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.
The Research at Melbourne: Ensuring Excellence and Impact to 2025 document outlines the University of Melbourne’s research and research training strategy for the next 10-15 years.
The University of Melbourne has 10 discipline-specific faculties, five institutional interdisciplinary research institutes, and is affiliated with many independent research institutes, teaching hospitals and other institutions. It has many specialist research centres and is a key collaborator and partner in many national centres.
Faculty and Graduate School research areas
The University of Melbourne has 10 discipline-specific faculties carrying out research.
The University of Melbourne has discipline specific faculties, and is affiliated with many research institutes and hospitals, putting the University at the heart of biomedical research in Melbourne and Australia. A complete list of centres associated with the University can be found on the Research places page.
Melbourne Research Institutes
Our interdisciplinary Melbourne Research Institutes focus on three key themes: understanding our place and purpose; fostering health and well being; and supporting sustainability and resilience.
The Hallmark Research Initiatives identify areas of research that are a priority for the University and provide support for these areas to facilitate the maturing of focused research communities. Each Initiative has a distinct interdisciplinary emphasis and also aims to promote collaboration with our external partners.
The University collects and reports data relating to our research endeavours, including output, impact and income.
Per the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) requirements, each year the University gathers information relating to our research publications (including published books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers) and research income. The government uses this data as an indication of our performance and to determine future funding.
The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative evaluates the quality of our research, and aims to identify and promote research excellence in Australia’s higher education sector. It enables comparison and ranking with other research institutions both nationally and internationally.
To compete on the world stage, you need a world-standard education. At the University of Melbourne, you'll gain an internationally recognised degree that will open doors to an outstanding future.
Graduate Research Degrees
The University of Melbourne is recognised internationally as a leader in graduate research training. As one of our graduate researchers, you will work with leading experts in your field in first-rate facilities and supervisors. Meet some of our graduate researchers
Research training and professional development
Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education boasts a diverse, innovative and comprehensive range of programs to get your research off to a successful start and guide you through your candidature to completion and beyond. Whether you're thinking of a career in academia or industry, there's something for everyone.
Organisational and professional development needs cannot always be met by traditional tertiary offerings with a single disciplinary focus and on-campus lecture-style delivery. Research, Innovation & Commercialisation, in partnership with the University’s faculties and schools, develop customised professional development programs in many areas of professional and technical education to meet your specific development needs.
Current graduate researchers
Find out more about how the University supports its graduate researchers on the Research Students Hub.
The University boast an extensive list of research infrastructure capabilities to support our Graduate Researchers. For more information on what is available, from microscopy to whole-body bioimaging, see our Research Infrastructure page.
The University of Melbourne is actively seeking to engage with external partners and collaborators.Contact us
In seeking to grow the impact of our research, the University of Melbourne is committed to fostering effective research partnerships and collaborations with research organisations, industry, government, and community or not-for-profit groups. Our objective is to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships that allow the University and partners to work together, sharing resources and knowledge to solve real world challenges. Seeking to make a difference in both local and global communities, the University’s strategic partnerships present a significant opportunity to improve the quality, scale and impact of our research. Collaborations provide our partners with access to the next generation of employees and business leaders as well as our world-class resources and research infrastructure platforms.
We partner with national and international organisations that include industry, government, NGOs and the community to solve real world challenges. Some of our current partners include medical research institutes, major hospitals, IBM, CSIRO, Museum Victoria, NICTA, DSTO and the Melbourne Business School.
The University’s research engagement activities are focused on supporting the whole research collaboration process – whether you are from industry, government or the not-for-profit sector. This includes everything from engaging with strategic partners and managing collaborative relationships, to commissioning services and more. Contact us to connect with the University.
Technology licensing and IP protection
Technology licensing is an important element of research collaboration, and provides industry partners with access to our innovative technologies through facilitating licensing and collaborative partnerships to benefit both the local and global community. The University assesses for IP protection for new inventions and identify commercial partners, or create start-up companies, to develop and commercialise the technologies.
Supporting your organisation through teaching
In order to help you develop your workforce, we offer a range of customised programs that are tailored to business and industry partners and other external organisations. These unique and highly specialised programs are tailored specifically to your needs, drawing on expertise from across the University.
The key to our success is our people and we aim to attract, develop and support the best researchers from around the globe. Be inspired by our vision and join Australia’s No.1 university.
Research improves lives and contributes to the greater wellbeing of societies. As one of the largest and most productive research organisations in Australia, the University of Melbourne is committed to the pursuit of knowledge and seeking solutions to global issues.
The University’s strong focus on research excellence means that our researchers receive significant support in securing funding, ensuring both quality and impact while upholding research integrity. Find out how we support your research.
Inclusive and culturally diverse environment
The University strives to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.
We support equality for all staff – regardless of religious or cultural background, disability, gender or personal circumstances – and offer fair and flexible working conditions to staff, understanding that we all need to balance a range of activities and roles in our lives.
Vibrant campus life
The University is a vibrant and living campus, with plenty happening all the time. Whether it’s lunchtime music concerts, special interest groups or free public lectures, there is always something to attract your interest.
All staff are able to access the University’s extensive library collections, visit our galleries and museums, connect with colleagues through clubs and networks and even access discounts to Melbourne Theatre Company performances.
Valuing health and wellbeing
University staff are able to access discounted health, optometry and dental services on campus as well as a range of free health benefits, such as counselling services and annual flu shots and health checks. The University Veterinary Hospital at Werribee also offers discounted services to staff.
There are many sporting and recreational clubs on campus and staff are welcome to take advantage of the many sporting facilities on campus by becoming members of Melbourne University Sport (MUS). Our sports facilities include a swimming pool, gym, squash courts and two stadiums, in addition to various programs and services. For more information about these services and more, visit the Looking after your health and wellbeing page.
In addition to a generous superannuation scheme, with employer contributions of up to 17%, staff at the University are able to access a number of other financial benefits, such as salary packaging (including car parking permits), discounted public transport tickets and private health insurance benefits.
Substantial discounts are also available to staff and their families for a range of other goods and services, including Microsoft software, Apple products, movie tickets and University of Melbourne courses. A range of retailers also offer discounts to staff when you show your ID in store. More information is available on the University's Making your money go further page.
Meet some of our researchers
Meet some of our researchers who are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as Asian law, quantum mechanics, architecture, economics and medical research.