Doctor of Medical Science

  • CRICOS code: 066156A

What will I study?


  • The DMedSc is classified as a research doctorate with thesis requirements and examination comparable to the Doctor of Philosophy.
  • You will be enrolled into a thesis subject for the duration of the degree.
  • The normal period of candidature is 3 years for full-time candidates (part-time equivalent) with the possibility of up to 12 months extension.
  • All candidates will be required to complete a minimum of 12 months full-time research at the University to benefit from planning, conducting and writing up of their research within a University community and environment.
  • Normally the entire degree is undertaken at the University.
  • You will have appropriately experienced academics available to arrange a course of supervised research designed to suit your individual requirements and interests.
  • You may be required to supplement your research program by attendance at, or enrolment in, additional subjects if considered necessary by the supervisor(s).
  • You will be expected to attend departmental seminars over the period of your candidature.
  • Academic progress will be reviewed regularly throughout the degree.
  • Your thesis will be examined externally. The thesis should normally be between 50,000 and 80,000 words (and may not exceed 100,000 words) in length excluding tables, illustrations and bibliography.
  • You should refer to the University policy library and the Graduate Research Hub for further information regarding candidature, academic progress, ethics, thesis preparation and examination.
  • To be eligible to submit a thesis for examination, you must be enrolled in your course for the minimum period of 6 months full-time equivalent.
  • The DMedSc may normally be undertaken in any department of the Melbourne Medical School and in some Faculty-based academic units such as the Centre for Youth, Mental Health or Department of Medical Biology (WEHI). Please note that entry is subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor and research project and the approval of the Head of Department.