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.
Current Deakin Students
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
Apply to the Doctor of Medicine with any undergraduate degree, 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 StreamRead More
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, in Geelong, Warrnambool, Ballarat or Melbourne, or with the RCCS. 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
2021 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9
Campuses by intake
Mandatory student checks
All students are required to undertake a National 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 be 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
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.
Ask a question about studying at Deakin
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
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
The application process for Admission to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) is administered by the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS).
In 2020, our student intake had an average GPA of 6.71 and an average GAMSAT of 64.9.
The application process for Admission to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) is administered by the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS).
Entry requirements include:
- A Bachelor qualification completed no more than 10 years before the course 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 institution. The institution must be recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas institution determined by Deakin).
- 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 Medicine GEMSAS Admissions Guide
Course transfer applications from other Medical Schools are not accepted due to places in the course being capped.
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 ASGC-RA system as level 205 or the City of Greater Geelong. Residence in:
- ASGC-RA 2 or the City of Greater Geelong: an adjustment of 4% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT score
- ASGC-RA 3-5: an adjustment of 8% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT score.
Prior Clinical Experience
Applicants who have completed one year (12 months) of full-time clinical practice as an AHPRA registered health professional, or in speech pathology or dietetics may have a 4% adjustment 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 financial disadvantage which may have impacted on academic performance during their undergraduate degree 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 added to the combined GPA and GAMSAT scores.
Applicants who have graduated from Deakin University with a bachelor degree of at least 3 years duration may have a 4% adjustment added to the combined GPA and GAMSAT score. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 16 credit points of their course requirements at Deakin in order to be eligible for consideration.
Applicants who can demonstrate that they have gained a minimum of 2 years full-time employment experience in any area of work (consecutively or cumulatively over 4 years) may have a 2% adjustment added to the combined GPA and GAMSAT score. Applicants who claim the Prior Clinical Experience adjustment (see 4.2 above) are not eligible to apply for this adjustment.
Eligible applicants are invited to attend a Multi-Mini Interview (MMI) which consists of 10 five-minute stations addressing:
- Communication Skills
- Commitment to Rural and Regional Practice
- Motivation for a Career in Medicine
- Evidence-based Practice
- Social Justice
- Health Promotion
- Effective Use of Resources
Interviews will be conducted at the Waurn Ponds campus - dates available soon.
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.
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)
Recognition of prior learning
Recognition of Prior Learning will not be granted for this course.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP) In addition to the full fee place information shown above, this course normally offers Commonwealth supported places.
The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced 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 full fee-paying domestic place.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
What is FEE-HELP?
FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $45,881.
Please note: fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and based on 2020 rates. Actual fees may vary. We advise confirming fees with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.
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The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:
- does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
- does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
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- where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
How to apply
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)
Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
1800 693 888
Why choose Deakin
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.
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