Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions by research students at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

  • E-flyers

    I need an e-flyer for my confirmation, conversion or completion seminar. How can I go about this?

    Please send the material for your e-flyer, following the guidelines below, to the Fine Arts and Music Research office, fineartsmusic-research@unimelb.edu.au, at least 14 days in advance of the event. It is important that you adhere to the guidelines below as this enables us to display your e-flyer in the correct format for viewing on mobile devices. You will need to send the following information:

    • Title of your seminar
    • Strictly 100-word abstract that is easy to read and understandable to the general public (that is, a non-specialist audience)
    • The date, time and venue of your seminar
    • 1 x good quality landscape image, in JPEG or PNG file format, and image credit

    It is the student's responsibility to provide the necessary details 14 days prior to the event. For venue bookings, please contact fineartsmusic-bookings@unimelb.edu.au.

  • Change my supervisors / thesis title

    I want to change my supervisors or thesis title. How can I go about this?

    If you would like to change your supervisors, you can do this at the Graduate Research Hub.

    If you would like to change your thesis title or other details of your research project, you can do this at the Graduate Research Hub.

  • Leave of absence

    I would like to apply for a leave of absence. How can I go about this?

    Leave of absence is a period of non-enrolment that may be granted for reasons such as sickness, family or carer responsibilities, which temporarily hinder your studies. When leave is approved, your expected thesis submission date and progress review due dates will be adjusted. You should check the terms and conditions of your scholarship and/or student visa for information on leave of absence restrictions, if relevant.

    Apply for leave of absence at the Graduate Research Hub.

    Remember that when you return from a leave of absence, you are required to notify the University. You can also do this at the Graduate Research Hub.

  • Application outcomes

    When will I find out the outcome of my application to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music?

    Admissions for research higher degrees are more complex and time-consuming than for coursework degrees. While we will endeavour to let you know the outcome of your application as quickly as possible, it requires time to assess your application, find appropriate supervisors, and evaluate whether you are eligible for any scholarships.

    • For applicants hoping to start their research degree in the first-half of the calendar year, you will receive your outcome by the end of December at the latest.
    • For applicants hoping to start their research degree in the second-half of the calendar year, you will receive your outcome by the end of June at the latest.

    Please direct any queries to fineartsmusic-research@unimelb.edu.au. However, please be advised that during peak admissions period from October - December, there may be a delay in responding to your questions.

  • Student card

    How do I get my student card?

    Every student must have a valid student card. To get your student card, you must first be enrolled. Unlike for coursework students, all research students must have their enrolment finalised by the Research Office of the Faculty. This is not something that you can do at Stop 1.

    When you have accepted your terms and conditions of enrolment, please contact the Research Office at fineartsmusic-research@unimelb.edu.au. The Research Office will then finalise your enrolment and advise you when you can go to Stop 1 to get your student card.

  • Enrolment

    How do I enrol as a research student?

    All students must be enrolled before they can begin their study at the University of Melbourne. For research students, enrolment is a two-step process:

    1. Administrative enrolment - to be completed by the student
    2. Course/subject enrolment - to be completed by the Faculty Research Office

    A student completes their administrative enrolment by accepting the terms and conditions of enrolment, which you can do here. After a student has accepted their terms and conditions of enrolment, please contact the Research Office at fineartsmusic-research@unimelb.edu.au. The Research Office will then complete your course/subject enrolment and advise you when you can go to Stop 1 to get your student card.

    I cannot accept my terms and conditions of enrolment. What should I do?

    Some students have experienced technical difficulties when attempting to accept their terms and conditions of enrolment. If you are experiencing this problem, please follow these instructions:

    1. Check your offer letter to make sure that there are no outstanding conditions that you are required to meet as part of a "conditional offer". This could include evidence of the completion of a prior degree, evidence that you meet the English language requirements, or referee reports.
    2. If you are sure that you have satisfied all outstanding conditions, please wait for 24 hours and then try again to accept terms and conditions.
    3. If you continue to experience the same problem, please email fineartsmusic-research@unimelb.edu.au and we will assist you to complete your enrolment.