University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine

July 1, 2013

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The University of Melbourne – Faculty of Medicine is a highly acclaimed institution renowned worldwide for its academic excellence and its many achievements in education and research. In 2012-2013, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked Melbourne University 16th in the world in health, pre-clinical and clinical subjects.

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) course offered by the University – the only professional entry master’s level program in Australia – provides a fresh approach to medical training. Designed for students who have completed their undergraduate studies and are committed to professional training, this unique MD creates a new benchmark in 21st century medical education.  

Open to local as well as international students, the degree builds on prerequisite knowledge of anatomy, biochemistry and physiology, which is acquired through undergraduate study. It delivers advanced clinical and academic training to ensure students are prepared for the challenges of a high quality medical internship. The course comprises a total of 400 credit points. Every year during the mid-year break, students lead an interdisciplinary conference worth 6.25 credit points per year.

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 The Doctor of Medicine is a 4-year full-time course that that includes:

-1-year integrated clinical and bioscience learning featuring an innovative case-based teaching approach.

-2 core clinical training years that facilitates interacting with patients in diverse settings.

-A semester in which each student focuses on a single medical discipline and completes a research project.

-A capstone semester during which students get practical training in the skills required for safe and effective clinical practice in later study.

-An annual medical conference where students get the opportunity to interact with leaders and researchers in clinical healthcare.

As one of the foremost medical and research institutions in the world, the Melbourne Medical School has strong partnerships with premier hospitals in the public and private sectors, as well as some of Australia’s leading medical research institutes.


Selection Criteria   

Some of the courses offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) require you to have completed prerequisite subjects at the second-year level or equivalent in order to be eligible to apply for the course. Your eligibility will be determined by the faculty by automatically matching the subjects on this list with your academic record.

If you meet the pre-requisites but the appropriate subjects are not featured on the approved list, you can submit a reassessment request of these subjects. You can find the form for this on the prerequisites website.


The Application Process 

The application process for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) course is different for domestic and for international applicants. However, there are a few mandatory requirements that are common to both.

All students need to have completed the prerequisite undergraduate subjects. Domestic applicants need to have passed the GAMSAT. The equivalent for international students is the MCAT.

Domestic students put in their application via the GEMASAS, or the Graduate Entry Medical Schools Application System. Students from overseas can apply either directly to International Admissions, University of Melbourne or through a recognized Education Agent.

All applicants have to make themselves available for multiple mini interviews, which are held in person for domestic applicants and via Skype for international applicants.