The school undertakes research aligned to its research pillars through a series of research centres and groups, and extending to internal and external partnerships.

Study a research degree with us

The Deakin Medical School houses a vibrant program of research, including more than 100 research staff and over 100 research students. We currently have research supervisors available in all aspects of health and medical research.


The current honours projects listing is available to view. Please review and preference projects relevant to your area of interest.

MPhil and PhD

For prospective HDR (PhD and MPhil) students, projects are available to view in the link above. Alternatively, general information about research areas (PDF, 1.6 MB) is available.

Please discuss potential projects directly with the listed supervisor.

Learn more about how to become a research degree student at Deakin

Find a research supervisor

Search for the topic that you're interested in researching and discover all the possible supervisors within the Faculty of Health that could help you further your research career goals.

Our research themes

Each of the school's research centres and research partnerships aligns with one or more of our research pillars:

  • infection, immunity and cancer
  • metabolic and musculoskeletal medicine
  • neuroscience
  • rural and regional health.


Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation

The Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT) develops new and effective responses to mental and physical health for our community. The team uses cutting-edge approaches to translate medical research from the laboratory to real-world solutions.

Find out more about the Institute

School research groups

  • Medical Education Research Group
  • Clinical Optometry
  • Rural Medicine
  • Medical Imaging
  • Pre-Clinical Research
  • Clinical Research


ReVISE brings together researchers across health education fields to collaborate and investigate better ways to train the health professionals of the future, and conducts research across the spectrum of health professional education.

Find out more about ReVISE

Internal partnerships

The Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare

The Centre for Organisational Change in Person‐Centred Healthcare has been developed for both consumers and health professionals. We provide education & training and use translational research to influence change in policy and the culture of healthcare systems.

Learn more about The Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare

Bioinformatics Core Research Group

The Bioinformatics Core Research Group (BCRG) brings together a range of expertise and resources to support and facilitate bioinformatics at Deakin University.

The group strives to enable researchers so that they will be able to view and process their data themselves, through appropriate training, bioinformatic support and infrastructure.

Find out more about BCRG

External partnerships

Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease (GCEID)

GCEID is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research partnership between Deakin University, Barwon Health and CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) based on a 'one health' approach to understanding and mitigating the risks posed by emerging infectious diseases.

Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre

Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre is a partnership between Deakin University, Federation University and 11 health service providers operating across the western region of Victoria. It aims to strengthen existing collaborations by formalising relationships between the partners that have been sustained over the history of the region’s settlement and development.

Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine (CREM)

Research activities at CREM focus on emergency medicine services based in regional and rural communities. The centre is a joint initiative of the Victorian Government, Portland District Health, South West Healthcare (Warrnambool), Alcoa of Australia and the Deakin Medical School.

Find out more about CREM

National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH)

The NCFH works to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of farming families across Australia. 

As well as conducting research into agricultural workers' health and offering degrees and courses, the centre provides farming families with face-to-face and online support.

Find out more about NCFH