Entry requirements: Graduate Research Degrees

Applicants for a graduate research degree (also known as a research higher degree) are normally required to have completed at least a four-year Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent and achieved an overall average of greater than 75% in the relevant degree. Please note that these are minimum requirements; you should check with your prospective Faculty or Graduate School to determine the entry requirements that apply to the degree you wish to undertake.

  • You are normally required to have completed a research project/component that accounts for at least 25% of your year's work at 4th year undergraduate or masters, level.
  • Based on an interview or other communication, an assessment will be made of the level of understanding, motivation and time commitment of the graduate researcher for the proposed program of study. For example, a full-time researcher would be expected to devote at least 40 hours per week.
  • All applicants must meet the English language requirements of the University to be offered a place.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The minimum entry requirement for the MPhil is a four-year Bachelor degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant discipline, which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25 percent of one year of full-time study, with a minimum overall average grade in the final year equivalent to an H2A (75%) grade achieved at the University of Melbourne.

If you do not have a four-year honours degree, you must demonstrate that you have conducted a research project equivalent to 25% of a year's full-time study at fourth year, or masters, level. You must also demonstrate the relevance of your research experience to your proposed topic of research.

You must also demonstrate that you meet the specified English language requirements.

Masters by research

The minimum entry requirement is generally the same as for the MPhil, although entry requirements may vary between Faculties & Graduate Schools.

You must demonstrate that you meet the specified English language requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The minimum entry requirement for the PhD is a four-year Bachelor degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant discipline, which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25 percent of one year of full-time study, with a minimum overall average grade equivalent to an H2A (75%) grade achieved at the University of Melbourne.

If you do not have a four-year degree, you must demonstrate that you have conducted a research project equivalent to 25% of a year's full-time study at Masters level or have an equivalent qualification and experience.

You must demonstrate that you meet the specified English language requirements.

Doctorates

Minimum entry requirements for professional doctorates vary between Faculties/Graduate Schools. Most require a combination of professional qualifications and experience in the appropriate field of practice.

Check with your prospective Faculty or Graduate School for information on professional doctorates. You may also visit Course Search for courses and entry requirements. Search by keyword "doctor".

You must demonstrate that you meet the specified English language requirements.

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