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Introduction

Monash University was founded in 1958 and is the largest university in Australia. Monash is part of the Group of Eight universities, a research-intensive coalition amongst Australian universities. Monash University is home to approximately 54,000 undergraduate and 23,000 postgraduate students. Monash is a registered higher education provider under the TEQSA Act 2011 and has contributed to some very interesting research in medicine: steps towards curing lifelong viral infections, targeting pancreatic cancer and more.

Monash University is located in Victoria - a culturally diverse state with 49% of its inhabitants either born overseas, or a parent born overseas. In Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, more than 150 different languages are spoken. The Economist Intelligence Unit recently ranked Melbourne among the top three most liveable cities in 2019.

The city boasts various cultural events and festivals, a variety of ethnic restaurants, and The Queen Victoria market, which is the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere. The city is also popular for its numerous sporting events and extensive recreational activities, such as amusement parks, zoos and bushwalking.


Monash University Medicine Summary Table

Undergraduate Medicine (5 years)

 

Domestic International
How to apply VTAC Agent in home country or directly to Monash.
Programme Length 5 years
No. of places
Academic Requirements ATAR - 90 minimum (inc Chemistry and English) 2019 median score was 99.35

A levels - Minimum 15 points in 3 A-Levels (inc B* Chemistry, B English or A in O Level English)

IB - Min of 39 (inc Chemistry and English
Same as domestic students, plus English Language requirements
Exam Requirements UCAT ANZ ISAT 170
Interview MMI
Fees first year $77,000
Application Deadline September 2020 Varies

 

Graduate Entry Medicine (4 Years)

 

Domestic International
How to apply My application portal
Programme Length 4 years
No. of places
Academic Subject Requirements Minimum GPA 6.0/7.0

Must be Monash University degree
Degree in Broad biomedical science

English Language Requirements
Exam Requirements MCAT or GAMSAT are not required

Situational Judgement Test is required
Interview MMI
Fees first year $77,000
Application Deadline September 2020 Varies

 

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Monash Medical School - The Programme

For undergraduates, the university offers a Bachelor of Medical Science and the Doctor of Medicine at Monash (MD) 5-year programme. This is a direct entry programme for year 12 students. Monash University also offers a 4-year course for Monash graduate medicine. Throughout the University experience, students learn about the basic medical science through patient based presentations and discussions in small groups, as well as gaining real clinical experience in various locations, including metropolitan and rural hospitals.

Monash Medicine focuses on four vital themes when training medical students; ‘Personal and Professional Development’, ‘Society, Population, Health and Illness’, ‘Scientific Basis of Clinical Practise’, and ‘Clinical Skills’.

There are two campuses at which The Bachelor of Medicine at Monash may be undertaken - Monash University Clayton campus and Monash University Malaysia. The first two years of the course are campus-based and the final three years are hospital and community-based.

For graduates on the four-year programme, the first year of study is completed at the School of Rural Health in Churchill in Gippsland with regular visits to the Clayton campus. The following three years of the programme are all spent in clinical environments. There is an opportunity for students to complete placements in metropolitan Melbourne, south-eastern Victoria or north-west Victoria.

Eligibility

Residence requirements

Monash accepts both domestic and international applicants for its five-year and four-year programmes.

Alternative Pathways

There are alternative pathways for those from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background. 27% of places on the medical programme must be filled by students from an Australian rural background. Historically, 60-80 applicants from the Dean’s Indiginous List with scores slightly lower than the standard cut-off were invited to an interview.

A Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is also available for those who have experienced educational disadvantage if they do not reach the course ATAR requirement.

Other pathways include schemes that involve candidates working in underserved areas (Bonded Medical Places) or more rural experience (Extended Rural Cohort/ Dean’s Rural list)

Academic Requirements

Grades

Both domestic and international students applying for the 5 year programme must have completed Year 12 studies (or VCE equivalent) less than two years ago, and have not started other studies at a tertiary level during that time.

A Level
Applicants are required to have either 90% or a minimum combination of 15 points in 3 A Levels. This is to include a B* Chemistry and B English (or a in O level English).

ATAR
Applicants need a minimum ATAR score of 90, which includes 30 out of 50 in Chemistry. They are also required to have a score of at least 35/50 in English as an Alternate Language or 30/50 in English. Year 12 Biology is also recommended. It should be noted that 2019’s median score was 99.35

IB
Applicants must have a minimum of 39, including 5 in Standard English and Chemistry or 4 in Higher English and Chemistry.

Domestic applicants for the four-year medicine graduate programme are required to have an undergraduate degree from Monash in Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), or Bachelor of Science with specified units. It is advantageous to have completed the Bachelor of Biomedical Science undergraduate degree at Monash as at least 70% of available places are reserved for these students. Applicants are required to have a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 70 in their undergraduate degree.

International Applicants applying for the four-year medicine graduate programmemust have completed, or be in the final year of completing, a bachelor's degree. The degree must consist of significant and broad biomedical science content from an internationally recognised university. A degree in Broad biomedical science may include Pharmacology, Physiology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Genetics. Applicants are required to have a GPA of at least 6.0/7.0.

International applicants must also have either IELTS 7.0 with no individual band score less than 6.5 or TOEFL of 587 and TWE of 4.5 in the written TOEFL or 94 with at least 24 in writing, 19 in reading and no less than 20 in listening and speaking in the internet based TOEFL to fulfil the English Language requirements.

Exams

Domestic Applicants applying for the five-year medical programme must sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

International Applicants applying for the five-year medical programme must sit the International Student Assessment Test (ISAT). This is a 3 hour multiple choice test created to predict academic success based on intellectual skill and abilities. This makes up 33% of your overall application score.

If you expect to change residency status during the selection and admissions process, you should complete the UCAT in addition to the ISAT. International applicants must have either IELTS (overall score ≥ 7.0) or TOEFL (score ≥ 587 + ≥ 4.5 in the written component).

All applicants (both domestic and international) for the four-year medical programme are required to sit the Situational Judgement Test (SJT). This is an online test, lasting no more than 90 minutes, in which candidates are given hypothetical scenarios. Candidates must rank responses to these sceneries from most to least appropriate. GAMSAT is notrequired. Applicants must have either IELTS (overall score ≥ 7.0) or TOEFL (score ≥ 587 + ≥ 4.5 in the written component).

Application Process

How to apply

Domestic applicants applying for the five-year programme must apply with VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre). International applicants go through an agent in the candidate’s home country or apply directly through the Monash University website. If you are an international student but studying year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC like domestic students.

For both domestic and international applicants applying for the four-year programme, applications must be done using the my.application portal on Monash University’s website.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for domestic applicants to the five-year programme is September 2020. The deadline for international applicants varies depending on home country/ agent. Please see the table below for further details.

The deadline for domestic applicants to the four-year programme is September 2020. The deadline for international applicants varies depending on home country/agent.

 

Malaysia, Singapore & other areas in Asia June 2020 and October 2020
Canada & North America July 2020
Other overseas applicants October 2020

 

Application Documents (all applicants)

Both domestic and international applicants are required to submit a medical certificate specifying the candidates current health and immunisation status is as required, National Police Certificate (annual requirement) and a Working with Children check (upon enrolment in the program). If you are required to supply other documentation, you will be notified by VTAC. Documents can include: personal statements and evidence of citizenship.

All international applicants are required to submit their final results. Monash University does not make offers based on predicted or interim results.

Domestic applicants to the four-year programme only need to provide documentation if requested.

Selection Process

Shortlisting

For domestic applicants to the five-year programme, an offer of interview is based on a combination of UCAT score ranking and candidates final year aggregate scores (not ATAR). Offers are only given to candidates who have attended an interview.

International applicants to the five-year programme are selected for an interview based on their ISAT overall performance. Candidates will only be considered for offer if they have successfully completed the ISAT, interview and academic performance.

When selected for an offer, domestic applicants to the four-year programme are ranked based on their academic performance (40%) and interview/SJT (60%). Only applicants who have attended both the SJT and MMI are given offers.

Interview

Interviews for domestic applicants to the five-year programme take place during January. They will take the format of mini multiple interviews (MMI), during which applicants will be assessed on advocacy, collaboration, critical thinking, empathy, ethical reasoning and motivation for studying medicine. Interviewees will rotate around eight stations, each lasting eight minutes and the total process takes between 90-100 minutes. International applicants to the five-year programme must also attend an MMI and this must be in person- Monash do not do online interviews.

Applicants to the four-year programme must complete an MMI which consists of six sequential stations, eight minutes long, with a total for 60-70 minutes to complete.

Competition Ratios

The five-year programme accepts approximately 300 students annually; 144 Commonwealth supported places, 30 Extended Rural Cohort, 68 Bonded Medical Places, and 70 International students. Over 2000 people apply each year. This gives an overall competition ratio of approximately 1:7.

The four-year programme accepts approximately 73 Commonwealth Supported Places, 21 Bonded Medical Places, and 20 international students.

Rankings

The QS World University Ranking has placed Monash school of medicine 32nd in the world for medicine in 2019. Monash is also part of the Group of Eight universities, a research-intensive coalition amongst Australian universities.

Medical Student Opinion

"I picked Australia to study medicine, as it was just perfect for the wildlife, the climate, the lifestyle, the course, and most importantly me. I really enjoy the contrast within the city, you can be in a busy part and feel like you’re in a bustling city, but at the same time you can find places that are so filled with nature and so peaceful which is great when you want to study.

I love the university here; they have great facilities and make you feel at home, which was really nice as an international student.

The course takes up most of my time, as there is a lot of self-guided learning, but the lecturers and tutors are very enthusiastic about teaching and are very willing to help at any time. There is a lot of emphasis on PBLS, which is what requires so much time, apart from that, as long as you attend lectures and do the recommended reading, there is time for social stuff, just have to make sure you have time for everything.

You will also be exposed to clinical skills early in the first year which adds some practical aspect to your learning, so it’s not all books and reading all the time. There are plenty of clubs to join including sports, it’s really easy to get involved, and it helps to make lots of friends. The nightlife is great too - many clubs and bars and restaurants.

The application process was a bit difficult as I found the GAMSAT quite difficult, because there was so much to learn, but I’ve heard that's changed now, so perhaps it is easier, or harder now. The only advice I can give is to prepare as much as possible, that feeling you get when your hard work pays off and you get into medicine is amazing, and when you finally start helping people it’s all worth it."

Anonymous – 3rd Year International Student on the 5-year programme


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