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When you complete one of our entry to practice degrees you’ll have the accreditation to be employable in your chosen field. Our degrees offer an integrated curriculum where you learn clinical skills and theory concurrently, with the opportunity to take advantage of the University of Melbourne’s industry partners for clinical and fieldwork placements.

We train excellent clinicians and produce high-impact research that makes a real difference to people’s lives. Our primary mission is to support our students as they build meaningful, inspiring and rewarding careers in health.

The Melbourne Biomedical Precinct is one of the best facilities of its kind in the world. The precinct is home to a network of skilled professionals, quality education providers and leading research institutes and hospitals. The Faculty is proud to be part of this, and to nurture the next generation of outstanding achievers.

Take a look at our entry to practice degrees below.

Gain clinical experience and high employability – with a variety of exciting career paths at your disposal. This degree has been required for entry to the profession. 2 years full-time,  on campus (Parkville).

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Qualify to work as a speech pathologist and help people of all ages and backgrounds with communication and/or swallowing issues. 2 years full-time, on campus (Parkville).

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This program gives you access to world-class clinical and theoretical study, leading to a globally recognised Australian nursing accreditation. 2 years full-time, on campus (Parkville).

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Specifically designed to equip graduates with the skills to work in various facets of social work practice, including casework, counselling, advocacy and community engagement. *Accredited nationally by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). 2 years full-time / 4 years part-time, on campus (Parkville).

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Based on advanced, evidenced-based clinical training, the degree leads to registration as a general dental practitioner with the Dental Practice Board in Australia and New Zealand. 4 years full-time, on campus (Parkville).

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The redesigned MD offers unprecedented levels of flexibility to those beginning their medical career and includes the Rural Pathway option where students from a rural background undertake their medical education wholly in a rural setting. 4 years full-time, on campus (Parkville).

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The first of its kind in the southern hemisphere, creating a new benchmark in optometric education. This is an entry to practice degree for registration as an optometrist in Australia, as well as New Zealand. 4 years full-time, on campus (Parkville).

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Be work-ready after a comprehensive, integrated course in the theory and practice of physiotherapy with diverse clinical experience and knowledge of primary healthcare and community engagement. 4 years full-time, on campus (Parkville).

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Why study with us?

  • #1 in Australia and #14 in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health, (*Times Higher Education 2022 World University Rankings)
  • Benefit from relationships with 25+ industry partners, including research institutes and hospitals.
  • Develop your skills with real people in our teaching clinics.

Graduate Study Series

The countdown is on for our Grad Study Series starting this October! Choose from more than 30 events held online and on campus where you'll meet academics and staff to get all the course advice you need to take the next step in your career.

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Looking for personalised advice?

Find out more about our graduate degrees and get support with your application. Speak to our expert staff online, via phone or at an upcoming event. You can also register to learn more about your course options and opportunities via email.

Victoria Ahmadzai – Doctor of Optometry

“I’m able to help the community, and that’s one of the biggest takeaways and what I’ve always wanted out of a career.”

Lindiwe Mlalzi - Master of Social Work

“The staff have been very supportive, and quite a few of them wrote the textbooks we study, which is reassuring!”