The University of Melbourne is among the top performing academic institutions for competitive research funding, PhD completions and publication of research material in the world.

Research collaborations with industry partners help us to develop innovative approaches to real world challenges, and to develop applied research that produces cross-sector improvements as well as economic, social and cultural benefits.

Proud of its research efforts, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is no exception. In 2011, we received an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking of 5 across 7 areas of study, and a further ranking of 4 across 15 areas of study. The scores, determined by the Australian Research Council, are well above the world average.

To carry out our research, we align with the following research schools and centres. Browse the links below to see the range of research projects we are currently working on.

School of Historical and Philosophical Studies


The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies was formed in 2011. It comprises the programs of History, History and Philosophy of Science and Philosophy. It also manages the Centre for Classics and Archaeology, the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation and the Centre for Jewish History and Culture. Areas of expertise cover diverse times, places and themes – and reflect the latest developments in historical research and vocational practice.

Read more

School of Culture and Communication

01 crowd

The School of Culture and Communication combines disciplinary innovation with a focus on rigorous research. It explores a wide range of cultural and social practices, cultural policy, and cultural production – including mass media and digital media, visual art, literature, social documentation, film, theatre, television and public events. The School is proud of the many graduate research students who have brought great credit to themselves and the School through their research findings and publications.

Read more

School of Social and Political Sciences

Book with glasses

The School of Social and Political Sciences provides a positive environment for both students and staff to engage in cutting-edge research across Political Science, Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies and Social Theory. Researchers benefit from a dynamic and rewarding environment comprising reading groups, seminars, conferences and access to postgraduate journals, as well as involvement with the Centre for Public Policy and Melbourne Consulting and Custom Program (MCCP).

Read more

The School of Languages and Linguistics

Areas of study 2

The School of Languages and Linguistics is one of the greatest Language and Linguistics research centres in Australia, and indeed one of the finest in the our part of the world. Home to the Language Testing Research Centre and the Research Unit on Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication, the School boasts world-class facilities held together by a total of over 100 researchers. These include staff and students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and research fellows.

Read more

The Faculty of Arts Asia Institute

Westkowloonhongkong low res

The importance of Asia and the Middle East continues to grow at significant pace. The Asia Institute strives to provide leadership in the study of the rich intellectual, legal, political, cultural and religious traditions of these vital regions. A number of projects probe Asia-Australian relations, the lives and cultures of Asian migrants to Australia, CALL (computer aided language learning), endangered languages, dialectology, modern history and various forms of Asian popular culture.

Read more


Facilities for research students

The first floor of the Old Arts Building has been purpose-built for research students to the highest calibre. It boasts world-class teaching and learning facilities with an informal learning hub, plus video conferencing services that can assist students with cross-institutional collaboration.

There is also a RHD Reading Room specifically for research students, a quiet space modelled on the Victorian State Library Reading Room. Visiting scholars are based in hosting offices and deliver talks and seminars in collaborative learning spaces.

Key research facilities include:
  • Multimedia facilities

  • Building-wide WiFi support

  • Student service centre

  • Student lounge

  • Study and meeting rooms

  • Dedicated lecture and seminar rooms

  • Equipment for loan (voice recorders, video recorders, portable scanners, laptops)

  • Dedicated IT facilities

  • Easy access to parking and public transport

Travel grants for existing research students

We offer a number of grants and scholarships to current research students for the purpose of overseas and domestic travel for research, fieldwork and conferences.

Some of these are funded and administered through GSHSS, others by the Melbourne Scholarships Office.

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences schemes University of Melbourne schemes and travelling scholarships

Research Training and Professional Development for Graduate Researchers

220x160 upskills

The Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) boasts a diverse, innovative and comprehensive range of programs to get your research off to a successful start and guide you through your candidature to completion and beyond. Whether you're thinking of a career in academia or industry, there's something for everyone.

Our programs have been designed with you in mind. They provide a variety of opportunities to pick up essential skills, build important knowledge and develop key networks to achieve the best possible outcome for your degree, and your future career.

Read more

The 3 Minute Thesis Competition 2015

Uq 3mt logo web constant2

The 3MT® is a research communication competition. The exercise challenges PhD and MPhil students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports graduate researchers' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent, but non-specialist audience.

Read more