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Australian Medical Schools

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  • Griffith University Medical School in Australia
  • James Cook University Medical School in Australia
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  • University of Melbourne Medical School in Australia
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University of Melbourne Medical School in Australia

Program Overview - Doctor of Medicine 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: 4.8 million
Student Population: 50,000
Campus Location: Parkville, downtown Melbourne
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: Jan/Feb each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $84,608 AUD (2019)
Est. Total Tuition: $364,671 AUD (2019)

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

The University of Melbourne is one of the world's top universities for medicine, and is ranked as the #1 university in Australia and #17 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018)!

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 Melbourne MD Prerequisites below)
  • completed the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) with a minimum of 492 or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT); 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). 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. GPA weightings will be applied by weighting the first of the final three years by 1, the second year by 2 and the final year by 2.
  • Test results in an aptitude test, MCAT or GAMSAT: For 2020 intake, MCAT results from January 2017 to June 1, 2019 will be accepted. The last MCAT date will be June 1, 2019. Minimum score required is 492.
  • Structured multi-mini interview (MMI)

Offers will be made on the basis of a combined ranked list where ranks by MCAT/GAMSAT will be weighted by 25%, GPA by 25% and interview by 50%.

*Understanding Melbourne MD Prerequisites
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.

To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne's prerequisites page. Select the drop-down menu titled "List of assessed subjects" and click "International" to download the current list of subjects.

For more information about the University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine program, please read the Admissions Guide 2020.


Admissions Timeline for 2020 Intake

  • Last date to sit MCAT for 2020 intake: June 1, 2019
  • Prerequisite assessment deadline: June 20, 2019
  • Application deadline: June 27, 2019
  • Last date to submit MCAT results: July 12, 2019
  • Deadline to submit final transcripts: July 12, 2019
  • Interview offers released: mid-August 2019
  • Deadline to accept interview (online acceptance): August 23, 2019
  • Interviews (via Skype): September 9 - 13, 2019
  • Offers of admission issued: mid-October 2019
  • Deadline to accept offer or submit deferral request: November 8, 2019
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 8, 2019
  • Enrollment deadline for unconditional offered applicants: December 5, 2019
  • Enrollment deadline for conditional offered applicants: January 10, 2020
  • First day of class: January 28, 2020 (subject to change)

Interested in a University of Melbourne application fee waiver? Of course you are! Be sure to apply before June 13, 2019 and the university will waive their app fee!


Total Number of Places in the Program: 340

Number of Places Available for International Students: 55

Application Deadline: June 27, 2019

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Amanda Rollich

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