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Introduction

Being Australia’s culinary capital with over 3,500 restaurants from more than 70 countries, Melbourne is a foodie’s dream city! It is the second-largest city in Australia and is home to a unique combination of a bustling city and a seaside resort. The university itself is ranked number one in Australia and its temperate climate, waterfront location and nightlife make it one of the most culturally vibrant locations in Australia.

The University of Melbourne is a member of the Group of Eight. With over 52,000 students, including international students from over 130 countries numbering 13,000, the university matches the culturally diverse city within which it resides. Nobel prizewinner Peter Doherty (physiology and medicine) works in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Melbourne University.

Melbourne Medical School Programme Summary Table

Domestic International
How to apply GEMSAS Directly to the University
Programme Length 4 years
Number of Places 350
Academic Requirements GPA: 5.0+/7.0

Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology**
Exam Requirements GAMSAT: 50+ in each section GAMSAT: 50+ in each section
OR
MCAT: 492+

English Language Tests
Interview MMI
Fees AUD $332,742 AUD $383,015
Application Deadline January 2021 November 2020

Updated March 2020
**Only Applicants ≤ 2021.

Melbourne Medical School - The Programme

Here is a quick course overview of Melbourne Uni medicine.

The 4-year program is widely open to both domestic and international students. Using the ‘clinical schools’ model, students at Melbourne University Medicine take advantage of both major and smaller rural hospitals locally and, optionally, as a semester overseas giving graduates many internship opportunities in both Australia and globally. 

The graduate doctor of medicine (MD) program was created using 67 graduate attributes in 6 key domains: self, knowledge, patient, systems of health care, the medical profession, and society. Thus, the program currently consists of a year of bioscience and clinical learning, 2 clinical training years, a research project, a ‘readiness for practice’ semester and an annual conference.

However, students starting in 2022 will be the first cohort starting the new curriculum. Major changes include earlier clinical experience and customizable research opportunities starting from the student's first year to personalise your experience. Also new is increased online access for core units as well as the ability to pause or slow down learning. Furthermore, candidates are no longer required to have certain prerequisite undergraduate degrees allowing for a more diverse student body.

Eligibility

Residence requirements

The University of Melbourne accepts both domestic and international applicants.

Alternative Pathways

The immediate entry pathway is for candidates who achieve an ATAR of 99.00+ and immediately after year 12 completed their undergraduate degree at Melbourne, are guaranteed a place in the MD program, as long as they maintain a weighted average mark of 75% in their undergraduate degree and pass the MMI and the prerequisite subjects on the first attempt. Students do not need to maintain a cut-off GPA in this pathway.

Applicants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent will not be subject to ranking and will be selected into the program if their prerequisite subjects are passed, GPA is 5.0+ and they passed the MMI. Applicants are not required to apply via GEMSAS or sit the GAMSAT.

Academic Requirements

Grades

Degree Requirements - Melbourne University Medicine Applicants must complete one subject in anatomy, one subject in biochemistry, and one subject in physiology at the second-year level. The courses must have been completed within 10 years of starting the MD program.

The undergraduate subjects that meet the prerequisites and are used to assess subjects from other universities to check for equivalent content are:

  • ‘Anatomy: ANAT20006 Principles of Human Structure’
  • ‘Biochemistry: BCMB20002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’
  • ‘Physiology: PHYS20008 Human Physiology’

As of the 2022 intake, applicants will not be required to complete prerequisite subjects for the Doctor of Medicine. Applicants for the 2021 intake are still required to complete these prerequisites.

GPA - An applicant’s GPA will be calculated using the last three years of their undergraduate degree. The last two years will be weighted by 2, and the first year of the final 3 years will be weighted by 1. The minimum required GPA is 5.0/7.0.

 

Exams

Both domestic and international applicants living in Australia are required to sit the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT). This exam is designed to test a candidate's ability to perform well at high-level intellectual studies in healthcare programs. The minimum required score is at least 50 in each section.

International applicants who are living overseas at the time of their application are able to sit the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) instead of the GAMSAT. This test is designed to assess problem-solving critical thinking and knowledge of scientific principles and concepts. The minimum score of the MCAT is 492.

The minimum English language requirements for this course are Band 7. For year 12 students from the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), either a study score of 25+ in one of the VCE Unit subjects English, English Language, or Literature. Alternatively, a study score of 30+ in the VCE Unit subject English as an Additional Language is also acceptable.

For international students, an overall band score of 6.5+ in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test with no band 6.0+. Alternately, TOEFL: 577+ with 4.5+ in the Test of Written English, 79+ in the internet-based test, and scores of 13+ for listening; 21+ for writing; 18+ for speaking and 13+ for reading.

Application Process

How to apply

Domestic applicants should apply through the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS). Eligible guaranteed entry or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants are not required to submit applications through GEMSAS, but instead can submit applications directly to the University.

International candidates must apply directly to the University.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for domestic applicants is January 2021. The deadline for international applicants is November 2020.

Selection Process

Shortlisting

Selection Formula - When being selected for an interview, both GAMSAT and GPA are weighted equally. Following the interview, the admissions committee will rank applicants 50% based on their prior academic performance, 25% based on their GAMSAT OR MCAT scores, and 25% based on their interview.

Interview

Interviews will take the format of Multi Mini Interview (MMI). The MMI has 8 stations that each take 5 minutes to complete. The MMI will assess the following qualities of an applicant:

  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Maturity
  • Collaboration
  • Reliability
  • Communication skills

Stations can also include practical skills, commenting on videos, and display understanding. Applicants who are overseas can request MMI interviews over video conferencing. An overall score of at least 50% of the total possible Multi Mini Interview Score or above the cut-score in 5/8 stations is needed.

Competition Ratios

Each year, the programme accepts approximately 350 students. Over 4000 people apply each year. This gives an overall competition ratio of approximately 1:11.

Rankings

The Medical School is currently ranked 16th in the world by QS and is known for its individualised medical education and research focus. Attracting more research funding than any other Australian university, Melbourne University’s research expenditure is second only to that of CSIRO.

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018, the University of Melbourne is number 1 in Australia and 32nd in the world.

Medical Student Opinion

1. What are the good things about studying at the University of Melbourne Medicine?

You're based at the hospital from second year onwards, so you essentially have 3 years of clinical experience by the time you graduate

2. What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

The first year is all theory with less emphasis on clinical practice, so the content can be overwhelming - but prospective medical students should already be used to that

3. What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying medicine at Melbourne Uni?

Don't take your basic science knowledge for granted! The more you remember from your undergraduate Science degree, or equivalent, the easier the first year will be!

4. Do you have any tips on how to get in/ how to apply?

Prepare well for the GAMSAT! Prospective medical students should already have the appropriate grades, so a good GAMSAT score will ensure that they score an interview and get in.


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