Graduate Research

A guide to your course

Welcome! Here you'll find resources for current Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS) students.

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Getting started

Congratulations on receiving your offer to study with FVAS! We know that you have lots of questions about your studies and we want to ensure that you have a smooth transition to university life here at the University of Melbourne.

Accepting your offer

Accept your offer via the Student Portal or the Application Portal. If you wish to change to a later commencement date, please apply to defer.

Getting started

Become an official University of Melbourne student with Get Started at Melbourne: your step-by-step guide to accepting your offer and completing your uni admin.

Here’s a handy checklist to make sure you’ve taken care of administrative tasks, including getting your student card, accessing your student email, and accessing the LMS.

Get Started at Melbourne

Welcome from the Associate Dean (Research and Research Training)

An introduction to the Faculty from Professor Frank Dunshea, along with information to familiarise you with some useful operations and procedures within FVAS.

Read more

Induction and orientation

Read information about induction, orientation and environmental health and safety for FVAS graduate researchers.

University-wide orientation and induction information can be found on the Graduate Research Hub. Be sure also to check out the key semester dates.

Induction and orientation

Getting involved and staying in touch

Initial information on communicating, receiving updates and finding information relevant to you while studying with FVAS. Read more about getting involved and staying in touch.

Getting involved & staying in touch

Facilities and Officer Space

Discover the facilities and office space available to you and learn how to order supplies for your work.

Facilities and Office Space

Planning your course

You can find guides to graduate research courses, skills development, and support resources that are relevant to you on the Graduate Research Hub.

Remember to regularly check in on the University’s Current Students page, where you can access a range of study resources and information.

Mapping your degree

Find tips for becoming an effective researcher, key milestone dates and courses to support you on Graduate Research Hub to start mapping your degree.

Information on FVAS key dates as your work towards your research degree are available on the Milestones and Confirmation page.

Roles and responsibilities

Learn about what the University expects from you as a student, as well as what you can expect in return. Find guidelines to help you work effectively with your supervisors and carry out responsible research. Read more about roles and responsibilities.

On the FVAS website, you can find information on Supervision and Advisory Committees and Research Ethics Approval.

Being a candidate

Find out what you need to do to maintain your enrolment as a graduate researcher, such as passing confirmation and attending progress reviews on the Being a Candidate page.

FVAS offers information specific to graduate researchers in our faculty on the Candidature and Milestones page.

Preparing my thesis

Find useful tips and information on writing your thesis on the Graduate Research Hub.


Before you submit your thesis or creative equivalent, there's some important steps you must take. Information, support and guidance is provided at every stage of your examination.

Learning Management System (LMS)

The Learning Management System (LMS) is the online home of everything related to your enrolled subjects. Once you've enrolled in subjects, you'll use the LMS to access readings, lecture recordings and assignment information, and to submit your assignments as well as check your grades.

View your LMS

What you’ll need to know

Research ethics approval

Research projects that include animal or human research must be approved by the relevant research ethics committee. Find out about securing research ethics approval.


Find information on travel planning and the Study Away program.

Getting help

Find support services and resources for FVAS graduate researchers.

Support and funding

In addition to living stipends and fee remission scholarships, FVAS offers several funding schemes and prizes to graduate research students, which are outlined on the Support and Funding page.

Planning your future

Access a range of resources and information to help you plan your career, including graduation, publishing and commercialisation advice.

Responsible Research policy

The University of Melbourne Responsible Research policy, including research integrity and intellectual property policies, can be found on the Graduate Research Hub.

Q Fever screening and vaccination

Some FVAS courses and subjects require you to be vaccinated against Q Fever. Learn which courses and subjects require vaccination, how to obtain vaccination, and find out about the Q Fever register.

Learn about Q Fever vaccinations

Moving to Melbourne

Many of you will be moving to Melbourne for the first time next year and for some of you it may be the first time you are living away from home.

Find accommodation

Looking for a trusted and comfortable place to call home? University Accommodation offers graduate-only residences, including The Lofts at Melbourne Connect. Other options include shared apartments, studio rooms, dorms and colleges.

To apply and for more details, view accommodation options.

International students

Aim to submit your visa application at least 6 weeks prior to your course commencement date, which you can find on your offer letter. You are expected to be on campus in time for Melbourne Orientation [link to orientation section of ‘getting started’ page]. If you can’t commence your course on time (e.g. due to visa processing delays), you may be required to defer to a later intake.

Find a detailed guide to student visa processing.

The Welcome to Melbourne webinars are designed to support international students with their transition to Melbourne with the opportunity to ask questions.

Thousands of international students move to Melbourne every year and it can take some time to understand the city and the culture. Read the University's International Student Checklist to find everything you need to know about studying and living in Australia.


Find out about transport options in and around Melbourne.

Campus information

Want to get to know your campus better? Check out the some maps and key campus services at Campus information page.


Learn more about your fees here:

Understanding your fees

Domestic students

Find out about tuition and fees for domestic graduate research students.

More information

International students

Find out about tuition and fees for international graduate research students, including how to make a payment.

More information

Academic progress

Keeping track of your academic progress is important during your time as a student.

Find tips for becoming an effective researcher, key milestone dates and courses to support you on Graduate Research Hub to start mapping your degree.

Course progression

Find out what you need to do to maintain your enrolment as a graduate researcher, such as passing confirmation and attending progress reviews on the Being a Candidate page.

FVAS offers information specific to graduate researchers in our faculty on the Candidature and Milestones page.

An overview of what happens if you do not meet academic requirements can be found on the University’s Academic Progress page.

You may find extra information on the conditions of your academic progression in the ‘notes’ section of the Handbook entry for your course.

Changing your study load

During your degree, you might want to make changes to your course or enrolment, such as changing your supervisors, changing your project, or changing to part-time candidature. Find out what you need to do first and how to apply on the Making Changes page.

Leave of absence

Sometimes life is unpredictable. If circumstances arise that mean you need to take a break from study, you will need to apply for leave.


Course withdrawal means you have permanently withdrawn from your course prior to completion with no plans for readmission. Find out more about withdrawing from your degree.

Before you apply to withdraw from your course, it is recommended that you seek course advice to ensure that course withdrawal is right for you. If you withdraw from your course but decide in the future to resume your studies in the same course, you will need to reapply.

For more information, see: Course withdrawal and re-admission.


Find out more about Getting Support, including scholarships, managing difficulties, and other support services.

International students, read more here: Reduced study load information and application form

Further information

Assessment information and policies

Find information about assessment, including extensions, academic integrity, and more.

Learn more

FVAS Exam Procedure

Important information on the procedures for exams, including e-Exams, as it relates specifically to subjects within the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

FVAS Exam Procedure

Social Media and Photography Guidelines

Information and guidelines regarding photography, video/audio recordings and social media within the faculty.

Read the guidelines

Student code of conduct

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences students must abide by the following standards of behaviour. This Code is to be used alongside and in addition to the following University of Melbourne documents:

Code of conduct

Writing style guide

A guide to help you achieve consistency and accuracy in your writing, formatting and referencing of essays and reports.

Writing style guide