Deakin Medical School's reputation for research excellence is underpinned by success in competitive funding schemes and publications in high-impact journals, including Nature.

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.


To locate a suitable project, please read through our current listing for honours projects.

Download our 2021 research projects listing (2.1MB)

The booklet also contains information on the course structure, entrance requirements and applications process for honours in the School of Medicine.

MPhil and PhD

For prospective HDR (PhD and MPhil) students, projects are listed in the booklet 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

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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.

Strategic research centres

Centre for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment (IMPACT) 

Research at IMPACT spans clinical, epidemiological and laboratory-based research. Research interests at the centre include neuroscience and musculoskeletal, and metabolic disease.


We've recruited approximately 200 adults who suffer from major depression in a world-first trial. We're aiming to answer the question: ‘If I improve my diet, will my mental health improve?’


We're seeing continued growth in online psychological interventions, both in research and as a way of delivering psychologist services. 

Together with Stanford University we're evaluating 'Moodswings', one of the first online self-help programs for bipolar disorder.

Visit the Moodswings website

Find out more about IMPACT

Centre for Molecular and Medical Research (CMMR)

CMMR combines the leading research programs from the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment. 

Over 100 staff work at CMMR, conducting research across four key themes:

  • cancer
  • molecular bioscience
  • metabolic and musculoskeletal
  • infection and immunity. 

Find out more about CMMR

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.

Find out more about the GCEID

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