Discover the medicine course for you and become an in-demand professional

Our courses will equip you with the advanced knowledge, accreditation and experience required to become a qualified medical professional. You’ll work with real patients and will be mentored by experienced professionals in the classroom and on your clinical placements. Not sure what course you want to study? We’ve got you covered, explore our disciplines within medicine.

Undergraduate

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.

Postgraduate

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, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Research

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.

Join the #1 Victorian university for course satisfaction

Our School of Medicine teaches across a diverse range of disciplines. No matter which field you study in, your learning will be shaped by the latest industry and research insights. You’ll graduate ready for roles in clinical practice and research.

Disciplines within medicine

Want a medicine degree that will make you work-ready?

With an emphasis on practical learning, our courses are designed to give you a first-hand understanding of the dynamic challenges that medical professionals face, now and into the future. Our students spend between 25% and 50% of their time out of the classroom participating in clinical placements.

Cutting-edge facilities

You'll learn in our $53 million purpose-built facilities at our Geelong Waurn Ponds campus. Our facilities include dedicated medicine, optometry and medical imaging training environments, which replicate those found within professional practice.

A unique regional focus

There is currently a medical workforce shortage outside of capital cities throughout Australia. To help address this, all students complete part of their clinical practice in regional and rural settings, gaining unique skills while developing important networks.

Benefit from partnerships

No matter which field you go into, we’ll connect you with a wide range of partners where you’ll learn on-site in hospitals, optometry clinics, medical imaging centres and research institutes.

Take advantage of outstanding job growth

The healthcare and social assistance sector is one of Australia’s largest and fastest-growing fields. There is high projected growth across many roles, with GPs and medical imaging professionals already exceeding Australian Government employment projections. Over the past five years, there has been strong growth across the following roles:

  • 18,600 jobs for GPs and resident medical officers
  • 10,200 jobs for medical imaging professionals
  • 3200 jobs for surgeons
  • 2100 jobs for optometrists.

Professional recognition

Across many of our courses, you’ll be eligible to gain professional recognition, enabling you to work in Australia, as well as New Zealand in some cases.

Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry

  • Deakin optometry has been awarded accreditations by the Optometry Board of Australia, following assessment by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.
  • You may be eligible to register as an optometrist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and to Medicare as a service provider.

Bachelor of Medical Imaging

  • This course has been awarded accreditation, with statutory direction provided by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.
  • This course is designed to meet the requirements of AHPRA.

Doctor of Medicine

  • Our Doctor of Medicine is accredited with the Australian Medical Council. Graduates who successfully complete pre-registration training will qualify as Registered Medical Practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.

Your first step to a long and rewarding career

Deakin fosters a culture of inclusiveness, respect and social accountability, with a focus on rural and Indigenous health care. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills to address and understand health issues impacting marginalised communities.

 

#3 in Victoria for medicine

 

Top 1% worldwide for public health

 

Top 1% of universities worldwide

 

#1 Victorian uni for course satisfaction

 

#1 Victorian uni for graduate employment

 

#1 Victorian uni for facilities and resources

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I've found them [courses] to be engaging and thought-provoking. There's a good mix of theory and practical application, which has helped me to develop both my academic knowledge and my practical skills.

Mo Al-Ameri

Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry and Doctor of Medicine

Take advantage of diverse entry pathways

Our School of Medicine places a unique emphasis on Indigenous health, as well as servicing regional and remote communities. As part of this, we offer entry pathways to some of our courses for Indigenous and regional students.

Indigenous Entry Stream

In partnership with the National Indigenous Knowledge Education Research Innovation Institute, our Indigenous Entry Stream offers a pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study an optometry, medical imaging or medicine degree.

Regional and Remote Entry Stream

Designed to address workforce shortages in regional communities, we offer this pathway to regional Year 12 students looking to study an optometry or medical imaging degree. If you are eligible, you may be able to receive a points adjustment towards your entry score for admission.

Rural Training Stream

Each year, we hold up to 30 places under the Rural Training Stream for eligible regional students to study our Doctor of Medicine. This stream also removes geographic barriers, allowing you to complete your degree and clinical placements in western Victoria.

Want to explore more?

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  • How Deakin's Indigenous Entry Stream opens up a world of opportunity

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How our optometry courses focus on practical learning virtually

Keen to study optometry? Find out how you can master the skills to treat people's vision with Deakin's Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry.

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How Deakin's Indigenous Entry Stream opens up a world of opportunity

The Indigenous Entry Stream offers places to study the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry, Bachelor of Medical Imaging or Doctor of Medicine.

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Footnotes

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Contact us

Got a question about our medicine courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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