University of Melbourne medicine and dentistry prerequisites

17 March 2016

What are University of Melbourne medicine and dentistry prerequisites?

A prerequisite subject is a subject or sequence of subjects which must be completed before entering a course of study. Many programs at the University of Melbourne have prerequisite subjects that must be completed in order to be eligible to apply. The selection requirements for the course you are interested in will normally specify these requirements.

University of Melbourne medicine and dentistry prerequisites
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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, with prerequisite subjects to have completed within 10 years of commencing the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Surgery. For example, if applying for the 2017 intake then prerequisite subjects must have been completed from 2007 onward.
The university has 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 Melbourne to be assessed. The university will also assess combinations of subjects if you feel that you have covered the required content.
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 the university.
You may check the courses you have taken to date by clicking on the “International” link under the heading “List of assessed subjects and courses” on the Melbourne International Prerequisites page.

What information does Melbourne need to assess your subjects?

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

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

Must I have my subjects assessed before applying for a course?

If your subjects have not been previously assessed, it is strongly recommended that your subjects be assessed well in advance of applying. Prospective applicants for the MD or DDS  should submit documentation through the Melbourne webform for assessment by May 5, 2016 if you wish to apply to the 2017 intake. This will ensure you are advised of the outcome 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.

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