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University of Melbourne 

Parkville  Victoria  3010  Australia
Phone: 61-3-8344-6124 Fax: 61-3-8344-5104

The University of Melbourne has been a vital part of Australia's higher education and research for 150 years. It has eleven faculties covering the professional disciplines as well as the humanities and the sciences.

With a student population of over 38,000, the University of Melbourne is home to nearly 8,000 international students coming from more than 100 countries. Over 2,500 teaching and research staff supports our students.

The University has produced some of the world's most innovative, forward thinking and successful academics and professionals. Many of its graduates have achieved distinguished careers in the professions, politics, sciences and the arts in Australia and around the world. These include two Nobel Prize winners in Medicine; Sir Macfarlane Burnet for his contribution to immunology, and Sir John Eccles for his contribution to neuroscience.

The Eminent Scholars Scheme seeks to attract the highest calibre of researchers and scholars to the University to enhance the teaching and research environment. Currently two Nobel Laureates, Professor Peter Doherty and Professor Bert Sakmann, are on staff.

The University is committed to taking a leadership role in research and education in collaboration with the biotech industry. The main campus is located in Parkville - the major centre in Australia for medical and bio-scientific research, education, clinical practice and production of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products for clinical trials. This area is home to 2,000 researchers, 12 research institutes, 8 hospitals and 8 major industrial companies and will soon include the new Bio21 complex.

The State of Victoria regards biotechnology as one of the keys to its future prosperity. Through substantial financial commitment the State Government supports the development and commercialisation of biotechnology research as part of its drive to establish Victoria as one of the leaders in the new global 'knowledge economy'.

Research Centres
The University of Melbourne is a research driven institution. In terms of research expenditure the University is the largest research organization in Australia after the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Research conducted in more than 100 research centres combined with internationally recognised staff, informs both the teaching and values of the University. For more information about University of Melbourne research initiatives see:

The University of Melbourne is a founding member of Bio21, a vibrant, catalytic, health-research and biotechnology cluster which draws together the unique strengths and potential of its internationally recognised institutions. See:

For information of the State Government of Victoria's biotechnology initiatives see:

The University of Melbourne, Monash University and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) are all contributors to the Australian Synchotron to be opened in 2007 in Melbourne. See:

Research Degrees
The University offers postgraduate research degrees at the Masters level and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students can undertake independent and sustained research on a particular topic conducted under academic supervision. Faculties with research strength in the biotechnology field are:

Faculty of Engineering -
Institute of Land and Food Resources -
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences -
Faculty of Science -
Faculty of Veterinary Science -

The School of Graduate Studies coordinates the administration of the University's research higher degrees and offers a comprehensive range of professional development opportunities for international postgraduate students. See:

For all admission requirements and procedures see:

Overview of University of Melbourne Biotechnology Programs:

For free academic advising and application assistance, contact:

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    Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: 202-332-3295
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Last Updated: 05-24-04

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Web Site: University of Melbourne

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