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Professor Glyn Davis
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Campus locations

  • Parkville
  • Burnley
  • Creswick
  • Dookie
  • Shepparton
  • Werribee
  • Southbank


The University of Melbourne is the leading centre of higher education and research in Australia. It’s located in Parkville on the fringe of Melbourne’s central business district.

Founded in 1853, the University has consistently been among leading world universities in independent rankings. This is due to the University’s strong research performance, excellence in learning and teaching, and intellectual and social capital. 

The University is ranked number one in Australia and 33 in the world in the Times Higher Education World University rankings (2015–2016).

Melbourne offers undergraduate degrees in nearly 100 major fields of study, as well as over 270 graduate courses available through 18 graduate schools to more than 45,000 students annually. It has one of the largest cohorts of graduate researchers in Australia with more than 15,000 PhD, research doctorate, masters by research and postgraduate coursework candidates.

Research achievements

The University of Melbourne’s researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as human rights law, telecommunications, climate change and medical research. Melbourne scholars of particular international renown include Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and alumna and Nobel Laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn.

The University has long been engaged in world-changing projects including the cochlear implant (or Bionic Ear) developed at the University’s Department of Otolaryngology. 

Today, University researchers are intimately involved in the multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative efforts to develop the first Bionic Eye. Yielding impact through research partnerships, the University’s strong links with industry are epitomised by the co-location on campus of multinationals such as IBM and CSL.

Contributing to arts and culture

The University of Melbourne contributes to Australia’s cultural landscape through programs such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne University Publishing, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and Asialink. 

The University’s impressive range of museums and galleries explores everything from contemporary art, classics and archaeology, medical and dental history, to music and the sciences.