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Faculty of Science

Graduate Welcome Guide 2016

Welcome Dear Graduate Student, A warm welcome to the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne. The Faculty of Science, and the wider University, is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals, and provides a wide range of services to assist you with administration, enrolment and learning support. We encourage you to take full advantage of the assistance available. Please use this guide in conjunction with the online University Handbook to find out important details about your graduate study. I look forward to meeting you at the orientation session as well as to ongoing contact through 2016 and beyond. I hope that your time studying here will be fulfilling and rewarding, and that you will truly enjoy being a graduate student at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Aleksander Owczarek Associate Dean, Graduate Programs Faculty of Science

key dates for 2016 Week O: Orientation for all students

23 February - 26 February

Semester 1 (12 teaching weeks)

29 February - 29 May

Mid-semester break (non-teaching)

25 March - 3 April

Winter recess (non-teaching)

30 May - 24 July


30 May - 3 June


6 June - 24 June

Results release date

8 July

Special/supplementary examinations

14 July - 20 July

Mid-year orientation

20 July - 22 July

Semester 2 (12 teaching weeks)

25 July - 23 October

Mid-semester break (non-teaching)

26 September - 2 October


24 October - 28 October


31 October - 18 November

Results release date

2 December

Special/supplementary exams

8 December - 14 December

Summer term (8 teaching weeks)

3 January - 26 February 2017


12 February - 17 February 2017

about SCIENCE AT MELBOURNE The Faculty includes seven schools, the Office for Environmental Programs, the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, and has close links with many internal and external research and training facilities.

There are more than 1800 graduate students studying in the Faculty of Science, in both research and coursework degrees. Our entry standards are amongst the highest in Australia, creating an environment that attracts and nurtures the very best from our student community.

Our staff

Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) MEI provides a critical access point for industry, government and community seeking to work with leading researchers on delivering solutions to meet the world’s future energy needs.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) ACEMS comprises a diverse range of partners, working together to achieve a common goal of delivering worldleading research in mathematical and statistical theory and methods. ACEMS mathematicians and statisticians work closely together and the results of this approach will address challenging scientific problems in the real world.

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Victorian Life Sciences Computational Initiative (VLSCI) A $100 million initiative of the Victorian Government in partnership with the University and the IBM Research Collaboratory for Life Sciences, the VLSCI is the biggest supercomputer facility devoted to life sciences in the world.

Our facilities Students have access to state-of-the-art resources and equipment through both the Faculty of Science and the affiliated research centres, including: „„Electron and optical microscope units „„Metabolomics infrastructure „„The Australian Synchrotron „„National eResearch Collaboration Tools

and Resources (NeCTAR)

„„An IBM supercomputer

Health Sciences

With close to 500 academic research and teaching staff, the Faculty of Science attracts over $50 million annually in research income. Being amongst the top-ranked research universities in the world, the University of Melbourne attracts lecturers and professors who are the finest minds at the forefront of their respective fields.

Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute A flagship multidisciplinary research facility in the heart of the Parkville biomedical precinct with specialised platform technologies in medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology, and nanobiotechnology.


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About Science at Melbourne

Our students


Our research centres The Faculty of Science is committed to leadership and excellence in scientific development, and our affiliated research centres include:

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Our campuses The University of Melbourne has a diverse campus community of around 45 000 students, including around 12 500 students from over 150 different countries. Our beautiful and historic main campus is located in Parkville, only minutes from the CBD. Horticulture students will spend time at the nearby Burnley campus, where gardens and green infrastructure dominate the urban environment, while forestry students can live and study amongst the trees at our Creswick campus, located on 20 stunning hectares approximately 120 kilometres from the city.

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“Melbourne Uni provided the best opportunity for me to study at the highest level of science education in Australia. As well as facilitating the highest standard of teaching, Melbourne’s recognition on the international circuit as a premier University was a strong driving point for me.” Jesse Beasley Master of Science (Botany) 1

resources & services There are a number of resources and services available to graduate students, at both a Faculty and University level

online resources

academic assistance

Academic Skills

The Faculty of Science website is newly redeveloped, and full of necessary links and information about Science at Melbourne.

The Handbook The Handbook contains information and a detailed description of all University of Melbourne programs, including subject prerequisites and expected outcomes. There is also subject coordinator information listed in the Handbook should you require further information about a particular area of study.

The Learning Management System (LMS) The LMS provides a secure environment for online teaching and learning, with access to subject materials, schedules, lecture notes and recordings, and tutorial questions. You will also be able to access assessment information through the LMS.

my.unimelb Use my.unimelb to access the University Library and the LMS, as well as to manage enrolment, view your results, check announcements and book advisor appointments.

“My favourite part of the program is actually the postgraduate student community in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. There are many studentrun reading groups and seminar groups aimed at understanding some particular advanced topic. It can be really exciting to be involved in these, and to learn and figure things out as a group."

Graduate students can access academic assistance from the Academic Skills Team, who conduct workshops, arrange individual tutorials and provide resources to help you succeed in your studies. The Academic Skills Team can help you develop your essay writing skills, prepare for exams or oral presentations, or even just manage time better. There is also support available for English language development.

English Language Development Program Doing well at university requires excellent academic language skills, and the University offers a range of support options to assist you to develop your English language proficiency, including an English language development program for Science students. In order to identify the most appropriate support, students are strongly encouraged to take the Diagnostic English Language Assessment (DELA) when they commence their studies.

Dougal Davis Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)

What is DELA? DELA is a diagnostic tool that assesses your strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing and listening over two hours. Importantly, DELA is not an exam, and you can't fail. DELA is a post-entry assessment, which means that it does not affect your admission to the University, and DELA results do not appear on your university transcript.

Sessions will help you develop the necessary English, graduate and academic skills to:

Who should sit DELA?

Use the IT and eLearning support service if you're having trouble logging into or using your online resources, or to get advice about other IT issues, such as buying a laptop.

All international students from non-Englishlanguage-speaking countries are expected to sit DELA. Other students who may wish to utilise English support services are also encouraged to sit DELA.

If you would like to find out more about the Diagnostic English Language Assessment , or the Language Development Program, you can get in touch with Academic Skills directly or visit their webpage.

Student Services Finder

What does DELA involve?

Explore other student resources using this tool, and find out about upcoming opportunities, how to access wellbeing or personal services, and activities to undertake at the University.

DELA takes two hours to complete, and has three components for which you receive results and recommendations:


Facebook & Twitter

Reading (45 minutes)

Writing (30 minutes)

Listening (30 minutes)

ask.unimelb Get questions answered or view frequently asked questions, complete with the current trending topics. This site also provides relevant contact details if you need further assistance via phone, email or live chat.

IT support

The 'Science Student News' Facebook and Twitter accounts are full of information about upcoming events, current news, and job and scholarship listings. Also visit the 'Science at Melbourne' Facebook and Twitter accounts to find out what's happening in science across the University, Australia and world.


When do I take DELA? DELA is offered throughout orientation week and is held in one of the University’s teaching venues. Times will be made available on the DELA webpage. Once you complete DELA, you will receive a comprehensive report explaining your results as well as a recommendation as to whether you will benefit from extra language support at the start of your degree. The Faculty of Science offers a tailored weekly Language Development Program which has been designed to fit within your course of study, at no additional cost.

Prepare pieces of scientific writing in a range of genres

Review and assess scientific literature

Get the most out of lectures

Write journal articles and/or a thesis

Prepare and deliver oral presentations

The University of Melbourne has 12 libraries across five campuses, including Parkville, Burnley and Creswick. Graduate students have access to all library resources, including databases, ebooks and ejournals via the library website, and you can book a research consultation with a subject librarian to get assistance with finding relevant resources, searching effectively and managing information data. Subject Research Guides also provide assistance with navigating the print and electronic resources available, as well as providing some practical help with beginning research, accessing and using software such as Endnote, and much more. Several libraries have 'extended hours zones' available to students, with study spaces and computers accessible from 7.00am to 1.00am for most of the year.

clubs & societies

student support

Students can take part in a range of social activities both on and off-campus, with a huge variety of opportunities available. From trips to the University’s lodge on Mount Buller with the Ski Club or taking the boat out with the Waterski and Wakeboard Team, to volunteering for the University chapter of a global non-profit or joining one of Victoria’s leading choirs, the Melbourne University Choral Society, there is something for every skillset and interest.

In addition to advice about administrative processes and course enquiries, graduate students in the Faculty of Science have access to computer labs, meeting rooms and a student lounge. Student services are also provided broadly by the University via Stop 1, to support you in your studies, career progression, health and wellbeing. Some of the services available include:

University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) The Student Union has a history that extends over 150 years. and is committed to creating quality on-campus experiences for students. Students automatically have access to all Student Union services.

UMSU International UMSU International is the official representative body for international students, provided by the Student Union. International students automatically have access to all UMSU International services.

Melbourne University Sport


Information about temporary accommodation, tenancy advice and rental listings


Provides free-of-charge doctors appointments and health insurance information for international students


Financial Aid


Provides access to free and confidential counselling services, plus general wellbeing activities and advice

Offers interest-free loans to students and provides budgeting advice

Information and workshops available on resume writing, proofing and interview preparation, plus jobs listings

Melbourne University Sport provides students with a gym, pool, courts and grounds. They also facilitate sporting teams and competitions. All students can access services casually, or join at discounted rates.

Graduate Student Associations (GSA) The GSA provides a 24-hour study space, lockers and offices for graduate students, as well as a printing and publishing centre, computer labs and a graduate bar and cafe. Graduate students automatically have access to all GSA services.


Resources & Services

resources & services

CONTACT US University of Melbourne Stop 1 757 Swanston Street The University of Melbourne Victoria 3010 Australia


13 MELB (13 6352) +61 3 9035 5511

Graduate Welcome Guide 2016


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2016 Graduate Welcome Guide  
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