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Australian Medical Schools

  • Overview - Australian Medical Schools in Australia
  • Griffith University Medical School in Australia
  • James Cook University Medical School in Australia
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  • University of Melbourne Medical School in Australia
  • University of Queensland Medical School
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University of Melbourne Medical School in Australia

Program Overview - Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)The Melbourne MD

University and Faculty: University of Melbourne
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
University Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
City Population: 4 million
Student Population: 47,000
Campus Location: Parkville, downtown Melbourne
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2019
Est. Annual Tuition: $81,344 AUD (2018)
Est. Total Tuition: $350,603 AUD (2018)

Renowned for global leadership in health research, policy and practice, the University of Melbourne educates more health professionals than any other university in Australia.

In previous years, the University of Melbourne Medical School offered a graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program. The final intake for the Melbourne MBBS degree was in 2009. The University of Melbourne Medical School now offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, the first of its kind in Australia and the world. The Melbourne MD is slightly different from the MD presently offered throughout North America as it has a higher designation.

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne's reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

The graduate attributes for the MD serve as the framework for a graduate-entry level program, building on prerequisites in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry to deliver an accredited medical practitioner, ready to optimize patient outcomes in any health setting. The teaching style will assume this prior discipline knowledge as well as generic skills and maturity to ensure these learning outcomes.

The MD includes one year of bioscience foundation learning, six months of full-time research and two and a half years of clinical training in university-affiliated hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries. A yearly student conference will be a distinguishing feature of the Melbourne MD and provide opportunities for broader disciplinary and inter-disciplinary learning. The teaching, student conference and assessment program is about 40 weeks per year.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The Melbourne Medical School is accredited by the Australian Medical Council, the national accreditation and standards body in Australia. Graduates of the Melbourne Medical School are eligible for professional registration with all medical boards in Australia and New Zealand, which enables them to enter supervised medical practice as interns anywhere in Australia, and prepares them to progress to any medical specialty via a residency program.

The Melbourne Medical School is listed on the FAIMER - International Medical Education Directory (IMED). All medical schools listed on the IMED are recognised by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), for the purpose of sitting the national qualifying examinations, and the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS), for the purpose of being eligible to apply for a residency in Canada.

Each year, OzTREKK hosts its annual Canadian Medical Licensing Seminars across Canada, which are exclusive to students who submit their Australian medical school application via OzTREKK. These seminars provide the latest information regarding the accreditation and medical licensing process in Canada, as well as outline options for internships in Australia and other destinations.


Why Canadians Love this Program

Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the Melbourne medical program!

"The likes of my program include: the clinical case study groups that really get you thinking and applying the medicine into a weekly case. This has allowed me to hone in on specific concepts relevant to a (fake) case that has lasting positive impacts on my learning. The dislikes include: the ridiculously high cost of the program. There are 9 other Canadians in my program and we know each other quite well. We have all adapted to living on the opposite side of the world away from our family and friends, and we have each discovered our own place in the program with our own friends. I can say that if you keep an open mind about moving across the world to study medicine it is an opportunity of a life time and the debt will mean little with the experiences you will have here in this wonderful city and well structured program. The University of Melbourne medicine is extremely challenging."

"Pros: Beautiful campus. Great professors. Cons: Very expensive!! Great university, although, it's the quality of your classmate that makes the difference here. You'll spend the next four years with a great group of people."

"I love how great the program is with regards to the teaching and first class nature of research. I dislike the extremely high international fees and lack of scholarships for international students. It is an excellent program, and a great place to study as the teaching style is very similar to Canadian schools if not better."

"Finally being able to pursue my dream. Culture - laid back yet studious when need be Melbourne the city is beautiful, clean, organized. Love the organization and leading edge mentality of a well-oiled machine of a Medical School. Univesity of Melbourne's Doctor of Medicine program is of the highest caliber in Australia and is at the same level if not better than the top Canadian medical schools. They have the history and tradition of a world class university and is located in the densest innovative biomedical research hub in the Southern Hemisphere. This is where you want to go to learn from the best so you can be the best."

"used to being in very small classes (about 10 or 20 people) and knowing my professors personally. I'm not sure about how to get academic references when I don't have the chance to really get to know my professors. The University of Melbourne is very easy to get settled into. There is lots to do on campus, there are tons of restaurants and cafes to socialise, and in general, it's just a very welcoming campus to be a part of."

"The program is well designed and I like the hardware that is provided from the school. I have access to a lot of useful resources. Loved it and much better than most of my Canadian school."

"I really like that the program is well organized and the level of teaching is at a high standard. I can definitely see how this school is within the top 15 in the world. In addition, all my fellow classmates both local and international are at a high calibre and that adds to our learning in case supported learning sessions. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with campus life and you are constantly meeting new people. The only thing a bit more challenging about my program right now is that we learn at a very fast pace with a ton of material being thrown at us. The only thing I dislike about my program is that our online portal crashes sometimes but that is a minor issue and it is working the majority of the time. I would tell people that if you can afford it, definitely come down here! It is a great experience, you are literally getting a world class education, and you will grow so much from living abroad. The people are great here and the western culture is similar to Canada so it will be easy to get used to but with an ozzie twist."

"The MD program in UniMelb is quite intense, as they condense the 2 years pre-clinical years into one year. Coming from a Psych major, the biomedical science majors definitely have an advantage over me. I feel that I may have done better in other universities, such as USyd, as the pre-clinical years are spread over 2 years, and it would be easier for me to cope. However, the MD program in UniMelb really pushes me, far beyond what I had to do for my undergrad. UniMelb MD program also has mainly Australians in the cohort, and only 40 internationals. I like this as I really wanted to be immeresed in the Australian culture. If you want to come to UniMelb MD program, you have to be prepared for an intense program. The amount of studying and effort I had to put in compared to my undergrad is about 3-4 times more. You have long days, and in order to keep up, you must study at night. Also, the way the program is designed, is that you can compartmentalize the different subjects. Everything you learn, from every lecture, lab, tutorial, all ties in together. And it is a little hard to wrap your head around. You will have to figure out a brand new way to study. I am still struggling with this."

"I think the University of Melbourne MD program is great for me. Given my background, I have liked the condensed first year. While it makes it more challenging to prepare for exams, the fact that we start full time in hospital in second year is a real draw for me. I think if you are an independent learner who is up for a challenge and anxious to get started in the hospital this is a fabulous program. The university of Melbourne has a wonderful reputation both within Australia and Globally. It is considered perhaps the most challenging with its unique curriculum structure, but as a result, there are more opportunities in terms of research, development of clinical skills, and exposure to a wide range of specialities."

"It has excellent staff and teaching support for the great learning experience. Profs are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic to teach students. They are very approachable when needing help. However, some of the administrative work done by the faculty of medicine bit disoriented. Other than that fantastic school with full of bright people. It is something that other Canadians to look for as it is very compatible or even better than many of the North American Schools. Staff and students here are very passionate about the program and are working hard together to make the learning experience great for everyone."

"This program has a great format and structure. It is an excellent format for medical education and the faculty and support at Uni Melb is outstanding."

"Melbourne's an amazing city, the University is top notch and it's great to see the sun without sacrificing cool weather or it getting too hot. The people are very friendly and the social atmosphere is great. The first year MD program is very tough, but the way they've built it up is that it's very enjoyable. The lectures are structured in a manner that build around a weekly Case with group discussions that greatly supplement the course."



Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

To apply to the University of Melbourne Medical School's Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, eligible Canadian applicants must have

  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university (GPA 5.0 out of 7.0);
  • completed prerequisite second-year university subjects (one each) in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Subjects from overseas universities will be considered on a case-by-case basis. *(Please read Understanding Prerequisites below)
  • completed the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) (no minimum MCAT required); and
  • received an invitation by Melbourne to sit a multi-mini interview (MMI).

The selection of eligible international applicants will be based on the following and given equal weighting:

  • Academic record: grade point average (GPA) from a completed three-year (or more) university degree in any discipline (with prerequisites met and studies completed within the last 10 years)
  • Test results in an aptitude test, MCAT or GAMSAT: MCAT test results from January 2016 to May 2018 (inclusive) will be accepted for those applying for the 2019 intake. Applicants sitting the MCAT test more than once within this date range may choose which set of scores to include with their application
  • Structured multi-mini interview (MMI)

The Selection Committee may re-rank applicants with a high level of performance in postgraduate studies in a cognate area subject to the following:

  • postgraduate study must have been completed within ten years of commencement of the Doctor of Medicine;
  • postgraduate study must be the equivalent of at least a one year full-time program;
  • postgraduate study must be in a discipline that builds upon studies completed at the undergraduate level;
  • postgraduate study must be in a health-related or biological sciences discipline.

The quotas of places available for selection of applicants re-ranked on the basis of postgraduate study: Doctor of Medicine - up to 10 places.

Re-ranked applicants not selected on this basis, who otherwise satisfy the selection criteria, will be considered on the basis of their undergraduate results. The Selection Committee is not required to fill the quotas and any unused places will be allocated as normal.

*Understanding Prerequisites

Some courses at the University of Melbourne have prerequisite subjects that must be completed in order to be eligible to apply for the course. The Doctor of Medicine (MD) requires prerequisite subjects in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology taught at the second-year level, or equivalent. For all three courses, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to commencing.

The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is responsible for assessing prospective students' courses to see if they meet application eligibility. If your subjects (human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry) have not been previously assessed, OzTREKK strongly recommends having your subjects assessed well in advance of applying. The assessment process may be lengthy, so try to have your subjects assessed as soon as possible before applying. To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne's prerequisites page.You may check the courses you have taken to date by clicking on the "International" link under the heading "Have you already assessed my subjects?"


Prospective applicants for the MD program at Melbourne Medical School are strongly encouraged to submit documentation through the University of Melbourne's webform for assessment by April 30 of the year in which they wish to apply in order to be considered for admission for the following year. Applicants who submit complete documentation by this deadline will be advised of the subject equivalent before the closing date for applications. Note: Submissions received after this date will be processed but applicants will not receive advice about the outcome of the request until after the closing date for applications. If the student's courses meet the prerequisites, course outlines do not need to be submitted with his/her application. If a prospective student's human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry courses are not listed and he/she did not submit course information to the faculty for assessment, course outlines must be submitted with the application.

Admission Notes:

  • The University of Melbourne's MD Selection Committee will shortlist applicants for interview on the basis of their performance in previous studies (GPA) and their results in the GAMSAT/MCAT.
  • Applicants will need to have achieved a weighted GPA or qualification of 5.0 (out of 7.0) The GPA is assessed on the last three full-time equivalent years of the most recent undergraduate degree undertaken. Successive years are weighted x1, x2 and x3, and so the greatest weight is given to the most recent results.
  • Shortlisted applicants will undertake a multi-mini interview (MMI). Interviews with international applicants will be conducted via Skype video.

Treatment of Honours in selection - Grade Point Average (GPA) will be measured by considering the last 3 years of the applicant's undergraduate coursework studies (only including Honours where the Honours Degree is completed by the end of semester one in the year of application , and the results are available for selection). If an Honours degree is not completed by mid-year in the year of application, then weightings will be applied by weighting the first of the final three pre-honours undergraduate years by 1, the second year by 2 and the final year by 3.


Admissions Timeline for 2018 Intake

  • Prerequisite assessment deadline: June 22, 2017
  • Application deadline: June 22, 2017 (Apps are closed)
  • Last date to sit MCAT for 2018 intake: June 1, 2017
  • Last date to submit MCAT results: July 15, 2017
  • Interview offers released: mid-August 2017
  • Deadline to accept interview (online acceptance): August 18, 2017
  • Interviews (via Skype): August 28 - September 1, 2017
  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: late October 2017
  • Deadline to accept offer or submit deferral request: November 10, 2017
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 10, 2017
  • Enrollment deadline for unconditional offered applicants: December 15, 2017
  • Enrollment deadline for conditional offered applicants: January 12, 2018
  • First day of class: TBA

Total Number of Places in the Program: 340

Number of Places Available for International Students: up to 45

Application Deadline: Applications for the 2018 intake closed June 22, 2017. For information about the 2019 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Kaylee Templeton

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