Health and medical science


Develop your research and investigative skills in a wide range of health and medical science fields. From biological sciences to clinical practice and medical ethics, as a graduate you’ll be highly sought after for both private and government roles.

Work experience: become more employable with industry placements
Public health at Deakin: ranked in the top 200 worldwide*

Career opportunities

Excited about the future of medical science? Career paths may include:

  • academia
  • entry into a higher degree (masters or PhD) program
  • medical research.

*2019 Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Our teaching style is practice based and solution oriented so students have what it takes to influence the health of populations.

Colin Bell

Associate Professor of Public Health

Invent the future of medical science

The honours year gives you the opportunity to use and expand your knowledge by pursuing a research project. This will give you entry requirements for a higher degree – masters or PhD.

Research with us

This fourth year sets you up for research. Got a great idea that the world needs? Then honours year is for you.

Deakin’s School of Medicine has established a reputation for research excellence, backed by success with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Learn more about researching with us

Our community

We've established a wealth of partnerships that will help your work integrated learning as well as your career beyond university. Our strategic research centres and partners include:

  • Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine
  • CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory
  • Geelong Centre for Emerging Infections Diseases
  • The Kardinia Health GP Superclinic
  • Metabolic Research Unit (MRU)
  • The Molecular and Medical Research Strategic Research Centre (MMR)
  • Psychiatric Health and Epi-Centre for Healthy Ageing Strategic Research Centre
  • National Centre for Farmer Health 
  • The Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre
  • University Hospital Geelong.

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