To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 7.0 (with no individual band below 7.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum overall score of 600 (with Writing 5.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Test – IBT): minimum overall score of 94 (with Writing 27)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): minimum overall score of 65 (with no communication band less than 65)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum overall score of 185 (with no band less than 185)
For detailed information on English language requirements, other proficiency tests and exemptions recognised by Deakin, visit: Schedule A: English Language Requirements for Deakin Coursework Programs
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
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.
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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
2020 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
Campus availability varies per semester. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Semester 1 - January
- Start date: January
- Available at:
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.
There are extensive clinical placements throughout the course - see individual unit descriptions for full details.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
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 through a direct entry process.
Entry requirements include:
- A Bachelor qualification completed no more than 10 years before the course commencement date and;
- A final GPA (weighted) of 5.0 or greater, and;
- GAMSAT: 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 or;
- MCAT: a score of 125 or greater in each of the four sections of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and;
- The GAMSAT or MCAT score must be obtained within two years of your application.
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 institute. The institute must be recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas institution determined by Deakin).
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) may be eligible to receive a two per cent weighting.
International applicants may be 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 between one and three members, using a structured format.
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 in the document, 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.
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
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How to apply
All applicants must submit the following:
- an International Application for Undergraduate and Post Graduate Studies form
- a School of Medicine Supplementary form for international applicants (including a CV)
Important dates: Applications for the 2020 intake are now closed. Applications for the 2021 intake will open on 2 January 2020.
For information on how to apply, please see International student applications.
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Why choose Deakin
Deakin’s medicine graduates perform extremely well in terms of employment outcomes, with 100% of the 2016 and 2017 graduates finding employment.
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.
Employment after graduation
International students who graduate from Australian Medical Schools are subject to an Australian Government-imposed 10-year moratorium
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
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.
Doctor of Medicine at Deakin
Deakin doctors graduate with a focus on rural and regional health.