When trying to get into medical school, we rightly place so much time and effort into studying and preparing for exams and interviews. But the application process itself can be a source of stress and anxiety - how do I apply, how do I order my preferences, what exam do I need to sit, what scores do I need, do I need to move cities, how can I afford this? These are all extremely valid and important questions to ask yourself, and on this page we’ll dive into the details of each Australian medical school and aim to make the application process a little bit smoother.
Simply speaking, there are 2 broad pathways to becoming a doctor in Australia - undergraduate or graduate entry into medical school. The main difference between the two is the point in time in which you can enter the course. The undergraduate pathway is designed for students who are coming straight out of high school, whereas the graduate pathway is designed for students who have already completed a university degree. A more extensive breakdown of the differences can be found on our Medical Pathways page.
This is a harder question to answer, as it really depends on the type of degree (undergraduate or graduate) and the exact university. Generally speaking, undergraduate degrees are 5-6 years long, as students will not have completed any previous tertiary education and need to spend the first few years learning the theory before embarking on clinical placements. On the other hand, graduate degrees will take around 4 years to complete. In this case, students will commence clinical placements early on as they will have proven they have the relevant background knowledge through their undergraduate degree, GPA and GAMSAT ® scores. Keep in mind that this means that overall, graduate students will have been undertaking tertiary studies for a minimum of 7 years by the end of their medical degree. For more information, check out our blog article How Long Does It Take to Become a Doctor in Australia?
Admissions requirements for each Australian medical school can vary immensely, and the rest of this page will aim to explore each specific case. As a bit of an introduction however, the main differences can again be split into undergraduate vs graduate pathways. As undergraduate courses are designed for students leaving high school, admissions are based around the ATAR, as well as a high scoring UCAT ® exam and an interview. In the graduate pathway, the ATAR is replaced by a GPA, and the UCAT ® is replaced by the GAMSAT ® exam.
In addition to the simple undergraduate vs graduate schema, there are also 4 universities which offer provisional entry to postgraduate medical degrees for high school leavers. This essentially means that students apply in high school with their UCAT ® and ATAR results, and are accepted by the university to commence their post-graduate degrees following the completion of an approved Bachelor’s degree at the university. These students will need to maintain a high GPA, but do not need to sit the GAMSAT ® or resubmit an application prior to commencing the postgraduate degree.
|Undergraduate (Direct Entry)||Graduate||Provisional Degrees|
|University of Newcastle (UoN) / University of New England (UNE)||Australian National University (ANU)||University of Queensland (UQ) and Central Queensland University (CQU), via UQ|
|University of New South Wales (UNSW)||University of Notre Dame Sydney (UNDS)||Flinders University SA and Charles Darwin NT, via Flinders University SA|
|University of Western Sydney (UWS) / Charles Sturt University (CSU)||University of Sydney (USyd)||University of Western Australia (UWA)|
|University of Adelaide (UniAdelaide)||University of Wollongong (UoW)||Griffith University and Sunshine Coast University, via Griffith University ^|
|Bond University *||Macquarie University (MU)|
|James Cook University (JCU) *||Griffith University|
|Monash University||University of Queensland (UQ)|
|University of Tasmania||Flinders University|
|Curtin University||Deakin University|
|University of Melbourne (UniMelb)|
|Monash University #|
|University of Notre Dame Fremantle (UNDF)|
|University of Western Australia (UWA)|
This is a common question asked by prospective (and current) medical students - we are, after all, predominantly A type personalities, and we all want to get into the top schools for medicine. Australian medical schools are consistently well-represented in the top 100 medical schools around the world. Belonging to the top 50 QS world university rankings in medicine are currently: University of Melbourne - 18th, University of Sydney - 19th, Monash University - 36th and University of New South Wales - 45th (and special mention to the University of Queensland at 51st).
However, it can’t be stressed enough that these rankings don’t really matter at all. Unlike the USA where university reputation is widely spoken about with large implications on job prospects, this is fortunately not the case in Australia. In fact, the Grattan Institute Report of 2014-15 found that financially, “The choice of field of education generally matters more to lifetime earnings than the choice of university.” All medical schools in Australia must hold accreditation from the Australian Medical Council (AMA), and all medical students will graduate with an AHPRA licence and ability to practise medicine. After medical school, there is a whole lifetime of learning left - as tough as it may be to fathom, your university degree is simply the foundation for everything you want to do later on.
So, how do we advise students to preference and rank universities if they want to get into the best medical schools in Australia? Ultimately, it is most important that you consider where you actually want to study and where you will be the happiest. Consider factors such as distance from family and friends, the cost of rent and living, whether you want city or rural exposure, class sizes, and ultimately, application requirements and competitiveness. A medical degree requires a lot of time, energy and commitment, and you need to know that you will be comfortable with your decision, especially if it involves moving interstate to study medicine.
Yes, most Australian medical schools accept international students. International students will generally need to apply directly through the university, and may have different eligibility/application requirements. For further information, read each university profile below and, as always, check with each university directly for up-to-date verified information.
There are three main types of medical student ‘places’ in Australia available to domestic students. These are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs), Bonded Medical Places (BMPs), and Full-Fee Paying Places (FFPs). The table below summarises what each means and who may be eligible. Further down this page, we will go through how many positions for each type are accepted by each university, as of 2022. It is important to stress however that students should always check with the universities and the GEMSAS guide for the most up-to-date information regarding the numbers and requirements for each type of place. There are other entry pathways that are not outlined in the table below, such as those for Indigenous Australians. This information is also provided by individual universities.
|Type of place||What it means||Who is eligible|
|Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)||
|Bonded Medical Place (BMP)||
|Full Fee-Paying Place (FFP)||
As of 2022, there are currently 13 Australian medical schools that provide a Graduate Entry Medical Program, 12 of which require the GAMSAT ® exam (or MCAT ® exam for international students). Monash University graduate entry does not require the GAMSAT ® and is only available to students who have completed an approved Bachelor’s degree at Monash University (i.e. external domestic applicants are not accepted).
Of these 12 postgraduate medical schools in Australia, 10 are members of the GAMSAT ® Consortium and their medical courses are participants in GEMSAS (Graduate Entry Medical School Admission System). The University of Sydney and Flinders University , are not part of GEMSAS, but still require a GAMSAT ® score , as well as separate, direct applications.
As you can see, the GAMSAT ® Exam is a key part of the application process to most Australian medical schools. It’s important to start your preparation for the GAMSAT ® Exam off on the right foot, and in this respect, you can check out our GAMSAT ® Free Trial for detailed week by week plans of how you should be spending your time and tips on the best preparation strategy as well as free practice MCQs.
|NSW||University of Notre Dame Sydney (UNDS)|
|University of Sydney (USyd)|
|University of Wollongong (UoW)|
|Macquarie University (MU)|
|VIC||University of Melbourne (UniMelb)|
|QLD||University of Queensland (UQ) *|
|Griffith University #|
|SA||Flinders University ^|
|WA||University of Notre Dame Fremantle (UNDF)|
|University of Western Australia (UWA) &|
|ACT||Australian National University (ANU)|
Below are the specific details relevant to each Australian medical school offering graduate entry medicine. It should be noted that some universities are very transparent about their admissions and selection process (e.g. providing exact weighting for different components, exact cut-off scores or score calculation methods), whilst others just provide general advice. For an overview on the different methods of score calculation for the GAMSAT ® and GPA, visit our Medical School Entry Requirements page.
It’s important to remember however that the list of Australian Medical Schools, as well as all relevant information provided below is only intended as a guide and does not replace the personal responsibility of each applicant to obtain up-to-date and objective information from medical institutions regarding their medical school applications. As always, it’s best to get in contact with the relevant medical institutions (links provided in their respective profiles below) or view the official GEMSAS Admissions Guide for further details and up-to-date information.
All applications are made via GEMSAS (except for Monash, USyd, & Flinders), where you will be asked to preference your universities. If you decline an offer of a GEMSAS-university place, you will NOT be considered for another place or receive another offer via GEMSAS. It is therefore extremely important that you consider your Australian medical school preferences well.
The Australian National University (ANU) offers a four year Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) program, based in Canberra. There are a total of 110 places offered, including 64 CSPs, 26 BMPs and up to 20 international places. This includes 40 places reserved for students through one of three ANU pathway programs - the Bachelor of Health Science (30 students, including 10 from rural backgrounds, will be selected based on GPA and interview without needing to sit the GAMSAT ® ), the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) Science (selected based on academic merit and interview without needing to sit the GAMSAT ® ), and the Tuckwell Scholarship program (students do not need to apply through GEMSAS, sit the GAMSAT ® or attend an interview).
Applications are made via GEMSAS, where students will be allocated to a place type based on the ranking of the applicant and their submitted preferences. Around 29% of places are reserved for students from a rural background - this should be included in the GEMSAS application. International and Indigenous applicants should apply directly to the ANU.
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have completed a Bachelor degree within 10 years or be completing the final year of a Bachelor degree at the time of application. This may be waived if at least 0.5 years of full time equivalent tertiary study has been undertaken in the 10 years prior to application.
ANU uses a weighted GPA in their calculations, with a minimum of 5.6 needed to be considered for an interview.
A minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT ® with a minimum overall (weighted) score of 55 is needed to be considered for an interview. International applicants may use the MCAT ® instead, achieving a minimum score of 125 in each section.
Successful students will be required to sit an interview in September.
Selection for interview is based on a 50/50 combination of the overall (weighted) GAMSAT ® score and weighted GPA. A bonus of 2-4% is available to students who have completed higher degrees - this can be found on the ANU website.
Final offers are based on a final weighted score derived from a 50/50 combination of the interview score and the composite GPA/ GAMSAT ® score used for the interview ranking
The University of Sydney offers a four year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program that is NOT part of the GEMSAS Consortium. USyd is one of the few non-GEMSAS medical schools available out there. USyd made significant changes for 2021 admission in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and these changes have stuck around for 2022 admission and will likely be ongoing.
USyd offers around 300 places each year - 75% (around 225 places) are CSPs, both bonded and non-bonded, with an additional 70 FFPs for international students. Students will be able to preference a CSP or BMP allocation in their application. From 2022, the Sydney MD program will be offered in two streams - the Metropolitan Stream based in Sydney’s Camperdown, and the Dubbo Stream based in central-western NSW. Students in the Metropolitan Stream will have their placements based in Sydney but will still have the option for rural placements in Dubbo, Orange, Broken Hill and Northern Rivers. Students in the Dubbo Stream will undertake their places in Dubbo Hospital and further remote rural sites. There are only 24 places available for the Dubbo Stream, only available for domestic students who indicate their interest. Indigenous and rural applicants will be preferenced for the Dubbo Stream.
Students will need to apply for a Qualifications Assessment Service (QAS) via UAC in May - this is essentially a service to convert your academic transcript into the GPA that the university will use. Students will separately need to submit an application directly to the university, also in May. During this application process, students will be able to indicate their place preference and which stream (Metropolitan or Dubbo, or both) they wish to be considered for (note that only one offer will be made and transfers are not permitted). Within the application, Indigenous students can apply via the Indigenous Facilitated Admission Pathway (for students with a Bachelor degree and GAMSAT ® results) or Indigenous Admission Pathway (for students with a postgraduate degree). Within the application, students from a rural background can apply via the Rural Origin Facilitated Entry Scheme.
There are also 30 places available for school leavers with an ATAR of 99.95, who can enrol in the combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine or Bachelor of Arts/Doctor of Medicine of seven years without needing to sit the UCAT ® or GAMSAT ® .
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have completed or be in the final year of a three year Bachelor degree within the preceding 10 years. Alternative pathways include having completed post-graduate studies or having sustained research productivity in a relevant discipline in the 10 year period.
Students must have attained a minimum GPA of 5.0/credit average. Rural and Indigenous applicants need a minimum GPA of 4.5 instead. The GPA must be calculated by UAC, i.e. through lodging a QAS .
Students must also sit the GAMSAT ® and attain a minimum of 50 in each section. The largest new change is that an overall or average GAMSAT ® score will not be used in the assessment and ranking of applicants. Instead, scores for each section of the GAMSAT ® will be used to rank applicants. The university has not provided the exact method used to combine the sections and rank the applicants. As such, USyd advises that cut-offs of overall and average GAMSAT scores in previous years are irrelevant to the current admission cycle. International students may use MCAT ® results instead, with a minimum score of 500 overall needed.
Applicants who select consideration for the Dubbo Stream must also provide a personal statement as part of their application which demonstrates genuine interest, intention and aptitude for practising medicine in rural and regional areas.
Another recent change is that interviews or the situational judgement test (SJT) are now generally not required, but may be sent to applicants in certain conditions, such as if they have previously been excluded or suspended from a course or professional registration, or if a tie-breaker is needed.
There is assumed knowledge in anatomy, physiology and molecular/cellular biology. Regardless of their prior degree, students will need to complete an online Foundation Knowledge Course including a self-assessment after accepting their offer and before commencing studies.
Offers will be made based on academic performance, i.e. a combination of rankings from each section of the GAMSAT ® , given that the GPA hurdle has been met. Offers for the Metropolitan Stream will be in sequence commencing with the applicant with the highest ranked score. Offers for the Dubbo Stream will be in sequence commencing with Indigenous applicants and Australian rural applicants with the highest ranked scores, after reviewing personal statements. If ranked equally, students may be asked to sit an interview or situational judgement test as an additional tool.
The University of Wollongong offers a four year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, based at either their Wollongong or Shoalhaven campus. The first 18 months of the UoW medical program are completed within the allocated campus, and after that, students will be rotated through campuses and other regional, rural and remote areas of NSW. At the time of application through GEMSAS, applicants will need to specify the types of places in preferred offer and note a preference for Wollongong or Shoalhaven campus. Offers will be according to applicant rank and preference. Transfer between campuses is not allowed - if the campus is declined, the offer will be withdrawn.
There are approximately 82 total places available - this includes 50 CSPs, 17 BMPs and up to 15 international/domestic FFPs. Approximately 65% of students in the MD will come from a rural or regional backgrounds - rural applicants do not need to specifically apply for this sub-quota as documents will be submitted to GEMSAS. Indigenous students can apply via GEMSAS or directly through UoW, and will not need to sit the Altus suite but will need to sit an additional panel interview.
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree of at least three years FTE within 10 years of course commencement. Alternate pathways include studying at least one year FTE at a Graduate Diploma level or higher in the preceding 10 years, or by demonstrating through other activities that they hold current high level academic skills.
UoW uses a weighted GPA, with a minimum of 5.5 necessary to pass the hurdle for interviews. It will not be used in ranking for interview or place offers once the hurdle has been met. UoW excludes subjects completed in 2020 from GPA calculations.
UoW uses the overall or weighted GAMSAT ® score, with a minimum overall score of 50 and a minimum score of 50 in each section required. International students have the option of sitting the MCAT ® instead, and must attain a minimum score of 123 in each section or a minimum total score of 495. Indigenous applicants may be exempt from the GAMSAT ® if they demonstrate academic proficiency in cognate disciplines such as health sciences.
All students applying for UoW will need to sit the Altus suite - a two part online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values and priorities. The first part is the CASPer, which is a 100-120 minute online open-response, video-based situational judgement test. CASPer testing dates for the 2022-23 admissions cycle are Sunday May 22 2022 at 11am AEST and Thursday June 2 2022 at 8pm AEST. The second part is Snapshot, which is a 15 minute one-way video interview with three standardised questions of 2 minute response time each.
As part of the GEMSAS application, students will also need to submit an admissions portfolio , regardless of the preference ranking of UoW. The portfolio acts to highlight areas of achievement, leadership, teamwork, service ethic and commitment, as well as ties to regional, rural and remote communities.
As a final step in the admissions process, successful applicants will be invited to sit an interview in September.
From 2023 entry onwards, a weighted GPA or at least 5.5 and satisfactory performance in the CASPer test will be used as qualifying hurdles for interview offers. If these criteria are met, interview selection is based on a 50/50 combination of overall GAMSAT ® score and portfolio score (including rurality). Approximately 160 applicants are invited to interview each year.
Final offers are released based on a 50/50 combination of interview/CASPer score and portfolio score. This means that the GPA is not included in the formula for either interviews or final offers (except as a hurdle) and GAMSAT ® scores are only used in the formula for interviews. Snapshot scores are used in the case of borderline applicants or tie-breakers to provide additional information for place offers.
Macquarie University offers the country’s newest medicine program, with a four year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program that only accepts FFP places. A total of 60 places are available, broken down into 40 domestic places and 20 international places. Domestic students should apply through GEMSAS (including Indigenous students, who have the option of submitting GAMSAT ® results), whilst international students should apply directly through the university website.
The medical school is based in North Ryde in Sydney, amongst a dedicated Macquarie University Hospital. Students are required to attend clinical placements in both Australian and international settings, including 22 weeks in India in year 3.
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have completed a Bachelor degree within 10 years or be in the final year of a Bachelor degree at the time of application, unless they have completed accepted further postgraduate study in the preceding 10 years. Assumed knowledge includes human anatomy and human physiology at an undergraduate level.
A minimum weighted GPA of 5.0 is needed to be considered for an interview. Macquarie University uses all graded 2020 results in their calculations. A 3% GPA bonus is added for Indigenous applicants, rural applicants, and MU Bachelor of Clinical Science applicants (with a maximum of 5% added if more than one).
A minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT ® plus an overall weighted GAMSAT ® score of 50 is required. International students may choose to use the MCAT ® instead, with a minimum total score of 500 needed.
Candidates will also need to submit a personal statement in response to a series of targeted questions relating to the program. This will not be graded, but just evaluated as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
Successful applicants will then need to sit a multiple mini interview in September.
To receive an interview offer, applicants must meet hurdle requirements described above, including a satisfactory personal statement. Interview offers are then released based on a 50/50 combination of weighted GPA and overall (weighted) GAMSAT ® score. Up to 20 interview places are reserved for MU Bachelor of Clinical Science graduates/final year students.
Final offers are released based on a 50/50 combination of GPA and MMI. Indigenous applicants will be selected on a case-by-case basis.
Griffith University offers a four year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, based at either their Gold Coast campus or the Sunshine Coast Health Institute. There are 233 places offered in total, including 142 CSPs and 56 BMPs. Up to 80 of these places are reserved for students who have completed the Bachelor of Medical Science pathway (more information below ), with at least 28.5% going towards BMPs. There are also up to 35 international places available - international students must apply directly to Griffith and can only be allocated to the Gold Coast campus.
Applications are made via GEMSAS, where students will need to specify the types of places (CSP, BMP) they wish to be considered for in preferred order, as well as a preference for either the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast campus. Allocations are made according to applicant rank and preferences, with approximately 75% of places offered to Gold Coast campus and 25% to Sunshine Coast campus. As part of the GEMSAS application, students can select if they wish to be considered through the Rural Priority Access Scheme, or the First Peoples Health Pathway (which requires a separate interview).
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have completed a Bachelor degree within 10 years of commencement of the MD. This may be waived if applicants have completed at least one year of full-time tertiary study within 10 years.
A minimum unweighted GPA of 5.0 is required. This includes graded results from 2020, unless the student submits a request to disregard the year’s results.
A minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT ® is required, with a minimum overall score of 50.
If selected, students must sit a multi-station interview known as the Griffith University Multi Station Admissions Assessment (GUMSAA).
To be selected to attend the GUMSAA, a 50/50 combination of an unweighted GPA and the overall (weighted) GAMSAT ® score is used to rank students.
Final offers are made based on a 50/50 of interview score and combined GPA/GAMSAT ® score.
The University of Queensland offers a four year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. The first two years are based on campus in Brisbane, whilst the last two years are based on clinical placements across 15 clinical schools in south east and rural Queensland (including Central Queensland, South Queensland and Wide Bay).
UQ offers the largest annual cohort for medicine entry across graduate and undergraduate universities. There are a total of 455 places available. This can be divided into 275 domestic places (GEMSAS application) and 180 international places (UQ application). Of the 275 domestic places, 140 are for graduate-entry students and 135 are for provisional-entry students through UQ and CQU (see below ). Within each subgroup, around 100 are CSPs and around 40 are BMPs. Around 28% of places are reserved for students from a rural background, who will also receive two adjustments to their unweighted average GAMSAT ® score. Up to 60 graduate entry places are available for the Central Queensland-Wide Bay Regional Medical Pathway (RMP), and requires students to complete years 2-4 in Central Queensland or Wide Bay. Applicants are ranked and considered based on their residential and rural status.
Domestic applications are received through GEMSAS, where applicants will need to specify the types of places they wish to be considered for without preferencing. Offers will then be made in the order of CSPs first, then BMPs until full. Indigenous students can apply directly to the university through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Pathway, with no requirement for sitting the GAMSAT ®.
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have completed a three year Bachelor degree within 10 years of the commencement of the MD. Applicants will also be considered if they have successfully completed at least 0.5 FTE years of graded tertiary level coursework in the 10 year period prior to the commencement of the MD.
From 2022, there are two science pre-requisites in cell biology and systems physiology which must be completed at a second year undergraduate level within the last 10 years. A list of equivalent courses can be found on UQ’s website. Documentation of proof needs to be emailed directly to UQ by May 1st.
UQ uses a unique method of GPA calculation, whereby units are weighted by credit value of the subjects rather than the year in which the subjects were completed. More information can be found on the UQ website or GEMSAS guide. UQ uses subjects that were completed in 2020. A minimum UQ equivalent GPA of 5.0/7.0 is required to be considered for an interview.
A minimum score of 50 in each GAMSAT ® section is required, but there is no minimum total average score. UQ uses an unweighted average GAMSAT ® in its calculations for interviews. International students may apply with a GAMSAT ® or MCAT ® score, with the latter requiring an overall score of 504.
Successful applicants will then need to sit a mini multi-station interview (MMI) in September.
Interview offers are made based on a 50/50 combination of a UQ equivalent GPA and an unweighted average GAMSAT ® score. If required, GPA will be used as a tiebreaker.
Final offers are released based on a combination of MMI (50%), GPA (25%) and GAMSAT® (25%) scores. If required, MMI scores will be used as a tiebreaker.
The University of Notre Dame Sydney medical school is based at the Darlinghurst campus, with seven clinical schools in Sydney and Melbourne and rural locations in NSW and Victoria. UNDS is a university rooted in the context of catholic faith and values, offering a four year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. There are a total of 120 places available, including 43 CSPs, 17 BMPs, up to 60 domestic FFP and up to 10 international FFP. Students will be able to specify the types of places they wish to be considered for without preferencing in their GEMSAS applications, with CSPs allocated first then BMPs. At least 28% of places are reserved for students from rural backgrounds - this should be specified as part of the GEMSAS application, with these students receiving bonus points on the portfolio. International students must apply directly through the university, and Indigenous students can apply via GEMSAS or via contacting the university independently.
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have completed a minimum of three years FTE of an undergraduate degree in the preceding 10 years, or have successfully completed a 0.5 FTE Graduate Certificate or above.
UNDS uses weighted GPAs in their calculations, with a minimum of 5.2 needed to be considered for an interview. This includes subjects completed in 2020.
UNDS uses an unweighted GAMSAT ® score in their calculations, with a minimum score of 50 in each section and unweighted average GAMSAT ® score of 52 needed to be considered for an interview. International students may use the MCAT ® instead, with a minimum overall score of 500 needed.
Embedded in the GEMSAS application for UNDS is a written portfolio that all students applying for UNDS must complete, irrespective of the preference ranking of UNDS. The portfolio asks students to write statements regarding their personal qualities, motivation to study medicine and desire to study at UNDS.
Successful applicants will then need to attend a multiple mini interview (MMI). Read our blog article How the MMI Differs Between Australian Medical Schools to learn more about how to best prepare for your medical school interview.
Approximately 300 interviews are offered each year. Interview offers are released using a composite of weighted GPA, unweighted average GAMSAT ® score and portfolio score, each considered equally.
Final offers are released based on a composite of interview scores, GPA, GAMSAT ® and portfolio scores. UNDS has released that students in 2022 had an average weighted GPA of 6.6 and average unweighted GAMSAT ® score of 65.9.
Flinders University offers a four year Doctor of Medicine (MD), which can be entered via graduate-entry (this section), provisional entry through Flinders University (see below ), or provisional entry through Charles Darwin University (see below ). The graduate-entry pathway can then further be broken up into two locations - Bedford Park (forming the South Australian Medical Program, or SAMP) or Darwin (forming the Northern Territory Medical program, or NTMP ). Applications are made directly via Flinders University (as Flinders is not a GEMSAS Consortium school), with students needing to preference either Bedford Park or Darwin.
We’ll first look at the SAMP, based in Bedford Park in Adelaide. There are a total of 75 CSPs (including bonded and non-bonded) and 6 FFPs available each year. There are a number of sub-quotas:
Flinders NT delivers the NTMP, based in Darwin. Up to 12 places are available, and these are known as ‘employer reserved fee paying’ places. This means that the places are fully funded by the NT government, with a requirement to return four years of service to the NT after graduation. There is a priority of applications for selection to the NTMP:
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have completed at least a Bachelor degree. The specific sub-quota are described above, with note that Flinders graduates are heavily favoured. Of note, there is no 10 year rule.
Flinders University calculates a weighted GPA from the applicant’s most recent Bachelor degree. A weighted GPA of 5.5 is considered competitive, but there is no minimum required.
Despite not being in the GEMSAS Consortium, Flinders University still requires students to sit the GAMSAT ® . A minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT ® is required for the application to be considered. Exact cut-offs depending on the sub-quota - for example, for 2022 entry: 65 for rural, 62 for MDRS, 69 for Flinders graduates, 62 for Flinders graduates reserved, 78 for non-Flinders graduates.
Successful applicants will then need to attend an interview and achieve a pass mark to be considered. The interviews are semi-structured and conducted by a small panel for 45-50 minutes.
Selection for interviews is determined by the overall (weighted) GAMSAT ® score, with cut-offs based on the exact sub-quota.
Final offers are based on the overall GAMSAT ® score, weighted GPA and interview score, which are all equally weighted.
Deakin University offers a four year Doctor of Medicine program based at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds campus in Victoria. The first two years of study will be completed on campus in Geelong, whilst the final two years can be completed at sites around Geelong, Melbourne, Ballarat and Warrnambool. There are a total of 136 places available, broken down into 86 CSPs, 35 BMPs and up to 15 international FFPs. This includes 5% of places reserved for Indigenous applicants who apply through the Indigenous Entry Scheme, as well as 30 places reserved for rural and regional students who wish to study rurally through the Rural Training Scheme. A minimum of 25% of domestic places are allocated to applicants from a rural background, in addition to the 30 places reserved for the Rural Training Scheme.
Applications are submitted through GEMSAS, including specification of the types of places you wish to be considered for without preferencing. Offers are made by allocating CSPs first, then BMPs. International students should apply directly through the Deakin website. Deakin offers specific additional bonuses that should be emailed separately to GEMSAS by 5pm Thursday 16th of June. This involves gaining adjustments on the combined GPA/GAMSAT ® score used for interview rankings. Bonuses include: financial disadvantage (2% adjustment), prior clinical experience in a health discipline (4%), full-time work experience (2%), Deakin study (4%), residence in Geelong MM1 and Modified Monash Model-MM2 (4%), and residence in Modified Monash Model-MM3-MM7 (8%).
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have completed a Bachelor degree within 10 years or be completing the final year of a Bachelor degree at the time of application. This may be waived if at least one year of tertiary coursework study at Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate diploma or higher has been completed within 10 years.
A minimum weighted GPA of 5.0 must be attained, with all 2020 results excluded from calculation.
A minimum GAMSAT ® overall (weighted) score of 50, with a minimum score of 50 in each of the three sections, is required. International students may use the GAMSAT ® or MCAT ® , with a minimum score of 124 in each section required for the latter.
Applicants applying for the Rural Training Scheme are required to submit a written application demonstrating rural community connection and a commitment to studying in rural and regional Victoria.
Successful candidates will then sit a mini multi-station interview, consisting of 10 stations with 5 minutes of interview time allocated to each.
Interview offers are made based on a 50/50 combination of weighted GPA and weighted GAMSAT ® overall score, with additional Deakin-specific adjustments as described above. A maximum of 220 interview offers are released.
Final offers are made based on GPA (25%), GAMSAT ® (25%) and interview (50%) scores. Again, additional Deakin-specific adjustments will be included in this calculation.
The University of Melbourne offers a four year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, based at their Parkville campus in year 1 followed by clinical placements across metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria in years 2-4. There are a total of 350 places available, consisting of 177 CSPs, 70 BMPs, up to 45 domestic FFPs and up to 60 international FFPs. Of the 70 BMPs, 40 are available via the standard GEMSAS pathway and 30 are available through the MD Rural Pathway. 27% of CSPs (bonded and non-bonded) are reserved for students from a rural background.
There are a number of alternate pathways for entry that are made directly to the university and do not require students to sit the GAMSAT ® :
Applications are made through GEMSAS, where candidates will be asked to specify the types of places they wish to be considered for without preferencing. Make sure to only select the fee types you will accept if offered - i.e. if you select FFP and cannot pay for it, it is not possible to swap and you will have to reject the offer. Candidates will also be asked to express preference of clinical school zone during GEMSAS applications, where acceptance of the final offer is also acceptance of the allocated clinical school zone. Supporting documents need to be emailed directly to UniMelb by May 31. This includes students applying to Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) - students who have experienced disadvantage during their undergraduate degree or who are members of a specific recognised group will be re-ranked based on their level of disadvantage.
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have completed an undergraduate or higher post-graduate work within the 10 years prior to commencement of the MD program. As of 2022 intake, there are no longer any subject prerequisites.
A minimum weighted GPA of 5.0 is required, but note that weighted GPA is calculated using a specific UniMelb method. More information can be found on the UniMelb website or GEMSAS guide. UniMelb has excluded 2020 results in their calculations.
A minimum GAMSAT ® of 50 in each of the three sections is required. There is no minimum total GAMSAT ® score, but calculations for selection are based on an unweighted average score, i.e. each section is weighted equally. International students may apply using an MCAT ® score, with a minimum total score of 492 needed.
Successful candidates will then need to sit a mini multi-station interview (MMI), consisting of 8 stations of 5 minutes each.
Interview offers are made using a 50/50 combination of unweighted GAMSAT ® scores and UniMelb-weighted GPA.
Final offers are released based on a combination of GAMSAT ® (25%), GPA (25%) and interview (50%) scores.
Monash University is the only university to offer both an undergraduate and graduate entry medicine pathway. This section will focus on the graduate entry pathway, but more information can be found below for school leavers.
The graduate-entry program is a four year Doctor of Medicine (MD). The first year of studies is based at the School of Rural Health in Churchill in Gippsland, whilst the following three years are based in clinical environments around metropolitan Melbourne, rural south-eastern Victoria or rural north-western Victoria. There are a total of 73 places, 53 of which are CSPs and 20 of which are BMPs. There are 30 places set aside for a Monash Rural End-to-End cohort, who elect to undertake the majority of their learning in rural and regional Victoria.
Applicants must have a specified Monash University degree to be eligible (see next section). Applications are made internally through the Monash website. Rural applicants can apply for the Dean’s Rural List to boost their chances of receiving an interview. Indigenous students with sufficient biomedical science study from any university can apply, and must sit a separate interview. International applicants must have an internationally recognised degree with significant and broad biomedical science content.
Monash University operates very differently from most of the other graduate-entry Australian medical schools. For starters, they are not part of the GEMSAS Consortium, meaning that applications are made directly to the university and there is NO requirement for the GAMSAT ® . Additionally, applicants must have completed (or be in the final year of) a specified Monash University degree to be eligible. This includes: Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), Bachelor of Science (with specific units required), and Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Federation University. There is no 10 year rule.
Applicants from these degrees will need to have attained a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 70 to apply, with any additional post-graduate results not taken into consideration. The lowest WAM for entry in 2022 was 83.
Successful students will then be invited to attend a multiple mini interview (MMI). The MMI consists of 6 stations, each 8 minutes in duration, held at the Churchill campus. These students will also need to complete an online Situational Judgement Test (SJT) prior to or after the MMI. The SJT is a 90 minute online test that consists of numerous realistic hypothetical scenarios, each with an associated response item that students have to rank or rate as most appropriate.
Students with an eligible Monash degree (or alternative in the case of international and Indigenous students) who have achieved a minimum WAM of 70 will be invited to sit the MMI and SJT.
Final offers are based on academic performance (WAM) weighted 40%, and a combination MMI/SJT score weighted 60%. Of note, 70% of available places are reserved for students who have completed the full three years of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University.
The University of Notre Dame Fremantle medical school is based in Fremantle, Perth. UNDF is a university rooted in the context of catholic faith and values, offering a four year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. There are a total of 100 places available, including 71 CSPs and 29 BMPs. Of note, there are no international places offered to study medicine at Notre Dame. Students will be able to specify the types of places they wish to be considered for without preferencing in their GEMSAS applications, with CSPs allocated first then BMPs. At least 28% of places are reserved for students from rural backgrounds - this should be specified as part of the GEMSAS application, with these students receiving bonus points on the portfolio. As part of the Western Australia Residency Scheme, applicants who have lived in WA for 10 or more years will have this taken into consideration in the scoring of their portfolio. Indigenous students can apply via GEMSAS or by contacting the university independently.
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have completed a minimum of three years FTE of an undergraduate degree in the preceding 10 years, or have successfully completed a 0.5 FTE Graduate Certificate or above.
UNDF uses weighted GPAs in their calculations, with a minimum of 5.2 needed to be considered for an interview. This includes subjects completed in 2020.
UNDF uses an unweighted GAMSAT ® score in their calculations, with a minimum score of 50 in each section and unweighted average GAMSAT ® score of 52 needed to be considered for an interview. International students may use the MCAT ® instead, with a minimum overall score of 500 needed.
Embedded in the GEMSAS application for UNDF is a written portfolio that all students applying for UNDS must complete, irrespective of the preference ranking of UNDF. The portfolio asks students to write statements regarding their personal qualities, motivation to study medicine and desire to study at UNDF.
Successful applicants will then need to attend a multiple mini interview (MMI).
Approximately 200 interviews are offered each year. Interview offers are released using a composite of weighted GPA, unweighted average GAMSAT ® score and portfolio score, each considered equally.
Final offers are released based on a composite of interview scores, GPA, GAMSAT ® and portfolio scores.
The University of Western Australia offers a four year graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine (MD) based at the Crawley campus in Perth. Students are eligible to apply for direct/provisional entry as school leavers on the basis of ATAR and UCAT ® scores, with more information on this pathway available below .
This section will focus on the graduate-entry pathway , where there are a total of 78 places available, including 46 CSPs, 17 BMPs and 15 international FFPs. Approximately 30% of places are reserved for rural applicants, who should specify this during GEMSAS applications. Additionally, up to 10% of places are reserved for Indigenous students, with pathways available via UWA. International students should apply via UWA.
Applicants of this Australian medical school must have completed a recognised Bachelor degree prior to commencement of the MD program. Of note, UWA is the only GEMSAS Consortium school to not have a 10 year rule.
UWA uses unweighted GPAs in their calculations, with a minimum of 5.5 needed to be considered for interviews. Concessions have been made for subjects completed during 2020.
A minimum weighted overall GAMSAT ® of 55 is required, with a minimum of 50 in each section. International students can use a GAMSAT ® or MCAT ® score, with a minimum score of 124 in each section and an overall minimum of 500 needed for the latter.
Successful students will then need to sit an interview in September or October.
Interview selections are based using a 50/50 combination of overall GAMSAT ® score and unweighted GPA, with 1 to 2 candidates interviewed for each available place. UWA has released that domestic applicants who were successful in obtaining an interview for 2022 entry averaged a GPA of 6.75 and GAMSAT ® score of 72.2.
Final offers are made using a combination of GAMSAT ® (20%), GPA (30%) and interview score (50%). Rural applicants will be ranked based on GAMSAT ® (15%), GPA (22.5%), interview (37.5%) and rural rating (25%).
Another option for those interested in studying medicine is Undergraduate Entry. Medicine undergraduate Australia is open to those finishing high school and requires an ATAR score and typically a UCAT® Score. Of note, James Cook University and Bond University offer undergraduate programs that do not require the UCAT®.
|NSW||University of Newcastle (UoN) / University of New England (UNE)|
|University of New South Wales (UNSW)|
|University of Western Sydney (UWS) / Charles Sturt University (CSU)|
|James Cook University (JCU)|
|University of Queensland (UQ)*|
|Central Queensland University (CQU) via UQ*|
|Sunshine Coast University via Griffith University*|
|SA||University of Adelaide (UniAdelaide)|
|University of Western Australia (UWA)*|
|TAS||University of Tasmania (UTas)|
|NT||Charles Darwin University via Flinders University*|
Below are the specific details relevant to each university offering undergraduate medicine. It should be noted that some universities are very transparent about their admissions and selection process (e.g. providing exact weighting for different components, exact cut-off scores or score calculation methods), whilst others just provide general advice.
It’s important to remember however that the information provided below is only intended as a guide and does not replace the personal responsibility of each applicant to obtain up-to-date and objective information from medical institutions regarding their medical school applications. As always, it’s best to get in contact with the relevant Australian medical schools (links provided in their respective profiles below) for further details and up-to-date information.
The University of Newcastle and University of New England deliver a Joint Medical Program (JMP) . This can be completed in the metropolitan campus of Newcastle (UoN) or the rural campus of Armidale (UNE), with six clinical schools spread throughout the Central Coast and Hunter regions. The length of study for this degree is 5 years full time, split between a Bachelor of Medical Science in years 1-3 and a Doctor of Medicine in years 4-5. Students will therefore graduate with a BMedSci/MD.
Each year, there are a total of 170 places available across both the UoN and UNE. There are numerous schemes and sub-quotas offered, including:
Applications are made through the university website AND through UAC. Students will be able to indicate their preference for University of Newcastle or University of Newcastle on the direct university application.
Academic requirements for the JMP can be based on high school qualification or university study. Entry based on high school qualification requires a minimum ATAR of 94.3, or 91.4 for high schools in a rural/remote location. There are no subject prerequisites. If you have completed at least one year of full time at a recognised higher education institute, you will not be considered based on your year 12 results. You must have satisfied a minimum academic requirement depending on the type of study to be eligible, e.g. a better than pass average for a Bachelor degree. More information can be found on the university website .
Assessment of personal qualities is based around the UCAT ® . An aggregate score is calculated based on the scores achieved in 4 of the 5 subtests: verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning. The fifth subtest - situational judgement - does not form part of the selection process. There is no minimum score required, and the cut-off score is determined after the direct university applications have closed.
Invitations to attend the Joint Medical Program Assessment day are based on your performance in the UCAT ® . This assessment includes a Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA) which is an online test, followed by a Multiple Skills Assessment (MSA) which is an interview made up of eight, eight minute rotating stations.
As stated above, offers for interview (the JMP Assessment day) are based on UCAT ® results, if the minimum academic requirement is satisfied. Final offers are then determined based on the combined results of the UCAT ® , PQA and MSA. UAC will send offers of admission and unsuccessful notices in January.
The University of New South Wales offers a 6 year medical program consisting of a combined Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine, such that students will graduate with a BMed/MD. The fourth year of studies is dedicated to a research program. The UNSW campuses are based in Kensington, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, with 7 teaching hospitals across Sydney and a further 5 rural hospitals.
UNSW accepts 198 domestic applicants each year. All applicants of this Australian medical school are automatically considered for bonded and unbonded places. Unbonded CSPs are offered to the highest ranking students until exhausted, with the remaining places offered as BMPs. The program allocates 29% of its intake to students applying through the Rural Entry Scheme. The university additionally offers schemes for students who come from low socio-economic backgrounds ( Gateway Entry Scheme ), are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ( Indigenous Entry into Medicine Scheme ), or are enrolled in the UNSW Bachelor of Medical Science course ( Lateral Entry into Medicine Scheme ). In addition to the domestic places, there are potentially 90 international student places available each year. International students must also meet academic requirements and sit an interview, but will take the International Student Admission Test (ISAT) instead of the UCAT ® .
Applications are made through the university’s medicine application portal (MAP) AND through UAC. Applicants can indicate their campus preferences in the MAP.
A minimum ATAR of 96.00 for local applicants is needed to be eligible for consideration. That being said, in 2021, the lowest ATAR was 97.20 for local students and 91.65 for rural students, and a median ATAR of 99.60 is advertised. An equivalent score of 38 for the IB is also accepted. For students who have already completed a year of tertiary study, a minimum criteria of a 96.00 ATAR (secondary school component) and 70 WAM (tertiary study component) is needed. For these students, once the minimum requirements are met, the component with a higher selection rank can be used. There are no subject prerequisites, although study of chemistry is recommended.
Students are also required to sit the UCAT ® . There is no minimum UCAT ® score required, but applicants must reach the 50th percentile to be considered. The overall score from four subtests is calculated - verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning. The fifth subtest - situational judgement - does not form part of the selection process.
The interview is the next stage of the selection process. The interviews are conducted with a panel of two interviewers and cover a wide range of relevant topics.
Interview offers are awarded to applicants with the highest combined ranking of ATAR and UCAT ® overall score. Results are not averaged, meaning that you must have high marks on both selection criteria to be successful. Approximately 500 interview places are awarded each year.
Final offers are based on academic rank, UCAT ® overall score and interview score. Offers are given to students with the highest rank on all measures. Like the interview offers, scores are not averaged, meaning that you must have high marks on all three components to be successful.
The final ranking of applicants will be completed in January and offers will be released through UAC.
The University of Western Sydney and Charles Sturt University deliver a Joint Program in Medicine. The 5 year program will see students graduating with a Bachelor of Clinical Science (Medicine) and Doctor of Medicine (MD). Students can indicate a preference to study either at Western’s Campbelltown campus or Charles Sturt’s Orange campus. The first 2 years will involve on-campus learning, followed by 3 years of clinical placement and research across numerous teaching hospitals.
There are approximately 120 places available, spread between CSP, BMP and International student places. All applicants are automatically considered for bonded and unbonded places. Unbonded CSPs are offered to the highest ranking students until exhausted, with the remaining places offered as BMPs. Within these 120 places, the JMP has quotas for certain groups:
Admissions are submitted through UAC alone, and this is where students will indicate a preference for UWS or CSU.
Students must sit the UCAT ® . UCAT ® requirements vary each year and are not disclosed, however individual sections may be subject to weighting. GWS applicants may have a lower UCAT ® threshold than non-GWS applicants.
Students offered an interview will need to complete a medical admission questionnaire (MAQ) followed by a multiple mini interview (MMI). The MMI will consist of eight, eight minute stations with a different interviewer, and the questions may be informed by the MAQ responses.
High school or tertiary-equivalent results are only used for applicants that have completed the MMI. These results are simply hurdles or thresholds, and are not used in the calculation of rankings for offers. The threshold score depends on student demographics: ATAR 95.5 / IB 38 for non-GWS students, ATAR 93.5 / IB 36 for GWS students or international students, ATAR 91.5 / IB 35 for rural students, and completion of HSC or equivalent for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. There are no subject prerequisites. If students have already commenced tertiary studies, then minimum GPA requirements are set based on length of study, type of degree and type of residents - these can be found on the UWS website.
As stated above, interview selection is based solely on UCAT ® scores. The UCAT ® threshold is not determined by overall UCAT ® scores - individual sections may be subject to weighting. UCAT ® requirements vary each year and are not disclosed.
Final offers are made on the basis of 75% interview performance and 25% UCAT ® performance, as long as the applicant has met the relevant academic threshold.
UAC will send offers of admission in January, which will include notice of the campus location (UWS or CSU).
In 2021, the University of Adelaide offered its final intake for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). From 2022, they will now offer the new combined degree of Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine , with each degree spanning over 3 years for a total of 6 years of study. Entry to the Doctor of Medicine is based on completion of the Bachelor of Medical Studies at UniAdelaide, and cannot be accessed through a graduate entry pathway.
The combined degree is based in Adelaide’s North terrace campus. However, enrollment requires students to undertake rural clinical placements - CSP (both BMP and non-BMP) students need to complete four weeks of rural placements before graduate, with 25% of students required to complete one year of clinical training in a rural site.
There will be 137 domestic places and 36 international fee paying places offered. This factors in 28.5% of the overall domestic places being allocated a BMP. Applications are made through SATAC in September, with separate SATAC codes for BMP and non-BMP places (students may apply for both). There are specific quotas for different groups of applicants:
The University of Adelaide has divided applicants into three categories of entry:
Pre-requisite subjects have been outlined, and include SACE stage 2 biology OR chemistry OR mathematical methods, or equivalent.
Students must have attained a minimum academic threshold, depending on their category of entry. This may include an adjusted ATAR of 90.0 (with adjustments under the University Equity Scheme only accepted), an IB of 33.0, a GPA of 5.0 or a STAT score in the highest decile.
Students will then need to sit the UCAT ® (except for Indigenous students), with sections 1-4 carrying equal weight for selection criteria.
Candidates may then receive an interview offer. Interviews are held across November and December, and consist of a 15 minute interview with a panel of 2 interviewers.
Interview selection is based on UCAT ® only, if the minimum academic threshold is reached. The UCAT ® score is calculated from the first 4 sections, with each having equal weight. Section 5 is only used as a differentiator for students who have equal total score across the first 4 sections. Each year, there will be around 600 domestic applicants and 160 international applicants offered an interview. A minimum of 50% of school leavers interviewed will be from SA.
Final offers for places are calculated using UCAT ® scores (20%), interview scores (40%) and ATAR scores or equivalent (40%). Final offers will be released by SATAC in December.
Flinders University admissions are the most complicated as there are 3 different paths to studying medicine at this Australian medical school. Flinders offers an MD program, which can be entered through provisional entry or through graduate entry. For graduate entry, please refer to the Flinders information above. For provisional entry (i.e. based on ATAR and UCAT ® ), students may choose to undertake their undergraduate degree through Flinders University in Adelaide, or through Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory (see below for more information).
This section will therefore focus on students wishing to undertake their undergraduate degree at Flinders in Adelaide. These students will complete an accelerated Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, with a focus on health sciences of medical sciences, for 2 years. If a GPA of at least 5.0 is attained by the end of the second year of study, progression to the first year of the MD program at Flinders is guaranteed. As the MD program is 4 years, this means that students will complete their combined BClSc/MD in 6 years.
In 2021, provisional entry places were offered to 55 students. Study is conducted on campus at Bedford Park in Adelaide, which is co-located with Flinders Medical Centre. Of these 55 places, there is a quota of 28% for students with a rural background, including a sub-quota of up to 24 places each year for students from rural communities who apply to undertake the entire third year of the MD in one of four rural locations (the MDRS program).
Applications are made through SATAC. Of note, Indigenous students are also able to apply through SATAC but will need to submit a separate Indigenous Admission Scheme form, and sit an interview. There is an annual sub-quota of up to 5 places for Indigenous students. Additionally, the pathway is open to international students, who will need to achieve a minimum high school score equivalent to an ATAR of 95.0, prove English competency and attend a semi-structured interview.
Applicants of this Australian medical school must be high school leavers with no record of study at a higher education level. Students will need to achieve a minimum ATAR of 95.0, after adjustment through the University Equity Scheme if eligible. Indigenous students have a reduced minimum ATAR, at 90.0 after adjustments. International students will need to achieve an ATAR of 95.0 or equivalent.
Students will also need to achieve a competitive score in the UCAT ® , with an overall score derived from all 5 sections weighted equally.
Of note, there is no interview process.
As there is no interview process for provisional entry, ranking for final offers is determined by combining scores from ATAR (90%) and UCAT ® (10%). As mentioned above, the UCAT ® score is derived from all 5 sections weighted equally.
Flinders University, in partnership with Charles Darwin University, offers undergraduate and graduate entry to the Flinders Doctor of Medicine in Darwin through the Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP) . Students who wish to study in the NT have two options - gain provisional entry into CDU’s Bachelor of Clinical Sciences followed by entry into Flinders’ MD, or gain graduate entry into Flinders’ MD. These are the only medical study programs available to students who wish to study in the NT - however, there are current reports that CDU may be creating its own medical degree in the near future.
Students with provisional entry will undertake the first two years of studies through the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences at CDU’s Casuarina campus. On the provision that students pass all units with a minimum GPA of 5.0, they will then progress to their third year, which is run in parallel to the first year of the MD. These next four years will consist of Flinders’ MD program undertaken across the NT. This means that the entire training program is completed within the NT in 6 years. For more information about Flinders’ MD program, see the graduate entry pathway above .
CDU accepts 12 students each year, with priority given to NT residents and Indigenous students. This pathway is only available to Australian citizens and permanent residents. Applications are made through SATAC . All students will be bonded to work for four years after graduation in the NT, submitting a signed contract with the NT government after the first year of the NTMP.
Within these 12 places, there are sub-quotas each year, with statutory declarations needing to be submitted to SATAC for each:
Students applying for the CDU/Flinders NTMP program will need to achieve a minimum adjusted ATAR of 90.0 for NT residents, or 85.0 for Indigenous students. Applicants may have completed up to one year of higher education study.
Students will also need to achieve a competitive score in the UCAT ® , with an overall score derived from all 5 sections weighted equally.
Of note, there is no interview process.
As there is no interview process for provisional entry, ranking for final offers is determined by combining scores from ATAR (90%) and UCAT ® (10%). As mentioned above, the UCAT ® score is derived from all 5 sections weighted equally.
The University of Queensland has two pathways for graduate medicine - the provisional entry pathway for school leavers based on ATAR and UCAT ® , and the graduate pathway based on GPA and GAMSAT ® . In this section, we will be discussing the provisional entry pathway (see above for graduate entry pathway).
Students who are accepted through the provisional entry pathway must first complete an undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland . There is no predefined undergraduate degree that must be undertaken, however there are two course prerequisites: Integrative Cell and Tissue Biology, and Systems Physiology. UQ has divided their undergraduate courses into three categories based on ease of prerequisite completion, and these can be found on the university website . For students to gain entry into UQ’s Doctor of Medicine program, they must achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0, complete their undergraduate degree within the minimum time specified for that degree, and complete the required MD tertiary pre-requisite subjects. The following MD program will take 4 years to complete.
There are approximately 280 places available in the MD for domestic students each year. Half of these are filled by students from the provisional entry pathway, and half by students from the graduate entry pathway. Application for the provisional entry pathway is via QTAC in year 12. BMPs are reserved for 28.5% of places, and students can choose to apply using a QTAC BMP code or non-BMP code, or both. In total, 28% of all domestic places in the MD are assigned to applicants from an Australian rural background, filled from both BMP and non-BMP. Students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander should also apply through QTAC, but will need to submit a separate Admission Pathway Program and attend an interview with the Student Support team - they do not need to achieve the minimum ATAR or sit the UCAT ® .
Students must attain a minimum adjusted ATAR score of 95.0, or equivalent. Candidates may be eligible for up to 5 additional ATAR points (i.e. total maximum of 5 points across the schemes) through the Subject Incentive Scheme and Rural Access Scheme:
A ‘competitive’ UCAT ® (or ISAT score for international applicants) needs to be attained, using an aggregate score. In 2021, the aggregate score was 2990, but this changes year to year.
If selected, students will be invited to participate in a multiple mini interview (MMI), conducted in Brisbane.
Invitation to the MMI is based on achieving the minimum ATAR as a hurdle, plus the aggregate UCAT ® score. Final offers are then released based on the ATAR, aggregate UCAT ® score and MMI score.
To make things even more complicated, the Central Queensland University also offers admission for provisional graduate entry into the University of Queensland’s regionally based Doctor of Medicine program. See above for more information about this program.
The provisional entry program is designed for high school leavers to gain entry into CQU’s three year Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) followed by UQ’s four year Doctor of Medicine. The undergraduate course is based in either CQU’s Bundaberg or Rockhampton campuses, with 20 places offered for each campus. Upon successful completion of the Bachelor’s degree within 3 years and a GPA of 5.0 or more, students will gain direct entry into the MD program, which must be delivered within the Central Queensland and Wide Bay regions.
Applications are submitted through QTAC in September of their final year of high school. Candidates can choose to apply though the general pathway and/pr BMP pathway using the specific QTAC codes. During applications, candidates will also be able to nominate if they are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, with different entry requirements described below.
Students must attain a minimum adjusted ATAR score of 95.0, or equivalent. Candidates may be eligible for up to 5 additional ATAR points (i.e. total maximum of 5 points across the schemes) through the Subject Incentive Scheme and Rural Access Scheme:
A subject requirement of English (Units 3 and 4, C) or equivalent exists, as well as recommended knowledge in mathematical methods, biology, chemistry and physics.
A ‘competitive’ UCAT ® score must be attained, depending on overall applicant performance. Of note, an aggregate score of the first four sections is used in calculations.
If selected, students will be invited to participate in a multiple mini interview (MMI), conducted in either Rockhampton or Bundaberg. A minimum score is set by the university following the interview process.
Students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander will be directly contacted by the Office of Indigenous Engagement after their QTAC application is received. For these students, there is no minimum required ATAR and no need to sit the UCAT ® . Instead, the Office of Indigenous Engagement will schedule a semi-structured interview that will form the basis for recommendation for the MMI.
Invitation to the MMI is based on achieving the minimum ATAR as a hurdle, plus the aggregate UCAT ® score from the first four sections. Of interest, section 5 scores may be used as a secondary differentiator between applicants with the same aggregate score, and section 1 scores as a tertiary differentiator between applicants with the same section 5 score.
Final offers are released based on ATAR (25%), aggregate score from the first four UCAT ® sections (25%) and MMI score (50%).
Griffith University also offers admission for provisional graduate entry into their Doctor of Medicine program following successful completion of a Bachelor of Medical Science at either Griffith University or Sunshine Coast University. More information about the Doctor of Medicine program can be found above.
The Griffith University Bachelor of Medical Science is a two year degree, with 30 places available at the Gold Coast campus and 30 places available at the Nathan campus. All students will be granted provisional entry to the MD program if a GPA of at least 5.0 is maintained and a Pass mark is achieved in 2500MED Human Skills for Medicine. Students from rural backgrounds can indicate this during the QTAC application process to be considered for the Griffith University Rural Priority Access Scheme.
There are 20 places available in Sunshine Coast University’s three year Bachelor of Medical Science , and all of these students will be granted provisional entry to Griffith University’s Doctor of Medicine program at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 5.0 to retain entry to the MD, and must achieve a minimum Pass grade in MED202 Communication Skills for Medicine.
Griffith University medicine undergraduate entry applications are made via QTAC , with separate codes for each campus. Students can apply with all three codes if they are prepared to attend each of the campuses.
Students who have completed year 12 no more than three years prior to admission with no previous attempts at tertiary study are eligible to apply. A minimum ATAR of 99.80 is set for Sunshine Coast University, and a minimum ATAR of 99.85 is set for Griffith University.
English Units 3&4, C (or equivalent) must be completed as a prerequisite subject for both universities. Mathematical Methods and one or more of Chemistry, Physics or Biology are considered assumed knowledge.
Students do NOT need to sit the UCAT ® or attend an interview.
Admission is based on academic achievement (i.e. ATAR), on the provision of meeting pre-requisite subjects.
Monash University offers both undergraduate and graduate pathways into their Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine program. This section will focus on the undergraduate pathway, with more information about the graduate pathway explored above.
The undergraduate pathway is a 5 year degree based at Monash’s Clayton campus in Melbourne’s south-east. It is designed for students who have completed their year 12 studies no more than 2 years prior, and have not commenced any other studies at a tertiary level during that time. Applicants who have commenced tertiary study are ineligible to apply and should consider the graduate entry program. The first two years of the program are completed on campus, and the final three years are hospital and community based across metro and rural Victoria. There are options for students to extend their studies by completing either an Honours program to the Bachelor of Medical Science, or a Master of Public Health.
Applications to this Australian medical school are submitted to VTAC with numerous place types available, each with their own VTAC code. Students can apply for one or more of the following programs:
Students who come from a rural background or identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander will be prompted to indicate this information and apply to be part of the Dean’s Rural List or Dean’s Indigenous List at the time of applying through VTAC. Monash University fills 27% of its places with students from an Australian rural background. Entry to these lists may result in applicants with a score slightly lower than the standard faculty-determined cut-offs being invited to an interview.
Prerequisites for the program exist: a minimum of 25/50 in English as an Alternate Language or 30/50 in English, AND 30/50 in Chemistry, or interstate/international equivalents. Year 12 biology is recommended but not mandatory, and students who are accepted into the program but have not completed biology may choose to undertake the optional biology bridging program provided by the university.
The minimum ATAR is considered at 90.0, but usually a significantly higher ATAR is required. The ATAR may be adjusted if the candidate falls under the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEASE) and/or the Dean’s Rural and Indigenous lists.
The UCAT ® is another requirement for admission, with the cut-off score determined by the distribution of scores each year and therefore changes depending on the cohort. International students will need to complete the ISAT instead, with an overall total score of 170 or above including a minimum of 165 in both sections (Critical Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning).
The interview is conducted as a multiple mini interview (MMI), with 8 stations each of 8 minutes duration.
Selection for MMI is based on a combination of UCAT ® and ATAR scores. Final selection is based on ATAR, UCAT ® and MMI scores, with all three components weighted equally at 33% each. For international students, selection will instead be based on a combination of year 12 score, ISAT and MMI, again all weighted equally.
The University of Tasmania offers the only medical degree for Tasmania as a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The degree is designed to be completed in 5 years full time, but is the only university that offers a part-time study option, with study up to 7 years accepted. The first two years are based at the UTas campus in Hobart, whilst the final three years are offered at three clinical schools in Hobart, Launceston or Rural.
The domestic pathway is divided into two categories - applicants who recently completed secondary education, and applicants with higher education study. Applicants who recently completed secondary must be high school leavers who have never previously commenced tertiary study. Until 2022 admission, applicants with higher education study were limited to students who had completed the UTas Bachelor of Medical Research (BMedRes). From 2023 admission onwards, the MBBS will be offered to students who have completed any Australian Bachelor course or higher. There will be 25 graduate places available, with 50% of these places still going towards final year BMedRes students who are ranked on their academic results from the course without needing a UCAT ® or GAMSAT ® score. The remaining 50% of places will go towards students who have completed a Bachelor degree or higher within the last 10 years, but they will also require a minimum unweighted GPA of 6.5 and a minimum score of 50 in all three sections of the GAMSAT ® . This will be the first Australian university to require the GAMSAT ® for entry into an MBBS.
The university accepts 100-120 students each year and has a quota of 50% domestic rural students. Keep in mind that all of Tasmania is considered rural by the Federal Government. To assist in meeting this quota, up to 5 ATAR adjustment factors are available to rural applicants via the Rural Application Process (RAP) - this is simply indicated in the application form, with no separate application required. Additionally, 75% of the domestic high school leaver places will be offered to applicants who have completed a Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or International Baccalaureate (IB) at a Tasmanian high school within 5 years of course commencement date. A total of 30% of the final places are granted to BMP students, regardless of whether they are rural/Tasmanian students or not. There is also an Aboriginal Entry Application Pathway (AEPA), affording flexible options to meet the entry criteria. The AEPA requires a separate application in addition to the standard application and an interview with representatives of the MBBS Admissions Committee, but important does not require the UCAT ® .
Applications to this Australian medical school are made directly to the university in September. International applicants must also apply directly to the university, but have four rounds of offers with the first closing in June.
Entry into the MBBS relies on subject prerequisites: applicants must have satisfactory achievements in year 12 Chemistry AND one of English, English Literature or English Writing, or interstate equivalents. If the Chemistry criteria is not met, students can opt to complete the UTas Chemistry Foundation Unit.
The minimum ATAR, including any adjustments for rural applicants via the RAP, is 95.0. The RAP offers up to 5 ATAR adjustments - 4 for RA2 applicants, and 5 for RA3-5 applicants.
Students must sit the UCAT ® and achieve a score greater or equal to the 50th percentile, based on the combined score of the first four sections (the situational judgement test, or section 5, is excluded. UTas may adjust the UCAT ® threshold in order to admit students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups to meet intake criteria. As a reminder, students applying through the AEAP do not need to sit the UCAT ® .
International applicants must have an ATAR of 95.0 or equivalent, satisfactory completion of year 12 chemistry, demonstrate English proficiency, and sit the UCAT ® , ISAT or MCAT ® . UCAT ® minimum scores are the same as domestic applicants, ISAT scores must reach the overall percentile of 50%, and MCAT ® scores must reach a minimum of 491.
For students hoping to gain entry into the graduate entry pathway, a minimum unweighted GPA of 6.5 and a minimum score of 50 in all three sections of the GAMSAT ® is required.
Of note, there is no interview process at all.
As stated, there is no interview selection process. Applicants who meet the entry requirements above (i.e. pre-requisite subjects and UCAT ® minimum scores) are ranked by ATAR and offers are made based on the number of places available. In other words, final selection is based on ATAR only.
Curtin University offers a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) over 5 years, with the first 3 years spent on campus in the suburb of Bentley in Perth and the final two years on clinical placements in metro and rural sites. It is the only direct undergraduate medical program in WA.
Applications to this Australian medical school are made via TISC in September. As per government regulations, 28.5% of CSPs are set aside as BMPs. Students may be eligible to apply based on 4 different categories and criteria:
There are a total of 110 places available, with places prioritised for WA candidates from rural and regional areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and students who have experienced long term educational disadvantage. Places not filled by the Rural, Equity or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathways will be allocated according to Curtin’s strategic priorities. To help facilitate this, these students are generally given additional weighting in the admission process:
A prerequisite of year 12 Chemistry (or CHEM1003 and CHEM1005 through Curtin University for non-high school leavers) is necessary. Subjects considered desirable include Mathematics Methods, Mathematics Specialist or Mathematics Applications, or equivalent.
A minimum adjusted ATAR of 95.0 is required, with adjustments described above and eligible for domestic students only. For non-high school leavers, a CWA of 80% or notional ATAR of 92.0 are considered minimums.
Applicants must sit the UCAT ® , with the total UCAT ® score used in the selection process. A reminder that Indigenous applicants do not need to sit the UCAT ® .
The final criteria for successful applicants is an interview conducted as a multiple mini interview (MMI). The MMI is designed to allow applicants to demonstrate their communication and critical appraisal skills, and reflect on issues relevant to the medical profession.
Applicants will be ranked for interview offers based on these categories:
The top ranked applicants from each entry pathway will be invited to attend an MMI. Applicants will then be ranked and selected for final offer based on their ATAR (or equivalent), UCAT ® and interview performance.
The first thing to note is that UWA has two pathways for graduate medicine - the assured/provisional pathway for school leavers based on ATAR and UCAT ® , and the graduate pathway based on GPA and GAMSAT ® . In this section, we will be discussing the assured pathway (see above for graduate entry pathway).
The assured pathway to medicine is available for high-achieving domestic school leavers. Successful applicants will receive a conditional place in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at UWA. This place is conditional upon successful completion of any UWA Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 5.5. The most popular option is to undertake the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. These students will not need to sit further tests such as the GAMSAT ® in order to take up their place in the MD. Assured pathway students are eligible for a 3+3 option if they undertake an undergraduate major in Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice, meaning that the minimum period to complete both degrees is 6 years. For more information on the MD program, see the details for UWA graduate medicine above.
There are approximately 145 domestic places available within the assured pathway. Of these CSPs, 28.5% are BMPs. All applicants of this Australian medical school are automatically considered for bonded and unbonded places. Unbonded CSPs are offered to the highest ranking students until exhausted, with the remaining places offered as BMPs. Up to 30% of places regardless of fee-type are allocated to rural applicants, who must submit an eligibility form to TISC.
Applications are made via TISC alone by September. Students will then need to provide their predicted ATARs to UWA HMS Admissions in October.
Students must attain a minimum ATAR of 99.00. Rural or Broadway (students who have undertaken year 12 studies at a UWA Broadway school) applicants need to attain a minimum ATAR of 96. English language competency must also be proven by gaining a minimum score in year 12 English studies - this is dependent on the home state and can be found on the UWA website . Students are recommended to complete subjects in chemistry, biology/human biology and maths applications at an ATAR or first year university level.
A “suitable” UCAT ® score, not including the situational judgement section, is necessary. The cut-off or competitive scores are not stated, nor is a minimum threshold.
If selected, students will complete an interview in Perth in a multi mini-station interview (MMI) format. This will consist of 8 stations with a different solo interview in each station, with students spending 11 minutes total in each station (3 minutes preparing and 8 minutes responding).
Students will be short-listed for an interview based on their UCAT ® result and a predicted or actual ATAR (WA applicants will interview after WACE exams but before ATAR release). As the timing and application can be a bit confusing, a complete timeline can be found on the UWA website. The university advises that 2-3 candidates will be interviewed for every available place.
Final ranking for offers will be based on ATAR, interview and UCAT ® scores, each weighted equally. Final rural ranking will be based on ATAR, interview, UCAT ® and rurality ranking, each weighted equally.
James Cook University is based in Townsville, Queensland, and offers a pathway to undergraduate medicine through its Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). This is a 6 year degree, with the first 3 years based in Townsville and the next 3 years including the chance to undertake placements throughout Northern Queensland including Cairns and Mackay. Extra Honours study is also available if students wish to develop a personal research project and thesis - at the end of year 4, students who have obtained grades in the top 25% of their cohort will be given the opportunity to enrol.
James Cook University accepts around 150 students each year. Candidates must apply by September via both QTAC and an internal application form which includes a written portfolio component. A Prediction of Academic Achievement form must also be received by the university in early October. International students must submit a specific internal form in August, and Indigenous students must submit an Alternate Entry Pathway application and contact the Indigenous Education and Research Centre.
Majority of places to the MBBS are given to high school leavers - that is, students who have completed year 12 within the last 2 years. There are pre-requisite subjects: all of English (Units 3/4, C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4, C), and Chemistry (Units 3/4, C), or their interstate/overseas equivalents. In addition, the study of physics and biology is highly desirable.
The university does not release minimum academic thresholds. However, they have released student profiles as per commencement in Semester 1, 2021 - the highest ATAR was 99.90, the median ATAR was 98.55, and the lowest ATAR was 87.50. A very limited number of places are offered to non-school leavers - academic scores will be based on the most recent course GPA, with a minimum GPA of 5.75 needed to be considered for an interview.
Importantly, JCU does NOT use the UCAT ® as part of its selection criteria. Students do not need to sit the UCAT ® to be eligible to apply for JCU.
As described, as part of the internal application, students will need to submit a written response. This involves answering four questions, from describing your motives for becoming a medical practitioner, describing past activities that indicate your motivation to study medicine, and exploring your interest in Indigenous, tropical and rural health.
Successful candidates will be invited to participate in an interview in November and December, with final offers released by QTAC in January.
Interview selection is based on evaluation of the written application together with all available information regarding academic performance. As explained above, JCU does NOT use the UCAT ® .
Final offers are then made based on academic performance, the written application, and demonstration at the interview of attributes suited to a career in medicine.
Bond University is the only private university that offers a medical pathway, meaning that places are not subsidised by the government. The pathway is offered as a combined Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and Doctor of Medicine (MD). The BMedSt cannot be completed as an independent degree, and the MD cannot be completed without first completing the BMedSt. Bond University is based in Robina on the Gold Coast, with clinical sites located near the main campus.
Bond University is structured using trimesters, and as such, the degree can be completed in 4 years and 8 months (14 trimesters, though they are still referred to as semesters), making it technically the shortest pathway to becoming a doctor in Australia. The BMedSt runs over 8 semesters, or 2 years and 8 months, and the MD runs over 6 semesters, or 2 years. There are 2 starting points for the BMedSt - May and September.
As described, there are no CSPs available for the program. Program fees are therefore all full fee paying - in 2022, program fees are $29 420 per semester, over the 14 semesters. Students are required to pay their first semester’s fee when accepting their offer, with future fees due at the start of each semester. FEE-HELP is available, but students should note that the maximum entitlements are not sufficient to meet the full tuition costs. One Indigenous student will be awarded a 50% scholarship.
Direct entry into BMedSt is only open to domestic students. There are approximately 120 places offered for May commencement, and 60 places offered for September commencement. Of these places, approximately 80% are reserved for undergraduate applicants and 20% are reserved for graduate applicants. Undergraduate applicants refer to students who are either year 12 school leavers or who have commenced a tertiary degree. This includes students who are applying for Lateral Entry. Lateral Entry is open to current students and graduates of specific Bond University programs with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 (Bond grading), with successful applicants moving straight into year 2 of the BMedSt. This is the only pathway available for international students. In 2021, 13 places were released to Lateral Entry students. Graduate applicants refer to students who have completed a tertiary degree within 9 years - admission is based on GPA, and students will need to start from the first year of the BMedSt. Both undergraduate and graduate applicants must complete the admission requirements described below.
Applications to this Australian medical school are submitted via QTAC , and it is important to note that there is a very different timeline to the other universities, with applications opening after all other university offers have been released.
There are pre-requisite subjects: English, English as an Additional Language, Literature, or English and Literature Extension (Units 3 and 4, C), or interstate equivalents.
As stated above, 80% of places are awarded to undergraduate applicants with a competitive ATAR/combined GPA and ATAR. A minimum ATAR of 96.00 / IB 39 is necessary. This includes students who are applying for Lateral Entry. The remaining 20% of places are awarded to graduate applicants, who must hold a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 (Bond grading), which is equivalent to a GPA of 6.0 (on a regular 7.0 scaling).
Importantly, Bond University does NOT use the UCAT ® - students are not required or expected to sit the UCAT ® .
Bond University uses psychometric testing to rank students for interview selection. This involves an online test with 2 assessments that run over a maximum of 2 hours. The assessments are those of Emotional Intelligence and a Personality Test.
Interviews are held in person at Bond University on the Gold Coast. It is structured as a multi mini interview (MMI) with 8 interview stations designed to test a candidate’s general suitability to medicine and preparedness to undertake a highly demanding course.
Students will be assessed on their prior academic record through their QTAC application. Approximately 50% of applicants will be invited to the psychometric test. In 2021, approximately 700 eligible applicants were invited to complete the psychometric test. The results of the psychometric test will form the basis for interview selection. In 2021, approximately 400 applicants were shortlisted and invited to attend the interview. Final selection is based on interview results only.
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