Graduate Research

Graduate Research

The Melbourne Medical School is passionate about training the next generation of biomedical scientists, and  offers a range of research degrees at Masters and Doctorate level. 

Research degrees allow students to study a specific subject area in great depth through sustained, independent enquiry, carried out under the supervision of research staff of the faculty. 

Assessment is based on a written thesis and varies in length according to the degree program.

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2017 Projects

Click on a heading to view each Department's research groups and their projects, or to download their 2017 research project booklets. Most of the projects in these booklets can be tailored to suit MPhil, Master of Medicine, Master of Surgery, Doctor of Medical Science or PhD requirements.

  • General Practice

    Our research is firmly based in general practice and primary care and focuses on the provision of primary, comprehensive and continuing care. The social model of health, the doctor-patient relationship and the primary care team are all embedded within our work. Our current research focuses on building an evidence base and translating this evidence into primary health care including practice and policy, quality and safety, models of care delivery and clinical research within primary care.

    Please contact the relevant group leaders listed in the research groups link, or in the booklet below to discuss admissions into the Graduate Research program in the Department of General Practice.

    General Practice Research

  • Medical Education

    The Department of Medical Education investigates learning and teaching in medical education, including curriculum design, assessment and evaluation, and student selection. We undertake interdisciplinary and translational research with local and international collaborators to inform the education of future doctors.

    Our researchers are clinicians, educators, and bioscience and social scientists who investigate aspects of medical education in tutorial, clinical, and community healthcare settings. These aspects of medical education include healthcare communication between students and patients, between students and other health professionals, and student engagement and well-being.

    Please contact the relevant group leaders listed in the research groups link, or in the booklet below to discuss admissions into the Graduate Research program in the Department of Medical Education.

    Medical Education Research

  • Medicine and Radiology

    The Department undertakes basic and clinical research, research training and teaching of the highest international quality relevant to a breath of medical disciplines and radiology, and promotes research lead improvement in clinical practice and outcomes. Exciting new developments, including in the fields of cancer, neuroscience and infectious diseases, enrich the experience of our students.

    Prospective students can undertake to do research in any of the academic sites in the Department: Medicine (Austin Hospital), Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital), Radiology, Medicine (St Vincent's Hospital) and Medicine (Western Precinct).

    Please contact the relevant group leaders listed in the research groups link, or in the booklet below to discuss admissions into the Graduate Research program in the Department of Medicine and Radiology.

    Medicine and Radiology Research

    2017 Research Project Booklets

  • Obstretics and Gynaecology

    The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology includes staff at its major centres, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mercy Hospital for Women and the associated teaching hospitals, Sunshine Hospital, Northern Hospital, Ballarat Hospital and Goulburn Valley Hospital. Our researchers undertake a wide range of basic, clinical and epidemiological research in obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatal paediatrics.

    Please contact the relevant group leaders listed in the research groups link, or in the booklet below to discuss admissions into the Graduate Research program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

    Obstetrics & Gynaecology Research

    2017 Research Project Booklet

  • Paediatrics

    The Department, in collaboration and partnership with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) and the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), undertakes world leading research which incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to research into child and adolescent health.  Our aim is to perform ground breaking translational and patient-orientated research across the breadth of paediatric disciplines.  The research of the Department primarily falls under the broad umbrella of the Custodian of Research for the campus, MCRI.  This unique arrangement maximises the facilities and resources available to support our extensive research programs and fosters the development of a breadth and depth of collaborative research across the broad spectrum of paediatric research.

    Please contact the relevant group leaders listed in the research groups link, or in the booklet below to discuss admissions into the Graduate Research program in the Department of Paediatrics.

    Paediatrics Research

  • Psychiatry

    The Department  comprises various internationally recognised centres and units active in biological and translational psychiatry research. A significant feature of our research is that many activities are integrated, for example, translational and biological research occur within the same interdisciplinary teams. This offers unique research training opportunities for students and junior researchers. The research environment is further strengthened by our involvement in mental health policy and practice.

    Please contact the relevant group leaders listed in the research groups link, or in the booklet below to discuss admissions into the Graduate Research program in the Department of Psychiatry.

    Psychiatry Research

    2017 Research Project Booklet

  • Rural Health

    Rural communities in Australia face different health issues to city dwellers. Access to health services is reduced, health service workforce shortages are an ongoing problem and patterns of ill-health are different, with higher rates of chronic ill-health. Cultural factors may present barriers to people seeking medical advice. The Department of Rural Health has an actively evolving research program focussing on these issues.

    Please contact the relevant group leaders listed in the research groups link, or in the booklet below to discuss admissions into the Graduate Research program in the Department of Rural Health.

    Rural Health Research

  • Surgery

    The Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne undertakes basic, translational, and clinical research across the range of specialties in surgery. It has a strong clinical and translational focus, being based across seven hospitals and with links to research institutes at those sites, with research focusing on a diverse range of surgical and biomedical interests.

    Please contact the relevant group leaders listed in the research groups link, or in the booklet below to discuss admissions into the Graduate Research program in the Department of Surgery.

    Surgery Research

Entry Requirements

Prospective students must meet both the University and Faculty's academic entry requirements to be eligible for a place in our graduate research degree programs.

Scholarships and Prizes

The Department offers a range of scholarships and prizes for eligible graduate researchers.

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Apply Now

There are a range of things to consider when submitting an application to undertake a research degree, as outlined by the Faculty.

Prospective applicants are highly encouraged to review these considerations prior to submitting their applications.

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