OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik talks about Melbourne Medical School's Doctor of Medicine entry requirements
as well as the application and acceptance processes.
Renowned for global leadership in health research, policy and practice, the University of Melbourne
educates more health professionals than any other university in Australia.
In previous years, the University of Melbourne Medical School offered a graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
(MBBS) program. The final intake for the Melbourne MBBS degree was in 2009. The University of Melbourne Medical School now offers
a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, the first of its kind in Australia and the world. The Melbourne MD is slightly different from
the MD presently offered throughout North America as it has a higher designation.
The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne's reputation for
excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class
leaders in their chosen field.
The graduate attributes for the MD serve as the framework for a graduate-entry level program, building on prerequisites in
anatomy, physiology and biochemistry to deliver an accredited medical practitioner, ready to optimize patient outcomes in any
health setting. The teaching style will assume this prior discipline knowledge as well as generic skills and maturity to ensure
these learning outcomes.
The MD is four years full-time, including one year of bioscience foundation learning, six months of full-time
research and two and a half years of clinical training in university-affiliated hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries. A yearly
student conference will be a distinguishing feature of the Melbourne MD and provide opportunities for broader disciplinary and
inter-disciplinary learning. The teaching, student conference and assessment program is about 40 weeks per year.
Professional Certification/Accreditation Information
The Melbourne Medical School is accredited by the Australian Medical Council, the national accreditation and standards body in
Australia. Graduates of the Melbourne Medical School are eligible for professional registration with all medical boards in
Australia and New Zealand, which enables them to enter supervised medical practice as interns anywhere in Australia, and prepares
them to progress to any medical specialty via a residency program.
The Melbourne Medical School is listed on the FAIMER - International Medical Education Directory (IMED). All medical schools
listed on the IMED are recognised by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), for the purpose of sitting the national qualifying
examinations, and the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS), for the purpose of being eligible to apply for a residency in
Each year, OzTREKK hosts its annual Canadian Medical Licensing Seminars across Canada, which are exclusive to
students who submit their Australian medical school application via OzTREKK. These seminars provide the latest information
regarding the accreditation and medical licensing process in Canada, as well as outline options for internships in Australia and
Why Canadians Love this Program
Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the Melbourne medical program!
2015 Intake Reviews
"The likes of my program include: the clinical case study groups that really get you thinking and applying the medicine
into a weekly case. This has allowed me to hone in on specific concepts relevant to a (fake) case that has lasting positive
impacts on my learning. The dislikes include: the ridiculously high cost of the program. There are 9 other Canadians in
my program and we know each other quite well. We have all adapted to living on the opposite side of the world away from
our family and friends, and we have each discovered our own place in the program with our own friends. I can say that
if you keep an open mind about moving across the world to study medicine it is an opportunity of a life time and the
debt will mean little with the experiences you will have here in this wonderful city and well structured program. The
University of Melbourne medicine is extremely challenging."
"Pros: Beautiful campus. Great professors. Cons: Very expensive!! Great university, although, it's the quality of your
classmate that makes the difference here. You'll spend the next four years with a great group of people."
2014 Intake Reviews
"I love how great the program is with regards to the teaching and first class nature of research. I dislike the extremely
high international fees and lack of scholarships for international students. It is an excellent program, and a great place
to study as the teaching style is very similar to Canadian schools if not better."
"Finally being able to pursue my dream. Culture - laid back yet studious when need be Melbourne the city is beautiful, clean,
organized. Love the organization and leading edge mentality of a well-oiled machine of a Medical School. Univesity of
Melbourne's Doctor of Medicine program is of the highest caliber in Australia and is at the same level if not better than
the top Canadian medical schools. They have the history and tradition of a world class university and is located in the
densest innovative biomedical research hub in the Southern Hemisphere. This is where you want to go to learn from the best
so you can be the best."
"used to being in very small classes (about 10 or 20 people) and knowing my professors personally. I'm not sure about
how to get academic references when I don't have the chance to really get to know my professors. The University of Melbourne
is very easy to get settled into. There is lots to do on campus, there are tons of restaurants and cafes to socialise, and
in general, it's just a very welcoming campus to be a part of."
2013 Intake Reviews
"The program is well designed and I like the hardware that is provided from the school. I have access to a lot of useful resources.
Loved it and much better than most of my Canadian school."
"I really like that the program is well organized and the level of teaching is at a high standard. I can definitely see how this
school is within the top 15 in the world. In addition, all my fellow classmates both local and international are at a high calibre
and that adds to our learning in case supported learning sessions. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with campus
life and you are constantly meeting new people. The only thing a bit more challenging about my program right now is that we learn
at a very fast pace with a ton of material being thrown at us. The only thing I dislike about my program is that our online portal
crashes sometimes but that is a minor issue and it is working the majority of the time. I would tell people that if you can afford
it, definitely come down here! It is a great experience, you are literally getting a world class education, and you will grow so
much from living abroad. The people are great here and the western culture is similar to Canada so it will be easy to get used to
but with an ozzie twist."
"The MD program in UniMelb is quite intense, as they condense the 2 years pre-clinical years into one year. Coming from a Psych
major, the biomedical science majors definitely have an advantage over me. I feel that I may have done better in other
universities, such as USyd, as the pre-clinical years are spread over 2 years, and it would be easier for me to cope. However,
the MD program in UniMelb really pushes me, far beyond what I had to do for my undergrad. UniMelb MD program also has mainly
Australians in the cohort, and only 40 internationals. I like this as I really wanted to be immeresed in the Australian culture.
If you want to come to UniMelb MD program, you have to be prepared for an intense program. The amount of studying and effort I had
to put in compared to my undergrad is about 3-4 times more. You have long days, and in order to keep up, you must study at night.
Also, the way the program is designed, is that you can compartmentalize the different subjects. Everything you learn, from every
lecture, lab, tutorial, all ties in together. And it is a little hard to wrap your head around. You will have to figure out a brand
new way to study. I am still struggling with this."
"I think the University of Melbourne MD program is great for me. Given my background, I have liked the condensed first year. While
it makes it more challenging to prepare for exams, the fact that we start full time in hospital in second year is a real draw for
me. I think if you are an independent learner who is up for a challenge and anxious to get started in the hospital this is a
fabulous program. The university of Melbourne has a wonderful reputation both within Australia and Globally. It is considered
perhaps the most challenging with its unique curriculum structure, but as a result, there are more opportunities in terms of
research, development of clinical skills, and exposure to a wide range of specialities."
2012 Intake Reviews
"It has excellent staff and teaching support for the great learning experience. Profs are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic to
teach students. They are very approachable when needing help. However, some of the administrative work done by the faculty of
medicine bit disoriented. Other than that fantastic school with full of bright people. It is something that other Canadians to
look for as it is very compatible or even better than many of the North American Schools. Staff and students here are very
passionate about the program and are working hard together to make the learning experience great for everyone."
"This program has a great format and structure. It is an excellent format for medical education and the faculty and support
at Uni Melb is outstanding."
"Melbourne's an amazing city, the University is top notch and it's great to see the sun without sacrificing cool weather or it
getting too hot. The people are very friendly and the social atmosphere is great. The first year MD program is very tough, but
the way they've built it up is that it's very enjoyable. The lectures are structured in a manner that build around a weekly Case
with group discussions that greatly supplement the course."
Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
To apply to the University of Melbourne Medical School's Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, eligible Canadian applicants must have
successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university (GPA 5.0 out of 7.0);
completed prerequisite second-year university subjects (one each) in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Subjects from
overseas universities will be considered on a case-by-case basis. *(Please read Understanding Prerequisites below)
completed the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)
(no minimum MCAT required); and
received an invitation by Melbourne to sit a multi-mini interview (MMI).
The selection of eligible international applicants will be based on the following and given equal weighting:
Academic record: grade point average (GPA) from a completed three-year (or more) university degree in any discipline
(with prerequisites met and studies completed within the last 10 years)
Test results in an aptitude test, MCAT or GAMSAT: MCAT test results from January 2013 to May 2015 (inclusive) will be
accepted for those applying for the 2016 intake.
Applicants sitting the MCAT test more than once within this date range may choose which set of scores to include with their
Structured multi-mini interview (MMI)
The Selection Committee may re-rank applicants with a high level of performance in postgraduate studies in a cognate area
subject to the following:
postgraduate study must have been completed within ten years of commencement of the Doctor of Medicine;
postgraduate study must be the equivalent of at least a one year full-time program;
postgraduate study must be in a discipline that builds upon studies completed at the undergraduate level;
postgraduate study must be in a health related or biological sciences discipline.
The quotas of places available for selection of applicants re-ranked on the basis of postgraduate study:
Doctor of Medicine - up to 10 places.
Re-ranked applicants not selected on this basis, who otherwise satisfy the selection criteria, will be considered on the
basis of their undergraduate results. The Selection Committee is not required to fill the quotas and any unused places will
be allocated as normal.
Some courses at the University of Melbourne have prerequisite subjects that must be completed in order to be eligible to apply for
the course. The Doctor of Medicine (MD) requires prerequisite subjects in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology taught at the
second-year level, or equivalent. For all three courses, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to
The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is responsible for assessing prospective
students' courses to see if they meet application eligibility. If your subjects (human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry)
have not been previously assessed, OzTREKK strongly recommends having your subjects assessed well in advance of applying.
The assessment process may be lengthy, so try to have your subjects assessed as soon as possible before applying. To see if your
courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the
University of Melbourne's prerequisites page.You may check the courses you have taken to date by clicking on the
"International" link under the heading "Have you already assessed my subjects?"
Prospective applicants for the MD program at Melbourne Medical School must submit documentation through the University of
for assessment by April 30th of the year in which they wish to apply in order to be considered for admission for the following
year. Applicants who submit complete documentation by this deadline will be advised of the subject equivalent before the closing
date for applications. Note: Submissions received after this date will be processed but applicants will not receive advice about
the outcome of the request until after the closing date for applications. If the student's courses meet the prerequisites, course
outlines do not need to be submitted with his/her application. If a prospective student's human anatomy, human physiology
and biochemistry courses are not listed and he/she did not submit course information to the faculty for assessment,
course outlines must be submitted with the application.
The University of Melbourne's MD Selection Committee will shortlist applicants for interview on the basis of their
performance in previous studies (GPA) and their results in the GAMSAT/MCAT.
Applicants will need to have achieved a weighted GPA or qualification of 5.0 (out of 7.0) The GPA is assessed on the last
three full-time equivalent years of the most recent undergraduate degree undertaken. Successive years are weighted x1, x2 and x3,
and so the greatest weight is given to the most recent results.
Shortlisted applicants will undertake a multi-mini interview (MMI). Interviews with international applicants will be
conducted via Skype video.
Treatment of Honours in selection - For the 2016 intake onwards, the Grade Point Average (GPA) will be measured by
considering the last 3 years of the applicant's undergraduate coursework studies (only including Honours where the Honours
Degree is completed by the end of semester one in the year of application , and the results are available for selection).
If an Honours degree is not completed by mid-year in the year of application, then weightings will be applied by weighting
the first of the final three pre-honours undergraduate years by 1, the second year by 2 and the final year by 3.
For more information about the University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine program, please read the
Admissions Guide 2016.
For the 2016 intake, the Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences has advised OzTREKK that we may
request a fee waiver for our Doctor of Medicine applicants who meet certain admissions criteria. When you submit
your University of Melbourne application to OzTREKK, your OzTREKK Admissions Officer will automatically consider you
for an application fee waiver. We will let you know if your Melbourne application fee can be waived as
an OzTREKK student!
Application Timelines for 2016 Intake
Application deadline: June 22, 2015 (Melbourne time). OzTREKK NOTE: All Melbourne MD application documents
must be at the OzTREKK office by Friday, June 19, 2015 in order for your complete Melbourne Medical School
application to be submitted on time.
Last date to sit MCAT for 2015 intake: May 22, 2015
Last date to submit MCAT results: July 6, 2015
Interview offers released: August 3, 2015
Deadline to accept interview (online acceptance): August 9, 2015
Interviews (via Skype): August 17 - 21, 2015
Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: September 15 - 16, 2015
Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 20, 2015
Deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit: November 4, 2015
Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 11, 2015
Unsuccessful applicants advised of outcome: November 13 - 16, 2015
Number of Places Available for International Students: up to 45
Application Deadline: Applications for the 2016 intake closed June 22, 2015. For information
about the 2017 intake and to apply, please contact Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer