Graduate entry medicine in Australia

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Graduate entry medicine in Australia is usually a four-year, full-time course. Generally, fifty percent or more of your time is spent in hospitals and other practical healthcare settings. Your remaining time would be spent learning in a theoretical environment.

The majority of Aussie medical school places are graduate entry now, however undergraduate places are also available.

Graduate medical schools

There are ten graduate medical schools in Australia:

  • Deakin University
  • Wollongong University
  • Flinders University
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Griffith University
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • The University of Notre Dame

Required qualifications

In order to apply for a place on a graduate entry medicine programme, you need to have completed your undergraduate degree, or at least be in your last year of the course. Generally, you don’t have to have a science major in order to apply for graduate medicine. If you excel in other subjects, such as arts or social sciences, your application is likely to be considered.

Before applying, please do check the specific qualifications required by each institution carefully, as they may vary from school to school – for example, Monash University has a list of approved degrees, and those from other disciplines cannot apply.

GAMSAT

GAMSAT is the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test. Prospective students for medicine must take this test in order to be considered for a place. The test requires knowledge of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and English – so even those students who did not complete a scientific undergraduate degree need to have a good understanding of science – equivalent of first year university or year 12 level. The focus of the GAMSAT is on reasoning.

Interview

Some medical schools may wish to interview you before offering you a place on your chosen course. Generally, only students who meet the academic entry requirements (GPA & GAMSAT) are selected for interview. The format of the interview and questions raised depends on the individual school, but generally, they are looking to get a better understanding of your motivations for studying medicine, your strengths and weaknesses. They may also be looking out for evidence of logic, reasoning, ethics, knowledge and insight.

A final word

Getting into medical school can be tough – competition for places is hugely competitive. Make sure you do your research into each medical school before you apply. Take a look at what they are looking for in a candidate, what they are trying to deduce from the application process, and ensure that you meet all of the criteria. Learn about research that the school has carried out, or what areas they specialise in, and use this knowledge to impress at every opportunity.

Do your own research too – make sure you are aware of issues in medicine both in Australia and globally. Show the university that you have an awareness of different areas of medicine, and pick out some key areas that interest you to talk about  – your knowledge will help you stand out from the crowd.

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