Undergraduate entry into medicine
Apart from your ATAR / OP, entry requirements for undergraduate medicine may also include a UMAT score, an interview, a portfolio, and a written application. Some universities also have different entry requirements for Indigenous students and students from a rural background.
Some universities have entry pathways to their postgraduate medical course for Grade 12 graduates provided you complete a relevant undergraduate degree at their institution. These places are highly competitive and generally require an ATAR of at least 99. The pathway may involve provisional entry into medicine following a 3-year undergraduate degree, which in some cases can be accelerated and done in 2 years.
Some universities take a mixture of undergraduate and postgraduate students into their Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery 5 or 6-year degree, although a number of universities have changed to a Bachelor of Medical Science followed by a Doctor of Medicine (MD). Please check with the admissions officers at the universities you are looking at applying to for their complete entry requirements and possible pathways into medicine, as it isn’t always listed on their website.
Following is a table of the ATAR / OP requirements for medical schools with an undergraduate entry stream in Australia:
Postgraduate entry into medicine
Some universities offer a 4-year Doctor of Medicine program specifically for postgraduate entry. Before applying for one of these courses for postgraduate entry, you would need to make sure you have completed the appropriate subjects in your undergraduate degree. Entry requirements may also include a high GAMSAT score, a high-Grade Point Average (GPA) in your undergraduate degree and an interview, as well as other criteria such as a portfolio or an application form.
In some cases, it is possible to gain graduate entry into a 5 or 6-year medical degree without a GAMSAT score. It is unusual to be able to transfer from one medical school to another, but a limited number of universities will consider admissions for students in this situation.
Following is a table which shows medical degrees who accept postgraduate applications in Australia:
Other tips for getting into medicine and information about the training pathway
Please note that many medical schools have complex entry requirements that are outlines in their admissions guides. Here is an example for Flinders University:
Please note that following medical school, there is at least another 5 years of training to become a fully qualified doctor. The length of training required depends on the specialty area you choose. Below we show the training pathway to become a general practitioner in Australia. For more pathway infographics, go to our become a doctor page.
The information presented in this article was correct at the time of publishing. Please check with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for an up to date list of approved programs of study to complete medical school in Australia: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Education/Approved-Programs-of-Study.aspx?ref=Medical%20Practitioner&type=General. The courses which lead to the completion of medical school have division “Medical Practitioner” and qualification type “General” according to the listing on AHPRA.
Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances. My Health Career accepts no responsibility for ensuring that you enrol in a course that is right for you. Please do your own research to ensure that you enrol in the correct course, especially if you are considering an undergraduate biomedicine, health science or biomedical science degree as a pathway to a postgraduate medical course. This may include speaking with a careers advisor, guidance officer, career development practitioner, representatives of the Australian Medical Association, and admissions officers from the university or universities you are looking at applying to.
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