University of Melbourne

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University of Melbourne, Ormond College Clock Tower.

Ormond College Clock Tower

The University of Melbourne is arguably Australia's most prestigious university. It regularly tops the rankings for Australia in world rankings tables. Melbourne Uni is located in inner city Melbourne. As you might expect, it sets high ATAR scores for entry into courses and charges high tuition fees for international students. Course satisfaction ratings are less than world class, perhaps reflecting the university's commitment to research and postgraduate study. If you are a current or former Melbourne Uni student, you're invited to post a review.

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  1. Jenny
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    To be fair I’m part way through my degree and it has involved some shuffling around. I’m currently transitioning into Bac of Arts after recognising how predated the coursework within the Bachelor of Environments is, but I’m not entirely sure it will get better.
    Most teaching staff and open to discussion with students and helping you take your studies further, but the actual coursework is aimed at the laziest of laymen, ensuring everyone graduates with minimal effort and most don’t learn anything new.
    Possibly just the way of a Bachelor degree, but I think we all got the gist of photosynthesis in week 1, and if it was to be developed later on, perhaps presenting new information instead of recycling slides would be better.
    More funding towards teaching staff and coordination between subject leads might help this.

  2. Blake
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    Last year I left my full time job to attend me Master’s at this university. It stated that no background in the discipline was required however, upon starting the degree I found the teachers were hard to understand (foreign), access to genuine help was costly and that the course was indeed NOT designed for people like myself who hadn’t the background in the industry, the content was far too difficult for someone who hadn’t come from the discipline either as an undergraduate or working background. I just wish they had better rules for this or were more honest about it, rather than wasting now 6 months of my life to apply elsewhere, it is frustrating. Student Services was barbaric too, waits of 4-5 hours somedays to receive assistance, with arrogant men who basically made you feel dumb. I wouldn’t bother with Melbourne again to be honest – as Monash Uni alumni I highly recommend their university instead.

    My only real positive comment is that the university really has a great vibe in terms of networking and opportunities to engage with your peers.

  3. Sir Trekkalot
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    It is not about education. It is about making money from fee paying graduate students . I have a very sour taste in my mouth about Melb. Uni as a mature age grad. cert. student.
    I give it a zero for everything. It is/ was horrible in every aspect . The vibe is Totally impersonal , with no support and the study work load is insane and inhumane.

  4. Jo
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    Was here for 4 years and was miserable the whole time. Filled with arrogant, ugly, snobs. Unfriendly atmosphere. Graduates are kicked to the curb, they do not care about students at all. They only care about money. It is a business. That is all. Please avoid!! you will regret coming here

  5. stacey87
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    I am currently trying to decide whether to attend Melbourne University or RMIT. I had heard Melbourne was arrogant and the staff were unhelpful so wanted to take my time to suss out the two universities and which would be most helpful to me.

    I was incredibly disappointed when I by chance contacted Melbourne University Student Services. I spoke to a girl who was really abrupt with me. I tried explaining that I just needed to ask a few simple questions to help me make my decision and she said she “didn’t have time for this”. Anyway, long story short, when I was upset at the end of the day I explained to my husband what had happened. He was super annoyed and suggested I complain. I didn’t really want to but he mentioned if I didn’t others may experience the same treatment. I spoke to a really nice manager (sue) and just logged the issue with her which she said she would follow up. However I have decided not to attend this university and have no further dealings with their student representative, who is the most rudest arrogant person I have encountered. Off to RMIT and happier for it!

  6. Hope
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    Nice gaaaarrryyyyyyy

  7. Melbstudy
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    Most lecturers are good. Very competitive atmosphere. Overall feeling of being treated like a number at times.

  8. Richard
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    Arguably one of the laziest and most incompetent engineering faculties in the country. The University of Melbourne hasn’t updated much of it’s second/third year course content in 6 years, and their staff is filled with highschool-hall-monitors promoted to academic engineers.
    Past exam paper’s with worked solutions are littered with errors, and ridiculous arrangement of course content makes lectures unnecessarily complicated.
    If you have any interest in getting a job in the real world, these idiots have nothing to offer you accept a promise of everything being fine once you get to post grad. Speak to some Masters of Engineering students about how useless their staff are at providing opportunities for students. No-one is asking for a free ticket into an internship, but unless you steadily average above 85% in your GPA you can forget about any attention from Melbourne University. You’d probably be better off studying engineering at Swinburne where they help you get a year of valuable hands-on experience.

  9. Rosie
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    It has a great campus life and I had a lot of fun there but academically it depends on which area you are studying. I started in ‘Environments’ but discovered to do a major they listed, I had to do most of the subjects as breadth. I changed to Science and in this course medical sciences seemed well run, well taught and funded, but my major of Environmental Science was obviously given no thought as all the other subjects in the major clashed with the required subject, which they didn’t change even after a lot of complaints, so it was impossible to complete my major as it was supposed to be. Also some lecturers were great and others were terrible. In most subjects each lecturer only taught for a couple of weeks and it was difficult to contact them or tutorial teachers for help or to answer questions. The university seems to spend all its time promoting itself and forgets to prioritise teaching. The courses are also really general and at the end of a bachelor degree I don’t feel I know enough to be able to work in the field of my majors. Also I did all the subjects for 2 majors but they would only list one on my transcript. Overall I am disappointed with the academic experience.

  10. Liam Parker
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    While conveniently located and with good student organisations, clubs, atmosphere, etc. The University of Melbourne lacks the quality of capable and committed staff for teaching their subjects, and designing them for that matter.
    Tutors often are simply research students or postgraduate students who have regularly known to have little understanding or experience in a subject, and almost always have never actually taught it. Like is often stated, research is clearly the focus of the uni.

  11. Calvin
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    I am a third year student in Melbourne Uni, currently doing undergrad with commerce as my major.
    I would say, Melbourne uni is a good university, EXCEPT the teaching staffs.
    This is the top university in Melbourne, they have more than enough money in their pocket, but they do NOT have money to spend it on hiring experienced teacher?
    I am not lying, ask someone who have studied there before, most tutorials are being taught by inexperienced students who just graduated or still studying, but never had any qualification in how to teach students properly. All they do is read and write the answer for tutorials. I know it might be important for them to teach, but we international student paid lots of money to study here, but what we get in return is not equal to what we spend.
    Consider carefully if you want to study here.

  12. Kate
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    The university is very research focused and does not seem to overly care about its students.

  13. George
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    Reputation research and reputation – that’s how Melbourne Uni gets its ranking. The actual point of university is to educate and it doesn’t do that very well at all. Biggest regret of my educational life – avoid it like the plague.

  14. Satu
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    It is easy to find nice and cheap accommodation in Melbourne. As an international student, you don’t have to worry about finding a place to live before arriving. Melbourne is great for food, footy (AFL) and going out.

    I found it difficult adjusting to a major exam at the end of term (instead of smaller ones throughout). It puts the pressure on.

    Overall was a good experience. Melbourne Uni is a stimulating place to study and the city has to be one of the best in the world.

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