The Melbourne Model

Immerse yourself in a different way of thinking.

The University of Melbourne’s degrees work a bit differently from those at most other Australian universities. They’re similar to those offered by many top institutions overseas in that you’ll start with an undergraduate degree, and can then choose to specialise at graduate level.

Why? We want you to create your own study path, with the power to choose your own direction and explore new options along the way. This is important in a world where careers are changing fast and employers value independent thinking.

Few people graduating today will stay in the same industry forever. With our degrees, you can build the right skills to adapt and to change successfully.

It begins with your undergraduate degree

Your undergraduate (bachelors) degree is your first university degree.

You can choose from more than 100 major fields of study, giving you broad exposure to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking across many disciplines.

You can focus on your major from day one, or keep your options open and discover new possibilities along the way.

Your major

Your major is your chosen specialisation. You’ll develop a deep understanding of your major study area from first to third year.

In most degrees, you won’t need to select your major on day one. In first year you’re able to explore a range of subject areas you’re interested in, so by the time it comes to choosing your major, you’ll be well informed.

All the while, you’ll also be studying an exciting selection of subjects from both inside and outside your discipline, gaining a breadth of knowledge that will set you apart.

What is ‘breadth’?

A breadth subject is one taken from outside your core studies or major. Most University of Melbourne undergraduates take breadth subjects.

Not only will breadth provide you with a greater understanding of the world around you, it will allow you to tailor your course to fit your individual passions and career ambitions. You might, for example, study Science but take breadth in Mandarin Chinese – a great choice for a science fan looking to work internationally and help solve global issues. You can also simply explore something you’ve always been curious about.

Some of our students find that after taking a breadth subject, they discover a passion they’d never known about and may even change their career plans.

But I want to do more...

Want to be an economics reporter, with ace programming skills or a side gig playing the cello? Concurrent diplomas allow you to study an extra qualification alongside your degree. This can enhance your employability and enable you to develop detailed knowledge in an area outside your main area of study.

Where to from here?

An undergraduate degree usually takes three years full time to complete. You can then go straight into the workforce, or complete one of our world-class graduate degrees.