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 has the largest amount of post-graduate enrolments in the University of Melbourne[1] and also hosts the most amount of school, department and centres of all University of Melbourne Faculties, consisting of 52 faculty sub-organisations[2] In 2018, Melbourne Medical School was ranked 17th in the world and first in Australian in the 2018 QS Subject Rankings.[3]


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. 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 and Global Health in 2001 and then the School of Rural Health in 2002. As of 2016, the faculty also includes the School of Social Work (having moved from the University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts) as well as the Nossal Institute for Global Health. [4][5]

  • In line with the Melbourne Curriculum (formerly the 'Melbourne Model'), the Faculty provides the Bachelor of Biomedicine, a three-year, full-time degree that offers 12 majors across biomedical disciplines.
  • For the year of 2016 The University of Melbourne attracted more nationally competitive research funding than any other Australian university [6]
  • In the year of 2010, Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne achieved the maximum world rating (5) in the Excellence in Research for Australia Report (scale of 1 o 5) in the areas of:[7]
    • Medical and Health Sciences
    • Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics
    • Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
    • Clinical Sciences Dentistry
    • Immunology
    • Neurosciences
    • Oncology and Carcinogenesis
    • Ophthalmology and Optometry
    • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Medical Physiology
  • The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences which forms part of the Faculty is one of the oldest and largest departments of psychology in Australia with its first paper on Psychology written in February 1888 and the Department of Psychology being founded in 1946[8]
  • In 2011 the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences introduced the Doctor of Physiotherapy as Australia’s first three-year entry to practice graduate level program[9]
  • The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is the University of Melbourne’s largest faculty[10]

Faculty structure[edit]

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences encompasses several Schools directly beneath it. Within each School, there are also several Departments, Research Centres, and Institutes that are contained. Each Department, Research Centre, and Institute can also contain several Research Unit sub-organisations which focus on specific research areas. An overview of the Faculty Schools and structure are as follows:

  • Melbourne Medical School with 6 clinical schools

Associated Research institutes[edit]


The University of Melbourne was ranked 9th in the world in clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects by the 2018 QS World University Rankings.[11] The Faculty is highly active with over 1400 researchers in eight broad research domains encompassing the breadth of medicine, dentistry and the health sciences.

As of 2016, some examples of research outcomes from the University of Melbourne School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences include the Stentrode a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health[12][13], and prosthetic body parts that can simulate touch sensations to amputees.[14]


In 2010 the Faculty drew criticism from the Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA) over its decision to alter its course structure to allow full fee paying domestic student places:

"The Bradley report into Higher Education stated that participation by students from low socio-economic backgrounds in higher education in Australia needs to be increased. The Federal Government and Universities have been working hard to achieve this aim, which AMSA strongly supports. So for one of Australia's leading Universities to make an active decision to disadvantage students from low socio-economic backgrounds is very disappointing and will undermine much the good work being done around the nation,” said Ross Roberts-Thomson, AMSA President.[15] This alteration from labelling the course from "undergraduate" to "post-graduate" was seen as a way of avoiding the Australian Governments ban on full fee paying places for Undergraduate degrees, and as increasing potential barriers for applicants from low socio-economic background from enrolling.

Present and Past Faculty Deans[edit]

Below is a List of all Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science Deans from 1876 to present[16]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences structure.
  3. ^ "Life Sciences and Medicine". 22 February 2018. 
  4. ^ Jones, R. L., "Humanity's Mirror: 150 Years of Anatomy in Melbourne", Haddington Press, 2007.
  5. ^ "Our History : Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences". Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. 1 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Research funding in 2016 for University of Melbourne, Department of Education, Australia" (PDF). 
  7. ^ [2], Excellence in Research for Australia Report 2010, Australian Research Council
  8. ^ "History : Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences". Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. 16 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Doctor of Physiotherapy: About DPhysio". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  10. ^ mcd-web (20 January 2006). "Archived copies of University publications : About the University : University of Melbourne" (PDF). 
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 - Medicine". QS World University Rankings. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  12. ^ University of Melbourne joint project to create the Stentrode
  13. ^ [3]
  14. ^ [4]
  15. ^ [5]
  16. ^ "List of Deans 1876 - present : Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences". Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. 23 December 2016. 

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