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The Doctor of Medicine (MD) provides a fresh approach to medical training. As the first Australian professional entry masters level program, the Melbourne MD creates a new benchmark in 21st century medical education. Read more

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) provides a fresh approach to medical training. As the first Australian professional entry masters level program, the Melbourne MD creates a new benchmark in 21st century medical education.

The Doctor of Medicine is a four-year full-time course available to both Australian and international students. The course comprises a total of 400 credit points. Each year students lead an interdisciplinary conference, between Semester 1 and Semester 2, worth 6.25 credit points per year. The course commences at the start of each calendar year. There is no mid-year intake. For further course information read the Degree Structure tab.

Designed for students who have completed their undergraduate studies and are committed to professional training, this unique MD recognises both the personal and professional development of each individual. For selection criteria go to Selection Criteria.

The degree builds on prerequisite knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry acquired through undergraduate study. It delivers advanced clinical and academic training to ensure students are prepared for the challenges of a high quality medical internship. There are three clinical school zones involved with the MD course and individual hospitals within each zone.

As one of the world's premier medical and research institutions, the Melbourne Medical School has strong partnerships with outstanding hospitals in the public and private sectors as well as some of Australia's leading medical research institutes. Exciting new developments in the fields of cancer, neuroscience and infectious diseases will enrich the experience of our students.

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a four year full-time course comprising:

  • One year of integrated bioscience and clinical learning featuring an innovative case-based teaching approach
  • Two core clinical training years which facilitate learning with patients in a wide range of settings
  • MD Research Project in which each student is immersed in a single medical discipline and completes a research project
  • A capstone semester in which students "rehearse" the skills required for effective and safe clinical practice
  • An annual medical conference to provide opportunities to interact with leaders in research, policy and clinical healthcare


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The Master of Genomics and Health, the first such program in Australia, has been designed to prepare a workforce that is knowledgeable and skilled in practical, ethical and socially responsible implementation of genomics in health. Read more

The Master of Genomics and Health, the first such program in Australia, has been designed to prepare a workforce that is knowledgeable and skilled in practical, ethical and socially responsible implementation of genomics in health. Students will gain knowledge about genomics and engage in discourse around the current and potential impact on health and medicine brought about by advances in genomics and genomic technologies.

This course is designed to be available to students at different stages in their careers, including career starters and those with more established careers who wish to further their knowledge, skills and qualifications.

The Master of Genomics and Health requires completion of a total of 200 points of study and allows flexibility in subject choices to suit individual interests and study preferences. Students have the option of enrolling in a Master degree (200 points) or one of the nested awards - Graduate Diploma (100 points), Graduate Certificate (50 points).

Students undertaking the Masters program will be assisted with organising relevant internships and research projects. Successful completion of the research stream will provide adequate training for those who do not have Honours but may wish to undertake a PhD in future.

The program uses a blended learning approach with regular tutorials conducted in the Health Education and Learning Precinct of the Melbourne Children's Campus in Parkville. Students are encouraged to attend relevant seminars, journal clubs and meetings to complement their studies.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be well positioned to gain employment across a broad range of fields such as:

  • Public Health and Health Policy

Public health genomics is the use of genomic information to benefit public health. The program will provide a grounding for people who are interested in combining genomics knowledge with skills in public health to work in areas of public policy for government or across a range of healthcare sectors. This would suit graduates from science, biomedical science or health sciences who would undertake electives from the Master of Public Health and/or science communication with internships in government, health policy think tanks, hospital settings or community advocacy groups.

  • Science

Variant curation is a process of examining genomic data results and using literature and databases to provide evidence about whether a patient’s genomic results have clinical significance. There is a need for variant curator scientists working in clinical services or in research. This would suit a graduate of applied science, science or biomedical science who would undertake electives in bioinformatics, the research stream with internships with clinical laboratories including pathology services, or clinical services with a focus on learning hands-on variant curation.

  • Clinical trials and research

Coordination, patient recruitment and informed consent are critical to the success of clinical trials and research in which patients or the public are involved. This would suit graduates from science, biomedical science or health sciences who would undertake the research stream, electives from the Master of Public Health and/or science communication with internships in research organisations, clinical trials centres, and the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Medical and Allied Health Settings

Health practitioners whose disciplines are at the forefront of the genomics revolution and wish to be better prepared to incorporate this area into their practice. This includes, for example, specialist clinicians and nurses looking to upskill in genomics. In both cases knowledge and skills in genomics can applied to their everyday practice, or prepare them for more research or education based roles.

  •  Law

Given the advances in technology, medical law is an exciting field to be in. Ethical discourse and legal leadership often lag behind the introduction of new medical technologies, yet both are required to ensure safe, equitable and appropriate health system integration. This program will provide those from a law background with a level of specialist genomics knowledge and will allow students to tailor their studies to focus on legal research, or undertake a range of relevant electives to support more applied career paths.

 Who should apply?

  •  Qualified medical and allied health professionals who wish to upskill in the area of genomics and medicine.
  • Recent undergraduates in science (BSci) and biomedicine (BBiomed) who do not want a career in laboratory-based areas and who want to broaden their interest in genomics for the healthcare sector
  • Anyone with a suitable health background who wishes to seek employment in areas such as clinical trials, education, community-based organisations such as genetic support groups, government etc. or use the qualification as an entry point into a graduate research degree.

NB Completion of this course does not fulfil the professional requirements for employment as a genetic counsellor. Students who exit with a Graduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma in Genomics and Health and who wish to apply for the Master of Genetic Counselling will need to meet all eligibility criteria for that program. Their application will need to demonstrate relevant volunteer work/experience and they will be ranked with all other applicants for that year. If they are successful at interview and are accepted into the Master of Genetic Counselling cohort they may receive appropriate credit for some subjects.



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Building on prior learning at an undergraduate level, the Doctor of Physiotherapy provides students with a comprehensive, integrated course in the theory and practice of physiotherapy to assess, diagnose and treat disorders of human movement. Read more

Building on prior learning at an undergraduate level, the Doctor of Physiotherapy provides students with a comprehensive, integrated course in the theory and practice of physiotherapy to assess, diagnose and treat disorders of human movement.

The new degree is focused on the future needs of the physiotherapy profession - both locally and internationally - and was developed through extensive consultations with physiotherapists, students and leaders in the public and private health and research sectors.

With highly credentialed and networked lecturers and mentors, as well as connections with leading hospitals, research institutes and the private sector, the Doctor of Physiotherapy is designed to meet the current and future needs of students, patients and the changing nature of the health workforce.

Key program features include advanced theoretical knowledge in areas such as pharmacology, leadership and management, and inter-professional education, including a faculty student conference. Students experience a dynamic and interactive learning environment, with opportunities to study under the guidance of internationally renowned staff.

The course prepares students for the changing roles of the physiotherapist in areas such as chronic disease management, health promotion and prevention, emergency medicine, acute care and private practice. The clinical program builds progressively to independent practice, with approximately 37 weeks of clinical practice.

Graduates will be work-ready and immediately employable following registration having gained diverse clinical experience in major hospitals and increased their focus on primary healthcare and community engagement.

Graduates have the opportunity to pursue careers in a range of health settings including hospitals, private practice, sporting and rehabilitation facilities, community organisations or as an advisor to government or industry bodies. This degree provides opportunities to study and work overseas.

Please see the Course and Subject Handbook for more information about the subjects.

HOW LONG IS THE COURSE?

The Doctor of Physiotherapy is a three year full-time program.

WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM THE COURSE?

The Doctor of Physiotherapy offers a focus on professional commitment, responsibility and clinical leadership through:

  • clinical placements in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals, primary care, rural and international settings;
  • innovative teaching methods and an extensive clinical program that offers advanced skills that will create work-ready and highly employable graduates;
  • being part of one of the largest health sciences faculties in Australia;
  • an international focus to develop skills and attitudes enabling practice in both national and international environments;
  • being part of Australia's strongest research University;
  • opportunities to explore advanced practice (e.g. emergency medicine, sports physiotherapy).

The Doctor of Physiotherapy draws on the University of Melbourne's reputation for excellence in teaching and research to inspire and enable students to become outstanding physiotherapists ready to excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field. Desired graduate attributes have been carefully defined, developed and mapped to every component of the course. The 67 attributes, listed in the Course and Subject Handbook, have been collated into six domains:

1. Self

2. Knowledge

3. Patient

4. Physiotherapy profession

5. Systems of health care

6. Society



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LEARNING OUTCOMES. acquire essential factual knowledge to become a general dentist and leader of the oral health team. disease processes and mechanisms together with their aetiologyclinical manifestations, prevention and treatment. Read more

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • acquire essential factual knowledge to become a general dentist and leader of the oral health team
  • disease processes and mechanisms together with their aetiologyclinical manifestations, prevention and treatment
  • professional skills and attitudes expected of a dental practitioner
  • the ability to critically appraise research evidence relevant to common oral problems
  • induce oral health changes in individual patients and their families
  • practise effectively in oral health promotion and education
  • achieve the competencies identified by the Dental Practice Boards of Australia necessary for practice as a registered general dentist
  • communicate effectively with patients and their relatives, also with professional colleagues and members of other health professions.

The Doctor of Dental Surgery is Australia's only masters-level qualification for training general dental practitioners. The Doctor of Dental Surgery creates a new benchmark in 21st century education.

The degree leads to registration as a general dental practitioner with the Dental Practice Board in Australia and New Zealand, and creates a pathway to enter the Master of Philosophy, PhD or Doctor of Clinical Dentistry.

With state-of-the-art technologies, the Doctor of Dental Surgery uses new infrastructure, including a 100 seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne University Dental Clinic, for advanced clinical teaching.

Highly qualified academics with research experience from leading universities around the world deliver the course using lectures, pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry.

The curriculum is based on scientific evidence in oral health, imparting advanced philosophies, skills and knowledge related to all areas of clinical dental practice and research.

As part of the four year full-time degree, students spend significant time in provision of patient care, using advanced materials and clinical methods, as well as undertake a two-year research project in oral health. In final year, students have the unique opportunity to experience working in a private practice setting, and they learn how to run a small business.

Located in Carlton, the Melbourne Dental School provides a stimulating and intellectually challenging environment at the forefront of oral health, state-of-the-art technologies and international collaborations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.



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The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry aims to fulfil the following goals. Provide the opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a specialist area. . Read more

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry aims to fulfil the following goals:

  • Provide the opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a specialist area. 
  • Engage with new and emerging fields of study.
  • Facilitate the advanced development of clinical, academic and research skills necessary for you to further your career in academia, research or specialty practice. 

Specialist clinical training is provided for general dentists who have at least two years’ full-time clinical experience after graduating. 

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DCD) is classified under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as a level 9 extended-Masters Degree. Prior to 2012 the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry was classified as a level 10 Doctorate award. The courtesy title of Doctor is conferred at graduation. 

The course is full-time for three years.

APPLICANTS

The course is for general dentists who wish to become specialists. The course is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) for specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Local graduates of this course may apply for registration to practise in Australia in their designated specialty. International graduates of this course must pass the ADC examinations in addition to the DCD in order to register to practise as a specialist in Australia.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

On completion of the DCD course, you should be able to:

(i) demonstrate special skills in the provision of clinical services applicable to the specialty;

(ii) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the principles, current developments and research methods applicable to the specialty;

(iii) conduct an original scientific investigation into a biological, clinical or community health problem; and

(iv) communicate the results of scientific enquiry.

You could reasonably expect to have acquired the following generic skills by the conclusion of this course:

  • advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base of a specialty;
  • ability to evaluate and synthesize research and professional literature;
  • highly-developed problem-solving abilities characterized by flexibility of approach;
  • superior capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
  • advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the specialist area;
  • ability to design, conduct and report original research;
  • capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work;
  • profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
  • ability to offer leadership in the specialist area;
  • capacity to value and participate in projects which require team-work;
  • understanding of the significance and value of your knowledge to the wider community (including business and industry);
  • capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society;

and possibly,

  • advanced working skills in the application of computer systems and software, and a receptiveness to the opportunities offered by new technologies


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The Masters course focuses on 3-D Echocardiography and new technologies, congenital research methods, ultrasound literature, obstetric and medical conditions and completes with an advanced case studies practicum. Read more

The Masters course focuses on 3-D Echocardiography and new technologies, congenital research methods, ultrasound literature, obstetric and medical conditions and completes with an advanced case studies practicum.

The course is consists of 12 x 12.5 point subjects to achieve 150 points of study. The subjects that need to be completed will depend on whether students have previously completed the Graduate Certificate and/or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound.

The Masters course aims to provide the knowledge base to become competent at an advanced level of echocardiography and the knowledge base to become competent in additional imaging techniques and modalities.

Following completion of the course students are expected to:

  • Have a diagnostic-level understanding for echocardiography including transoesophageal echocardiography.
  • Have acquired additional knowledge within their discipline, and be familiar with methods of applying ultrasound related knowledge in their clinical practice; and
  • Have a high consistency of knowledge between students within each craft group or discipline.


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The Graduate Programs in Surgical Education are a suite of qualifications co-badged with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and offered by the University of Melbourne through the Department of Surgery, Austin Health. Read more

The Graduate Programs in Surgical Education are a suite of qualifications co-badged with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and offered by the University of Melbourne through the Department of Surgery, Austin Health.

The programs' content recognises the unique challenges that characterise the clinical settings and the advanced technologies that are increasingly important in surgery and surgical training. Effective teaching skills are essential attributes for educators responsible for training the next generation of surgeons in the complex sets of skills required for safe surgical practice.

 The programs allow surgeons to gain formal skills in teaching and educational scholarship. The content reflects critical issues in the broader education community together with specific challenges for surgical education - the role of regulatory bodies, balancing clinical service with training, ethical imperatives for simulation-based education, managing under performing trainees, developing professionalism, safer working conditions including safe hours and more. 

The Master in Surgical Education is awarded on successful completion of the subjects required for the Graduate Diploma, including the compulsory subject Research Methods in Surgical Education PLUS completion of the Minor Thesis - Surgical Education. The Master of Surgical Education may also be completed by coursework.



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Discipline Overview. Audiology is a clinical science involving hearing and balance assessment and rehabilitation. Hearing assessment usually involves the use of a number of specialised tests which help to ascertain the site or type of problem within the auditory system. Read more

Discipline Overview

Audiology is a clinical science involving hearing and balance assessment and rehabilitation. Hearing assessment usually involves the use of a number of specialised tests which help to ascertain the site or type of problem within the auditory system. Audiologists working in this area often work closely with otologists (ear specialists). Aural rehabilitation involves helping people with impaired hearing to cope with their hearing difficulties. This work usually includes fitting hearing aids or other devices such as the cochlear implant (bionic ear), training in the use of these devices and helping people to use their vision and other compensatory mechanisms in order to communicate effectively. This profession should be of interest to those with a scientific background who are interested in working with people.

Course Overview

The first year of the course provides the basic scientific background for audiology and an introduction to clinical work. The second year provides comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical audiology along with an introduction to research methods in the field. The course consists of formal lectures, seminars, practical work and student presentations along with a substantial clinical component. Students will be scheduled for supervised clinical work at our clinical school and at various hearing care facilities across Victoria. The course runs from February to November and is made up of lectures, practical sessions and clinics. Please see the Course and Subject Handbook for more information about the subjects and the time commitment.

The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology offers the Master of Clinical Audiology degree, which is a two year full time course. Since 1998, the Master of Clinical Audiology degree has been required for entry to the profession.

The aim of this course is to provide students with the necessary training to enter the profession of clinical audiology. The course provides comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical audiology along with an introduction to research methods in this field. Students who demonstrate an aptitude for research may be considered for PhD studies within the Department.

On completion of this course the students should have:

  • critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
  • the ability to integrate theory and practice and to apply this in novel situations
  • an openness to new ideas
  • planning and time management skills
  • the ability to communicate their knowledge in both oral and written form
  • the ability to behave in a professionally appropriate manner


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Knowledge.   Graduates of the Doctor of Optometry course will have. an understanding of the normal human visual system and its physical, chemical and biological foundations;. Read more

Knowledge:  Graduates of the Doctor of Optometry course will have:

  • an understanding of the normal human visual system and its physical, chemical and biological foundations;
  • an advanced understanding of the mechanisms and associated manifestations of ocular and visual system disease;
  • an expert knowledge of current best practice management strategies for the safe and effective use of ocular therapeutic drugs;
  • knowledge to be competent in the practice of optometry at a level that enables them to achieve and sustain registration with the appropriate professional bodies;
  • knowledge required to manage the establishment, planning, promotion, finances, operations and workforce of an optometric practice;
  • a strongly developed sense of professional and ethical responsibility for patients, colleagues and the community generally, and be aware of the moral and legal responsibilities of professional practice;
  • knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to optometry and the vision sciences.

Skills:  Graduates of the Doctor of Optometry course will have:

  • skills to quantitatively describe light and its passage through optical systems (including ophthalmic instruments, ophthalmic lenses and the eye), design optical systems to meet required specifications, and quantitatively assess the nature and quality of optical images;
  • skills to construct appropriate differential diagnoses, and to acquire additional information to arrive at correct definitive diagnoses;
  • expert competency in clinical ocular examination using current best-practice methods, enabling them to fully assess and manage the health and visual performance of their patient;
  • interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, that allow them to establish and maintain professional relationships with their patients, professional colleagues and the general community;
  • skills in the practice of optometry at a level that enables them to achieve and sustain registration with the appropriate professional bodies;
  • skills to take on a leadership role in the advancement of optometry on a global stage, both in clinical and research spheres.

Application of knowledge and skills:  Graduates of the Doctor of Optometry course will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • by resolving new situations in clinical practice in an effective and innovative way;
  • by solving scientific problems in the visual and/or clinical sciences, as well as particular problems presented by patients;
  • by developing a sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire for lifelong learning, an ability to adapt to scientific, technological and social change, and a capacity to be creative and innovative.

Specific graduate attributes have been carefully defined, developed and mapped to every component of the course.



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DISCIPLINE OVERVIEW. Speech pathology is the clinical science concerned with the assessment, treatment and management of communication and swallowing disorders in infants, children and adults. Read more

DISCIPLINE OVERVIEW

Speech pathology is the clinical science concerned with the assessment, treatment and management of communication and swallowing disorders in infants, children and adults.

Speech pathologists work with people of all ages who are experiencing communication and/or swallowing disorders as a result of illness, injury or disability. Speech pathologists may work in a range of education and health sectors including playgroups, kindergartens, schools, universities, nursing homes, hospitals and community health centres. They may work in the public sector or build their own speech pathology practice in the private sector. Speech pathologists may work as a sole therapist or as part of a larger interdisciplinary team (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, doctors, audiologists and psychologists). They may work directly with the client and their family, providing individual guidance and goals, or they may devise and implement group therapy sessions.

This profession may be of interest to those with a scientific or linguistics background who are interested in working with people.

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Master of Speech Pathology course is designed to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of speech pathology and to produce graduates who are ready to enter the profession. The first year of the course provides the scientific background in anatomy and physiology, articulatory and acoustic phonetics, linguistics, speech and language disorders, clinical practice and processes. The second year builds on the specialised knowledge acquired in first year, develops clinical skills and introduces students to research methods in the field. The course consists of formal lectures, seminars, practical work and student presentations along with a substantial clinical component. Students will be scheduled for approximately 400 hours of supervised clinical work at various health-care and educational facilities in metropolitan and rural areas in Victoria. The clinical work will occur throughout the semesters alongside the lectures as well as block placements during the semester breaks. Please see the Course and Subject Handbook for more information about the subjects and the time commitment.

The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology offers a Master of Speech Pathology degree, which is a two year full-time course. Completion of this degree qualifies you to work as a speech pathologist.

The Master of Speech Pathology degree allows students to gain both theoretical and clinical skills in the areas of communication and swallowing disorders, with a focus on these disorders across the lifespan. Students who show an aptitude for research may be considered for PhD studies in the department.

The course is the graduate level entry professional degree for speech pathologists with exposure to Australia’s best academic and clinical teaching across paediatric, adolescent and adult populations.



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