Melbourne School of Health Sciences
Australia’s leading university at the heart of Australia’s premier biomedical cluster
Established in 1853, The University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. We are committed to being one of the finest universities in the world, contributing to society in ways that enrich and transform people’s lives.
The University of Melbourne offers a uniquely Australian experience helping graduates become well-rounded, thoughtful and skilled professionals capable of making a positive and global impact. To compete on the world stage, you need a world-standard education. At the University of Melbourne, you’ll gain an internationally recognised degree that will open doors to an outstanding future.
Situated in the heart of Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne has a fast-growing population of approximately four million. It is an international cultural hub characterised by friendly people, festivals, sporting events, architecture, art, cuisine, an outdoor lifestyle, green spaces and beaches.
Melbourne has biomedical capabilities unparalleled in Australia and the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct ranks as one of the best facilities of its kind in the world. Located on the edge of the CBD, the precinct is a hub of innovation, home to an exceptional network of skilled workers, quality education providers and leading research institutes and hospitals.
The Melbourne School of Health Sciences (MSHS) was set up in 2009 as an inter-professional learning community at the forefront of leadership in health sciences education, clinical research, scholarship, professional practice, workforce training and community engagement. MSHS is one of 6 schools within the faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. The faculty is home to more than 8800 students from over 100 countries studying more than 160 courses.
The School has five departments: Audiology and Speech Pathology, Nursing, Social Work, Physiotherapy and Optometry and Vision Sciences, and more than 1300 graduate students. Our highly skilled team and outstanding students are discipline leaders contributing to local, national and global efforts to improve health and wellbeing.
Our students also spend a great deal of time at the University of Melbourne’s teaching clinics which offer affordable health services for the general public because faculty-supervised students provide treatment. We believe that clinical teaching is integral to the future of our health and medical system in developing the next generation of dentists, audiologists, psychologists, speech pathologists and optometrists.
Our teaching and graduate learning focuses on evidence-led, patient-centred care, health promotion across the lifespan, and working to prevent illness and to enhance wellness. An example of innovation in teaching and learning is a collaborative project involving an augmented reality system for learning functional anatomy in physiotherapy. Technology allows students to look inside the human body by projecting layers of muscles and bones over the top of a volunteer ‘patient’. It provides an inside view of how the body works as it moves in real time.
The School has also developed research of national and international significance in areas ranging from ageing and cancer to chronic diseases and family violence. Internationally, the Departments of Physiotherapy, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Audiology and Speech Pathology have partnered with several highly regarded allied health institutions in India to share learning, increase student mobility, co-develop courses, establish mentor programs, and initiate collaborative research. This includes CMC Vellore, the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and the Medical Research Foundation based in Chennai.