Graduate pathway options

After you've completed your undergraduate degree, you can choose to either move straight into the workforce, or deepen your knowledge with a graduate degree. Graduate study allows you to gain an even higher qualification than a 'double' or 'combined' degree at another university. Plus, graduate degrees are increasingly well regarded by industry and employers, and often attract higher salaries.

Take a look at a few of our current students' pathways for a better idea of how they work.

Graduate Students

  • Pathway to a career in architecture

    Slavco Jovanoski

    "My pathway to being an Architect"

    Slavco Jovanoski

    Slavco has had a passion for drawing since he was a child. Over the years, he constantly sought out creative and constructive outlets so that he could do what he loved whilst benefiting his community. In 2008, Slavco chose to study the Bachelor of Environments. This meant he could explore a whole range of disciplines before deciding on the right career path for his future.

    "The Bachelor of Environments helped me put my career ambitions into perspective. It helped me see what I could expect within the industry and what I could expect of myself and it helped me develop a skill-set unique to the field of architecture. I believe that the journey is more important than the destination, so take your time to enjoy it, but never give up on your dreams."

    After completing the Bachelor of Environments, Slavco took the next step on his pathway by enrolling in the Master of Architecture, which he is currently completing.

    "I chose to pursue graduate study because undergraduate study put everything into perspective for me. Now I need to refine what I have learnt in a more professional manner. In graduate study, expectations are higher of you, the work gets a bit harder and there is a lot more of it than in the undergraduate degree. So it is challenging, and time management becomes more important – but still, the course is enjoyable."

    See Course Search for more information about this pathway and others.

    Architecture pathway
  • Pathway to a career in dentistry

    Liban Mohamed

    "My pathway to being a Dentist"

    Liban Mohamed

    Liban knew he wanted a career in the health industry from a young age. When one of the teachers at his high school suggested he look into a degree at Melbourne, he became really intrigued by the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    "The University of Melbourne is a prestigious university and one where every student strives to study. The Bachelor of Biomedicine is a fantastic undergraduate degree that allows you to build your foundations."

    The Bachelor of Biomedicine enabled Liban to pursue his goal of a career in health, while stimulating his other interests through his breadth subjects.

    "Being able to do breadth subjects was indeed most enjoyable. I found the structure of the course very satisfying. It made me realise even more that this is the career pathway I should pursue."

    When Liban graduated from the Bachelor of Biomedicine, he chose to undertake further study; he is now completing the Doctor of Dental Surgery at the Melbourne Dental School.

    "Studying the Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Melbourne was an offer too good to refuse. It is the first of its kind nation-wide and I was more than privileged to be among the first cohort. In my time at Melbourne, the highlight so far would have to be making lifelong friendships and meeting some truly amazing academics."

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    Diagram of Dentistry pathway
  • Pathway to a career in engineering

    Jenny Butcher

    "My pathway to being an Environmental Engineer"

    Jenny Butcher

    When she finished Year 12, Jenny wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her future. To her, the Bachelor of Environments seemed like a good way of keeping her options open. Jenny also liked the idea of having the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects in different fields.

    "The Bachelor of Environments has really helped prepare me for my future. It's allowed me to do a wide range of subjects that complement each other, and it's broadened my general knowledge too. I have friends from Environments who have gone on to do architecture, construction, property and geomatics. And since these industries are interlinked, we can all discuss our respective careers and responsibilities, and query each other when we need to."

    Jenny has chosen to further her knowledge in this field, and specialise in environmental engineering by studying the Master of Engineering (Environmental).

    "Studying at the University of Melbourne has given me some great opportunities – like going to Papua New Guinea, going on exchange to Denmark, and being surrounded by bright and innovative students and teachers. My advice to new students is to research your course and options thoroughly, and plan your degree in advance. Make sure you cover core subjects, and support your degree with subjects relevant to your interests and career goals. Also, keep your eye out for activities or groups you can get involved with around uni."

    See Course Search for more information about this pathway and others.

    Engineering pathway
  • Pathway to a career in information technology

    Pete Cohen

    "My pathway to being an IT Consultant"

    Pete Cohen

    Pete didn't start out wanting to be an IT consultant. After high school he finished an Arts degree, majoring in psychology, while also pursuing a career as a musician.

    Upon finishing his Arts degree, Pete started working as a business analyst, and soon found himself working on IT-related projects. Wanting to extend his knowledge and technical skills in IT, Pete enrolled in the Master of Information Systems at Melbourne.

    "The structure of the course and the subjects on offer were what attracted me to the Master of Information Systems … in my experience, most subjects cover a lot of ground, which is great for me as I am after that broader understanding."

    Highlights for Pete so far include learning from experienced lecturers, meeting other students from around the world and the fact that the assignments can be particularly challenging.

    Pete is hoping to his own IT consultancy or being a CIO in a large firm.

    It Consultant pathway
  • Pathway to a career in law

    Clare Moss

    "My pathway to being a Lawyer"

    Clare Moss

    Clare completed Year 12 with a keen interest in literature and social theory – but she didn't have a specific career path in mind. She chose the Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne because she was able to study a number of interesting subjects across a broad range of disciplines.

    "I was specifically drawn to Melbourne University because of glowing recommendations from past students. Teachers at my high school had also encouraged me to apply to a university where I would be challenged and not spoon-fed. For me – and many of my peers – the University of Melbourne fit the bill."

    Clare has since finished her Bachelor of Arts degree, and chosen to study law. She's currently enrolled in the Melbourne Juris Doctor.

    "When I decided that I wanted to study law, I researched the various programs in Australia. Although there were many impressive programs and I applied to programs at different institutions, the University of Melbourne remained my first preference – largely because of my positive experience as an undergrad Arts student. The opportunity to work at legal aid centres in Victoria during the JD program also appealed to me, and made the Melbourne JD stand out against other programs."

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    Diagram of Law pathway
  • Pathway to a career in medicine

    Tom Wilson

    "My pathway to being a Doctor"

    Tom Wilson

    Tom wasn't always sure he wanted to become a doctor. When he finished Year 12, he thought physiotherapy was the right field for him – but was also considering commerce and law. After a lot of thought, Tom enrolled in the Bachelor of Science, feeling that it would help lay a strong foundation for his future employment or further graduate study. He also liked the idea of taking breadth subjects from other faculties, alongside his studies in biomedical science.

    "The degree suited me because it gave me the opportunity to enrol in a wide range of subjects, both within and outside of the Faculty of Science. It also allowed me to narrow down my options to find the graduate program that best suited my needs, interests and career aspirations.

    "Throughout my three years of Science, I've been able to complete a broad range of subjects across many disciplines, including Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Neuroscience and Immunology. I've since developed a keen interest in many of these areas, which is what's ultimately led me to study Medicine."

    Tom has now decided to further his studies, and is currently completing a Doctor of Medicine degree here at Melbourne.

    "I chose the University of Melbourne because after completing my undergraduate degree here, I knew I could trust them to deliver an excellent postgraduate program. The layout and design of the new course was probably what attracted me most, along with the highly clinical-based approach to learning. The excellent reputation of the Melbourne Medical School – and its affiliation with some of the best clinical schools in the country – made continuing my studies here at Melbourne my first preference."

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    Diagram of Medicine pathway
  • Pathway to a career in nursing

    Vishal Vishal

    "My pathway to being a Nurse"

    Vishal Vishal

    After high school, Vishal completed an undergraduate degree in commerce, and embarked on a career in accounting. After a short time working in a payroll department, he realised that this wasn't something he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

    "Nursing had always appealed to me. When I found out that I could do the Master of Nursing Science without an undergraduate degree in nursing, I decided to take that step towards a more satisfying career."

    Melbourne has turned out to be the perfect fit for Vishal, and he's particularly enthusiastic about the people on campus. He is thoroughly enjoying his course, and loves that the skills that he is developing are ones that he can continue to build on into the future.

    "I'm really enjoying my course here at Melbourne. There are multiple career paths and options to choose from, and there are many course-related part time job opportunities while you are studying too."

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    Diagram of Nursing pathway
  • Pathway to a career in optometry

    Aaron Yu

    "My pathway to being an Optometrist"

    Aaron Yu

    Aaron has always been interested in health care and community involvement. He chose to pursue a career in optometry because it allowed him the freedom to run his own clinic, while providing primary vision care to families within the community.

    After completing his undergraduate degree, Aaron chose to study the Doctor of Optometry at Melbourne. To Aaron, this choice meant more than just studying at a fantastic university. Originally from Canada, he was also looking to the future and an international career.

    "A postgraduate optometry degree makes the credential more in line with North American standards. This is reflected in the higher level of scientific education and increased contact hours with patients."

    Aaron is just one of many students gaining a truly international education at Melbourne. Our degrees are designed to give graduates the professional edge for careers with a global outlook.

    "I'll finish with a portable degree, which is important to me because I can take my degree to anywhere I believe my expertise can make a difference."

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    Diagram of Optometry pathway
  • Pathway to a career in physiotherapy

    Peter Karakoussis

    "My pathway to being a Physiotherapist"

    Peter Karakoussis

    "Soccer is one of my loves in life, and this has led me to want to know more about how the body works."

    Peter has always dreamed of his career being a combination between physiotherapy and soccer.

    "I chose to study the "Bachelor of Science at Melbourne because I felt it was the perfect place to start my career journey. I also enjoy meeting new people, and Melbourne brings together people from all over Australia and the world."

    Peter found his undergraduate experience at the University to be both interesting and challenging. His core studies were comprised of biology, chemistry and informatics, and he took on accounting as a broader subject to mingle with different students. He also managed to continue playing for his soccer team, as well as volunteering to coach other teams.

    This year, Peter took the next step in fulfilling his dream, when he commenced studying the Doctor of Physiotherapy here at the University.

    "This is where I will gain my independence and continue to specialise my knowledge towards getting my dream job."

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    Diagram of Physiotherapy pathway
  • Pathway to a career in teaching

    "My pathway to being a Teacher"

    Chan Mi Chung

    Chan Mi completed Year 12 in Queensland, but she always wanted to live in Melbourne. When Chan Mi found out about the Bachelor of Biomedicine, its range of career possibilities and the quality of the teaching staff, her next move was clear.

    "I enjoyed every aspect of University life. The course was academically challenging and I loved the fact I was lectured by some of the world's leading scientists. I really enjoyed the breadth subjects, because I could broaden my knowledge outside my core study areas. There are so many fun breadth subjects!"

    While Chan Mi was studying her undergraduate degree, she was also actively involved in the University's Student Ambassador and Leadership Program. As a part of the program, she helped organise 'Neighbourhood Day' – an event catering for over 200 people. "I've learnt some invaluable life-skills such as communicating with corporations and media advertising."

    In the third year of her studies, Chan Mi took an education breadth subject and realised how much she loved it. She is now furthering her studies in education by completing the Master of Teaching (Secondary) here at the University.

    "I started to consider teaching as a career, and I began to develop a passion for teaching. I've always loved studying at the University of Melbourne, and Master of Teaching seemed like a perfect course for me to choose."

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    Diagram of Teaching pathway
  • Pathway to a career in veterinary medicine

    Vicky Kolovos

    "My pathway to being a Vet"

    Vicky Kolovos

    When Vicky finished Year 12, she wanted to pursue a career in medical research. A little unsure about the University's degree structure, Vicky attended Open Day and spoke at length with her school's Careers Adviser. When it came time to make her choice, Vicky chose the Bachelor of Science.

    "To me, the University of Melbourne was always held in the highest regard. I was blown away by the sheer size of the campus and the variety of facilities. This made Melbourne my top preference."

    Vicky went on to major in pathology and, in the process, her career pathway changed. She is currently completing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) – a cutting edge program accredited by agencies across Australia, North America and the United Kingdom.

    "I applied for different courses, then changed my mind and withdrew. I was accepted into a Midwifery course, as well as the Honours program for my Science degree. I never anticipated being accepted into the DVM, so it was a major change in my career aspirations."

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    Diagram of Veterinary Medicine pathway