About Medical Sciences
The School of Medical Sciences has a long and proud history of delivering education and research programs that meet the rapidly advancing challenges of the medical science professions. With expertise in the disciplines of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Exercise Sciences, Laboratory Medicine, Medical Radiations, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, we continue to collaborate with industry, government and community to foster partnerships and clusters of expertise.
The School’s programs are designed with industry input to provide relevant learning experiences in each professional area with an underpinning of general skills and competencies which makes each degree a pathway for career success and life long learning. Medical Science students are offered ‘real-world’ work experience which sets them apart from others. This underpins the high employment rates of RMIT students who graduate ‘work-ready’, positioning the School as a leader and provider of choice of medical science-related education.
In light of this, many of our programs are officially accredited by both domestic and international influential professional organisations, making them the best of their type in Australia.
The School’s staff have received numerous RMIT and National Awards, and are committed to student education using well designed teaching modules to present the University experience in a stimulating way.
We invite you to join us to explore scientific collaboration, education and research excellence, as we create leaders of the future who are committed to contributing to the improvement of health and medicine in local, regional and global communities.
Professor David Pow – Head of School
Developed in consultation with industry experts and professional bodies, the School of Medical Sciences’ undergraduate and postgraduate programs take a modern approach to teaching - offering students flexible course choices with multiple career paths.
We achieve excellence by weaving together teaching and research. Our success is built on innovation - the ability to generate, develop, apply and teach new ideas and discoveries.
Work placements are an integral part of the learning process for all School of Medical Sciences degree programs. For most degrees, this amounts to 25% of the total teaching time, meaning students will spend at least a quarter of their studies gaining hands-on skills in a real world workplace, including overseas. This is unique amongst medical science degrees in Victoria.
More information about our teaching programs.
The School of Medical Sciences has led the expansion of biomedical research at RMIT and contains within its structure several internationally recognised research groups.
Many of the projects being carried out have a disease focus or a problem focus. For example, there are numerous research programs in the area of obesity and obesity related disorders such as diabetes.
The School has strengths and expertise in a broad range of areas through its research groups
More information about the School’s research capabilities.
Situated eighteen kilometres north-east of the city centre of Melbourne, The School of Medical Sciences is located at RMIT’s Bundoora campus - a vibrant centre of learning and research set in a tranquil, tree-studded setting.
The facilities available in the School incorporate the latest advances in technology and infrastructure. This is through partnership with industry and strategic investments by various governments to provide our students and leading researchers with technological advantages.
State-of-the-art facilities include:
- The award winning $32m biosciences building
- Digital pathology and haematology laboratories
- Animal housing and treatment facility
- Newly remodelled anatomy laboratories and museum
- New and improved cell biology laboratories
- Radiation therapy planning workstations
- Digital medical imaging laboratories
- The first Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) accredited pre-clinical lab in Victoria, built in 2005
- The first Hermes workstations for nuclear medicine
- New exercise sciences/human physiology laboratories
- Bundoora Netball and Sports Centre
Modern laboratories and access to advanced equipment often only seen in specialised research centres provide staff and students with opportunities that enrich the educational experience and foster innovative and world-class research.
School of Medical Sciences,
Building 203, Level 3, Room 35