University of Melbourne Academic Dress

The academic dress of University of Melbourne describes the formal attire of robes, gowns and hoods prescribed by the Statutes and Regulations[1] for undergraduates, graduates, officers and honorands of the university. This follows the Oxford style for the gowns and hoods for the Bachelors and Masters degrees. For its doctorates, Melbourne follows the style of Cambridge.

The hoods are all black (of size and shape those of the Oxford MA; i.e. Burgon simple-shape) lined with the colour specified for the relevant faculty or degree, and bound with white (on the lower edge) for bachelors, and no binding for masters. The faculty or degree colours are specified in the University Regulations. Formerly, Pass degrees were bound in fur and Honours in silk — however the distinction no longer exists. Bachelors wear an Oxford Bachelors gown, and Masters an Oxford Masters gown. The undergraduate gown is the same as the bachelors, but the sleeves must not be split. Masters may wear the mortar board, however undergraduate students and Bachelors are not permitted to wear the mortar board. This rule is strictly applied and extends to graduation photography as well as the ceremony itself.[2]

The academic dress for a PhD consists of an Oxford masters gown, faced in scarlet, with a black hood lined in scarlet, and a bonnet with a scarlet cord. Higher doctorates are scarlet, lined and faced in the colour of the faculty/degree, with a larger scarlet hood lined in the colour of the faculty/degree, and a bonnet with a gold cord.

Occasions for Academic Dress

Dignitaries, officers, staff, graduates and students wear academic dress at public ceremonies of the University of Melbourne. These include graduation ceremonies and important public lectures.

Dignitaries, visitors and residents of the residential colleges wear their academic regalia to formal dinners several nights per week during the lecturing semester (varying depending on the college). Some residential colleges dignify their fellows with distinct gowns.

Faculty colours

Faculty or School Colour
Architecture, Building and Planning - all degrees magenta
Arts - all degrees except Social Work stewart blue
Social Work
chartreuse green
Economics and Commerce - all degrees sky blue
Education - all degrees malachite green
Engineering - all degrees gold
Graduate Studies pea green
Land and Food Resources - all degrees old gold
Law white; white with black band for undergraduate hoods
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences:
Medicine, including Medical Science, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, and Surgery
Dentistry, including Dental Studies
Health Sciences -for higher degrees offered by the Schools of Behavioural Science, Medicine (non-medical qualification prescription), Population Health, Physiotherapy (non-physiotherapy qualification prescription), Nursing (non-nursing qualification prescription), Rural Health
Melbourne Business School sky blue with gold band
Music lilac
School of Enterprise empire blue
Science - all degrees except Optometry (including Biomedical Science and Bachelor of Arts and Sciences) olive green
Veterinary Science - all degrees garnet
Victorian College of the Arts – all degrees lemon, with the VCA pentagram embroidered in black on each shoulder

Definition of colour names:


cardinal B.C.C. 186 chartreuse green B.C.C. 171
cherry B.C.C. 185 dove grey B.C.C. 123
empire blue B.C.C. 87 garnet B.C.C. 160
gold B.C.C. 114 jade B.C.C. 122
juniper B.C.C. 192 lemon B.C.C. 52
lilac B.C.C. 176 magenta B.C.C. 198
malachite green B.C.C. 23 mink B.C.C. 169
old gold B.C.C. 115 olive green B.C.C. 78
pea green B.C.C. 172 petunia B.C.C. 109
sky blue B.C.C. 162 stewart blue B.C.C. 149

See also



  • University of Melbourne Statutes & Regulations Regulation 11.5.R2 - Academic Dress
  • Regalia (Academic Dress) requirements for University of Melbourne degree courses

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