Doctor of Medicine

Postgraduate coursework

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) overall score of 7 with no individual band score less than 7 or an equivalent recognised English test. For detailed information on English language requirements, other proficiency tests and exemptions recognised by Deakin, visit: English Language Admission Criteria Procedure


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

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.

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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 (0 credit points)
  • Medicine 1A
  • Year 1 - Semester 2

  • Medicine 1B
  • Year 2 - Semester 1

  • Medicine 2A
  • Year 2 - Semester 2

  • Medicine 2B
  • Year 3 - Semester 1

  • Medicine 3A
  • Year 3 - Semester 2

  • Medicine 3B
  • Year 4 - Semester 1

  • Medicine 4A
  • Year 4 - Semester 2

  • Medicine 4B
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Doctor of Medicine

    2021 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 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.

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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

    Doctor of Medicine (MD) admission process

    The application process for admission to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) is through a direct entry process.

    Academic requirements

    • Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) with a GPA (weighted) of 5.0 or greater.


    • 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. The GAMSAT score must be obtained within two years of your application. For early and late round applications, proof of GAMSAT registration is required to be submitted at the time of application. For GAMSAT information including test dates, visit the GAMSAT website.


    • MCAT: a score of 125 or greater in each of the four sections of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT score must be obtained within two years of your application. For early and late round applications, proof of MCAT registration is required to be submitted at the time of application. For MCAT information including test dates, visit the MCAT website.

    Note: The Bachelor qualification must be completed no more than 10 years prior to the course commencement. 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 Higher Education study at an institution recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas institution determined by Deakin).

    Other Requirements

    Applicants are required to submit the School of Medicine Supplementary form for international applicants (including a CV).

    Course transfer applications from other Medical Schools are not accepted due to places in the course being capped.

    Interview Process

    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 and full time work 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.

    Offers for interviews will be sent after the application closing dates.

    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.

    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

    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 eight 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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    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.

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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.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    All applicants must submit the following:

    Important dates:

    Application Rounds (2021 intake)

    Applications open - 1 January

    Early Round

    Applications close - 31 May
    Interview invitations - Week commencing 25 May 2020
    Interviews - 1 - 12 June 2020
    Offers released - Week commencing 22 June 2020

    Round 1

    Applications close - 7 June 2020
    Interview invitations - Week commencing 22 June 2020
    Interviews - 6 - 10 July 2020
    Offers released - Week commencing 27 July 2020

    Late Round (if places available)

    Applications close - 30 September 2020
    Interviews (as required) - August - November 2020
    Offers released (if applicable) - Up to 30 November 2020)

    For information on how to apply, please see International student applications.

    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.

    Employment after graduation

    International students who graduate from Australian Medical Schools are subject to an Australian Government-imposed 10-year moratorium.  The 10 Year Moratorium applies to any international graduate (i.e. those trained domestically) for a period of ten years from the date of their first medical registration in Australia. Any person under the 10 Year Moratorium cannot apply for a Medicare provider number. This restriction may be exempted if they are wishing to work in an area that is deemed to be located in a District of Workforce Shortage (DWS), a geographical area where the population has less access to Medicare subsidised services when compared to the national average.

    Professional recognition

    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

    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.


    Doctor of Medicine at Deakin

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