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Medical Sciences Program

Medical Science discovers how the human body works in a healthy state, and how it becomes dysfunctional in disease. This essential knowledge can be harnessed to develop preventative strategies and therapies for diseases.

Medical Science research and education is particularly important in Tasmania as we have some of the highest rates of disease across Australia. Our staff are leading researchers in their fields and talented educators who train the next generation of researchers and teach the latest advances in our understanding of human biology to medical students.

Our distinctive approach to education in the medical sciences will prepare graduates for a range of exciting careers, either in research teams or as future medical research leaders, or for further education and training through a wide range of postgraduate health professional degree programs.

Learning and Teaching

Our students receive their education from academics working in cutting edge research.

Our teaching staff are experienced and passionate educators who are also active researchers with expertise in the core biomedical disciplines of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, microbiology, pathology, immunology and neuroscience, as well as scholarship of learning and teaching.

Our graduates have a strong foundation in the theoretical and practical aspects of medical research and a global view of the social and ethical responsibilities associated with the field.

Our flagship degree is the Bachelor of Medical Research, which focuses on understanding the structure and function of the human body both in health and in disease. Embedded within the curriculum is a strong focus on research methodology, where students develop skills and knowledge in experimental design, data analysis and the scientific method, in addition to gaining practical skills and training in a laboratory-based setting. We also focus on transferable employability skills such as team work, critical thinking, and effective communication. From this robust platform our graduates excel in many different careers in the Medical Sciences.

For current graduates, the Master of Medical Research provides opportunities to engage in hands-on and theoretical learning in medical research techniques, with opportunities to engage in important research projects led by accomplished medical researchers. Our research-active staff also make major contributions to teaching the human biology curriculum within the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS).


By discovering how the human body works our research drives advances in disease prevention, treatment and cure.

Our research is locally relevant and globally significant. We are deeply committed to conducting world-class research which improves health outcomes for the Tasmanian community and is at the cutting edge internationally in this competitive field.

Browse our Research Groups

Our Medical Science research uses a broad range of experimental models and numerous state-of-the-art techniques.

We focus our research efforts intensively on neuroscience (specifically neurodevelopment, stroke, dementia, neuropathy, neural cell signalling, neurobehaviour and brain circuitry), metabolic disorders (diabetes and obesity), infection and immunity (cystic fibrosis and Devil Facial Tumour Disease), epigenetics, cancer genetics and environmental impacts on health. In addition, we have a strong educational research group to ensure we continue to improve our ability to teach the next generation of medical practitioners and medical researchers.

We work in the modern Medical Sciences Precinct, sharing outstanding research laboratories with researchers from the Menzies Institute and Wicking Centre.


Our team were leaders of nine
grants awarded in the last two years

AWARD winning


Our students learn from

research-active academics using state-of-the-art labs and resources