Medical Colleges in Australia

Medical Colleges in Australia 2017-06-11T21:24:29+00:00

Where can I study medicine?

There are 20 medical colleges in Australia currently offering degrees in medicine that qualify graduates to work as doctors. There are medical schools in each state and territory and many are located outside big cities.

Admission criteria and processes differ widely between universities and it’s important to research each medical school thoroughly to be sure you are meeting the right criteria for that year. Generally, medical schools will require school leavers to gain a high Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), and sit the Undergraduate Medicine Admission Test (UMAT). Postgraduate applicants, those who have completed or are in the final year of a Bachelor degree, are usually required to sit the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) held in March each year. Some universities allow postgraduates to apply directly, while others ask you to apply through the Graduate Entry Medical School Admission System (GAMSAS).

Read our FAQs to learn more about entrance tests and career planning.

Coming from overseas?

Our world class universities and the promise of sunshine lure many people to study medicine in Australia. Universities in Australia go out of their way to attract students from overseas and make them welcome. The result is medical student communities alive with diversity.

Admission requirements and processes are different for each university. The information below is geared towards domestic Australian students. However, follow the links provided to learn about international admissions in each medical school. Generally, international students will have to demonstrate English language proficiency. Undergraduates may need to sit the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT).

Indigenous students

Many medical schools offer alternative admission pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander students. Follow the links for each medical school provided below to learn about your options.

Medical schools by state and territory

Australian National University Medical School

Degree offered: Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD)
Duration: four years
Prerequisites: applicants must have completed or be in the final year of their Bachelor degree.
Undergraduate pathway: school leavers can apply to the joint Bachelor of Philosophy/MChD program
Admission criteria: GPA, GAMSAT, interview performance. Consideration is given to those with additional degrees such as Graduate Diplomas and Masters.
Most useful link: Doctor of Medicine and Surgery overview

University of Sydney Medical School

Degree offered: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Duration: four years
Prerequisites: Bachelor degree
Undergraduate pathway: school leavers can complete an MD when combined with a Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Medical Science, Commerce, Economics, or Music.
Admission requirements: currently under review
Most useful link: About the Doctor of Medicine

University of New South Wales Faculty of Medicine

Degree offered: Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine (BMed/MD)
Duration: six years
Admission criteria: academic merit, UMAT, interview performance.
Postgraduate entry: select high performing graduates of the Bachelor of Medical Science at UNSW may apply to the Medicine program.
Most useful link: Medicine in the 2015 academic handbook

University of Western Sydney School Of Medicine

Degrees offered: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Duration: five years
Admission criteria: academic threshold (ATAR or GPA), UMAT, interview performance.
Postgraduate pathway: those who already hold a Bachelor degree in any discipline may apply. Admission is based on GPA, GAMSAT results and interview performance.
Most useful link: UWS BMedicine/BSurgery overview

University of Wollongong Graduate School of Medicine

Degrees offered: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Prerequisites: completion of a Bachelor degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 or above, and for domestic students demonstrated ties to regional, rural and remote Australia.
Admission criteria: GPA, GAMSAT or MCAT, interview performance, portfolio.
Most useful link: UoW MBBS Admission

University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health

Degrees offered: Joint Medicine Program – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine
Duration: five years
Admission criteria: UMAT threshold of 50 or above, Joint Medical Program Multiple Skills Assessment and Personal Qualities Assessment, minimum academic requirement
Most useful link: About the Joint Medical Program

University of New England School of Rural Medicine

Degree offered: Bachelor of Medicine – Joint Medical Program (BMed)
Duration: five years
Admission criteria: UMAT, interview performance
Most useful link: Bachelor of Medicine- Joint Medical Program overview

University of Notre Dame School of Medicine, Sydney

Degrees offered: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery
Duration: four years
Prerequisites: completed Bachelor degree in any discipline.
Admission criteria: GPA, GAMSAT results, interview performance.
Most useful link: MBBS course information

Bond University Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine

Degree offered: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Duration: four years and eight months
Prerequisites: secondary school or bridging courses in chemistry, maths and English.
Postgraduate pathway: You are able to apply to the MBBS program if you have a Bachelor degree in any discipline.
Admission criteria: academic results (ATAR or GPA), UMAT results (undergraduate entry only), interview
Most useful link: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery description

James Cook College of Medicine and Dentistry

Degrees offered: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Duration: six years
Prerequisites: secondary school or bridging courses in chemistry, maths and English
Postgraduate pathway: you are able to apply to the MBBS program even if you have a Bachelor degree in any discipline.
Admission criteria:
academic results (ATAR or GPA), written component of the application form, interview performance

Most useful link: MBBS overview page

Griffith University School of Medicine

Degree offered: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Duration: four years
Prerequisites: completion of a Bachelor degree at minimum
Admission criteria: a GPA of at least 5.0 for the most recent key degree completed, GAMSAT, performance in the Griffith University Multi Station Admissions Assessment
Most useful link: About the MD program

University of Queensland Medical School

Degree offered: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Duration: four years
Prerequisites: completion of a key degree such as a Bachelor with Honours, Graduate Diploma, Masters or Doctorate.
Undergraduate pathway: high school students with a P 1 / Equivalent rank of 99 who also sit the UMAT can apply for provisional entry into the MD program. This means that they can commence the MD upon completion of their Bachelor at the University of Queensland.
Admission criteria (graduate entry): GPA, GAMSAT
Most useful link:
Doctor of Medicine overview

University of Adelaide Medical School

Degree offered: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Duration: six years
Prerequisites: South Australian Certificate of Education Level 2 in Maths, Biology or Chemistry (or equivalent)
Admission criteria: academic threshold (40%), UMAT result (20%), interview performance (40%)
Most useful link: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery overview

Flinders University School of Medicine

Degree offered: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Duration: four years
Prerequisites: applicants must have completed or be in the final year of a Bachelor degree in any discipline
Undergraduate pathway: school leavers may enroll in the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine double degree
Admission criteria: GPA, GAMSAT, interview performance. Those entering via the Indigenous Entry Scheme are not required to sit the GAMSAT.
Most useful link: Medicine at Flinders

University of Tasmania School of Medicine

Degree offered: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Duration: five years
Prerequisites: English Communications, Literature or writing at TQA3 level and Chemistry at TQA3 level
Alternative pathways: there are many options for University of Tasmania students enrolled in other degrees who wish to transfer to the MBBS.
Admission criteria: ATAR, UMAT
Most useful link: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery info page

Deakin School of Medicine

Degree offered: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Duration: four years
Prerequisites: a bachelor’s degree in any discipline within the last 10 years.
Admission criteria: GPA of 5, overall GAMSAT score of 50 or above and a score of at least 50 for each section of the GAMSAT, interview performance. Deakin gives consideration to applicants from rural areas and those who can demonstrate financial disadvantage.
Most useful link: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery at Deakin

University of Melbourne Medical School

Degree offered: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Duration: four years
Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in any discipline completed in the last 10 years, with prerequisite studies in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.
Admission criteria: GPA, GAMSAT or MCAT results, interview performance.
Most useful link: Doctor of Medicine overview

Monash School of Medicine

Degrees offered: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) (MBBS Hons)
Duration: four years (graduate entry)/five years (undergraduate entry)
Prerequisites: for graduate entry, students must have completed a Bachelor degree with a significant biomedical science component or in allied health. For undergraduate/direct entry, students may apply directly out of high school.
Admission criteria: undergraduate admission is based on ATAR or Year 12 equivalent, UMAT and interview performance. Graduate entrants are selected based on a minimum GPA of 5.5, GAMSAT results and interview performance.
Most useful links: MBBS Hons Graduate Entry or MBBS Hons Undergraduate/Direct Entry

University of Notre Dame School of Medicine, Freemantle

Degree offered: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Duration: four years
Prerequisites: completion of Bachelor degree in any discipline within the last 10 years.
Admission criteria: GPA, GAMSAT, interview performance, portfolio
Most useful link: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery overview

University of Western Australia Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Degree offered: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Duration: four years
Prerequisite: completion of a Bachelor degree in any discipline
Admission criteria: GPA, GAMSAT result, interview performance
Most useful link: Graduate entry to MD (domestic students)

Flinders University Northern Territory Medical Program

Degree offered: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Duration: four years
Prerequisites: bachelor degree in any discipline
Admission criteria: GPA, GAMSAT. Applicants must be, or have been, Northern Territory residents.
Most useful link: Northern Territory Medical Program