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.

Deakin Medical School uses the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format in which applicants are interviewed 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
  • health promotion.

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. 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.
  • 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.

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

Selection is based on the applicant’s undergraduate weighted GPA (Grade Point Average) of 5.0 (on a 7.0 scale) or greater, plus a minimum GAMSAT score of 50 in each section and 50 overall, plus any bonuses if applicable.

Invitations to interview will be sent to up to 220 applicants based on their GAMSAT + GPA Score (50:50) with additional weighting for:

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

A percentage bonus will be applied to the combine weighted GPA & overall GAMSAT score.

Rural/regional residency bonus

Applicants who meet defined regional and rural residency criteria may attract up to an 8% bonus applied to their combined GPA and GAMSAT score.

To qualify for a bonus for rural/regional residency, applicants must have lived for at least 5 years consecutively or 10 years cumulatively after birth in a place classified by the Australian Standard Geographic Classification –Remote Areas (ASGC-RA) system
as level 2-5. The bonus is also given to applicants who have lived in the City of Greater Geelong for at least 5 years consecutively or 10 years cumulatively 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 score.

Please see the GEMSAS Medicine Admissions Guide for more information.

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 applied to their combined GPA and GAMSAT score:

  • 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.

Please see the GEMSAS Medicine Admissions Guide for more information.

Work experience bonus

Applicants who have worked full time (i.e. minimum 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 see the GEMSAS Medicine Admissions Guide for more information.

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.

Please see the GEMSAS Medicine Admissions Guide for more information.

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 see the GEMSAS Medicine Admissions Guide for more information.

Please note: Credit for Prior Learning will not count as having met the two 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 check the GEMSAS 2018 Medicine Admissions Guide to ensure that you are sending your documentation to the right location.

Do not send supporting documentation to Deakin University.

All information is correct at the time of publication. Last updated 1 June 2017.