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ATAR for medicine – your guide to the ATAR for every medical degree in Australia in 2019

Careers and University, Medicine

There are medical schools in every state and territory in Australia. Most medical schools will accept undergraduate students either directly into their medical degree or via a double degree program. Some medical schools require the completion of an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree for entry into their medical degree.

Prior to or during medical degrees, students may be required to undergo a police check, working with children check, health checks, immunisations and first aid training.

Undergraduate entry into medicine

Apart from your ATAR / OP, entry requirements for undergraduate medicine may also include:

  • a UCAT score
  • an interview
  • a portfolio
  • a personal qualities assessment
  • a written application, assessment or registration form
  • pre-requisite subjects
  • a psychometric test
  • inherent or professional requirements

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 or Bachelor of Medical Studies followed by a Doctor of Medicine (MD).

Be sure to 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 guide to the ATAR scores for every medical degree in Australia in 2019:

Postgraduate entry into medicine

Some universities offer a 4-year Doctor of Medicine program specifically for postgraduate entry, while others will accept both undergraduate and postgraduate students into their 5 or 6 year medical degree programs.

Apart from your Grade Point Average, entry requirements for postgraduate medicine may also include:

  • a GAMSAT score
  • an interview
  • a portfolio
  • a situational judgement test
  • pre-requisite subjects
  • inherent requirements

Some universities have different cut-off requirements for students from a rural background or humanitarian visa holders. 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 guide to the entry requirements for every postgraduate medical degree in Australia in 2019:

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:
https://www.flinders.edu.au/content/dam/documents/study/domestic/study-area-brochures/medicine.pdf

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. For more pathway infographics, go to our become a doctor page. Below we show the training pathway to become a general practitioner in Australia.

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: https://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.

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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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