Deakin University

Doctor of Medicine



University Location Geelong, Victoria
City Population 190,000
Student Population 57,600
Int'l Student Population 11,900
Main Campus Burwood
Program Campus Waurn Ponds
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $73,000 AUD (2021 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January
Next Available Intake January 2022
Application Deadline Varying rounds*
International Places 15


Deakin University Medical School is Victoria’s first rural and regional medical school and has a mission to train work-ready graduates to help reduce the chronic shortage of doctors in rural and regional Australia.

As a Deakin medical student, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the practice of medicine, with an emphasis on the early development of clinical, communication and procedural skills; diagnosis and management of chronic diseases; professionalism and work readiness; and multidisciplinary teamwork.

Four Themes of the Deakin MD
Deakin’s Doctor of Medical has four key themes that support the program’s curriculum and focus:

  • Knowledge of Health and Illness – the biological and behavioural sciences underpinning the practice of medicine
  • Doctor, Patient, and Communication – the clinical skills required to practice medicine
  • Public Health Medicine – a broad theme which includes biostatistics and epidemiology, population and public health, health systems and the effect of culture on health, particularly Indigenous health
  • Ethics, Law, and Professional Development – the ethical, professional and legal basis of medical practice


Problem-based learning is a key theme of medicine at Deakin, meaning that while you are at university, you will learn to solve the kinds of problems that you will encounter when you are working in medicine.

You will also get the chance to study at Deakin’s $53-million purpose-built facilities at Geelong Waurn Ponds campus for the first two years of your degree. This allows you to learn and engage through problem-based seminars and practical classes.

Clinical Placements
In Year 2, you’ll attend clinical sites (hospitals, general practice, and community health centres) in the Geelong region. During Year 3, you will undergo intensive clinical training within health services. Most students will be based at public and private hospitals and general practices in Geelong, Warrnambool, Ballarat, or Melbourne for four five-week rotations. A small cohort will attend Deakin’s Rural Community Clinical School (RCCS) where they will be based in GP clinics with local hospital visiting rights across several towns in western Victoria.

The course concludes in Year 4 with two five-week rotations—an elective that can be taken in Australia or overseas and a pre-internship hospital rotation in which you will experience the day-to-day life of an intern.

All of Deakin’s 2016 and 2017 Doctor of Medicine graduates are successfully employed.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
A bachelor’s degree completed not more than 10 years before the course commencement date, with a minimum final weighted GPA of 5.0/7.0 (roughly 2.7/4.0).

2. Admissions test
MCAT score of 125 or greater in each section. GAMSAT will also be accepted with minimum of 50 in each section. MCAT or GAMSAT scores must be obtained in the two years preceding the year of application. If you apply to the Main Round, you must have a completed MCAT to be considered for an interview.

3. Interview
Interviews held in Canada in early March (for North American Priority Entry Round applications); main-round interviews at Deakin University or via Skype. See below for interview schedules.

Admission Timeline

Important Note: As of March 26, 2020, all dates listed are subject to change. Please contact OzTREKK’s medicine admissions officer for details at

*Applications for the 2021 intake closed September 29, 2020. For information about the 2022 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.

North American Priority Entry Round 2021 Intake

  • Applications close: May 28, 2020 (extended from April 8, 2020)
  • Interview invitations: April 19, 2020
  • Interviews: April 27 – May 10, 2020 (have been moved to June)
  • Offers released: Week commencing May 18, 2020

Main Round

  • Applications close: June 5, 2020
  • Interview invitations: Week commencing June 22, 2020
  • Interviews: July 6 – 10, 2020 (in person or via Skype)
  • Offers released: Week commencing July 27, 2020

Late Round (if places remain)

  • Applications close: September 29, 2020
  • Interviews: August – November 2020
  • Offers released: Up to November  30, 2020