International Admission

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) score of 7.0, with 7.0 or over in the written band and 7.0 or over in the spoken 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.
  • A minimum Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score of 8/8/8 OR a minimum Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT) overall score of 50 (minimum 50 in each of the 3 sections). 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 Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 out of 7 (approximately 70% 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 70Kb).

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.

Additional requirementsAll 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 TestsAll Australian resident students are required to sit the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT), which is held in all Australian capital cities in March each year. The test comprises two multiple choice (MCQ) papers - one assessing comprehension, logical reasoning etc, and one assessing basic science knowledge, which assumes a first year university knowledge of biology and chemistry and a final year high school level knowledge of physics. There is also a written paper, comprising two essays on general topics.

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

Academic Performance in an undergraduate degree as measured by grade point average (GPA). GPA is expressed as a score out of 7.0.
A minimum score of 5.0 is required, which equates to a credit average during the undergraduate degree. The median GPA for Deakin's first cohort of medical students was 6.2 and the range was 5.0 to 7.0. Further information about calculating GPAs is available in the Graduate Australian Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Admission Guide, accessible at GAMSAT www.gamsat.acer.edu.au

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 interviewInvitations 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 MoratoriumInternational students graduating from Australian medical schools who wish to practice in Australia are subject to the Australian government's "10 year Moratorium".

Australian graduates who complete an accredited intern year and a recognised post graduate training program ( eg General Practice, Surgery, Psychiatry etc) are given a provider number which allows then to bill patients through Medicare, the national health insurance system. International graduates are given a provider number which restricts their practice to government defined areas of need for 10 years after graduation.

More information about the 10 Year Moratorium is available at the Australian Department of Health and Ageing website.

Further information

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.

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