4 years full-time.
The course is only available to students on a full-time basis.
This is a four-year graduate entry program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree.
Current Deakin Students
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Enjoy extensive clinical training in health services, with an emphasis on rural and regional medicine. The Doctor of Medicine is a graduate entry program for students wishing to qualify as medical practitioners. Learn about anatomy, physiology, and pathology, plus clinical procedural skills, public health issues, and managing chronic diseases.
During the clinical placement component of this course, all students will complete at least four weeks of a dedicated rural attachment (to comply with Commonwealth Department of Health requirements).
You will study at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) for the first two years, learning through problem-based seminars and practical classes. You will also get clinical experience in laboratories, hospitals, and other health services in the Geelong region.
During year three most students will undergo intensive clinical training within health services attached to one of four clinical schools.
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 our Rural Community Clinical School (RCCS) where they will be based in GP clinics with local hospital visiting rights across a number of towns in western Victoria. The course concludes in year four with two five week rotations - an elective that can be taken in Australia or overseas and a pre-internship hospital rotation in which the student experiences the day to day life of an intern.Read More
To complete the Doctor of Medicine students must attain 32 credit points. All units are core units (these are compulsory). The course is only available on a full-time basis. Students must pass all units including all components of units in the course.
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
Year 1 - Semester 1
Year 1 - Semester 2
Year 2 - Semester 1
Year 2 - Semester 2
Year 3 - Semester 1
Year 3 - Semester 2
Year 4 - Semester 1
Year 4 - Semester 2
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per semester. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Semester 1 - February
- Start date: February
- Available at:
Applications for 2019 have closed
Additional course information
In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.
In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.
All enrolled students are required to read, understand and comply with the School of Medicine Infectious Diseases and Immunisation Policy. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience.
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, online interaction and clinical placements. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
There are extensive clinical placements throughout the course - see individual unit descriptions for full details.
A Bachelor qualification completed no more than 10 years before the course commencement date, with a final GPA (weighted) of 5.0 or greater, as calculated by the GEMSAS, and a minimum score of 50 in each of the three sections of the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT), and an overall score of 50 or greater. The score on the GAMSAT must have been obtained no more than two years before the course commencement date.
Admission to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) is determined by a combination of:
- grade point average (GPA) in an approved undergraduate degree
- Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) score
- eligible bonuses and interview performance.
Further details on the admission process are available at https://www.deakin.edu.au/medicine/study-options/domestic-admission
Further details on the admission processes are available below and at https://www.deakin.edu.au/medicine/study-options/domestic-admission.
Indigenous Entry Stream
A Bachelor degree completed not more than 10 years before the course commencement date, and a final GPA (weighted) of 5.0 or greater. For more information contact the School of Medicine (firstname.lastname@example.org), or go to https://www.deakin.edu.au/medicine/study-options/indigenous-students
Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional certification and practise safely. The inherent requirements of the course are listed in the document, MD Inherent Requirements (pdf 258kb)
Recognition of prior learning
Recognition of Prior Learning will not be granted for this course.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
How to apply
The Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) has been developed to assess applicants' capacity to undertake studies in an intellectually demanding course.
All applications to the Doctor of Medicine must be made through the Graduate Entry Medical School Admission System (GEMSAS)
Faculty contact information
Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
1800 693 888
Why choose Deakin
Our medicine graduates perform extremely well in terms of graduate employment outcomes, with 100% of the 2016 graduates employed. In order to qualify as registered medical practitioners with the Australian Medical Council (AMC), these graduates are currently undertaking accredited internships at a number of Victorian and interstate hospitals. Following successful completion of their intern year, our graduates will be able to apply for entry to speciality training programs for a diverse range of medical careers.
This course is accredited with the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Graduates who satisfactorily complete pre-registration training will qualify as Registered Medical Practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Diagnose and manage clinical conditions, and carry out practical procedures to provide safe patient care.
Communicate complex knowledge, skills and ideas to patients, carers, colleagues and communities, and the wider community by selecting appropriate communication modes whilst demonstrating collaboration and teamwork in caring for patients, professionalism, well developed judgement, adaptability, accountability and responsibility.
Using digital technology responsibly to enhance medical practice.
Critically appraise and apply knowledge to problem solve and make sound professional and patient care decisions.
Find healthcare solutions through the application of evidence based practice.
Work ready doctors who demonstrate professional obligation and responsibility to patients, the profession and self; and show a lifelong commitment to reflective learning through practice, research and teaching.
Demonstrate collaborative practice within a health care team to provide safe, high quality medical care.
Prioritise prevention and implement holistic approaches to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations. Public health advocates committed to advancing the health and wellbeing of rural, remote, Indigenous and marginalised individuals and communities.
Deakin doctors graduate with a focus on rural and regional health.