Medicine

Deakin's medicine course provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the practice of medicine. There is an emphasis on the early development of clinical, communication and procedural skills, diagnosis and management of chronic diseases, and multidisciplinary teamwork, as well as an emphasis on rural and regional medicine. Honours and PhD courses in medicine are available. For graduates of medicine and allied health we offer a Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine and a Master of Clinical Leadership.


What can I study?

The Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) is a four-year, graduate-entry program and is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

    Four themes are visible throughout the course:

  • Knowledge of Health and Illness
  • Doctor and Patient
  • Public Health Medicine
  • Ethics, Law and Professional Development.

Graduates who satisfactorily complete an accredited intern year following successful completion of this course will qualify as registered medical practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.


Why study at Deakin?

Problem-based and multidisciplinary learning

In the first two years, you'll mainly learn via problem-based learning. You'll analyse real cases in small groups to learn the basic sciences required to practise medicine. There is a strong emphasis on information technology, which has become an essential part of clinical practice, and on early clinical experience including simulation-based teaching.
You'll also work with students and practitioners from a range of other health disciplines including nursing, psychology, social work, occupational therapy and dietetics. This experience introduces you to working in multidisciplinary teams and develops your understanding of the expertise and role of different health professionals.

Practical work experience and clinical based learning

The first two years of the medicine course are based at the Geelong Waurn Pond's Campus. During this time, you'll attend clinical sites such as hospitals, general practices and community health centres in the Geelong region.

For the third and fourth years of the course, you'll choose one of four clinical schools in Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool or Box Hill. Some third year students will have the opportunity to spend the year attached to a general practice in one of a number of rural centres in Western Victoria as part of the Integrated Model of Medical Education in Rural Settings (IMMERSe) program.

Teaching and research excellence

Students are taught and supervised by dedicated and experienced academic staff and clinicians.

The School of Medicine houses a vibrant program of research, including more than 30 research staff, as well as a growing cohort of research students. The school has already established a reputation for research excellence, underpinned by success in National Health and Medical Research Council and other competitive funding schemes, and research publications in high-impact journals. In the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment Deakin received the highest possible ranking (5/5 – well above world standard) for research in Medical and Health Sciences. Only seven of Australia's 39 universities were ranked at this level.

Research that matters

Medical research spans from basic biology through to development and testing of new therapeutics, to epidemiological and health outcome studies. There is a strong emphasis on investigating the causes, prevention and management of common chronic diseases. Our medical research is underpinned by strong strategic partnerships.


Study overseas

There is an elective term in the fourth year of the course where students can arrange clinical placements interstate or overseas.

Postgraduate degrees
Bachelor of Health and Medical Science (Honours) Course information for: Local Students International Students
Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Course information for: Local Students International Students
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Course information for: Local Students International Students
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Course information for: Local Students International Students
Master of Applied Science Course information for: Local Students International Students
Master of Applied Science Course information for: Local Students International Students
Master of Clinical Leadership Course information for: Local Students

Career opportunities for graduates

  • General practice 
  • Surgery Pathology 
  • Emergency medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynaecology 
  • Paediatrics 
  • Anaesthetics
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Radiology 
  • Medical research 
  • Medical administration

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