International admission requirements

International full fee paying places in the Doctor of Medicine (H911) are available. These places will be subject to demonstration of proficiency in spoken and written English.

Minimum entry requirements

    • Important dates: Round 1 applications close Friday 30 June. Round 2 applications close Tuesday 31 October.
    • The minimum score for the MCAT score is 125 in each section. Adjustment factors will be awarded for relevant prior clinical experience.
    • A minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in each band.
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    • Applicants whose undergraduate degree was conducted and examined entirely in English are considered for exemption from IELTS testing.
    • International applicants may apply with Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores. The minimum GAMSAT score is at least 50 in each section, and a score of at least 50 overall.

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    • The score on the MCAT or GAMSAT must be obtained in the two years preceding the year of application.
    • A completed undergraduate degree from an Australian Higher Education institution or a recognised bachelor qualification listed in the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) guide.
    • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 out of 7 (approximately 65% grade average).
    • A successful interview.
    • A copy of your curriculum vitae with your application.

All applicants must complete an International Supplementary Application Form Doctor of Medicine (MD) 2019 Intake (PDF, 74.9KB) 

And an International Application for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies (PDF, 389.8KB).

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 will only be considered if they've completed the equivalent of one year of tertiary study at Honours or Graduate Diploma level or higher at an Australian tertiary institute. The institute must be recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework, or at a recognised international university listed in the NOOSR guide.

Additional requirements

All successful applicants must provide the following documentation at enrolment:

  • a current police check from their country of residence
  • an immunisation history.

The Victorian Government also requires a Working with Children Check to be obtained by all staff and students working in hospitals.

GAMSAT and MCAT tests

International students residing in Australia during the application period may sit the MCAT or the GAMSAT.

The GAMSAT is also used in the UK and Ireland, and there are sittings in Dublin and Washington DC in March and London in September. 

Learn more about the GAMSAT

Australian graduate entry schools also accept the MCAT, which is part of the selection process for all US and most Canadian medical schools. 

MCAT comprises 3 MCQ papers (Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning and Biological Sciences) and two 30-minute essays. The test is administered throughout January to September at multiple sites in North America and around the world. 

Learn more about the MCAT


Interview structure

International applicants are interviewed in their country of residence or undergraduate study.

Interviews may be face-to-face or by videoconference, and are conducted by a panel of between one and three members, using a structured format that addresses the same qualities listed in the Deakin Medical School course outcomes.

Selection criteria

Invitations to interview will be made to applicants based on a combination of their GAMSAT/MCAT and GPA scores (50:50) with additional weighting for prior clinical experience in a health discipline. 

Applicants who have completed one year of clinical practice as a registered health professional (eg. dentistry, dietetics, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology and speech pathology) receive a two per cent weighting.

Employment after graduation

International students who graduate from Australian Medical Schools are subject to an Australian Government-imposed 10-year moratorium

Learn more about the moratorium