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What will I learn?

Join one of our world-renowned research groups, work with state-of-the-art equipment, and soak up all the professional development opportunities and international connections that come with studying at Australia's leading university.

With seven schools to choose from (BioSciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, Geography, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics) and more than 500 academic researchers to work with, you’re sure to find a team and an MPhil project that will suit you.

Not just a researcher

The Melbourne experience enables our graduates to become specialists within their field, leaders in communities, attuned to cultural diversity and active global citizens.

Your entry to a research career

If you’re thinking about a research career, but aren’t ready to commit to a PhD, the MPhil gives you the perfect introduction to university-based science research.

Career outcomes

An MPhil is a step towards a research career in many areas of science.

Many MPhil graduates go on to do a PhD, which then leads to work as a postdoctoral research scientist and then onto careers in research and teaching in academia, or they move into industry where the technical and professional skills that you get with an MPhil are being recognised more and more.

Employers include:

International research institutions like CSIRO, the Defence Science and Technology Group, the Max Planck Institutes, the Chinese Academy of Sciences or NASA
Government departments like the Bureau of Meteorology, the Bureau of Statistics or Melbourne Water
Consulting firms such as Deloitte and KPMG
Software and computing companies such as IBM, IRESS and Quantium
Large financial services providers including ANZ and NAB.

Technical and professional skills

On graduating from the course you’ll have high-level knowledge and research skills in your chosen area of science.

Additionally, you’ll have strong professional skills in:

Critical thinking and problem-solving
Research planning, literature reviews and reporting on research
Scientific communication, both written and oral
Project management.

Further study

At the end of the course, you’ll be well-placed to begin a PhD in your chosen field.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$43,840.00 (24,11,441) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $89,872
Start date

Expected February 2023


The University of Melbourne

Parkville Campus,

Grattan Street,



3010, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

To be considered for entry, you must have completed:

A 4-year bachelors degree in a relevant discipline, including a substantial research component (equivalent to at least 25 per cent of 1 year of full-time study), with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75 per cent in your final year subjects or equivalent, or
A masters degree in a relevant discipline, including a substantial research component (equivalent to at least 25 per cent of 1 year of full-time study), with a WAM of at least 75 per cent or equivalent, or
A qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent.

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

Application deadline - 30 September for Semester 1 intake

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.