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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User Rating 2.48 (25 votes)
Comments Rating 1.5 (6 reviews)

Student Reviews

23 Responses

  1. Jonathan
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    Things have changed a lot

    I don’t know why I came back? I guess it’s the lack of jobs available. I hold an MSc in maths, and I’m doing engineering, so I can get my foot in the door, for a STEM job.

    Let me just say, that easily about 80% of the students in the classes, don’t have an adequate grasp of the English language. This includes seeing iPads being used to translate material, students in tutorials not speaking English (one lecturer actually had to bring this up), the same with labs, etc. The lecturer will assign assignments almost every week or fortnight, and groups are generally designed to have one (or two people) person, who’s proficient in English, so they can carry the group along. I have received hand-written scribbles, that aren’t master’s level work. To be honest, I don’t really feel inclined to continue.

    Then there’s the lecturers. Many regurgitate what’s on the PowerPoint presentation. A substantial amount aren’t proficient in English, and I’ve found it better to just read the slides or a textbook.

    As said before, these substantially large assignments, are worth very little, and the exam is where the bulk of the work is. You typically get a week (or two if you’re lucky), to prepare, and the exams are bunched way too close together.

    In my maths degree, I actually felt like I was part of a diverse group of students, who’d help each other. There’s little diversity here. The students are chosen, based on what’s in their bank account. Melbourne University just wants money, so they can constantly build new buildings. The facade hides a very low caliber learning experience.

  2. Jenny
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    Overrated University and atrocious staff

    The complaint’s handling procedure is absolutely atrocious. The University will protect its staff and make its students pay and pay at no inconvenience to themselves. The MGSE in particular are one of the worst Education departments in the country, they can’t run placements properly and any complaint or issue you have with them will result in you being slandered and expelled from the Uni. They have fired so many staff its amazing the faculty can even operate. Save your money and go to Monash, Melbourne is going down the drain and will soon drop rankings.

    • Valerie
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      May I ask what course did you take in particular? Online or face to face?

      • Steven
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        Is there a difference between onlibne and face-to-face Uni of melbourne's Masters courses?

        I am interested to know if one is better than the other. Can you let me know?

      • Jenny
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        face to face but online won’t be any better and you will have much reduced contact hours at the expense of your practise.

  3. Olivia
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    Simply atrocious

    As per many others who have commented, I have to express how atrociously some staff treat the students. I am sure it differs between faculties, however my particular experience with primary education was awful. The coordinators and some lectureres are arrogant with seemingly only theoretical knowledge of teaching. They cannot handle being questioned and bully students, especially mature age students. Ironically, many have zero leadership or teaching skills themselves! It’s probable that the ombudsmen will be looking at a case against some of them regarding their behaviour.

    • Jenny
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      Hi Olivia, exact same thing has happened to me within the same faculty. I have also made a complaint to the Ombudsman regarding the issue.

  4. Aporiana
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    Money is all they want. I received two very different offer within 2years for the same postgrad course. First offer sounds so gratuful and approving, cos i applied as a fee-paying student. Offer received in two weeks, and grant unconditionally to entre the 150points. Second time, I applied the exact same course but with CSP(means you only pay a little percent of the Massive tuition bill), they cleverly assigned me into a pathway course where CSP can not be applied. Apparently My previouse degrees and working experience is enough for the level I applied for, only because I pay more. Funny the guy write to me in great length to explain the offer and why my previous qualification doesn’t met their standard suddenly this time, doesn’t even have basic knowledge of my academic background. The game they play to get more money from students is just another capitalist routine.

  5. Amy
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    Excellent, but hard to connect with others as too many students

    I did my Psychology undergraduate at Melbourne University. It was overall a great experience in terms of excellent teaching staff, and supportive tutors (some not all). There are as many as 200+ clubs and societies to choose from and many professional development events and workshops available. I have had contact with Careers advisers and academic support people who were excellent as well. However, one downside is that there are so many students here that I didn’t really get to connect with people one-to-one during my time here as there are about 200 students enrolled in the course and you see different people each semester.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. Hope
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    Nice gaaaarrryyyyyyy

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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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