The University of Melbourne




University Location Melbourne, Victoria
City Population 5.3 million
Student Population 54,000
Int'l Student Population 23,760
Main Campus Parkville (Melbourne)
Program Campus Parkville, Melbourne
Program Duration 1 – 3 years
Semester Intake February & July
Application Deadline No set deadline*

Studying STEM at the University of Melbourne

Studying STEM at the University of Melbourne

As part of Australia’s prestigious “Group of Eight,” the University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s leading universities known for world class facilities, teaching and research. Located in the vibrant city centre, students will have access to the school facilities and large campus community, catering to almost 70,000 students, while being steps away from an expansive array of cultural, social, sporting and business amenities.

With a comprehensive and flexible range of programs, The University of Melbourne delivers impactful educational outcomes, underpinned by research and an inclusive and inspiring student experience.

  • Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Science

Why Study STEM at Melbourne?
Industry leading educators, collaboration and innovative facilities are just a few of the offerings at your disposal as you start your education in STEM:

  • Upgraded and interactive engineering and design campus (2025)
  • Access to a new purpose-built innovation precinct dubbed Melbourne Connect
  • Multiple research and technological platforms
  • University Sustainability Framework focused on advancing Melbourne while addressing areas where sustainability can be improved and remaining accountable

On this page you’ll find a list of available study areas for international students. Because we can’t list all available programs, we have chosen a few popular programs for Canadians. If what you’re looking for isn’t shown, please reach out to

STEM Study Areas

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
As technology and innovation drive more aspects of daily life, being able to adapt and recognize the influence of evolving industries is especially important. You will be encouraged to harness your imagination and apply your skills to come up with designs and plans that will improve the function of everything from buildings and cities to websites and processes.

A focus will be made on providing you with skills that are highly valued and transferable across multiple disciplines and industries. Access to state-of-the-art facilities, internships, site visits and workshops round out an education designed to make sure you are career ready before you even graduate.

Study areas include architecture, construction, engineering systems (civil, mechanical) graphic design, landscape architecture, performance, property, special systems, and urban planning.

Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage
Duration: 1 year
Campus: Parkville
Intakes: February & July

This unique cross-disciplinary and industry-oriented program is open to graduates who are passionate about the social and cultural dimensions of the built environment in the 21st century.  Heritage professionals help to tackle a broad range of challenges, including the pressures of rapid urbanization, issues of economic, social and environmental sustainability, as well as social and cultural change. As such, this course examines contemporary and theoretical approaches to heritage policy, which includes regulation and practice, new approaches to digital technologies and heritage, issues of heritage significance within historical and cross-cultural contexts, cultural heritage and its social and economic impacts including tourism and heritage reconstruction.

Internships are offered in both short and long formats and are tailored to the unique skills, needs and interests of individual students.


Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

You will learn from educators dedicated to collaboration with industry leaders, government, and entrepreneurs to provide all the knowledge and skills necessary to affect real change in your career. More than just technical skills, you will be taught to embrace innovation, teamwork, and communication to best prepare yourself to jump into the issues that are being addressed today in and in the future. You will have access to the latest technology to understand how the industry is ever evolving and learn how to engage with that change.

Master of Electrical Engineering
Duration: 2 – 3 years
Campus: Parkville
Intakes: February & July

From energy efficient power grids to life-changing medical devices, you can design and manage the electrical systems powering our lives with the Master of Electrical Engineering at Melbourne. You’ll develop unique skills that will allow you to build and improve our power and telecommunications systems and develop future electronic and autonomous devices.

Specializations include autonomous systems, business, electronics and photonics, communications and networks or low-carbon power systems.


Faculty of Science
The Melbourne Faculty of Science comprises 6 separate schools with their own specializations and focus.  With more than 40 majors available, you really can customize your education to suit your needs. Add at least four breadth subjects to further expand your knowledge with options from outside of your primary focus or even complementary courses to take a multidisciplinary approach.

With educators made up of internationally recognized experts in their fields with a wide variety of specializations, you will be given the opportunity to engage in programs that offer support, experience, and depth of knowledge that will translate into your professional career and beyond.

Study areas include biology, chemistry, climate, ecology, environmental science, food science, genetics, geography, immunology and infection, marine biology, mathematics, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology, physics, plant science, psychology, spatial systems, and zoology.

There are many Master of Science degrees to choose from:

  • Master of Science (Bioinformatics)
  • Master of Science (BioSciences)
  • Master of Science (Chemistry)
  • Master of Science (Earth Sciences)
  • Master of Science (Epidemiology)
  • Master of Science (Mathematics & Statistics)
  • Master of Science (Physics)
  • Master of Geography

Master of Science (Earth Sciences)
Duration: 2 years
Campus: Parkville
Intakes: January & July
Majors: Biochemistry and molecular biology; biomedical engineering systems; biotechnology; cell and developmental biology; genetics; human nutrition; human structure and function; immunology, infection, and immunity; microbiology; neuroscience; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; psychology

In the Master of Science (Earth Sciences), you’ll be able to narrow your focus, choosing between the Geology and Atmospheric Science streams, and drilling down (or up) even further. The course is designed with flexibility in mind. Choose your own path by selecting from a wide range of core and elective subjects.

Your major focus in the course will be your research project, which you’ll complete under the supervision of one of our academic experts.

When you finish the course, you’ll have a major research project to feature in your CV, and even a published journal article.

Connect with Us

If you’re interested in applying to a graduate STEM program at the University of Melbourne, please reach out to the OzTREKK student advisor listed below. Together, we’ll find a program that fits!

Admission Timeline

*While there are no set application deadlines, you are encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 6 months prior to the program start date.


Here are some of the most frequently asked STEM questions we receive. Of course, if you don’t see your question listed here, please feel free to email us!

Can I apply if I’m only 17?

Yes, but you’ll require parental or guardian consent (signature). OzTREKK will provide the necessary documentation for this signature.

If you won’t be 18 when your program starts, you’ll be required to show that you’ll be living with an approved guardian until you turn 18. If you don’t have an approved guardian in Australia, you may need a family member to apply for a guardian visa to accompany you. This guardian visa should be obtained as part of the student visa application


Can my entire application be submitted through OzTREKK?

Absolutely. We will manage and submit your application(s) on your behalf and communicate any updates from the universities. We’re here to be an advocate for you, and to walk you through the entire process from start to finish.

OzTREKK will keep you on track with application deadlines, interview dates, and any applicable events. We’ll supply you with a step-by-step list of what you’ll need to submit, and when.

Should you have any questions along the way, just send us an email or book a chat! That’s why we’re here!

Are there any scholarships for international students?

Scholarship options in Australia are usually limited for international students as they tend to be reserved for those undertaking postgraduate research degrees; however, we can advise you where to look and whether specific programs have a history of offering scholarships.

Occasionally, scholarships are granted to high achievers—those with very high marks. In previous years, we have seen $5000- to $10,000-scholarships given to OzTREKK students.

Check out OzTREKK’s Financing page to learn more about scholarships and paying for your degree.

What does “rolling admissions” mean?

Rolling admissions means the university assesses applications as they are received, or on a “first come, first served” basis. As soon as they’ve met the quota and the program is filled, they close the applications. So, for a program that has rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the better!

How does OzTREKK know if my application will be competitive?

The majority of Canadians applying to full-degree programs in Australia (i.e., not study abroad courses, which usually only last a semester or two) apply through OzTREKK. They’re studying medicine, dentistry, law, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc.

Since they’re using OzTREKK’s services, this gives us a good idea of the starting point of a competitive application each year, allowing us to help you determine which universities/programs are most likely to present you with a letter of offer!

You can get started on determining your chances by reviewing the admissions requirements on each program page. Then, visit our GPA Conversions and Eligibility pages for details and suggestions to help you get into the program of your dreams. Of course, OzTREKK is always here to help if you have questions.

What is a 5.0 GPA in Australia?

Unlike in Canada, GPAs in Australia are simple. They are standardized, so they mean the same thing to everyone.

In Australia, a 5.0 / 7.0 would roughly translate to a 2.7 / 4.0 or approximately 70% – 72%, but keep in mind all universities assess slightly differently.

Learn more on our GPA Conversions page where we list the most common Canadian GPA scales to their corresponding Australian GPA grade.

Which prerequisites do I need?

Prerequisite courses vary by university and by program. We’ve listed university- and program-specific requirements on each program’s page under “Admissions Requirements.”

How do universities calculate GPA?

Calculations differ by university, but most use cumulative (all units within a program) or weighted GPA (typically last 2 or 3 years of study). See GPA Calculations for more information.

Can I do my courses online?

Some programs may offer online delivery, although it is important to note that international students in an online program are not eligible for an Australian student visa. If you choose to study online, you will have to study this program from your home country.

Can I transfer credits from my Canadian university?

Typically, international universities do not allow an automatic transfer of studies; however, you can apply for credit based on your previous studies, and if the university determines your previous courses are equivalent to those in their program, they will offer you credit for those subjects.

To apply for credit, you will need to provide a list of subjects from your undergraduate degree that you feel are relevant to this program or which might overlap with program content. You will then need to collect the detailed course outlines for each of these subjects, and we can submit these to the Australian university with your application.

What does an “Honours” program mean?

Honours studies in Australia differ from Honours studies at Canadian universities. In Australia, an Honours degree is typically awarded after an additional year of research has been completed following the standard 3-year undergraduate degree program. In Canada, an Honours degree is usually awarded after four years of undergraduate study and may or may not include an undergraduate thesis, depending on the school and program.

What are official transcripts, and how do I send them?

Currently, our Australian universities require original transcripts to assess your application—certified by OzTREKK, which means we have to put our stamp on paper. Literally.

Usually, students order transcripts from their high school, college and/or university and have them mailed to our office. Alternatively, you can pick up your transcripts and mail them to OzTREKK, as long as they remain in their original, sealed envelopes.

You will need to submit final transcripts (showing your degree/diploma is completed) from every institution you have attended. We only require one copy of each transcript, even if you apply to multiple universities or programs.

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Alternatively, your high school, college and/or university can email them to

P.S. Try sending your documents via FedEx and Purolator, especially when you need your documents to arrive at our office ASAP. If you use Canada Post’s courier Xpresspost, please don’t request a signature, as this can add unexpected delays!

As soon as your transcript arrives, we’ll let you know!

When should I apply?

Applications typically open a year in advance of the program start date. We recommend that you begin your application in January/February and aim to have your documents in by the spring/early summer.

What if my transcripts / documents are not in English?

If your documents are not in English, you must provide full translation of each document, either prepared by your university or by a registered translator. You must not translate the documents yourself.

Please note OzTREKK must receive the official translation directly from the university or translator in order to certify the document. Please read How Do I Send My Transcripts for more information.