Become an in-demand medical professional
Study medicine at Deakin and be confident your career prospects will be strong – 100% of our 2016–2018 medicine graduates found employment*. With a significant medical workforce shortage in rural and regional Australia, the demand for skilled medical practitioners in these areas is high. To help address this, our Doctor of Medicine has a rural and regional focus. As a result you’ll complete part of your clinical practice in a rural setting, enabling you to become familiar with the challenges and rewards associated with practising medicine in the country and to graduate with a competitive edge.
Courses within Medicine
Bring theory to life
Bridge the gap between theory and real-life by learning at our multi-million dollar medical facilities renovated to simulate work environments – and learn on-site with our partners in the Geelong area.
You'll learn in our $53 million purpose-built facilities at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. They're set for another significant upgrade with Epworth HealthCare committing to build a 250-bed private hospital, offering you a supportive environment for supervised clinical placements.
In the 2018–2019 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment^, we received the highest possible ranking (5/5 – well above world standard) for research in medical and health sciences. If you reach the end of your undergraduate course and have a unique insight that the medical world needs, a higher degree by research could be for you.
As soon as you begin study, you'll analyse real cases. And no matter what area of medicine you go into, we'll have the right partner for you to learn on-site – from the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases to the National Centre for Farmer Health.
Australia's only specialist course
Because we specialise in rural health, you'll make yourself more employable, immediately. You'll learn how to address the shortfall of medical workforce in rural and regional Australia through our Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine.
Doctor of Medicine application process
COVID-19 has disrupted the studies of many students. As a result, the School of Medicine has made changes to the application process for the Doctor of Medicine to avoid any advantages or disadvantages to applicants.
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Clinical skills practicals are my favourite part of the course as we apply real-life scenarios in the classroom that keep the course relevant.
Master of Optometry
*Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2018 (GOS)
^State of Australian University Research 2018-2019: ERA National Report
+Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of media references.