Unique focus on rural and regional medicine
Learn how to make a difference to community health
Extensive clinical experience across a variety of settings
4 years full-time.
The course is only available to students on a full-time basis.
This is a four-year graduate entry program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree.
Apply to the Doctor of Medicine and set yourself up for a range of rewarding careers, from general practice to pathology, paediatrics to surgery. The course has a unique focus on rural and regional medicine, Indigenous Health and patient-centred communication skills.
Want a medicine degree that enables you to enhance community health and wellbeing?
Deakin’s Doctor of Medicine takes you beyond the classroom to work with patients all across Victoria and beyond. You’ll learn how medicine is practised in rural areas, while building valuable relationships that kick start career growth once you graduate.
The course shines a light on Indigenous Health, and will help you broaden your perspective of clinical medicine to encompass public health, legal and ethical perspectives. Your study experience will allow you to advance the health and wellbeing of communities in Australia and beyond.
Be part of a community of learners who support each other as you grow your knowledge and capabilities. Be confident in the support provided by the School, as you learn in an environment where a culture of diversity, inclusiveness, respect and social accountability is built, together.
Start your journey at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, home to our $53 million purpose-built facilities. These facilities provide the ideal training ground for problem-based learning – a key theme of medicine at Deakin. You’ll learn to solve the kinds of problems you’ll face in your future career, while developing your confidence in foundational medical principles, clinical reasoning and the high-level communication skills necessary for excellent patient-centred care.
Off campus, you’ll build real-world clinical experience through placements in a range of medical settings, from hospitals and general practices to community healthcare centres in the Geelong region. In your third and fourth years, you’ll have the opportunity to preference one of four clinical schools for training:
- Barwon Health (Geelong)
- Eastern Health (Melbourne)
In addition, the Rural Community Clinical School is available in your third year, giving you the option of parallel consulting in smaller rural and regional towns. The clinical placement component of the course provides at least four weeks of dedicated rural attachment, meeting your Commonwealth Department of Health requirements and further enhancing your practical experience in regional areas.
Interested in gaining a global perspective of medicine? Your fourth and final year includes an elective unit that you can study overseas, as well as a pre-internship hospital rotation that offers a first-hand taste of the day-to-day life of an intern. You will also develop your skills in research design and data analysis, to equip you for career progression and lifelong learning as a medical practitioner.
The Doctor of Medicine is accredited with the Australian Medical Council. Graduates who successfully complete pre-registration training will qualify as Registered Medical Practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.
Up to 5% of domestic places in Deakin's Doctor of Medicine course are held for Indigenous Australian applicants applying through the Indigenous Entry Stream.
Up to 30 domestic places in Deakin's Doctor of Medicine course are held for Rural Training Stream applicants applying through the Rural Training Stream.Read More
- Award granted
- Doctor of Medicine
2023 course information
- Deakin code
- CRICOS code?
- 096842G Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
- Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
- Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
The first two years of the MD are based at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), where students learn in simulated clinical environments and dedicated medical sciences teaching spaces, along with small-group learning sessions. Students will also be exposed to clinical experiences from early in the course, through placements with healthcare providers.
During years three and four students will undergo intensive clinical training within health services attached to one of five clinical schools, Barwon Health (Geelong), Warrnambool, Ballarat or Eastern Health (Melbourne), or with the Rural Community Clinical School. Students will conduct their learning and assessment in the clinical environment, guided by experienced staff associated with the clinical schools.
The course concludes in year four with two five week rotations - an elective that can be taken in Australia or overseas and a pre-internship hospital rotation in which the student experiences the day to day life of an intern.
To complete the Doctor of Medicine students must attain 32 credit points. All units are core units (these are compulsory). Students must pass all units including all components of units in the course.
All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first semester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).
The course is only available on a full-time basis.
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
Year 1 - Semester 1
Year 1 - Semester 2
Year 2 - Semester 1
Year 2 - Semester 2
Year 3 - Semester 1
Year 3 - Semester 2
Year 4 - Semester 1
Year 4 - Semester 2
Optional Elective Unit
^Corequisite unit: HME911
Additional course information
The alternative exit point from the Doctor of Medicine H911 is
Mandatory student checks
All students are required to undertake a Police Record Check and Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to do so prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.
Students are also required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.
The School will provide commencing students with specific information on their compliance requirements.
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, workshops, online interaction and clinical placements. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
All four years of the Doctor of Medicine require a full-time commitment, with a substantive load of required learning activities and study time.
There are extensive clinical placements throughout the course - see individual unit descriptions for full details.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
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There are three entry streams available for applicants: general entry stream, rural training entry stream and the indigenous entry stream. Please note that course transfer applications from other Medical Schools are not accepted due to places in the course being capped.
General Entry Stream
The application process for admission to the general stream of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) is administered by the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS).
Entry requirements include:
- Academic performance in an approved Bachelor, Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters by coursework completed no more than 10 years before the course commencement date (Degree must have been awarded within 10 years of the projected commencement date of the Doctor of Medicine. Applicants whose degree was completed outside this 10 year period may be considered if they have completed relevant further Higher Education study. The institution must be recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas institution determined by Deakin).
Please note: As a minimum requirement, applicants must hold a completed bachelor degree (with a minimum weighted GPA of 5.0) or be in the final year of a bachelor degree (scheduled for completion by 31 December in the year of application) to be considered for selection.
- A final GPA (weighted) of 5.0 or greater, and
- A minimum score of 50 in each of the three sections of the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT), and an overall score of 50 or greater. The score on the GAMSAT must have been obtained no more than two years before the course commencement date.
- Interview performance.
Further details can be found in the 2023 GEMSAS Admissions Guide once released or Deakin’s Admission Criteria and Selection Procedure
English language requirements
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements
Adjustment (bonus) information
Applicants may be eligible for the following adjustments (bonuses) which will count towards your aggregate score for interview consideration. For detailed information on the adjustments (bonuses) please refer to the Admissions Guide on the GEMSAS website.
Applicants who meet defined rural and regional residency criteria have additional points added to the combined grade point average (GPA) and Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) score. To qualify for an adjustment for rural/regional residency, applicants must have lived for at least 10 years cumulatively or any 5 years consecutively after birth in a place classified by the Modified Monash (MM) category as level 2-7 or Geelong MM1. Residence in:
- MM2 or Geelong MM1: an adjustment of 4% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT score
- MM3-7: an adjustment of 8% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT score.
Please note that applicants with a rural background are also eligible to apply for entry through the dedicated Rural Training Stream (RTS).
Further information on Rural Training Stream course structure and eligibility criteria can be found here.
Prior Clinical Experience
Applicants who have completed one year (12 months) of full-time clinical practice (minimum of 36 hours per week) as an AHPRA registered health professional, or in speech pathology or dietetics may have a 4% adjustment (bonus) added to the combined GPA and GAMSAT score.
Applicants with international clinical practice and registration that aligns with the professions listed on the AHPRA website including speech pathology and dietetics, may also be eligible to receive this adjustment (bonus).
Applicants who claim the Work Experience adjustment (below) are not eligible to apply for this adjustment.
Applicants who can demonstrate that they have gained a minimum of 2 years full-time (minimum of 36 hours per week) employment experience in any area of work (consecutively or cumulatively over 4 years) may have a 2% adjustment (bonus) added to the combined GPA and GAMSAT score.
Applicants who claim the Prior Clinical Experience adjustment (above) are not eligible to apply for this adjustment (bonus).
Applicants who can demonstrate financial disadvantage which may have impacted on academic performance during their recent study may qualify for an adjustment. The following benefits are recognised as providing eligibility for the adjustment:
- Centrelink income payments
- Department of Veteran’s Affairs income payments.
- Other Australian Federal or State Government income payments of similar amounts may be considered.
- StudyLink benefits (exclusive of StudyLink loans) apply for applicants from New Zealand.
Applicants who are able to demonstrate that they have been in receipt of an approved Centrelink/StudyLink benefit for at least 12 months during their undergraduate degree, may have a 2% adjustment (bonus) added to the combined GPA and GAMSAT scores.
Note: Special consideration payments that are not Centrelink payments are not considered.
Applicants who at the time of application meet the following requirements may have a 4% adjustment added to their combined GPA and GAMSAT score:
- have completed and graduated with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree by coursework from Deakin University with a minimum of two thirds of their course requirements completed at Deakin University; or
- will be completing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree by coursework with Deakin University and will have completed a minimum of two thirds of their course requirement at Deakin University.
Note: Credit for Prior Learning will not count as having met the two years’ full-time equivalent (FTE) completion requirement.
Eligible applicants are invited to attend a Multi-Mini Interview (MMI) which consists of up to 10 five minute stations addressing:
- 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
- Health promotion
Interviews are conducted in September. Further information will be provided on the selection update page
Indigenous Entry Stream
The Doctor of Medicine offers an Indigenous Entry Stream. For more information go to https://www.deakin.edu.au/medicine/study-opportunities/indigenous-entry-stream-doctor-of-medicine.
Rural Training Stream
The Doctor of Medicine offers a Rural Training Stream. For more information go to Deakin’s School of Medicine Rural Training Stream.
The RTS consists of up to 30 places for applicants with a rural background. The minimum entry requirements align with those for the general stream, with the addition of a written application and a tiered priority entry system aligned with specific rural geographical locations. The application process also remains the same as for the general stream, occurring via GEMSAS with the inclusion of the required written application
Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional certification and practise safely. The inherent requirements of the course are listed here: Doctor of Medicine Inherent Requirements (pdf 258kb)
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
In 2022, our student intake had an average GPA of 6.76 and an average GAMSAT of 68.4.
Recognition of prior learning
Recognition of Prior Learning will not be granted for this course.
Fees and scholarships
Estimated tuition fees - CSP: 2023 fees are currently unavailable due to a delay in the student contribution rates set by the Australian Government.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
- If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
- If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Important information: If you are an International student you need to be aware the Australian Government caps Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery. This means if you are enrolled in this course and transfer from a student visa or other temporary visa to a permanent visa, you are unlikely to receive a CSP place. You would however be eligible for a domestic full fee-paying place.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
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COVID-19 has disrupted the studies of many students. As a result, the School of Medicine has made changes to the selection process for the Doctor of Medicine to avoid any advantages or disadvantages to applicants.
The Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) has been developed to assess applicants' capacity to undertake studies in an intellectually demanding course.
All applications to the Doctor of Medicine must be made through the Graduate Entry Medical School Admission System (GEMSAS)
- Master of Health and Medical Sciences (H720)
Doctor of Medicine graduates are highly sought-after for internship positions with healthcare providers in Australia and abroad. Deakin’s MD program allows you to develop a deep understanding of the challenges and nuances of rural medicine, putting you in a strong position to address the shortfall of doctors in regional areas.
In order to qualify as Registered Medical Practitioners with the Australian Medical Council (AMC), our graduates are currently undertaking accredited internships at a number of prominent Victorian and interstate hospitals.
After successfully completing an intern year, graduates can apply for entry to specialty training programs that lead to a broad range of medical careers.
The Doctor of Medicine is accredited with the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Graduates who successfully complete pre-registration training will qualify as Registered Medical Practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Diagnose and manage clinical conditions, and carry out practical procedures to provide safe patient care.
Select appropriate communication modes to share complex knowledge and concepts with patients, carers, colleagues and communities
Use digital technology responsibly to enhance medical practice.
Critically appraise and apply knowledge to problem solve and make sound professional and patient care decisions.
Formulate healthcare solutions using research skills to evaluate, interpret and implement evidence based practice.
Demonstrate professional obligation and responsibility to patients, the profession and self as work ready doctors; and show a life-long commitment to reflective learning through practice, research and teaching.
Demonstrate collaborative practice within a health care team to provide safe, high quality medical care.
Prioritise prevention and implement holistic approaches to enhance the health and well-being of individuals, communities and populations; advocate for public health and demonstrate a commitment to advancing the health and well-being of rural, remote, Indigenous and marginalised individuals and communities.