Deakin University Doctor of Medicine (MD)
The Doctor of Medicine is a graduate entry medical training programme. It leads to professional registration as a doctor.
Taught out of one of the most innovative Schools of Medicine in Australia, the Deakin Doctor of Medicine will set you up for a range of medical careers, from general practice to pathology, paediatrics or surgery.
The Deakin MD is highly-regarded by the medical community both in Australia and worldwide and its graduates are strongly employable. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, 100% of the graduating cohorts of domestic and international Deakin MD students found full-time work by the following year.
Why study medicine at Deakin?
- The medical programme at Deakin has an emphasis on rural and regional medicine and aims to address the critical shortage of doctors in regional Australia. This focus will give your studies and clinical experiences a uniquely Australian signature, while at the same time equipping you with a professional qualification with worldwide recognition and status.
- Teaching focuses on hands-on training and engaging theory, giving students the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to enter the medical profession and make a real difference within the communities they serve.
- The Deakin School of Medicine is young and innovative, with a progressive approach to teaching and learning. Problem-based learning is a key theme of the MD, which means that while at university, you will learn to deal with the kinds of challenges and problems that you will encounter in your future career as a medical professional.
- Deakin University is a national and state leader in student satisfaction. The University invests heavily in academic support and well-being programmes to ensure that student experiences are both positive and successful.
Deakin Doctor of Medicine: Key information
Start date: Semester 1 (February) each year
Tuition fees: Approximately A$71,000 per year
Course duration: 4 years
Study mode: Full time
Funding for international students: Not available from the University
- A bachelors degree in any academic discipline, completed within the last 10 years, with a final GPA (weighted) of 5.0 on the Australian 7.0 scale. To obtain a working conversion of your undergraduate marks to Australian GPA, please contact Sarah at Study Options.
- An aptitude test result obtained within 2 years of application. GAMSAT and MCAT are both accepted. If taking GAMSAT, you must achieve a minimum of 50 in each section of the test and an overall score of 50; if you are taking MCAT, you must achieve a minimum score of 125 in all four sections of the test in order for the result to be considered.
- Interview. Please refer to current schedule information below
2021 UK interviews
The 2021 Doctor of Medicine interviews for Deakin University will take place at Study Options’ London office, June 2 – 4 2020.
In order to be considered for an interview place, you must have submitted an application to Study Options by Friday 1 May.
Interview places will be allocated on a rolling basis; early applications are therefore strongly encouraged. Please access the Deakin application form here and follow the instructions on page 1 for postgraduate applications.
- Please submit your application to Study Options via email.
- If you are due to graduate in June 2020, you are welcome to apply in the 2021 application round. Please indicate clearly when your final degree results will be available
- You MUST have either taken, or have registered for, a GAMSAT or MCAT test by the May 1 deadline in order to be eligible for an interview in this round. Please include your test results, or your registration details, with your application.
Doctor of Medicine Semester 1 2021: Application and assessment timeframes
1 January – 1 May 2020: Applications submitted to Study Options. Interview allocations will be given within a week of the application receipt wherever possible
2 – 4 June 2020: Successful students interview in London with Dr Scott McCoombe, Deakin School of Medicine
15 June: Offers made
Deakin Doctor of Medicine: Course structure and content
Years 1 and 2: Students study at Deakin’s A$53 million purpose-built facilities at the Geelong campus. You will learn in simulated clinical environments, problem-based seminars and small-group learning sessions. During these two years, you will also undertake a range of clinical experience in different medical environments, from laboratories to hospitals and other community healthcare settings in the local Geelong region.
Years 3 and 4: Students move to one of four clinical schools in Geelong, Ballarat, Warranmbool and Box Hill to undergo intensive clinical training. In year 3 there is the additional option of the Rural Community Clinical School. Learning and assessment is conducted in these clinical environments, guided by experienced staff associated with the clinical schools. At the end of year 4 the course finishes with two five-week rotations. One can be taken in Australia or overseas; the second is a pre-internship hospital rotation, which allows the student to experience the day-to-day life of an intern.
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Your medical career – what are the next steps after graduating?
Please check the information provided by the Australian Medical Association about career progression and vocational training following graduation.
After graduating from the Doctor of Medicine, students qualify for 'provisional registration', while completing the intern year within a health service (hospital setting). After completing intern training, you then qualify for 'general registration'.
There is a 1-2 year residency period for most doctors following internship, although some colleges do accept trainees immediately out of internship. The residency rotations can usually be geared towards your area of interest, though this may be limited by the availability at the health service.
After registration, you can go one of two routes: Vocational (specialty training/registrar) or non-vocational.
Non-vocational are usually based in hospitals or other health services, are not specialised in a particular area, but operate largely independently and autonomously (though within reporting structures of the health service they are based in). While this is currently the minority in Australia, they do have an emerging group of ‘Hospitalists'. Career Medical Officers is a common term for these doctors, who help bridge the gap, usually in hospitals, that sometimes occurs when patient care doesn¹t necessarily require a specialist, but needs more experience than that of an intern or resident. They are still required to undergo regular professional development and training.
In contrast, registrars apply for and enrol in specialty programmes through the various specialist colleges (there are 16 in Australia, including General Practice), which after 3-7 years qualify them to work fully unsupervised and independently in that specialty.
Allocation of internship places after graduation
Immediately after finishing the Doctor of Medicine, students need to apply for an internship place – the first step to a medical career. No Australian university can guarantee an international student an internship place because the priority list for allocating these is determined by each state government’s health department - it’s not within the University’s control.
In all states of Australia apart from Victoria, the medical internship allocation is as follows:
- Priority 1: Australian nationals graduating from medical schools in that state
- Priority 2: All other Australian nationals graduating from medical schools anywhere in Australia
- Priority 3: International students graduating from medical schools in that state
- Priority 4: International students graduating from other Australian medical schools
In Victoria, numbers 2 and 3 are flipped, so international graduates of Victorian medical schools are prioritised above Australian nationals who have graduated from medical schools elsewhere in Australia.