Graduate Entry Medicine Australia
Thinking about Graduate Entry Medicine Australia programmes? This page will tell you everything you need to know about studying Graduate Entry Medicine, from aptitude tests to entry requirements.
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Graduate Entry Medicine (Doctor of Medicine – 4 years)
Eligibility for Graduate Entry Medicine in Australia is based on three factors:
- Undergraduate degree GPA
- Aptitude test score
- Interview (depending on the school this could be an MMI, a traditional panel interview format or an informal discussion either in person or by distance)
In order to be eligible to apply, students must have completed an undergraduate degree with a strong GPA (exact requirements vary) and have achieved a minimum score on an aptitude test. Provided GPA and aptitude test score requirements are met, some applicants will then be required to attend an interview.
Students can apply for admission to the programmes either during their final year of undergraduate study, or having already completed a Bachelors degree.
Some Australian medical schools have subject prerequisites (typically in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry) for entry to Doctor of Medicine, including the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Others do not have such pre-requisites and will consider applications from students with a first degree in any academic discipline. Such schools include the University of Sydney and the ANU.
Graduate Entry Medicine Australia: Which aptitude test should I take?
The Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The GAMSAT is administered by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) and is used for applications to graduate entry programmes in Australia, the UK and Ireland.
It is available to sit twice a year, in March and September. The test must be taken in person at a test centre (it is not available online). Registrations typically close at the start of the month preceding the test (for example, at the beginning of February for the test in March).
Graduate Entry Medicine Australia: What is GAMSAT?
GAMSAT evaluates the nature and extent of abilities and skills gained through prior experience and learning, including mastery and use of concepts in basic science as well as the acquisition of more general skills in problem solving, critical thinking and writing.
The test is divided into three sections (Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences; Written Communication and Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences). You will need a minimum score of 50 in each section to be eligible to apply for an Australian Doctor of Medicine programme.
You can visit the ACER website for more information.
Graduate Entry Medicine Australia: Where can I find out more about MCAT?
The MCAT is the aptitude exam required by most US and Canadian medical schools. You can visit our Studying Medicine in the USA section for more information on this. You will need a minimum overall score of around 500 in MCAT to be eligible to apply for an Australian Doctor of Medicine programme.
Graduate Entry Medicine: Key Facts
What are the intake dates?
The Doctor of Medicine has one intake each year, in Semester 1 (February). Students are required to be on campus early to mid-February in order to attend international student orientation and enrolment. Teaching usually commences on the first Monday of March.
When should I apply?
Applications usually open at the beginning of April the year before the intake. Students should have their GAMSAT results either ready to include OR be expecting them at this stage.
How much does it cost?
International tuition fees range from A$64,000 to A$73,000 per year.
Is there any funding available?
Not available for international students. Domestic students should contact the relevant medical school directly for information.
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