Top Medical Schools in Australia

July 17, 2013

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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When applying to study medicine, it is always important to find out as much as you can about the best medical schools available to you, and the teaching methods and unique qualities these schools offer; you are potentially going to be embarking on a new chapter of your life with them after all.

Healthcare is a competitive field to break into, so assuming you are already a hard worker with high aspirations, we thought we would give you a bit more information about the top medical schools in Australia. Even if you are not considering these particular medical schools, it is great to know about the variety of programs on offer. All five of the following have been ranked within the Top 50 medical schools in the world on the QS World University Rankings for medicine. Graduating from a medical school that is in the top percentage of university ranking adds significant quality to your degree and will benefit you when making applications for further study, or when applying for jobs.

The following universities are also all part of the Group of Eight (Go8) – a coalition of Australia’s leading universities:

The University of Melbourne (9)

Confidently crediting itself as ‘Australia’s Number 1 University’, and ranked number 9 in the top medical schools in the world, the University of Melbourne is the ultimate place to be if you want to study medicine. Melbourne Medical School is the oldest medical school in Australia and is globally known for its leadership in training, health, research, policy and practice. With current academic staff such as Professor Peter Doherty (1996 Nobel Prize in Medicine) – who discovered how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells – you will be in very capable hands.

The University of Sydney (17)

Another extremely high-ranking university in Australia, offering unparalleled opportunities to study medicine is the University of Sydney. This university is ranked number 17 in the QS World University Rankings for medical schools. The school itself offers students and researchers the opportunity to participate in industry-leading practices in three key areas, including education, research and clinical care.

Monash University (29) 

Monash is a university that takes its reputation equally as serious as it does in making sure that each individual has an incredible time at university, and gets everything that they hoped for – and more – from the program and overall experience. They strongly believe that with a Monash degree, students will both benefit and contribute to the reputation of the university. The Monash University Department of Medicine is at Monash Medical Centre, which is a referral hospital serving a population of over one million people.

The University of Queensland (33)

The University of Queensland offers significant support to students and even introduced the UQ Career Advantage PhD Program to accelerate their employability. The University’s personal research has also heightened their pristine reputation over the years; this includes the cervical cancer vaccine ‘Gardasil’, and improved imaging for MRI systems, to name but a few.

The University of New South Wales (37)

At the University of New South Wales, ensuring that the standards of teaching are beyond excellent is just as important as pioneering research. With close affiliation with some of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes, and healthcare organisations, students are given the opportunity to venture outside of the hospital and learn alongside medical experts.
All of these universities have their own websites, brimming with information about everything they have to offer potential students, and a lot of extra information about the medical schools and programs available. Please find the links below:
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University of Sydney
Monash University
University of Queensland
University of New South Wales
Other reputable Australian medical schools include: The University of Adelaide, The University of Western Australia, Flinders University, The Australian National University, Bond University, Deakin University, Griffith University, James Cook University, The University of Newcastle, The University of Notre Dame, The University of Tasmania, The University of Western Sydney, The University of Wollongong.

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