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Courses and Fees

University of Melbourne

There are 10 faculties at the University of Melbourne: Architecture, Building and Planning; Arts; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences; Science; Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences; and VCA and Music.

Of these, there are 9 primary undergraduate degrees in Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health, and Science.


Entry requirements

For 2017, students undertaking GCE A-Levels will require the following grades:

Agriculture - CDD

Arts - BCC

Biomedicine - AAB

Commerce - ABC

Design - BCC

Fine Arts - N/A

Music - N/A

Oral Health - BCC

Science - BCC

Urban Horticulture (Associate Degree) - CDD

In addition, students must complete and achieve the required grades in each of the prerequisite subjects, and take part in relevant interviews or auditions.

Lastly, students have to meet the English language requirements.

In total, there are more than 340 graduate and research degrees to choose from. For more information on the extensive array of courses on offer, visit the university's website.


Tuition fees

For international students, university fees vary depending on the specific courses you choose to take. You can find full breakdowns on the university website.

Therefore each course fee depends on some slightly complicated calculations which rely on which subject area each individual module you take is in – each subject costs a different amount.


Undergraduate scholarships

International undergraduate scholarships are available for up to 50 students per year and can offer up to full fees for the whole three years of study, based on academic merit. Students will be automatically considered for this scholarship when they submit an application before the deadline.

Several other scholarships are available, some faculty-specific, some are specific to residential colleges. We have a scholarship search function, you can use here.


Aerial View

Researchers at the University of Melbourne gave the world the bionic ear and a million-dollar HIV vaccine, so it’s little wonder that the University spends a great deal on research and study facilities for students. Whether your speciality lies in the arts or IT, there’s a dedicated place here for you to hone your craft – including the cloud computing lab, Law Moot Court for prospective lawyers, and biology labs with industry-standard audiovisual and microscopy equipment.


Library and study facilities

There are 12 libraries on the primary Parkville campus, with a total of 3.6 million books and other publications to help with your study. Specialist subjects such as law, veterinary medicine, biomedical sciences and architecture are arranged into collections. Most of the libraries keep standard office hours, but some open from 7am till midnight, plus you can manage your account and research the collections online, and even connect with the librarians over Facebook and Twitter.

The University of Melbourne has 12 residential colleges on campus, each with its own ethos, societies and study facilities. For the wandering student, there is full Wi-Fi coverage. E-learning studios - complete with laptops, desktop computers, and projectors pepper the campus.


Welfare and financial aid

The Welfare Office offers a wide variety of free services for students, including bi-monthly self-defence workshops (for male and female students), weekly yoga classes, and professional English tutoring in vocabulary, grammar and writing for international students and anyone who needs a bit of help with their English.

Also, if you arrive at the Welfare Office hungry on a Thursday morning, you can claim a free fried breakfast, cereal, pancakes or fruit, and there’s a food bank for anyone going hungry.

Additionally, the office runs an anxiety support group for students struggling to cope, and there is dedicated one-to-one mental health support available from the university’s official health service.

The Financial Aid Office provides short and long-term student loans and advocacy around government grants and welfare support. Specialist advisors are on hand to help you manage your money, and provide advice on bursaries, scholarships and international financial help.


Careers Services

The Melbourne Careers Centre has an extensive staff and several departments that work with students, faculties, alumni and employers to connect academia and industry at all levels.

The centre runs careers fairs and places job ads for employers. It provides a dedicated career development service for students, graduates and alumni – so you can focus on your employability from the day you start at the university until you’re well into your career.

Students can find internships and casual or part-time work via the university’s employment service, Students @ Work. You’ll also be able to work on your CV and focus on specific career goals through the peer-led Student Connect initiative, or gain valuable training experience with corporates, small businesses, and not-for-profit organisations with Industry Liaison.


Medical Services

The on-campus clinic provides healthcare for local and international students and their dependants. There are separate clinics for men, women and children, and if you’re travelling abroad you can get your immunisations at the clinic. In addition, the clinic offers a counselling service, mental health referral, and an out-of-hours locum.

Also on campus is the Melbourne Dental Clinic, a not-for-profit venture offering student discounts. It is a teaching dental clinic, though, so you may find yourself in the hands of a dental student.


International Students

Of Melbourne's huge student population, a third is from overseas. The University of Melbourne prides itself on its internationalism, and it's no coincidence that Melbourne is the most diverse city in Australia. Wherever you are from, you will find a corner of Melbourne that feels like home.

The university wants its students to feel comfortable and to enjoy living in Melbourne, so it has an extensive website designed to help potential and future students acclimatise to life there.


Just like at most city campus universities, you can choose to live in a hall of residence (known as a residential college), or within the city.

The university has 12 residential colleges, each easily accessible to the university by public transport. Most are clustered within the suburbs of Parkville, Carlton, North Melbourne and Brunswick.


Other accommodation

The University has an online service which lists accommodation available in the Melbourne area that is suitable for students. Whether you want to go solo, share with friends or immerse yourself in a more traditional setup, the university can help you find a great place to live while you're studying.

What's more, the website has a noticeboard which is used by existing students to advertise house-shares, so you can easily find new room-mates.

Costs vary considerably. Outside the city, rooms can be rented for as little as $80-$100 per week. As you move into the city, rents increase. One bedroom apartments can be $305-$370 per week.


Transport information

Australia's vast size makes it quite a journey for most, but Melbourne has its own international airport, which is the second-busiest in the country, a major port and internal connections to reach every other part of Australia.

Melbourne has a comprehensive commuter network, integrated with a Myki card (similar to an Oyster card in London) which includes the tram and train network. The city also has a bike-hire system.

Visiting the University of Melbourne on Open Day will allow you to get a better understanding of what life is like at their university.

Open Days

University of Melbourne

Visiting the University of Melbourne on Open Day will allow you to get a better understanding of what life is like at their university.

As Melbourne is a long way away, the university organises events in many of the countries it accepts students from.

Upcoming open days are listed here. This includes the University’s annual Information Evening in London, held in November every year.


Term Dates

Semester 1 (February)

Semester 2 (July)


University Address

The University of Melbourne 
Swanston Street, Parkville 
VIC 3010 Australia

Top Questions

What grants/scholarships do you offer?

The University provides a large range of scholarships, which you can read about here.


What's university welfare and disability support like?

The University provides a large range of support services to all students, which you can read about here.


What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason?

The University provides a large range of support services to all students, which you can read about here.


Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?

The University of Melbourne campus is a self-enclosed campus in the city of Melbourne, it even has its own postcode!


What sort of societies are there?

The University of Melbourne has over 200 affiliated clubs and societies. Clubs are a great way to meet new friends, explore new interests and develop new skills. Our students form clubs and societies not just because they love their course, but also because they love chocolate, four-wheel-driving or juggling.

Clubs range from cultural, religious and political to musical and recreational. Here are just a few:

  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Food Interest Group (FIG)
  • Chinese Debating Group
  • Engineering Music Society
  • French Club
  • Chocolate Lovers' Society
  • Film Society
  • Women in Science and Engineering


How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?

The University is a 5 minute tram ride to the Melbourne CBD, or a 15 minute walk.