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.