Griffith University

Doctor of Medicine



University Location Gold Coast, Queensland
City Population 630,000
Student Population 55,000
Int'l Student Population 8,500
Main Campus Gold Coast
Program Campus Gold Coast
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$77,500 (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline July 29, 2024*
International Places 35 (total places 250)


Griffith University is set among native bushland and is located just minutes from the pristine beaches of the famous Gold Coast. Widely acknowledged for its strengths in health studies, Griffith boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including the $136-million Griffith Health Centre, co-located with the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Griffith University’s School of Medicine opened in 2005 with the first students graduating 2008. Today, more than 1,200 graduates are in independent practice or in specialty training.

As a Griffith Medicine graduate, you’ll be prepared for multiple careers, including in specialist clinical practice, primary care medicine, rural medical practice, medical administration, medical research, and medical education.


As a Griffith MD student, you’ll learn and acquire skills in a variety of fit-for-purpose modalities including small group problem-based learning sessions and clinical skills workshops, lectures, practical classes, workshops, online activities, and placements in community organizations.

The integration of the four themes and multiple modalities is designed to facilitate your understanding of the basic biomedical science underpinning modern medical practice and the acquisition of clinical and reasoning skills to be able to be effective and humane clinicians.

You’ll learn to apply your knowledge in numerous clinically relevant pursuits, including the identification, appraisal and interpretation of relevant biomedical information required for understanding and management of common medical and health problems and understanding the importance of psychological, family and cultural factors in health and illness from an individual, community and population perspective.

As a Griffith medicine student, you will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. As a graduate, you will be caring and competent and have a fundamental understanding of the science of medicine.

Year 4 of program focuses on four major themes:

1. Doctor and Patient
2. Knowledge of Health and Illness
3. Doctor and Law, Ethics, and Professional Practice
4. Doctor and Health in the Community

There is an emphasis on learning in clinical and small-group environments. A variety of delivery methods are used in relation to educational resources, including seminars, case-based learning (CBL) tutorials with an online presentation system (OSCARS), an online system of lectures covering the common conditions linked to learning items on Learning@Griffith. There will be workplace based assessments in each block, theme-based assignments and written examinations through the year and an OSCE at the end of year.

Clinical Placements
Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the MD program demonstrates Griffith’s commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

By participating in placements, you will develop

  • a greater understanding of the ways in which professionals operate within a variety of contexts;
  • the ability to transfer knowledge between theoretical concepts and practice applications;
  • the skills to effectively facilitate independent learning; and
  • an ability to plan, organize, and manage the work environment.

In this program you will spend time in the work/professional environment undertaking unpaid placements at various locations. This will increase from an average of one to 20 hours per week, over a maximum of 42 weeks in Years 1 and 2, to an average of 30 hours per week over a maximum of 43 weeks per year in Years 3 and 4 (2844 hours). Placements may be at a community organization, general practice, or hospital each week of your degree and may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan/Gold Coast area including northern New South Wales and (by negotiation) interstate or overseas.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
Completed bachelor’s degree with cumulative GPA of roughly 2.7/4.0. based on your most recently completed degree. Griffith encourages candidates from all degree backgrounds.

2. Admissions test
Must have achieved a minimum MCAT score of 123 in each section. Scores must not be more than 2 years old at the time of application. GAMSAT with a minimum of 50 in each section will also be considered.

3. Interview
Performance in an interview via Skype, generally scheduled in August each year.

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline for the 2025 intake is July 29, 2024, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

2025 Intake Application Timeline

Application deadline: July 29, 2024
Interviews: TBC
Last day to sit MCAT: June 27, 2024


“…good facilities”

Receptive staff, very supportive peers, good facilities. Dislike: needs more study areas, more plug points, certain staff members have poor teaching skills. Come in with an open, positive attitude because building community will make or break your experience. Don't be afraid to make friends with the Australians too, because it'll be very tempting to stay in Canadian circles. Work hard, but remember this is a marathon, not a sprint, so it's important to have fun and socialize.

Abinaya S
Doctor of Medicine
Griffith University, 2023

“The instructors are quite supportive”

I love how helpful, kind and accommodating everyone is in the med cohort. The profs are also amazing and supportive, which has made the program enjoyable so far. The entire university shares one library and it is often tough to find a spot to study. I love that there is no competition at all amongst the students. This creates a very collaborative environment. Griffith med focuses a lot on communication skills so I am learning much more than just the science of medicine. The instructors are quite supportive.

Komal S
Doctor of Medicine
Griffith University, 2023

“Emphasis on mental health is very important”

I like the facilities and the teachers who actually do care about their students. Emphasis on mental health is very important and is actually followed through on. Class size and course material are great. The instructors so far that I have had have been great. The teaching method going forward at Griffith for Med is changing from small group to large group sessions which would affect how people learn.

Lauren C
Doctor of Medicine
Griffith University, 2023

“Griffith Med Society is amazing.”

Griffith Med Society is amazing. The supportive community, great location, plenty of activities to do and balanced lifestyle. Only downside is that sometimes it gets really hot here in GC. Class size is just right. Everyone is friendly and cooperative. Med school is hard, but with good company and supportive environment makes everything durable.

Phong N
Doctor of Medicine
Griffith University, 2022

“Program is very supportive”

I'm at Griffith University.  The location of the university is stellar, only a 10 minute tram ride from surfers paradise beach. Tuition is the cheapest I believe of all the Australian medical schools, and the medical building is relatively new and offers modern facilities. All lectures are recorded or pre-recorded, and none of them are mandatory to watch live. if you fail anything there are multiple opportunities to redo the assessment. Program is very supportive of you and wan... Read More

Noah M
Doctor of Medicine
Griffith University, 2022

“Griffith structures the learning directly towards clinical practice, right from day 1”

Griffith takes a more holistic approach to medicine and structures the learning directly towards clinical practice, right from day 1. In addition, Griffith combines ethics, stats, and law right in with the medical sciences, which helps us approach cases and patients with a broader understanding.

Doctor of Medicine
Griffith University, 2020

“Griffith has a great med program”

I have really nothing but good things to say about the program so far. Griffith has a great med program and the difference from other schools is becoming more apparent (we have the biggest/best funded cadaver/specimen lab in the country, there is a big emphasis on clinical application of knowledge like x-ray interpretation and clinical reasoning from day one). I think I made the right choice coming here. The facili... Read More

Bryce D
Doctor of Medicine
Griffith University, 2019

“…has a strong reputation for its graduates being better skilled…”

Griffith puts a huge focus on communication skills with patients, and has a strong reputation for its graduates being better skilled in that regard.

Christopher Jordan K.
Griffith University, 2018