Macquarie University

Doctor of Medicine



University Location North Ryde, New South Wales
City Population 6 million
Student Population 44,000
Int'l Student Population 10,000
Main Campus North Ryde
Program Campus North Ryde, suburb of Sydney, New South Wales
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $77,500 AUD (2023 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2024
Application Deadline TBA*
International Places 20 (total places 60)


Macquarie University is home to Australia’s newest medical school. Macquarie aims to prepare their medical graduates for the predicted environments in which they will practice as future leaders in healthcare. A Macquarie graduate is culturally responsive, globally aware, and equipped to work within increasingly digital health systems.

As a Macquarie medical student, you’ll study at MQ Health—Australia’s first university-led integrated health campus—where learning is fully integrated with outstanding patient-centred clinical care, and high-quality health and medical research. Structured Australian and international clinical experiences are embedded throughout the program, giving you the opportunity to experience different health systems, cultures, and clinical presentations.

Hear from Emma, one of our OzTREKK student ambassadors, who’s currently studying at Macquarie Medical School!


The Macquarie Doctor of Medicine is a 4-year graduate-entry medicine program that integrates applied medical sciences with clinical sciences, professionalism, research, and cultural responsiveness.

Studying medicine at Macquarie will allow you the freedom to explore your interests across a range of areas. You can follow your passions and tailor your course to your needs and interests. A course may comprise up to three zones: Foundation, Core, and Flexible.

  • Foundation zone: Provides the foundational knowledge needed to succeed in the course if you are coming from a different disciplinary background.
  • Core zone: Compulsory and covers the specific disciplinary or professional requirements of the course.
  • Flexible zone: Provides breadth to the course and is comprised of elective units.

Early years of the program integrate clinical, scientific, professional, and cultural learning around cases—placing patient-centred care as a central concept in all learning. Later years of the program provide rich clinical learning opportunities with established clinical partners.

Global focus
The Macquarie MD incorporates extended international clinical experiences, including all-expenses-paid clinical rotations in Hyderabad, India. Macquarie University recognizes the need for future doctors to be globally engaged clinicians and believes in the significant benefits of these experiences: for the student, for health systems and for the health outcomes of local and global communities.

Clinical Placements
One of the unique features of the Macquarie Doctor of Medicine program is its core clinical placements, through which you will participate in clinical learning experiences in both Australia and India. Compulsory international clinical learning experiences include 21 weeks in Year 3 and up to 16 weeks in Year 4.

In years 3 and 4 students will be divided into two cohorts, A and B, for their clinical placements. While Cohort A will be in Australia, Cohort B will be in India and vice versa.

Compulsory international clinical learning experiences
Year 3 – 21 weeks
Year 4 – Up to 16 weeks


Macquarie’s Australian clinical learning environments

MQ Health
Is the first university-led integrated health campus in Australia. MQ Health brings together clinical care, teaching, and research to provide an integrated approach to holistic patient treatment, discovery and continuous learning.

Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD)
Has an established reputation for providing exceptional clinical training to medical students. Clinical experiences within NSLHD provide students with the full range of clinical presentations, opportunities to interact with patients and healthcare teams in inpatient and outpatient settings, and exposure to a high-volume and varied case mix. Students will primarily have clinical experiences at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

MindSpot Clinic
Australia’s first free online and telephone mental health clinic and is located on campus.


Macquarie’s international clinical learning environments

Apollo Hospitals Group
Recognized as the pioneer of private healthcare in India and the country’s first corporate hospital. Founded in 1983 with a 150-bed hospital by Dr Prathap C. Reddy, it now has 9,200 beds across 64 hospitals.

The mission of Apollo Hospitals Enterprises is to bring healthcare of international standards within the reach of every individual. Apollo is committed to the achievement and maintenance of excellence in education, research and healthcare, and has longstanding experience in the delivery of medical education and post-graduation training. Apollo clinicians are highly trained having affiliations with several international medical education organizations.

Apollo’s first Health City campus in Hyderabad offers an integrated healthcare model with 470 inpatient beds and extensive outpatient clinics, including Centres of Excellence for Heart Diseases, Cancer, Joint Diseases, Emergency, Renal Diseases, Neurosciences, Eye and Cosmetic Surgery.

Students may only attend their clinical placement if all placement compliance requirements have been completed prior to the placement occurring.

North America
Macquarie has an agreement with Ivy-League school Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and with Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, for students to do 4- to 8-week clinical rotations in North America in their fourth year. This placement is merit-based and not available to all students. Please contact OzTREKK for details.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
Completed bachelor’s degree with GPA of roughly a 2.7 / 4.0. GPA (approximately 70%), using weighted grade point average, calculated on the last 3 full-time years of your degree. For students in a 4-year degree, the weighting will be calculated by final year x3, third year x2, second year x1. Your first year will not be included in this calculation.

2. Admissions test
Must have achieved a minimum MCAT score of 500, completed within 3 years of intended enrolment. GAMSAT will also be accepted with minimum of 50 in each section.

3. Interview
Applicants are selected for interview based the following criteria:

  • Performance in a qualifying degree (as indicated by GPA)
  • Performance in MCAT / GAMSAT
  • Performance in the Personal Statement
  • Meeting English language requirements

Macquarie University uses the Personal Statement as a hurdle, then ranks applicants based on a selection rank derived from a 50 / 50 combination of weighted GPA and overall MCAT / GAMSAT score.

If selected, you will need to attend and perform a multiple mini-interview (MMI). Interviews may be conducted via Skype or similar platform.

For more information, please read the Macquarie MD Admissions Guide.

Admission Timeline

*Applications for the 2023 intake closed August 19, 2022 (program has been filled). Applications are assessed on a rolling-admission basis (first come, first served)—the earlier you apply the better.

2023 Intake Application Timeline

Interviews: Rolling interviews throughout 2022
Last day to sit MCAT: August 27, 2022
Final application deadline: September 30


“The faculty know each of us as individual people and supports us as such”

MQ is a really nice campus, the MD program is a little isolated (closer to the hospital) but that's okay. It's in a part of Sydney that doesn't require you to live deep in the big city which is really nice. Being so close to the mall makes it easy to do all the life things outside of school too (ie. banking, phone plans, grocery shopping - you can do all of that on your lunch or before going home). The MQMD program is fantastic. Being so small it really feels like a little fami... Read More

Macquarie University Emma B
Doctor of Medicine
Macquarie University, 2019

“With the small class size and great team of staff around us, they give you the tools to succeed”

Love Macquarie University. The campus is beautiful and there is a strong support network available to anyone who needs it. The MD program has been great. With the small class size and great team of staff around us, they give you the tools to succeed, especially in such a stressful program.

Macquarie University Paulina A
Doctor of Medicine
Macquarie University, 2019