Deakin University

Doctor of Medicine



University Location Geelong, Victoria
City Population 190,000
Student Population 64,500
Int'l Student Population 11,200
Main Campus Burwood
Program Campus Waurn Ponds
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $77,400 AUD (2023 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January
Next Available Intake 2024
Application Deadline Varies by round*
International Places 15


Based in Geelong (pronounced juh-long), Deakin University combines the best of city living with a more relaxed atmosphere. Located a short train trip from Melbourne, Geelong is a dynamic and safe coastal town with a spectacular waterfront lined with some of the best cafes and restaurants.

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.

You’ll start your journey at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, home to Deakin’s $53-million purpose-built facilities. These facilities provide the ideal training ground for problem-based learning—a key theme of medicine at Deakin. You’ll learn to solve the kinds of problems you’ll face in your future career, while developing your confidence in foundational medical principles, clinical reasoning, and the high-level communication skills necessary for excellent patient-centred care.


Deakin’s Doctor of Medicine takes you beyond the classroom to work with patients across Victoria and beyond. You’ll learn how medicine is practiced in rural areas, while building valuable relationships that kick-start career growth once you graduate.

The course also focuses on Indigenous health, which will help you broaden your perspective of clinical medicine to encompass public health, legal and ethical perspectives. Your study experience will allow you to advance the health and well-being of communities in Australia and beyond.

Clinical Placements
Deakin School of Medicine’s major presence is based at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. This site provides facilities for the first two years’ instruction for all students, as well as the school’s administration and research groups.

In Year 2, you’ll attend clinical sites (hospitals, general practice, and community health centres) in the Geelong region.

In your third and fourth years, you’ll have the opportunity to preference one of four clinical schools for training:

  • Barwon Health (Geelong)
  • Eastern Health (Melbourne)
  • Ballarat
  • Warrnambool

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.

You’ll also have the Rural Community Clinical School available in your third year, giving you the option of parallel consulting in smaller rural and regional towns. The clinical placement component of the course provides at least four weeks of dedicated rural attachment, meeting your Commonwealth Department of Health requirements and further enhancing your practical experience in regional areas.

Interested in gaining a global perspective of medicine? Your fourth and final year includes an elective unit that you can study overseas, as well as a pre-internship hospital rotation that offers a first-hand taste of the day-to-day life of an intern. You will also develop your skills in research design and data analysis, to equip you for career progression and lifelong learning as a medical practitioner.

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 2.7/4.0 (approximately a 70%), based on your final 3 years of your most recent bachelor’s degree).

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 2 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
Deakin will hold interviews via Skype from early March to late July. Additional rounds with be held in August and September, and if the program has not filled, the university will hold interviews in October.

Admission Timeline

*Applications for the 2023 intake closed July 11, 2022. For information about the 2024 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK. Applications are assessed in rounds, and interviews are rolling. You are encouraged to apply a minimum of 1 month before interview dates to be considered for that round.

2023 Intake Admissions Timeline

Round 1

Deadline: March 4, 2022
Interviews: Week of April 4, 2022
Last date for MCAT: January 20, 2022

Round 2

Deadline: June 3, 2022
Interviews: July 3 – 14, 2022
Last date for MCAT: April 29, 2022

Round 3 (only if places remain available)

Deadline: September 2, 2022
Interviews: Week of October 3, 2022
Last date for MCAT: July 30, 2022