcripts should give detailed information on the content and quality of your performance, courses taken each year, and grades received. The grading scale of the institution and your rank in class should be noted whenever possible.
- A 600 word research proposal.
- A copy of the email(s) showing your nominated supervisor has agreed to support your application.
Two Academic Referee Report Forms
Please note: There is a new process for providing references. Read the information below to ensure your references and referee information are provided correctly.
Applications begun (saved) OR submitted before 25 May 2017
Your referees must provide the reference report in the existing PDF format, using either the Academic Referee Report Form (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the form) or Employer Referee Report Form as appropriate. You should send your referees these forms well in advance of submitting your application and request them to respond before the closing date of the round that you are applying for.
Applications begun (saved) AND submitted on or after 25 May 2017
All references must be submitted using the online tool
- Applicants must provide contact details for their referees in the online application form.
- On submission of your application, the referees will be emailed a link to access the Graduate Research Referee tool and they must provide their references using this online tool.
- You will be notified when they submit the reference.
It is important that you contact your referees well before submitting an application. This ensures they expect the request for a reference and understand that the University of Melbourne referee request email contains both instructions on how to access the tool and submit their references through the attached link.
Examiner’s reports and an Academic Report for Ungraded Thesis form
If you have completed a thesis or research component that does not include a numeric grade and is ≥50% of your entire program, provide a copy of the thesis, the Examiner’s reports and an Academic Report for Ungraded Thesis form (provided below). The Academic Report for Ungraded Thesis form should be sent to the most senior academic in the relevant department of your tertiary institution involved in the assessment of your thesis/research component and request them to respond before the closing date of the round that you are applying for.
- Submit an application
Application for graduate research degrees are submitted online via the Future Students webpage: Graduate Research Applications
For admission to Graduate Research Degree Candidature and Scholarship, you must submit a course application and a scholarship application in the online application.
Once you have submitted your application you will receive an automated email confirming that your application has been received. You will receive a notification if your application is incomplete.
To avoid delay in the assessment of your application, ensure you follow the online application instructions carefully and upload all the required documents.
The assessment process can take up to eight weeks before an outcome is finalised.
Assessment of your application will only commence once you have provided all required documents.
- Accept the offer
If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter by email.
If you are a local applicant, you can accept your offer online by following the instructions in your offer letter.
If you are an international applicant, with an unconditional offer, you will receive an Acceptance Form that you will need to return to the address located in your offer letter.
Please note that conditional offers are provided for both local and international applicants.
Offers of scholarship are made at different times to offers of admission. Refer to our information on scholarships and deadlines to determine in which scholarship round you will be considered for a scholarship, and when you can expect an outcome to your consideration for a scholarship.
To accept your scholarship offer, please follow the instructions in your scholarship offer letter.
- Enrol in your program
Once you have met the conditions of your offer (or have received an unconditional offer), you will receive instructions by email about enrolling in your research program.