Melbourne Research

As Australia’s number one university, The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university.

The University attracts and cultivates the best and brightest researchers from around the world. We collaborate with industry, other institutions and research organisations, the community, government and not-for-profit organisations to achieve positive research outcomes with global impact.

About Research at Melbourne

By Professor James McCluskey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research
A pioneering research university, the University of Melbourne is a leading Australian research university, with research expenditure second only to that of the CSIRO, and the largest cohort of research students in Australia.

Our achievements range from the Bionic Ear in the 1970s, bringing hearing to profoundly deaf children and adults to today's advances in the Bionic Eye, which will provide unprecedented high-resolution images to thousands with severely impaired vision. They include an HIV vaccine research that attracted $4 million in funding from the US National Institutes of Health and a vaccine set to eradicate a fatal brain parasite, attracting $15.7 million in funding from the British Government and the Gates Foundation as well as the NeCTAR Research Cloud at the University of Melbourne, bringing the power of cloud computing to researchers at Melbourne.

The University itself has been host to many of Australia's, and some of the world's most distinguished medical researchers, including recipients of the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Further, it has acted as the point of nucleation for a remarkable array of associated medical research institutes and hospitals. Together these form one of the world's premier sites for biomedical research - the Parkville Precinct.

The sheer quantity of life-sciences research facilities, institutes, researchers, fellows and postgraduate students in the Parkville Precinct and surrounds, and the comprehensive breadth of bioscience disciplines, is without parallel in the southern hemisphere and one of the very few such concentrations of research excellence worldwide.

Our researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as human rights law, climate change, telecommunications and medical research. Melbourne is home to the internationally distinguished scholar and Nobel Laureate, Professor Peter Doherty and Laureate Professor, Professor Peter Singer. There are many more renowned scholars at Melbourne, including:

  • Professor and ARC Federation Fellow, Frank Caruso in the Faculty of Engineering
  • Professor David Karoly in the Faculty of Science
  • Professor Rachel Webster in the Faculty of Science
  • Fellows of the Royal Society, Professors David Solomon and David Boger in the Faculty of Engineering.

You can view a full list of our research areas here.

Available Funding Options

More than 500 living allowance scholarships are offered to domestic and international students annually.

International applicants who apply for a University of Melbourne living allowance scholarship, will also be considered for full tuition-waiver scholarships.

Scholarships for international research students include:

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • Melbourne Research Scholarship
  • Jack Keating Fund Scholarship
  • Residential College Scholarships
  • Faculty Scholarships

Students can search available University of Melbourne scholarships here.

University of Melbourne has agreements with a number of international sponsors to provide research scholarships to their citizens.

Meet our Graduate Researchers

You can view a portfolio of films on some of our graduate researchers here.


“I had a wonderful experience studying here when I did my masters, teaching staff are very professional and helpful to students, as well as the supporting facilities (library collections and network, and computer labs) which I think are just amazing. For my PhD, I chose the University of Melbourne because they have renowned academics who are experts in the field that I want to do research in.”
Kanti Pertiwi
PhD candidate, Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics

“Contemporary educators and architects are experiencing rapidly evolving cultures of learning and practice in their field. To stay relevant and useful, architecture education changes continually, and not always coherently. Looking meticulously at these changes, my research observes potentially disparate priorities being negotiated by stakeholders in a number of regulatory frameworks. Accreditation procedures are a useful case because they offer a structured space where this negotiation can occur. Expanding on discussions with professionals, educators and students, my research proposes new strategies to regulate and reform architecture education.”
Byron Kinnaird
PhD Candidate, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Negotiating Educations: Methods for change in architecture education in Australasia

“The Doctoral Program offers a good opportunity to develop a solid foundation via coursework before moving into research. I enjoy the chance to learn from academics that excel in their field, and to be surrounded by a group of intelligent and dedicated students.”
Andrea La Nauze
Doctoral candidate, Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics

“A PhD provides time and space to think and write with the support of exceptional supervisors and a healthy store of research-related resources. I could have continued to write without completing a PhD, however, there were critical questions that troubled me:
Can I write an innovative piece of prose without understanding how writing works within (and without) the context of diverse literary histories? What tactics and techniques, poetics and politics fuel the novels, novellas, and short stories that excite me? These questions drive me through the day-to-day of my writing life, while my candidature offers crucial support within a community of writers that inspire and buoy me as I critically and creatively explore the possibilities offered up by my key questions.
That writing and researching have been my full-time pursuits for the past three years is perhaps the most enjoyable and challenging aspect of the PhD. Also, last year I was awarded a travelling scholarship to spend seven weeks researching and writing in France. This was a very productive time and, in many ways, the fulfilment of a long held dream.”

Hayley Singer
PhD candidate, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences