Postgraduate coursework

Doctor of Medicine

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.

International student information
Switch to domestic student information

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in all bands (or equivalent). More information is available at


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.

Course information

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

Course structure

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.

Note: Units will link to unit descriptions in H311 Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery. Updated unit descriptions to follow soon.

Year 1 - Semester 1

HME911 Medicine 1A

Year 1 - Semester 2

HME912 Medicine 1B

Year 2 - Semester 1

HME921 Medicine 2A

Year 2 - Semester 2

HME922 Medicine 2B

Year 3 - Semester 1

HME931 Medicine 3A

Year 3 - Semester 2

HME932 Medicine 3B

Year 4 - Semester 1

HME941 Medicine 4A

Year 4 - Semester 2

HME942 Medicine 4B

Key information

Award granted
Doctor of Medicine

2019 course information

Tuition fee rate
Available fee rates can be found at
Deakin code
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

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

Course first offered in 2019

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.

Work experience

There are extensive clinical placements throughout the course - see individual unit descriptions for full details.

Entry requirements

Entry information

A Bachelor degree completed not more than 10 years before the course commencement date, with a final GPA (weighted) of 5.0 or greater and either:

GAMSAT A minimum score of 50 in each of the three sections of the GAMSAT, and an overall score of 50 or greater, OR MCAT - A score of 125 or greater in each of the four sections of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The score on the MCAT or GAMSAT must be obtained in the two years preceding the year of application.

Inherent requirements

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, BMBS Inherent Requirements (pdf 258kb)

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
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

Scholarship options

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.

Search or browse through our scholarships

Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

Graduate outcomes

Career outcomes

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.

Professional recognition

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.

Digital Literacy

Using digital technology responsibly to enhance medical practice.

Critical thinking

Critically appraise and apply knowledge to problem solve and make sound professional and patient care decisions.

Problem Solving

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.

Global Citizenship

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.


Application information

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

PDF Application form - 306 KB

Credit for prior learning

Credit for prior learning will not be granted for this course.

Still haven't found what you are looking for?