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Australian Graduate Medical Schools -
Admission Requirements

The medical school application process is long, complicated and most of all stressful, but in the end, utterly rewarding if you’re successful. This guide will provide you with a rough idea of a timeline to the year as well as presenting past GAMSAT ® and GPA requirements for different Graduate Medical Schools around Australia.

The Admissions Requirements for the majority of universities falls under one of the following categories:

  • GAMSAT ® Only
  • GAMSAT ® & Interview
  • GAMSAT ® , GPA & Interview
  • GAMSAT ® , GPA, Portfolio & Interview

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.

  1. Australian Graduate Entry Medical Schools
  2. Medical Admissions Timeline 2018
  3. GAMSAT ® Score Cutoffs - Is my GAMSAT ® Score Good Enough?
  4. Graduate Entry Medicine - Admission Requirements
  5. Australian Graduate Medical Schools - Criteria and Weightings
  6. How to Order your Preferences
  7. Useful Resources

Australian Graduate Entry Medical Schools

As of 2018, there are currently 12 Medical Schools that provide a Graduate Entry Medical Program, 11 of which require the GAMSAT ® exam (or MCAT® Exam for international students).

Of these 11, nine are members of the GAMSAT ® Consortium and their medical courses are participants in GEMSAS (Graduate Entry Medical Schools Admissions System). GEMSAS acts as a single hub for applications to the nine medical schools that make up its members. It manages applications, calculates grade point averages (GPAs) and applies individual school selection rules to allocate and organise interview and course offers to candidates around Australia. For more details, you can visit their website and review the most up to date Admissions Guide: 2019 GEMSAS Medicine Admissions Guide.

Two Medical Schools, the University of Sydney and Flinders University, are not part of GEMSAS, but still require the GAMSAT ® exam as well as separate, direct applications.

Medical Schools that require the GAMSAT ® exam include:

South Australia

In addition, the GAMSAT ® is required for the following courses:

University of Sydney:

University of Western Australia:

Monash University is the final Medical School to provide a Graduate Entry Medical Program. However, the GAMSAT ® Exam was removed as an admissions criteria in 2017, and is no longer required. Note however that domestic applicants for the Graduate Entry Medical Program at Monash University must have completed one of the approved bachelor degrees at Monash University - that is to say that external domestic applicants are no longer accepted.

For more details on the Monash University Medical School, you can visit their website.

Medical Admissions Timeline 2018

GAMSAT Distribution Curve

Medical Applications Timeline 2018

Event Dates
Application Period. Submit your application through GEMSAS.University of Sydney. Flinders University & Monash Uni are not part of GEMSAS April - June 2018
Interview Offers Released July - September 2018
Interviews are held August - October 2018
Medical Offers Released September - December 2018
Additional Offers made to fill vacancies December 2018 - January 2019

The above timeline provides you with a rough guideline to important dates throughout the year - Note however that it is important that you check the specific milestones and obtain up-to-date information from the appropriate medical institutions. GEMSAS publishes a comprehensive admissions guide every year - Keep an eye out on the GEMSAS website. The admissions guide for 2019 entry is now available: 2019 GEMSAS Medicine Admissions Guide.

Check for other key dates on the GEMSAS website here: Key Dates 2018

For non-GEMSAS Medical Institutions, it is important to review their specific information as their timelines will offer differ slightly from the GEMSAS ones.

GAMSAT ® Score Cutoffs - Is my GAMSAT ® Score Good Enough?

As of 2018, there are currently 12 Medical Schools that provide a Graduate Entry Medical Program, 11 of which require the GAMSAT ® exam (or MCAT® Exam for international students). To get a list of these schools and learn more about admissions requirements, visit our overview of the Medical School Applications: Australian Medical Schools - Graduate Entry.

GAMSAT ® Cutoffs - Australian Graduate Entry Medical Schools

Available Places in 2019 GAMSAT ® Cutoffs
CSP 1 BMP 2 Full-Fee
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
ANU
64 26 203
60 56 60 62 60 66
UNDS
43 17 60
54 53 53 53 60 59
USYD
162 65 803
67 67 68 69 67 69
UOW
51 18 153
56 57 54 57 54 64
Griffith
101 39 303
64 64 57 58 60 61
UQ-CSP
100 40 2103
66 66 68 66 70 73
UQ-Rural
- - -
64 61 61 64 68 68
Flinders
61 25 20
61 60 58 60 60 59
Deakin
93 37 123
55 58 57 59 59 63
UniMelb
179 71 954
59 59 60 63 63 66
UNDF
71 29 10
51 52 55 55 55 58
UWA
55 153
58 58 58 58 58 62
Note: Although some universities release official GAMSAT ® average and minimum scores for each year, the majority do not. As such, this data is based on a combination of officially available information and information collated from forums such as PagingDr. Unless indicated otherwise, the scores below relate to CSP places and exclude rural and sub-quota places.
  • 1CSP - Commonwealth Supported Place
  • 2BMP - Bonded Medical Place. Click here to learn more.
  • 3These full-fee places are allocated to International students only and are not applicable for domestic students.
  • 4For the University of Melbourne, these full fee places include both international and domestic applicants. Unless otherwise labelled, the full-fee column refers to full-fee places for domestic students.

It’s important to note that your GAMSAT ® Score only makes up one component of your application, and there are various other factors that need to be considered. For more information, you can refer to the section below on the different admissions criteria and weightings. As always, it’s best to get in contact with the relevant medical institutions for further details and up-to-date information.

GAMSAT ® Score Calculation

GAMSAT ® Results Formula

  • Overall Score = (1 x Section I + 1 x Section II + 2 x Section III) / 4
  • *This formula means that your Overall GAMSAT ® score is 50% Science and 50% Non-science. Note that the University of Melbourne and University of Sydney weight all three sections equally
  • Overall Score = (1 x Section I + 1 x Section II + 1 x Section III) / 3

For more information on how GAMSAT ® Scores are calculated and what they mean, visit our guide to understanding your GAMSAT ® Results in 2018.

In terms of using these cut offs, although they’re able to provide a rough guide, it’s important to understand that it’s nigh impossible to predict the cutoff scores for this year due to the multitude of factors that goes into determining these. For example consider the potential influence of the cohort itself:

Say that everyone from Melbourne that sits the GAMSAT ® does really well, then proceed to all apply for UniMelb. What’s UniMelb’s cut-off for that year going to be? Astronomical.

Additionally, non-GEMSAS schools ( USyd and Flinders ) tend to pool applicants who can and want to travel there to interview separately, so it skews the GEMSAS cut-offs year-to-year, depending on which medical schools are ‘in vogue’. It’s these year-to-year geographical nuances in scores and applications that make it nigh impossible to predict the GAMSAT ® cutoffs for the next round of applications.

Currency of GAMSAT ® Results

Application Details Valid Results
Apply 2018 for 2019 Commencement March GAMSAT®: 2017, 2018 September GAMSAT®: 2016, 2017
Apply 2019 for 2020 Commencement March GAMSAT®: 2018, 2019 September GAMSAT®: 2017, 2018
Apply 2020 for 2021 Commencement March GAMSAT®: 2019, 2020 September GAMSAT®: 2018, 2019

Recall as well that your GAMSAT ® results are valid for 2 years, and if you’re planning on applying in the near future, make sure that you’ll have valid results to use. To learn more about sitting the GAMSAT ® Exam this year, visit our guide to the GAMSAT ® Exam 2018.

Graduate Entry Medicine - Admission Requirements

Your GAMSAT ® Score is generally just one aspect of your overall application, and unfortunately, students can all too often place too much emphasis on the GAMSAT ® exam and neglect the other areas of their application.

The criteria used by Australian Graduate Medical Schools (with the exception of Monash which doesn’t use the GAMSAT®) can be broadly summarised into three different categories:

GAMSAT®Only Medical Schools

These criteria are used to determine interview offers, with the interview score itself contributing to the final offer.

These medical schools consist of:

As a rule, these schools also generally use GPA as a hurdle requirement. For further details, you can refer to the table below.

For these schools, the GAMSAT ® Cutoffs provided above hold greater relevance given that they are the single piece of information for these schools that determines whether or not you get an interview, or in the case of UQ, whether or not your application is accepted. As noted, the cutoff scores are only a guide and are based off the minimum scores required to receive a CSP (Commonwealth Supported Place). Applicants from rural backgrounds can be accepted with lower GAMSAT ® score to incentivise our national requirements for a more rounded, representative medical cohort.

As to be expected, there are always nuances to these figures, and it’s important to check with the relevant institution for up-to-date information. Flinders University for example reserves up to 75% of places for Flinders University Graduates and may invite applicants whose GAMSAT ® score is under the cutoff for interview if they have exceptional GPAs. You can learn more by reading their admissions guide here.

GAMSAT®and GPA Medical Schools

The majority of schools use what is known as a combination score to rank applicants that is calculated using an applicants GPA and GAMSAT ® Score. The calculation may differ between medical schools depending on what GPA scale they use but it can be essentially summed up as the below:

GAMSAT ® & GPA Combination Score Formula

GPA
7

+

GAMSAT ® Score
100

=

Combination Score

In addition, the formula above assumes that the GPA and GAMSAT ® Score are equally weighted, and although this is generally the case, it is always important to check with the relevant medical school for further details.

For example, if we take student John, who has a GPA of 6.63 and a GAMSAT ® Score of 67, his overall combination score can be calculated as:

6.63
7

+

67
100

=

1.6171

Medical schools will calculate the overall combination score for each applicant and rank them accordingly, and the rankings will determine who receives an interview offer and who doesn’t. As your GPA is calculated over a smaller scale, a higher GPA will be more valuable to your combination score than a higher GAMSAT®. Therefore, these schools generally tend to favour those with very high GPAs (> 6.5) and slightly lower GAMSAT ® scores. Review the table below for a list of combination score cutoffs.

GAMSAT®, GPA & Portfolio Schools

There are currently 3 medical schools in Australia that include a portfolio in the assessment process:

By including a portfolio, these medical schools will get to gauge who you actually are through your life experiences and values. As such, a strong portfolio with an impressive array of skills and fluencies can compensate for less-than-adequate GPA and GAMSAT ® scores, and because of this, the cutoffs for these universities tend to be lower. However, it is important to note that there are no clear guidelines on how portfolios are marked.

Nevertheless, a portfolio is a great way to show you have that characteristics and experiences to ensure you’ll one day make a great doctor, and it’s worth also noting that even once applications are submitted, you should continue to search for opportunities over the coming year that may contribute to your portfolio should you miss out this time and have to apply again. Be proactive and build on your activities now so that you’re making the most of the often-long road to securing a place. Becoming a better person at the same time is just collateral construction.

Additional Criteria & Requirements

All Graduate Entry Medical Schools in Australia will fall into the one of the above categories (with the exception of Monash). However, beyond looking at an applicant’s GAMSAT ® Score, GPA or Portfolio, there are several other factors that some universities consider and it’s important to check with each medical institution for up-to-date details and exact information. Some notable examples include:

  • Some universities may consider sub-quotas (sets of places set aside for special applicants) or bonuses for rural, Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander and previous healthcare applicants. For these individuals, cut-off scores will be slightly lower.

  • The University of Melbourne requires certain prerequisites.

  • As mentioned above, Flinders University reserves up to 75% of places for Flinders University Graduates

  • Deakin has multiple bonuses available for:

    • Rural Applicants
    • Prior Clinical Experience
    • Prior Work Experience
    • Financial Disadvantage
    • Deakin Study Bonus
  • 4 Universities take into account postgraduate studies in the calculation of GPA:

This above list is by no means exhaustive and it’s important to check with the relevant medical institutions for specific details.

Australian Graduate Medical Schools - Criteria and Weightings

Medical school Minimum GPA Minimum GAMSAT* Bonuses / sub-quota Criteria for INTERVIEW offer Criteria for FINAL OFFER of place Unofficial minimum scores (2018 Entry)++&
Rural & indigenous Postgraduate
GPA GAMSAT Portfolio
GPA GAMSAT Interview Portfolio
ANU
5.6
55
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50% 50%
25% 25% 50%
CSP: 1.61 BMP#: 1.4929
UNDS1
5
50
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33% 33% 33%
50% 50%
CSP: 1.5689 FFP: 1.5429
USydw
5.0(UAC)
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Hurdle 100%
- 50% 50%
CSP: 69 BMP: N/A
UOW
5
50
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30% 30% 40%
- - 50% 50%
CSP#: 1.47 BMP: N/A
Griffith**
5.0^
50
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50% 50%
25% 25% 50%
CSP: 1.6014 BMP#: 1.4971
UQ
5.0
50
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No Interview
Hurdle 100%
CSP: 74 BMP: 73
Flinders
N/A
N/A
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Hurdle 100%
33% 33% 33%
CSP: 1.4557 BMP: N/A
Deakin3
5
50
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50% 50%
25% 25% 50%
CSP: 1.5586 BMP: N/A
UMelb 2
54
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50% 50%
25% 25% 50%
CSP: 1.6357 BMP: 1.61
UNDF1
5
50
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33% 33% 33%
50% 50%
CSP: 1.5171 BMP: 1.4714
UWA**
5.5^
50
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50% 50%
33% 33% 33%
CSP: 1.6029 BMP: N/A
  • 1UNDF/UNDS may consider scores below the minimum where applicants are competitive in other areas.
  • 2Prerequisites apply (check the UMelb website for more information).
  • 3Deakin also offers a bonus for financial disadvantage and prior clinical experience in a health discipline.
  • 4The University of Melbourne calculates GPA according to the following ratio - (Final Year-2: Final Year-1: Final Year) : (1:2:2)
  • ^A GPA of 7 is awarded to masters by research and PhD studies (NB: UWA award this for PhDs only).
  • *Overall minimum scores are listed, but all universities also require a minimum section score of 50 in each section (discretionary for UNDS/UNDF).
  • **Griffith University and UWA use unweighted GPA Scores
  • wUMelb and USYD weight each section of the GAMSAT equally.
  • ++ 2018 entry unofficial minimum scores drawn from self-reported scores in the PagingDr forum ( pagingdr.net ). In most instances, the scores listed ignore bonuses (rural etc.), but some scores may include such bonuses and may be for bonded or full-fee place types and will be marked accordingly. Many medical schools do not publish official cut-off scores so these should be used as a guide only.
  • &Some scores listed here are derived by combining GAMSAT/GPA score (GPA/7 + GAMSAT/100) which is roughly used to rank applicants.
  • #These score includes rural and other bonuses.
  • CSP - Commonwealth Supported Place.
  • BMP - Bonded Medical Place. For more details see here.
  • UAC - University Admissions Centre. For more details visit the USYD Website or the UAC site.

Finally a word on Monash University. Although this particular medical school does offer a Graduate Medical Course, a GAMSAT ® score ceased being necessary from 2017 onwards. Any applications will be instead assessed on three factors:

  1. Academic Record (WAM)
  2. MMI (Multi-mini Interview)
  3. Situational Judgement Test - This is a computerised test that presents the test-taker with realistic, hypothetical scenarios and asks them to identify the most appropriate response or to rank the responses in the order they feel is most effective.

Most importantly perhaps, entry will only be open to candidates who have completed certain degrees at Monash University:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (including double degrees)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (dependent on completion of designated units)

For more details, visit the Monash University Medical School Website

How to Order your Preferences

It’s near impossible to conceive of a way in which you can ‘play the system’, in regards to GEMSAS preferencing. All offers are coordinated centrally via GEMSAS and if a medical school doesn’t want you, you’ll get passed onto your next preference for consideration. Below are some tips - Remember, don’t overthink it!

  1. Rank all medical schools on a blank piece of paper based on where you actually want to live/attend/thrive/survive
  2. If you do not want to live somewhere, do not preference it
  3. If you end up with more than 6 preferences on that page, cut out the ones for which you would be least competitive

Useful Resources

  1. What is the GAMSAT®?

    Everything you need to know about the GAMSAT ® Exam from structure and overview to which universities require the GAMSAT ®

  2. How to study for the GAMSAT ® Exam

    A breakdown of how to approach study effectively and how to set up a GAMSAT ® study schedule

  3. Understanding your GAMSAT ® Results

    Covers everything you need to know about your GAMSAT ® Results - From how scoring works to the results release dates.

  4. GradReady GAMSAT ® Preparation Courses

    The Best Results at the Best Value - The only provider with statistically significant results over 4 years - Average student improvement of 24 Percentile Points.

  5. InterviewReady Courses

    Get ready for your medical application interview with tailored preparation for specific universities and formats. 90% Medical School Admission Rate over the last 4 years.

  6. GradReady Free GAMSAT ® Study Guide

    Get access to the most comprehensive study guide out there:

    • Separate week-by-week study schedules for GAMSAT®Humanities, Biology, Chemistry and Physics to help you focus on your areas of need.
    • 14 pg Essay Writing Guide to help you ace your Section 2 Essays
    • Key Excerpts from our 1200+pg Textbook with an extensive breakdown of what you need to know for each section.
  7. GEMSAS GPA Calculator
  8. GEMSAS Admissions Guide for 2019 Entry

Undergraduate Medicine

Another option for those interested in studying medicine is Undergraduate Entry. This is open to those finishing high school and requires an ATAR score and typically a UMAT® Score.

The following universities require the UMAT® Exam for entry into their undergraduate medical schools:

Northern Territory