Doctor of Medicine

Postgraduate coursework

Apply with any undergraduate degree and be career confident with medicine at Deakin.

Key facts


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.

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Course information

Set yourself up for a range of careers, from general practice and geriatric medicine through to pathology, paediatrics and surgery. Our Doctor of Medicine has an emphasis on rural and regional medicine and aims to address the critical shortage of doctors in regionals areas – making graduates highly employable.

Do you want to experience the hands-on training and engaging theory needed to enter the medical profession with confidence?

Problem-based learning is a key theme of medicine at Deakin, meaning that while you are at university, you will learn to solve the kinds of problems that you will encounter when you are working in medicine.

You will also get the chance to study at our $53 million purpose-built facilities at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus for the first two years of your course. This allows you to learn and engage through problem-based seminars and practical classes. Your clinical experience will take place in laboratories, hospitals, and other health services in the Geelong region.

Our course also includes placements in a range of medical environments, from hospitals and general practices to community healthcare settings in the Geelong region. For the third and fourth years of the course, you will have the opportunity to preference one of four clinical schools in Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Box Hill, with the additional option in third year of the Rural Community Clinical School.

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.

During the clinical placement component of the Doctor of Medicine, you will complete at least four weeks of a dedicated rural attachment, which meets your Commonwealth Department of Health requirements.

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

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Course structure

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

  • Academic Integrity HAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Medicine 1A HME911
  • Year 1 - Semester 2

  • Medicine 1B HME912
  • Year 2 - Semester 1

  • Medicine 2A HME921
  • Year 2 - Semester 2

  • Medicine 2B HME922
  • Year 3 - Semester 1

  • Medicine 3A HME931
  • Year 3 - Semester 2

  • Medicine 3B HME932
  • Year 4 - Semester 1

  • Medicine 4A HME941
  • Year 4 - Semester 2

  • Medicine 4B HME942
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Doctor of Medicine

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    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

    Campuses by intake

    The first two years will be undertaken at the Waurn Ponds campus. Years 3 & 4 will be undertaken at one of our clinical schools.

    Semester 1 - January

    Mandatory student checks

    All students are required to undertake a Police 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.

    Participation requirements

    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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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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).

    Academic requirements

    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 at

    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.

    Rural/Regional residency
    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.

    Financial Disadvantage

    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.

    Deakin Graduate

    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.

    Work Experience

    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.

    Interview Process 

    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
    • Teamwork
    • Professionalism
    • 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 from 7 – 10 September 2020.

    Indigenous Entry Stream

    The Doctor of Medicine offers an Indigenous Entry Stream. For more information go to

    Inherent requirements

    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $63,800 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
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    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $11,155 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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    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.

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    • 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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    How to apply

    COVID-19 – 2020 selection update

    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.

    Register to sit the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions test (GAMSAT)

    The Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) has been developed to assess applicants' capacity to undertake studies in an intellectually demanding course.

    Apply through GEMSAS

    All applications to the Doctor of Medicine must be made through the Graduate Entry Medical School Admission System (GEMSAS)

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Deakin’s medicine graduates perform extremely well in terms of employment outcomes.

    In order to qualify as registered medical practitioners with the Australian Medical Council (AMC), these graduates are currently undertaking accredited internships at a number of Victorian and interstate hospitals.

    Following successful completion of their intern year, our graduates will be able to apply for entry to speciality training programs for a diverse range of medical careers.



    Professional recognition

    The Doctor of Medicine is accredited with the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Graduates who satisfactorily 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

    Digital Literacy

    Use digital technology responsibly to enhance medical practice.

    Critical thinking

    Critically appraise and apply knowledge to problem solve and make sound professional and patient care decisions.

    Problem Solving

    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.

    Global Citizenship

    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.


    Deakin doctors graduate with a focus on rural and regional health.

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