Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne – Australia

The University of Melbourne is proud of its position as a leading international university and values its many relationships with other top institutions, government bodies, industry organisations and research centres. The University attracts visitors from around the world and attaches great importance to the contribution these visits make to the internationalisation of the University.


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The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the best universities in the world, being rated No. 1 in Australia and No. 33 internationally by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015.

Faculty of Science

For over 100 years, the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne has been internationally recognised for its role in expanding the frontiers of knowledge for the betterment of society.

Comprising seven Schools, the Faculty offers a range of undergraduate, honours, graduate and research degrees; enrolling over 11,000 undergraduate, graduate and research students. The University also provides community services and industry partnerships based on a solid foundation of research in the pure and applied sciences.

Graduate programs include the Master of Science which offers a number of streams providing students with coursework subjects, professional skills learning and the opportunity to produce a substantial research project with a pathway to PhD or into employment.

The University has involvement in a number of competitively funded research centres, and its scientists include twenty five Fellows of Learned Academies and seven ARC Federation and Laureate Fellows.

The Faculty of Science also plays an important role in Australia’s participation in the global knowledge economy. It participates in collaborative research ventures, staff and student exchanges – all of which ensures Melbourne Science maintains an international perspective.

The University of Melbourne’s main campus is located in Parkville, just minutes from Melbourne city centre. It is a thriving, passionate and internationally networked community. Students, researchers and staff from the Faculty of Science are located at the Parkville campus and also at two urban campuses which focus on specialised areas: the Burnley campus which is the home of Horticultural education in Australia and the renowned Creswick campus for outstanding Forestry education.


Geology students at The University of Melbourne. Pic: The University of Melbourne

Master of Geoscience

The Master of Geoscience at the University of Melbourne provides an alternate pathway for students whose primary goal is to obtain professional training at the Masters level and is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Science with a major in Geology/Earth Sciences.

It differs from the University’s existing Master of Science (Earth Sciences) which has a large research component and is considered an excellent pathway to a research higher degree.

The course is intended to appeal largely to international students and has been designed to provide strong links to the Graduate Program for Asian Geoscience. The program is specifically designed to draw together theory and practical industry-orientated experiences and provides students with opportunities to learn from professionals in the field.

“The study of Earth Sciences (at the University of Melbourne) has made my dreams of ‘traveling’ through time and exploring the past come true. I feel like a detective who is exploring the mysterious Earth, where even a single tiny crystal might record tremendous clues to the Earth’s history” – Song Lu, international student from China

Student-friendly City

The University is proudly situated in the heart of the city of Melbourne. It has a long history of actively engaging with community groups across the city, and its reputation and success is closely tied to that of Melbourne as a whole.

In 2015, Melbourne was judged as the most liveable city in the world for a fifth consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The city was also named the second most student-friendly city in the world in the QS Best Student City Rankings 2015.

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