Admission to the Deakin Medical Course for domestic applicants
In 2016 the Deakin Medical School will be offering 130 Commonwealth supported places (CSP). This includes up to 5 Medical Rural Bonded Scholarships (MRBS*) and 32 Bonded Medical Places (BMP).
International full fee paying places are available. These places will be subject to demonstration of proficiency in spoken and written English. Information on entry requirements can be found in the international students' section.
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 in the two years prior to the year in which they wish to commence study. Please check the GAMSAT website for further information. http://gamsat.acer.edu.au/gamsat-australia
All applications for the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery course must be made via the Graduate Entry Medical Schools Admissions System (GEMSAS). Domestic applications cannot be made directly to Deakin University.
Please see the Applications Page for more information on how to apply for Medicine.
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 2 year Bachelor degrees or 1 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 3 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 1 year of tertiary study (i.e. 1 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.
Deakin University encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples who are committed to a career in medicine to contact the School of Medicine directly.
Indigenous Entry Scheme
There are no prerequisites.
1. Selection for interview
Invitations to interview will be sent to up to 200 applicants based on GAMSAT + GPA Score (50:50) with additional weighting for:
Rural / regional residency
Applicants who meet defined regional and rural residency criteria have a bonus added to the combined GPA and GAMSAT score. To qualify for a bonus for rural/regional residency applicants must have lived or studied for at least 5 years (consecutive or cumulative) after commencing primary school 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 or studied in the City of Greater Geelong for at least 5 years (consecutive or cumulative) after commencing primary school.
- Residence in ASGC-RA 2 or the City of Greater Geelong: a bonus of 2% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT score.
- Residence in ASGC-RA 3 - 5: a bonus of 4% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT score.
Prior clinical experience in a health discipline
Applicants who have completed one year fulltime of clinical practice as a registered health professional receive a 2% bonus. The following health disciplines will attract this bonus: Chiropractic, Dentistry, Nursing, Midwifery, Optometry, Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Speech Pathology, Paramedics, and practitioners in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Chinese Medicine and Medical Radiation.
Demonstration of financial disadvantage
Applicants who can demonstrate financial disadvantage, which may have impacted on academic performance during their undergraduate degree, may qualify for a bonus for financial disadvantage. Deakin Medical School recognises the following benefits:
ABSTUDY, AUSTUDY, Parent Payment (Partnered or Single), Youth Allowance, Disability Pension, Veterans Means Assessed Pension.
New Zealand: Study Link
StudyLink benefits apply for applicants from New Zealand. Please note, this does not include a StudyLink student loan.
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.
2. Applying for the bonuses.
Applicants who wish to apply for the prior clinical experience in a health discipline bonus or the financial disadvantage bonus must provide (to GEMSAS), supporting documentation postmarked no later than 5:00pm AEST on Friday 12th June 2015.
Applicants who wish to apply for the Rural/ Regional residency bonus must provide (to GEMSAS) supporting documentation, postmarked no later than 5.00pm AEST, Friday 26th June 2015.
Please send your supporting documentation and the cover sheet to:
PO Box 522
Ferny Hills DC
Acceptable supporting documents include:
Rural/Regional residency bonus
School reports, transcripts from a regional university, supporting letters from a school, university or workplace (signed originals on letterhead), other documents to prove residence such as invoices for telephone, rates, utilities, or bank statements showing your (or your family's) address. Please ensure that your documentation supports 5 years of rural living and includes the cover sheet you will print off when you submit your on-line application.
Prior clinical experience in a health discipline bonus
Supporting letters from your employer stating length of employment and duties, registration documentation, payslips 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.
Financial disadvantage bonusSupporting letters from Centrelink or StudyLink, PAYG Payment Summary 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.
Deakin Medical School uses the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process. Each applicant undergoes a series of 5 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
- Motivation for a career in Medicine
- A commitment to social justice
- Effective use of resources
*To be confirmed by the Department of Health