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
In Canada, each province/territory is responsible for licensing physicians to practise medicine within its boundaries. Licensure
to practise medicine requires the completion of an accredited postgraduate training program, as well as the completion of national
qualifying exams. Each province may have different requirements; it is your responsibility to meet the necessary requirements for
licensure in your province.
In June of 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!
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 Medcial 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 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 (no minimum GPA required);
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)
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 Univeristy 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. Bonus points are given to applicants with PhD or Master's by
Research qualifications (0.2 and 0.1 respectively).
Shortlisted applicants will undertake a multi-mini interview (MMI). Interviews with international applicants will be
conducted via Skype video.
International applicants applying to the University of Melbourne pay a $100 AUD application fee.