Domestic admission requirements

In 2018 Deakin's School of Medicine will be offering 130 Commonwealth-supported places (CSP) and 37 Bonded Medical Places (BMP) to the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS).


Admission process

Admission to the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) 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.

No exemptions, credit for prior learning or advanced standing is offered.

Applicants are required to sit the GAMSAT test during the two years prior to the year they wish to commence study. Please check the GAMSAT website for further information.

International students

International full fee paying places are also available and will be subject to demonstration of proficiency in spoken and written English.

Learn more about international medical student admission requirements

Indigenous students

Deakin University encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples who are committed to a career in medicine to contact the School of Medicine directly.

Learn more about Indigenous medical student admission requirements

How to apply

All applications for the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery must be made via the Graduate Entry Medical Schools Admissions System (GEMSAS).

Domestic applications cannot be made directly to Deakin University.

Step 1: Register for, and sit, the GAMSAT

All domestic applicants for the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery must register for, and sit, the GAMSAT. Results are valid for two years, therefore test results from 2016 and 2017 can be used for 2018 applications.

A minimum GAMSAT Overall Score of 50, with a minimum of 50 for each of the three sections, is required to be eligible to apply.

Step 2: Apply for admission

All domestic applicants for the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery must submit an online application through GEMSAS.

The closing date to lodge an application for 2018 entry is Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 11:59pm AEST.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Selection is based on the applicant's undergraduate academic record (weighted Grade Point Average (GPA)), GAMSAT score and interview performance.

Rural/regional residency bonus
Applicants who meet the defined regional and rural residency criteria may receive a bonus added to their combined GPA and GAMSAT score. To qualify for a rural/regional residency bonus applicants must have lived for at least 10 years cumulatively, or any 5 years consecutively after birth, in a place classified by the Australian Standard Geographic Classification – Remote Areas (ASGC-RA) system as level 2 – 5. The bonus also applies to applicants who have lived in the City of Greater Geelong for at least 10 years cumulatively or 5 years consecutively from birth.

  • Residence in ASGC-RA 2 or the City of Greater Geelong: a bonus of 4% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT score.
  • Residence in ASGC-RA 3 – 5: a bonus of 8% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT/MCAT score.

Prior clinical experience in a health discipline bonus
Applicants who have completed one year of full-time clinical practice as a registered health professional in the following health disciplines may receive a 4% bonus:   

  • Chiropractic 
  • Dentistry 
  • Nursing 
  • Midwifery 
  • Optometry 
  • Osteopathy 
  • Pharmacy 
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Podiatry 
  • Psychology 
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Dietetics 
  • Speech Pathology 
  • Paramedics 
  • Practitioners in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Chinese Medicine 
  • Medical Radiation.

Work experience bonus 
Applicants who have worked full time (ie. minimum of 36 hours of 36 hours per week) for 2 years cumulatively over a 4-year period, or 2 years consecutively may receive a 2% bonus of the combined GPA and GAMSAT score.

Please note:

  • Applicants can either receive the Work Experience Bonus (2%) or the Prior Clinical Work Bonus (4%). They cannot claim both bonuses. The Work Experience Bonus applies to non-clinical work or clinical work that is not listed in the defined list of disciplines.
  • Bonuses cannot be awarded to applicants who will have completed 2 years cumulatively over a 4-year period, or 2 years consecutively by the end of 2017, or by the time the course commences, as there is no way to guarantee that the applicant will actually complete the clinical experience.

Financial disadvantage bonus
Applicants who can demonstrate that they have suffered financial disadvantage, which may have impacted on academic performance during their undergraduate degree, may qualify for the financial disadvantage bonus.

Applicants who are able to demonstrate that they have been in receipt of a Centrelink/ StudyLink benefit for at least 12 calendar months during their undergraduate degree, receive a 2% bonus. 

Deakin Medical School recognises the following benefits:

  • Australia: Centrelink
    ABSTUDY, AUSTUDY, Parent Payment (Partnered or Single), Youth Allowance, Disability Pension, Veterans Means Assessed Pension.
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs income payments
    Other Australian Federal or State Government income payments of similar amounts may be considered.

    New Zealand: StudyLink
    StudyLink benefits apply for applicants from New Zealand. Please note, this does not include a StudyLink student loan.

Deakin Study Bonus
Applicants are eligible to receive a 4% bonus if, at the time of application, they have completed at least 2 full-time equivalent (FTE) years of study in an undergraduate degree at Deakin University and have graduated or are completing an undergraduate degree from Deakin University.

Please note: Credit for Prior Learning will not count as having met the 2 years’ FTE completion requirement.

Step 3: Submit supporting documentation

Applicants who wish to apply for the prior clinical experience in a health discipline bonus, the work experience bonus, the financial disadvantage bonus or the Deakin study bonus must provide supporting documentation to GEMSAS postmarked no later than 5:00pm AEST on Friday 9 June 2017.

Applicants who wish to apply for the Rural/Regional residency bonus must provide supporting documentation to GEMSAS postmarked no later than 5.00pm AEST on Friday 23 June 2017.

Please send your supporting documentation and cover sheet (printed off after you have applied online via GEMSAS) to:

GEMSAS Operations
PO Box 2025
South Melbourne
VIC 3205

Do not send supporting documentation to Deakin University.

All information is correct at the time of publication. Last updated 30 March 2017.

Minimum entry requirements

  • A completed undergraduate degree from an Australian university or a Higher Education institution recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework, or a recognised bachelor qualification listed in the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) Guide. Deakin does not recognise two-year bachelor degrees or one-year conversion degrees for the purposes of admission to the medical course.
  • An overall GAMSAT score of 50 with a minimum score of 50 in each of the three sections.
  • A minimum weighted GPA of 5. The GPA score is based on academic grades during the final three full time equivalent years of the most recent undergraduate degree (including an honours year if applicable). Greater weight is given to results from later years of academic study, with the final year weighted x 3, the penultimate year x 2, and the first of the final three years x 1. Postgraduate study beyond an honours year is not included in the GPA calculation.

Applicants are required to have been awarded their undergraduate degree within 10 years of their projected commencement date. 

Applicants whose undergraduate degree was completed outside the 10 year period may be considered for admission only if they have successfully completed the equivalent of one year of tertiary study (i.e. one full year of the curriculum) at honours or graduate diploma level or higher at an Australian university or Higher Education Institution recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework or at a recognised International university listed in the NOOSR Guide.

Postgraduate study should also have been completed within 10 years of the projected commencement date of the medical course.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites.

Selection process

1. Selection for an interview

Invitations to interview will be sent to up to 210 applicants based on their GAMSAT + GPA Score (50:50) with additional weighting for:

  • rural/regional residency
  • prior clinical experience in a health discipline
  • work experience bonus 
  • demonstration of financial disadvantage
  • Deakin study bonus.

2. Applying for the bonuses

Applicants who wish to apply for the prior clinical experience in a health discipline bonus, the work experience bonus, the financial disadvantage bonus or the Deakin study bonus must provide supporting documentation to GEMSAS postmarked no later than 5pm AEST on Monday 12 June 2017.

Applicants who wish to apply for the rural/regional residency bonus must provide supporting documentation to GEMSAS postmarked no later than 5pm AEST on Friday 23 June 2017.

Please send your supporting documentation and cover sheet to:
GEMSAS Operations
PO Box 2025
South Melbourne
VIC 3205

Acceptable supporting documents: rural/regional residency bonus
Supporting letters from a GP, school, university or workplace (signed originals on letterhead) will be accepted. Supporting letters must include your rural residential address details. Documents to provide residence such as invoices for telephones, rates, utilities, or bank statements showing your (or your family’s) address. 

Please ensure that your documentation supports the required number of years of rural living and includes the cover sheet you will print off when you submit your online application.

Acceptable supporting documents: prior clinical experience in a health discipline bonus
Supporting letters from your employer stating length of employment and duties, registration documentation, payslips, group certificates or tax returns. Please ensure that your documentation supports at least 12 months of clinical experience, as a registered health professional and includes the cover sheet you will print off when you submit your on-line application.

Acceptable supporting documents: work experience bonus
Supporting letters from your employer stating length of employment and average weekly hours worked, group certificates or payslips.

Acceptable supporting documents: financial disadvantage bonus
Supporting letters from Centrelink or StudyLink, PAYG Payment Summary, bank statements or tax returns. Please ensure that your documentation supports at least 12 calendar months of being in receipt of a Centrelink or StudyLink benefit, during your undergraduate studies and includes the cover sheet you will print off when you submit your on-line application.

Acceptable supporting documents: Deakin study bonus
Official Deakin University Academic Transcript

3. Interview

Deakin Medical School uses the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process. Each applicant undergoes a series of five minute interviews at 10 stations using standardised questions and scoring procedures. 

The stations are designed to assess applicant attributes such as:

  • communication skills
  • commitment to rural and regional practice
  • evidence-based practice
  • self-directed learning
  • teamwork
  • motivation for a career in medicine
  • a commitment to social justice
  • professionalism
  • effective use of resources.