• Nirel M Chauhan

Studying Medicine in Australia


Medicine in Australia is offered as a postgraduate and an undergraduate course. To pursue a career in medicine, you need to finish Year 12 (high school or college) and graduate from a bachelor’s degree, Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Surgery. The next step is to complete a 4-year post-graduate program, Doctor of Medicine. This depicts the general path to a career concerning medicine in Australia.

Courses and University Requirements

To study a course like the Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Surgery, you need to apply to a University and satisfy their admission requirements. Every university has different criteria in terms of how they select students for medicine courses. In general, three things are taken into consideration; your high school results or ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank), your score in UCAT or GAMSAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test or Graduate Medical Schools Admission Test), and your score in an interview or oral assessment (some universities may require a written application as well). These three criteria may be equally weighted or may have emphasis on a specific criterion depending on the university. Universities also look for specific pre-requisite subjects to be studied in your final year of high school, for example, in this case Monash University in Victoria has a particular requirement to study chemistry in year 12 of high school.


Here is a table of a few of the well-known universities in Australia and what courses they offer to get you started.

University of Adelaide UG

James Cook University UG

University of Tasmania UG

Monash University UG & PG

University of Queensland PG

Australian National University PG

Deakin University PG

University of Western Australia PG

University of Melbourne PG

Flinders University PG & P

Griffith University PG & P

UNSW Australia PG & P

University of Sydney PG & P

Bond University UG. Not open to international students.

Curtin University UG. Not open to international students.

University of Newcastle UG. Not open to international students.


UG: This school teaches Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.

PG: This school teaches Doctor of Medicine.

P: This school has a dedicated undergraduate pathway to their Doctor of Medicine.

This route allows high-achieving school leaving students to enrol on a pathway degree (such as the Bachelor of Medical Science or Bachelor of Health Sciences) as part of a special student cohort aiming to complete in two years, rather than the standard three. Provided academic requirements are met during this pathway degree, the student is then guaranteed a place on the University’s Doctor of Medicine programme. They graduate with two degrees.

Source: The Medic Portal


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