Finding a supervisor and topic for your research project

About masters and honours research projects

The School of Ecosystem and Forest Science offers masters and honours research projects in the following courses:

  • Within the Master of Urban Horticulture (MUH) and the Master of Ecosystem Management and Conservation (MEMaC) it is possible to undertake an optional 25-point or 50-point research project (recommended if you think that research is relevant to your future career).
  • The Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) – a two-year research-training course – consists of a 125-point research project with 75 points of coursework. The Master of Science course provides a solid pathway into a PhD or the workforce.
  • For those looking to undertake research training as part of their undergraduate degree, we offer a Forest Science stream in the Bachelor of Science honours year, which combines a 75-point research project with 25 points of coursework.
  • In the Master of Environment, it is possible to undertake an optional research project.

Finding your area of interest

You should review the supervisors and projects available within the School of Ecosystem and Forest Science and decide on an area of research that interests you. While supervisors have been placed into broad research themes, all engage in interdisciplinary approaches across multiple themes.

View supervisor and research project directory


Approaching supervisors

Before contacting a potential supervisor, look carefully at the type of research they do. Read through:

Approach potential supervisors in research areas that interest you and discuss projects on offer, or tell them about potentail project ideas that you may have. When you email a potential supervisor, please include a transcript of your academic record (you can print out your current record from SIS). Arrange a time to meet them in person.

Most supervisors within the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences take on only one or two students per year, so our intake is competitive, and places are limited.

Take time to discuss the available projects; it is important that you choose an area of research that interests you.


How to apply

Once you have identified supervisors and projects, fill out the project approval form for your course:

Include the completed form in your application, and to expedite admission, have the supervisor(s) sign the form before submission.

It may be that some potential supervisors cannot make a commitment at this time point. You may therefore include several potential supervisors.

Supervisors may also offer a project that commences mid-year (Semester 2) or start-year (Semester 1) according to fieldwork requirements, plant growth, animal life-cycles or simply aligned project timing.

Application links:


Contacts

25 point and 50 point research projects

Professor Patrick Lane
patrickl@unimelb.edu.au

Master of Urban Horticulture Coordinator

Mr John Rayner
jrayner@unimelb.edu.au

Master of Ecosystem Management and Conservation Coordinator

Dr Antanas Spokevicius
ajvs@unimelb.edu.au

Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) Coordinator

Professor Stefan Arndt
sarndt@unimelb.edu.au

SEFS Honours Coordinator

Dr Matt Burns
matthew.burns@unimelb.edu.au

Academic Support Officer

Ms Chantelle Linnett
c.linnett@unimelb.edu.au