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The University of Melbourne

13 January, 2017 | 3560 Hits

The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation. World rankings place it as the No.1 comprehensive research-intensive University in Australia (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016) and No. 33 in the world (The Time Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016).

A centre of learning since 1853, the University of Melbourne is widely renowned for its teaching, research achievements, and social and economic contributions. It has over 45,000 students and more than 4,000 of them are research students. National and international rankings consistently confirm the University as a leader across a broad range of fields, including:

  • Architecture, building and planning
  • Arts and humanities
  • Business and economics
  • Creative arts including music, fine arts and performance
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medical sciences
  • Technical and biological sciences, including environmental science
  • Veterinary medicine and agricultural sciences.

The University of Melbourne is currently ranked No.1 in Australia by QS World University Rankings by Subject (2016) for:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Computer Science and Information Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering – Electrical and Electronic
  • Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing
  • English Language and Literature
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology

The QS World rankings by discipline rate Education at Melbourne No.7 in the world and Law at Melbourne No.8.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The duration of a PhD in Australia is up to four years. Some University of Melbourne PhD programs include coursework classes. All research candidates are supported by a supervisor and an advisory committee. The PhD thesis is usually 80 000–100 000 words.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
The MPhil is up to two years and is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research. The MPhil requires a thesis of 30 000–40 000 words.

Other masters by research programs
Other masters by research programs run for up to two years and there are degrees available in many disciplines including the Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Music. Masters by research programs allow 30 per cent of the study to be coursework, and require a thesis of 30,000 words.


At the University of Melbourne, a research degree is much more than just a thesis. As a graduate researcher you will have access to a wide range of programs to boost your skills and knowledge. We offer an orientation and induction program at the start of your studies, and various programs throughout your degree and beyond, which give you the opportunity to network with other graduate researchers and academic staff. Whether you are thinking of a career in academia or in government, industry or commerce, we will have a program that meets your needs.


Melbourne is Australia’s second-largest city with a population of around 4 million. It is an international cultural hub characterised by friendly people, festivals, sporting events, architecture, art, cuisine, an outdoor lifestyle, green spaces and beaches and it attracts a large cohort of international students each year. Melbourne has been ranked the most liveable city in the world every year since 2011 by The Economist Intelligence Unit surveys.


In 2013 the University of Melbourne partnered with VIED to establish a jointly funded scholarship scheme to cover tuition fees and a living stipend for selected PhD applicants from Vietnam. Full PhD tuition fees are covered for up to 4 years and a living allowance of approximately AUD$26,916 per year (2017 rate) is paid to each selected PhD applicant for up to 3.5 years.


To be considered for the jointly funded scholarship, you must:
  • be a Vietnamese citizen;
  • be eligible to apply for entry to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) course at the University of Melbourne. The minimum entry requirement for the PhD is a four-year Bachelor degree with the equivalent of a minimum overall average grade of H2A (or 75%) achieved at the University of Melbourne with a significant research component of at least 25 percent of one year of full-time study. If you do not have a four-year Bachelor degree, you must demonstrate that you have conducted a research project equivalent to 25% of a year's full-time study at Masters level;
  • demonstrate that you meet the specified English language requirements.

More details can be found at University websites:


Applicants must submit separate applications to both VIED and the University of Melbourne in line with each organisation’s requirements.

The application to VIED should nominate the University of Melbourne as the preferred university. VIED will review the applications and provide the University of Melbourne with a short-list of recommended applicants. For further details about the VIED application process please visit the Vietnam International Education Development (VIED) website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The University of Melbourne will consider applications for entry to the PhD and make the final selection for the scholarship from the applications short-listed by VIED. Applications to the University should be made on-line and follow the following process.

  • Contact the faculty or graduate school that houses your chosen research field to confirm the specific entry requirements, application processes and required documentation for your application. Please check whether your faculty/graduate school requires you to identify a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application. See:
  • Start an online application. See: applications/online-application-info
  • Search for and add an application for the PhD course you wish to apply for
  • Search for and add an application for the Graduate Research Scholarships, which include the VIED– University of Melbourne PhD Scholarship
  • Under the Financial Support Requirement, indicate that you have applied for, or plan to apply for, a scholarship provided by VIED.

For a full list of faculties and graduate schools and for information on how to contact supervisors and how to complete the application form visit:


For information about graduate research opportunities visit:


For further information and assistance contact the Graduate Research Partnerships Advisor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.