Orientation and induction


Orientation Day for Graduate Researchers provides a welcome to  all graduate researchers (PhD, Professional  Doctorate, Masters by  Research or MPhil students) who are new to the University of Melbourne or a graduate research degree. The day introduces you to the comprehensive research training and professional development services  available at the University.

More information on orientation programs

Checklist for New Students

Within the first weeks of your candidature you should undertake the following items to ensure that you know where to find the information you’ll need over the course of your degree.

Orientation and Induction

You should undertake the following mandatory activities:


Key resources

Become familiar with the following resources and guidelines:

You should also download and complete this Supervision Agreement with your supervisors.

Induction into your department

Induction is hosted by your graduate school or department and introduces you to your local graduate research community.

On the day, your graduate school will:

  • Introduce you to the local workspace, available facilities, your support team and colleagues
  • Make sure you are aware of other contact points that will help you throughout your degree (eg key staff, facilities and support)
  • Advise you of procedures, such as health and safety practices, and examples of research practice relevant to your discipline
  • Talk to you about seminars and conferences that may be of interest to you

International Student Checklist

As a new international graduate research student, you must complete the International Student Checklist before you start studying at the University.

You will find information about:

  • Public transport
  • Housing and accommodation
  • Your rights in Australia
  • Your responsibilities as a student visa holder
  • Health services and emergency care
  • Staying safe
  • Student support and other services.

Get access to resources

Check out resources for students to find out about access to facilities on campus, useful online tools, and much more.