Graduate research students

MGSE seeks to provide the best possible support for its research students. Research student advice and resources are coordinated through the graduate research team within the Melbourne Education Research Institute (MERI).

Located on Level 9, 100 Leicester Street, MERI can assist current research students with a range of enquiries, including progress reports, ethics applications, financial support and examination processes.

MERI Research LMS Community

Resources, events and announcements for research students are available through the MERI Research Community site on the University's Learning Management System (LMS).

Navigating yourself

The Map for the PhD Student provides a visual overview of the key stages of candidature for research degrees.

Make sure you familiarise yourself with the handbooks and guidelines that relate to your particular program. See also the information on Human Ethics Clearance and the Examination Process that relates specifically to Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) students.

MGSE’s research community

Enter into the rich research culture at MGSE. Key events are the bi-annual GOROD (Graduate Orientation and Research Orientation and Development) and Graduate Research Conferences. These gatherings provide graduate research students with an opportunity to meet and mingle while engaging in a research activity.

For upcoming Confirmation Seminars, Completion Seminars and other research events, view our event calendar or go to the Melbourne Education Research Institute Facebook page. Currently enrolled students can also receive our graduate student email bulletin and access resources through the MERI Research community site on the LMS.

We also encourage you to create your own reading and study groups, pursue opportunities to publish and consider becoming involved in organising the MGSE Graduate Research Conference.

University resources for research students

Workstation access

MGSE offers a limited number of designated workstations with a desktop computer for graduate research students. Contact to request access to a workstation.

MERI Funding for research students

Research students presenting a paper at a conference or conducting fieldwork directly related to their thesis may apply for financial assistance through MERI (subject to conditions). Contact for more information.

Academic skills

Academic Skills offers excellent resources for local and international graduate students on researching and writing academic texts and giving oral presentations. Visit the Academic Skills website to find out more about their workshops, courses, individual tutorial services and guidelines.

Useful blogs

Support services

Please view support services for a list of services available to students.

MGSE graduate student bulletin

Keep up to date with seminars, conferences, opportunities and resources with the MGSE Graduate Student Bulletin. Each month the Bulletin is sent electronically to all graduate research and coursework students. So that you receive your copy of the Bulletin make sure that you regularly access your student email address.

Business cards

Students may require business cards if they are planning to visit schools or other universities as part of their research activities. To find out about acquiring business cards, contact

Study space

If you are writing a thesis and would like access to a study space we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please register your interest in accessing a space by writing to and we will be back in touch with you about times and days that are available. We endeavour, where possible, to locate students in working spaces close to the offices of their supervisors.

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