University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

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Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences of the University of Melbourne is the University’s largest and most diverse faculty, consisting of 52 schools, departments and centres.

In line with the Melbourne Model, the Faculty provides the Bachelor of Biomedicine, a three-year, full-time degree that offers 12 majors across a broad range of biomedical disciplines. Further study is provided by the Faculty’s four graduate schools. Each school offers study and research opportunities for graduates and experienced practitioners.

Faculty structure[edit]

Fast facts[edit]

  • The University of Melbourne attracts more nationally competitive research funding than any other Australian university[citation needed]
  • Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne achieved the maximum world rating in the Excellence in Research for Australia Report[1]
  • The new Doctor of Medicine (MD) is the first Australian professional entry level medical program, yet has been condemned by the Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA), the peak representative body of Australia's 16,000 medical students, [2] as it allegedly devalues the Doctor of Medicine research degree (a PhD equivalent qualification in the Australian & British system) in Australia, and circumvents the ban on undergraduate Domestic Full-Fee places at Australian public universities.
  • The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences is one of the oldest and largest departments of psychology in Australia
  • The new Doctor of Physiotherapy is Australia’s first three-year entry to practice graduate level program[3]
  • The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is the University of Melbourne’s largest faculty[4]


The University of Melbourne’s School of Medicine was founded in 1858 by Anthony Brownless, a graduate of the University of St Andrews School of Medicine and had a humble beginning. By Federation in 1901, the school had become the Faculty of Medicine.

When the Murray Committee reported in 1956 on the inadequacies of the nation's tertiary education sector, the mood to change medical education accelerated. The University was central to the revolution to medicalise society through the expansion of medical services. During the decades to follow, the University was the only tertiary institution to mentor the development of a number of medical institutions in South-East Asia and here in Victoria, the Monash Medical School.

In 1989 the University's Faculty of Dental Science amalgamated with Medicine to become the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and later expanded again to include Physiotherapy, Psychology and Nursing. The University established Australia's first School of Population Health in 2001 and then the School of Rural Health in 2002.

Today, the faculty also includes the School of Social Work (having moved from the Faculty of Arts) and the Nossal Institute for Global Health.

Adapted from Humanity's Mirror: 150 Years of Anatomy in Melbourne.[5]

List of faculty deans[edit]

Below is a list of the Faculty deans from 1876 to the present:


The University of Melbourne was ranked in the top 20 in the world in clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects by the 2015 QS World University Rankings.[21] The Faculty is highly active with over 1400 researchers in eight broad research domains encompassing the breadth of medicine, dentistry and the health sciences. To get information about this extensive resource of experts, the Faculty has developed a tool to "Find a researcher".

Partner institutions and centres[edit]

The Faculty is centred in one of Australia's most concentrated precincts of biomedical research[citation needed]. Students have access to clinical training and research opportunities with medical research institutes[citation needed], world class tertiary hospitals[22] and community-based services[citation needed].

Research institutes[edit]


Major projects[edit]

Through extensive partnerships, the Faculty is involved in a range of major new developments, including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the Western Centre for Health Research and Education, the Peter Doherty Institute and the Melbourne Brain Centre.

Student associations[edit]

The Faculty provides varying levels of administrative support to the following clubs and societies at the University of Melbourne:


  1. ^ [1], Excellence in Research for Australia Report 2010, Australian Research Council
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  3. ^ "Doctor of Physiotherapy: About DPhysio". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  4. ^ [2], University of Melbourne Annual Report
  5. ^ Jones, R. L., "Humanity's Mirror: 150 Years of Anatomy in Melbourne", Haddington Press, 2007.
  6. ^ a b [3], Australian Dictionary of Biography
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r [4], Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences List of Deans
  8. ^ a b [5], Australian Dictionary of Biography
  9. ^ a b [6], Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  10. ^ [7], Australian Dictionary of Biography
  11. ^ [8], Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  12. ^ a b c [9], Australian Dictionary of Biography
  13. ^ a b [10], University of Melbourne Archives
  14. ^ [11], Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  15. ^ [12], Biographical entry in History of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
  16. ^ Penington, D. G., "Making Waves: Medicine, Public Health, Universities and Beyond", Miegunyah Press, 2010
  17. ^ [13], Biographical entry in History of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
  18. ^ [14], Biographical entry in History of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
  19. ^ [15], Biographical entry in History of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
  20. ^ [16] Encyclopaedia of Australian Science
  21. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 - Medicine". QS World University Rankings. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  22. ^ [17] Ranking Web of World Hospitals

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