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.

Get work-ready

Problem-based learning is a key theme of medicine at Deakin. This means that while you're at university, you'll solve the kinds of problems that you’ll encounter when you're working in industry. Our course also includes placements in a range of medical environments, from hospitals and general practices to community healthcare settings in the Geelong region. You'll be well placed for a range of careers, from general practice and geriatric medicine through to pathology, pediatrics and 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, masters 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.

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

Deakin's Doctor of Medicine

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

Indigenous education in medicine

Deakin School of Medicine's Professor Colin Bell and Candice McKenzie discuss the importance of Indigenous education in medicine.

Doctor of Medicine course information webinar

Do you want to study medicine and enhance community health and wellbeing? Now is your opportunity to learn more about Deakin's Doctor of Medicine program and our diverse entry pathways in our on-demand course information webinar.

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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.

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).

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We're here to help

If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in medicine and surgery, we'll help get you there.

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