University of Melbourne MD and DDS prerequisites assessment

20 March 2015

Are you interested in studying medicine or dentistry at the University of Melbourne? If you are, then it’s important for you as a future applicant to be aware of Melbourne’s prerequisites that are required for entry into these programs.
The Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences will determine your eligibility by automatically matching your academic record to the subjects on the prerequisites list. If you believe that you may have met the prerequisites but cannot find the relevant subjects on the approved list, please submit a request for assessment of these subjects via the form located on the prerequisites site. In order to ensure that applicants have met the prerequisites for entry prior to finalising their application applicants must submit their prerequisite assessment requests by May 1, 2015. Prospective applicants who submit their subjects for assessment via the online Prerequisite Assessment Form by this date will be advised of the outcome prior to the close of applications.

University of Melbourne Dental School
Understanding Melbourne’s prerequisites

What are prerequisites?

A prerequisite subject is a subject or sequence of subjects which must be completed before entering a course of study. The Melbourne MD and the Melbourne DDS have very specific prerequisites. For these programs, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to commencing.
If you have not completed the subjects at the time you apply, you may still submit an application if you provide evidence of enrolment in approved subjects in the second half of the year. If you receive an offer, you will need to provide evidence of completion.
The Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Surgery require prerequisite subjects in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology taught at the second-year level, or equivalent.
The second-year level subjects that Melbourne recommends as meeting the prerequisites:

  • Anatomy – ANAT20006 Principles of Human Structure
  • Biochemistry – BCMB20002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Physiology – PHYS20008 Human Physiology

It is possible that a combined sequence of subjects may be required for a single prerequisite, and these subjects will be marked on the university’s list of assessed subjects as conditional.

Find out if Melbourne has already assessed your subjects

The University of Melbourne have assessed a large number of subjects from international and Australian universities. If the subjects you have studied are not included in the Melbourne prerequisite list, you will need to submit detailed course outlines to the university to be assessed. The university will also assess combinations of subjects if you feel that you have covered the required content.
The University of Melbourne continuously reviews subjects that have been approved; however, subjects will not be removed from the “approved” list without at least 12 months’ prior notice.
If Melbourne has previously assessed your course as equivalent to their prerequisite requirements, it will be listed on the Melbourne International Prerequisites page. If you do not see your courses on this list, you will have to submit your course outlines to Melbourne.
Check to see if your courses are on this list are either approved or rejected for prerequisite equivalency. If approved, you will not need to submit course outlines as long as your transcript shows that the course was completed. If your courses are not listed as approved, you will need to submit detailed course outlines to the university, along with your request for an assessment.

What information does Melbourne need to assess your subjects?

The minimum amount of information Melbourne requires to assess your subjects:

  • Subject name and code
  • Specific lecture content/breakdown (for the relevant year when studied)
  • Assessment criteria
  • Credit value of subject
  • Contact hours of lectures, tutorials and labs
  • Length of subject
  • Reading list
  • Lab descriptions, including details of the resources used – Please state whether human cadaveric material was used

Must you have subjects assessed before applying for a course?

If your subjects have not been previously assessed, you are strongly recommended to have your subjects assessed well in advance of applying. The assessment process may be lengthy, so the university recommends having your subjects assessed one year in advance of applying (e.g., if you intend to apply for the 2016 intake, it is advised you have your subjects assessed Spring 2015).
Prospective applicants for the 2016 intake of the MD, DDS (or DPT) must submit documentation through the prerequisite assessment form for assessment by Friday, May 1, 2015 in order to be considered for admission for the February 2016 intake. Applicants who submit complete documentation by April 30, 2015 will be advised of the subject equivalent before the closing date for applications. 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.

OzTREKK is here to help. If you are not sure your subjects qualify, please contact us:

For Melbourne MD questions, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at

If you have questions about the Melbourne DDS, contact OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at