Medicine and surgery


Set yourself apart – studying medicine and surgery with us not only prepares you for a career in areas like general practice, paediatrics and pathology. You’ll be equipped with specialised knowledge in rural and regional medicine, making you highly employable.

Work experience: become more employable with industry placements
Industry partners: including Ballarat Hospital and University Hospital Geelong

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you’ll be equipped to work as an intern at regional, metropolitan and overseas hospitals. A career can lead anywhere, including:

  • academia
  • anaesthetics
  • general practice
  • geriatric medicine
  • hospital and government medical administration
  • emergency medicine
  • pathology
  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • medical research
  • occupational and rehabilitation medicine
  • paediatrics
  • public health medicine
  • radiology
  • surgery.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


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.

Deakin medicine graduates have a reputation for being mature, capable doctors who are work-ready. Practitioners teach the units so students have their finger on the pulse.

Colin Bell

Professor of Public Health

Real-world partnerships

You’ll get hands-on experience attending the clinical sites with whom we partner within the southwest Victorian region, like University Hospital Geelong, South West Healthcare and Ballarat Hospital.

Research with us

Are you curious about the future of medicine? Perhaps you’ll be part of it. 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

Doctor of Medicine at Deakin

Deakin doctors graduate with a focus on rural and regional health.

Medicine at Deakin – indigenous education

Deakin School of Medicine's Professor Colin Bell and Candice McKenzie discuss the importance of indigenous education in medicine, and building the cultural proficiency of non-indigenous colleagues to be able to work and provide a culturally safe place for indigenous patients.

Who we work with

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 Infectious 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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