Doctor of Medical Science

4 years
Parkville campus
Available to Domestic and International students
Flexible entry
Course CRICOS code: 066156A

The Melbourne Medical School is passionate about the training and mentoring of the next generation of medical researchers.

The Doctor of Medical Science is a graduate research doctorate open only to medical graduates, either of the University of Melbourne or other recognised universities.

The DMedSc is designed for medical graduates to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research at the doctoral research level. Under the supervision of academic staff and an Advisory Panel appointed by the enrolling department, DMedSc students complete a thesis of approximately 50,000–80,000 words over a maximum period of up to four years full-time. The degree may be completed in less time if the student's academic progress as judged by the advisory panel, supports earlier submission.

Undertaking the DMedSc can broaden the medical graduate's career pathway, developing you as a researcher and enhancing leadership opportunities in your specialty practice area.  

Research projects are available in the areas of: adolescents, cancer, cardiometabolic, cardiovascular disease, child health, chronic disease, diabetes, general practice, gynaecology, imaging, integrated clinical medicine, medical education, mental health, musculoskeletal, neuroscience, obstetrics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, paediatrics, primary care, psychiatry, radiology, rural health, stroke, surgery, women's health.

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Domestic fee place

RTP only. Australian fee-paying places not available.

The typical course fee per year is calculated on the basis of one full-time year of study (1 EFTSL). If a course duration is less than one year, you will pay the indicative total course fee. Actual fees vary depending on the subjects you are taking. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5% per annum. More information about tuition fees.

Credit/Advanced standing

If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more