Graduate study for current students - Section contents

As a University of Melbourne undergraduate student, you are part of a curriculum model specifically designed to enable you to pursue a huge range of graduate courses that will increase your employability.

Graduate qualifications are valuable in an increasingly competitive and ever-changing job market.

They provide an important layer of technical and enterprise skills, experiences and distinction to help you set yourself apart from your peers, and prepare you for every possible future.

Benefits of graduate study

By undertaking graduate study at the University of Melbourne, you'll not only gain graduate qualifications from one of the world’s top 50 universities, but will also increase your:

  • Employability: Strengthen your position in the job market and maximise your employability.
  • Career readiness: For many industries, graduate qualifications are a requirement to enter the profession and advance in the field.
  • Expertise: Advance your knowledge and establish yourself as an expert in your area of choice.
  • Personal development: Explore your field beyond your degree and expand your professional and personal skills.
Harry Tashounidis
"Continuing my studies with a graduate program after my Bachelor of Science has been an enriching experience, helping me move into the professional service industry and giving me some of my happiest memories.
Harry Tashounidis
Master of International Business

There are countless options for you to pursue – from visual arts to journalism, veterinary public health to global wine studies.

Explore your graduate study options


Types of graduate study

Graduate study is available in a range of different forms, all of which will increase your skills, knowledge and employability.

Graduate courses often have different teaching patterns and modes to undergraduate courses, with more options to study online, in intensive mode or in block teaching mode. There are also a number of internships and capstone subjects at graduate level which may provide valuable opportunities for you to engage in projects or work-based learning.

The best graduate pathway for you will depend on your undergraduate qualifications, your interests, the type of industry you want to enter, and your preferred length and mode of study.

Degree type What it offers to graduates
Certificate or Diploma
  • Provides the opportunity to further specialise in a particular area.
  • Taken over 6 months to a year (at 50 or 100 points).
  • An ideal way to continue graduate study before committing to a Masters.
  • Some Certificates and Diplomas may be used as an entry into select Masters Degrees, with credit.
Masters (coursework)
  • Provides a higher level of specialised learning, together with skills training and opportunities for industry engagement.
  • Usually a 200 point program.
Masters (research) or PhD
  • Provides graduates with the opportunity to make a significant contribution to a particular area of research over a number of years, as well as begin a career in academia.

Explore your graduate study options and discover what University of Melbourne graduate study options are available to you, or get advice to help you make the right study decision.

Other types of further study

Honours Programs

If you would like to do further study within your current course, an honours program provides a challenging and rewarding year of additional study to your undergraduate degree. You will develop new research skills, improve your analytical and professional skills and enhance your employability. Honours adds considerable value to your résumé as it demonstrates commitment and dedication, as well as achievement of high level of expertise in a particular discipline.

We offer honours programs in a range of disciplines, including: