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Monash University Medical School in Australia

Program Overview - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Honours (Grad Entry)

University and Faculty: Monash University
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Honours
University Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
City Population: 5,000
Student Population: 67,076
Campus Location: Churchill (Gippsland), Victoria
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: Semester 1 (February) each year
Next Intake: February 2017
Est. Ind. Annual Tuition: $67,400 AUD (2016)

The Monash University Medical School in Australia offers the four-year Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Honours degree, which first began at the Gippsland Campus in 2008.

The four years of the course are referred to as year A – D. Year A is delivered from the School of Rural Health - Churchill. Churchill is located about 160 km from the city of Melbourne. The School of Rural Health at Monash University is located on the Federation University Australia campus, which used to be owned by Monash University and was referred to as the Monash Gippsland campus, prior to 2014. Students in Monash's graduate-entry MBBS program study in Churchill at the beginning of their degree, and go to classes on the Federation University Australia campus. The remainder of the Monash graduate-entry MBBS clinical years can be undertaken in Metropolitan Melbourne or in regional Victoria clinical sites if students so wish.

Monash Medical School enrolls approximately 95 to 100 students each year into the graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Honours course and is based at purpose-built facilities at Monash University’s Gippsland campus. The Gippsland campus is located in the township of Churchill, with a population of approximately 5,000. The 160-kilometre drive from Melbourne takes about two hours, heading east on the Princes Highway.

With a focus on rural health, all student teaching and clinical placements take place throughout Gippsland. Students will predominantly spend the first year in the purpose-built Gippsland facility and undertake clinical rotations at hospitals, community health centres and general practices over the four years of the course.

The medical program provides an interdisciplinary program, organized to provide integration of structure and function within the biomedical sciences. It presents a continually expanding level of medical experience, starting in the first semester of the course. In the first year, the basic medical sciences are taught in the context of their relevance to patient care. Later in the course, clinical teaching builds upon and reinforces this strong scientific foundation.

An emphasis on clinical communication skills as well as early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals is a feature of the four-year graduate-entry Monash degree. All students will spend the majority of their time in rural and regional areas in eastern Victoria as part of a health-care team.

Students enrolled in the four-year Gippsland Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Honours medical program also have the opportunity of electing to study for an extra year in order to obtain a Bachelor of Medical Science degree. During the 12-month period required for completion of the BMedSc, students undertake research activities supervised through a department of the faculty and complete a minor thesis. They will then graduate with both the MBBS and the BMedSc degrees after five years of study.


Unique Features of the Program

Monash University Medical School's Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Honours curriculum is designed as an integrated structure incorporating four themes, within which semester-long units are taught by staff from a range of departments across the faculty in an interdisciplinary fashion.

In the first year of the MBBS program (year A), the basic medical and behavioural sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and sociology) are introduced within interdisciplinary units. In all of these units, there will be a major focus on clinical issues through clinical case studies. MBBS students will also participate in community partnership placements where they spend time working in a community setting with clients of welfare agencies.

In year B, Monash Medical School students will study integrated medicine and surgery, which will be taught together with a series of problem-based and case-based learning sessions. Year C is largely taken up with core clinical rotations in women's and children's health, general practice and psychological medicine. Year D is structured as a series of electives and selectives, where students will choose to complete their degree by gaining wider experience in chosen disciplines and specific areas of interest through a range of metropolitan, rural and overseas settings.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The Monash University medical program is accredited by the Australian Medical Council.

In Canada, each province/territory is responsible for licensing physicians to practise medicine within its boundaries. Licensure to practise medicine requires the completion of an accredited postgraduate training program, as well as the completion of national qualifying exams. Each province may have different requirements; it is your responsibility to meet the necessary requirements for licensure in your province.

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.

Find out more in Monash's Information for International Applicants 2016 Entry brochure.


Why Canadians Love this Program

Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the Monash University graduate medical program!

2014 Intake Reviews

"I really enjoy how everyone is so laid back and friendly. It has the perfect balance of familiarity and newness, as it is quite similar to Canada in some respects, and quite different in other respects. I would say that the early focus on clinical skills is excellent. However, sometimes the administration seems unprofessionally disorganized. I really enjoy studying medicine at Monash because the cohort is so small. It's easy to make friends and create meaningful connections with people."



Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

Selection will be made up of three components:

1. Undergraduate degree with a significant biomedical science background and grade point average (GPA)

The medical program at the Gippsland campus of Monash Medical School is only available to those applicants who have previously successfully completed an undergraduate degree.

Monash University has added a component to its requirements for those applying to the graduate-entry MBBS program for the 2016 intake. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, and it must be a degree with a significant biomedical science component.

OzTREKK has provided information to the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash to have Canadian undergraduate degrees assessed for eligibility. Monash is currently reviewing Canadian university bachelor degrees to determine whether they meet the biomedical science component.

So far, the following five degrees have been reviewed as meeting Monash's biomedical sciences degree requirement for the graduate-entry MBBS:

  • Brock University Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
  • McMaster University Bachelor of Health Science in Biomedical Science
  • University of Calgary Bachelor of Health Sciences (Biomedical Sciences)
  • University of Guelph Bachelor of Science (Bio-Medical Science)
  • University of Waterloo Bachelor of Life Sciences (Biomedical Science)

The following four degrees are still under assessment by the faculty at Monash:

  • Ryerson University Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science
  • University of Ottawa Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
  • University of Western Ontario Bachelor of Medical Sciences
  • York University Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

When additional assessments for other Canadian university degrees have been completed, OzTREKK will post these outcomes. If your university program is not yet listed and you have completed biomedical science subjects, you can submit your Monash University application to OzTREKK by the application deadline, and the faculty will assess your undergraduate background as part of the application process.

If you have any questions regarding the Monash University biomedical sciences degree requirement, please feel free to contact OzTREKK Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank.

Applicants will need to have achieved a GPA or qualification of 6.0 (out of 7.0) over all years of study.

Monash does not need your final academic transcript at the time of application as conditional offers can be issued; however, final transcripts will be required should you wish to accept your offer.

2. Interview Results

Selection into the Monash Medical School is based upon a combination of the applicant's aptitude test, academic studies, and performance in a multi-mini interview (MMI). This interview format allows the faculty to better determine applicants who possess the desired personal qualities required to succeed in the MBBS program. The MMI format allows each applicant to be assessed by trained interviewers. MMI stations comprise a series of scenarios and associated questions focusing on an applicant's relevant personal qualities including motivation, communication skills, critical thinking and ethical/empathetic reasoning.

3. Situational Judgement Test

After the MMI interview, candidates will be invited to participate in an online Situational Judgement Test (SJT). Monash will confirm details regarding this test to those candidates chosen for an interview.

Please note that from 2017 intake onward, international applicants are not required to undertake the MCAT or GAMSAT to be considered for the graduate-entry MBBS program at Monash University.


Application Timeline for the 2017 Intake

Round 1 for Canadian Applicants

Application deadline for Round 1: February 5, 2016

Interview Dates for Canadian applicants:
Sunday, March 13, 2016 (Toronto)
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (Vancouver)

Notification of interviews: Interview offers will be made over the days leading up to interview dates, depending on the finalization of required documentation.

Round 2 for Canadian Applicants

Application deadline for Round 2: September 27, 2016

Interview Dates for Canadian applicants:
Monday, October 31, 2016 (Toronto)
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (Vancouver)


Total Number of Places in the Program: 80

Number of Places Available for International Students: 15

Application Deadline: Round 1 - February 5, 2016; Round 2 - September 27, 2016

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Courtney Frank

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