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When you make the decision to study medicine, you are choosing to make a positive and lasting contribution, not only to the individuals you will care for, but to the whole Australian and International community.

The University is committed to providing students with contemporary medical and health science skills which are crucial to transforming healthcare, research and workforce needs. Our medicine and medical research degrees provide students with access to world-class researchers, innovative teaching and community programs and the opportunity to work with other disciplines such as pharmacy, nursing and exercise science (for example, in the annual Agfest Health Stop tent).

With a top ranking by subject in Medicine in the 2015 QS World Rankings by subject, you can be sure that you are learning from academics at the forefront of science and clinical practice with a commitment to quality teaching and research.

"I chose to study the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery because of its wide career options… and because it has enabled me to combine my two passions: science and communicating with people."

Why study Medicine?

The demanding, exciting and important field of medicine requires its practitioners to have a strong aptitude for science, the ability to make clear and precise observations, be able to work accurately under pressure, and be able to identify and analyse problems and develop practical solutions. Communication skills will also be an essential skill for working with patients, or within teams of healthcare specialists or researchers.

Medicine is a professional health career. Upon successful completion of your Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, you will have the knowledge and practical skills to provisionally register in Australia with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This will be the beginning of lifelong learning, with further training required to receive full registration, and to move into an area of specialization (if you desire).

The field of medical research is also an area that you could study and work in. Medical researchers work alongside other scientists, conducting tests and experiments and carrying out research projects to benefit communities.

“We’re doing anatomical body painting. It’s a very hands on way to learn anatomy… we’re getting students to paint both the skeletal anatomy and the muscular anatomy. By painting the different parts they can actually seem them move and they can interact with those components and see it in real life.”

Anatomy in Action

The School of Medicine (Faculty of Health) are always seeking more engaging and effective methods of teaching. We are one of the few universities in Australia who offer dissection anatomy, and more recently have adopted anatomical body painting as a further way to teach human anatomy to medical, medical research and non-medical students.

Career profile

“I’m currently working at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne as a Research Assistant in the field of Immunology Mathematical Modelling. I have graduated with the Bachelor of Medical Research and now plan to study the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (with the University of Tasmania).”

Cameron Marshall

Bachelor of Medical Research
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Career Options

A career in medicine or medical research begins with your undergraduate degree. Following further study and experience, you could end up moving into a broad range of careers.

As a medical doctor, you could specialise in:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • General/family practice
  • Geriatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Urology
  • And much more

A degree in medical research, biomedicine or medical radiation science could lead to careers including work in: