Admission to the Deakin Medical Course for international students
International full fee paying places in the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery course (H311) are available. These places will be subject to demonstration of proficiency in spoken and written English.
Minimum entry requirements
- A minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in each band. More information is available at www.ielts.org
- Applicants whose undergraduate degree was conducted and examined entirely in English, are considered for exemption from IELTS testing.
- International applicants may apply with GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test) or MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) scores. The minimum GAMSAT score is at least 50 in each Section and a score of at least 50 overall. The minimum score for the MCAT test is 8/8/8 for tests taken prior to 2016. For tests taken from January 2016 onwards, the minimum score is 125 in each section. Bonuses will be awarded for relevant prior clinical experience.
- More information about the MCAT test is available below and at https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/
- 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).
- Successful Interview.
- Please also provide a copy of your curriculum vitae with your application.
All applicants must complete an International Supplementary Information Form.(pdf 75Kb).
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 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.
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/Students working in hospitals. More information will be provided about this in the Information Packs.
GAMSAT and MCAT Tests
International students residing in Australia during the application period may sit the MCAT or the GAMSAT.
GAMSAT is also used in the UK and Ireland and there are sittings in Dublin and Washington DC in March and London in September. More information is available at www.gamsat.acer.edu.au
Australian graduate entry schools also accept the American Association of Medical Colleges' Medical College Admissions Test (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. MCAT is administered on multiple occasions from January to September at multiple sites in North America and round the world. More information is available at www.aamc.org/students/mcat
Academic Performance in an undergraduate degree as measured by grade point average (GPA).
Performance in an interview
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 1 to 3 members using a structured format, which addresses the same qualities listed in the Deakin Medical School course outcomes.
Selection for interview
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 2% weighting.
Important note regarding employment after graduation
10 Year Moratorium
International students who graduate from Australian Medical Schools are subject to an Australian Government imposed 10 year moratorium. To obtain more information about the 10 year moratorium please refer to this website.
Please browse the Medical School website for in-depth information about the course.
Please also refer to the Deakin International website for information relating specifically to international students.