Best Medical School In Australia
Advice & Insight From Medicine Application Specialists
Winner: The University of Melbourne
Runner Up: The University of Sidney
The University of Melbourne is ranked number 13 in the world for Medicine, making it the best medical school in Australia and New Zealand. The university was established in 1853, when it had only four professors and 16 students. Today, it has more than 8000 staff and 65,000 students.
The school only offers postgraduate Medicine – that means that if you are not applying as a graduate, you would need to apply to the ‘Guaranteed Entry Pathway.’
The school is the most expensive in Australia for both international and domestic students.
An Overview of the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Medicine Program
The program is a four year course, with the first year combining bioscience, clinical skills, professional practice, population health and clinical communication. All is case-based in order to develop solid foundations within the correct contexts. Years two and three build on clinical skills gained in year one, and the scientific and medical knowledge that has already been gained, in order to take on an increasing amount of patient care in a range of settings. In year four, students will take on a research project in an area of specific interest to them. In the second semester of year four students will take on a period of work especially designed to help consolidate their learning and prepare them for their forthcoming work in the health service.
The first year of the course will take place on the Parkville campus, and after this you will be allocated to a clinical school where you will take on the next three years of your course. You can take on clinical electives in any vacation or holiday period in order to expose yourself to a wider variety of medical specialties and settings than you might otherwise encounter.
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The University of Melbourne Medicine Admissions
If you are applying as an undergraduate, you will need to apply to the Guaranteed Entry Pathway, which requires an ATAR between 99 and 99.85, the subsequent completion of an undergraduate course at the University of Melbourne with an average of 75% or higher, and the completion of an MMI (Multiple Mini Interview). There are various scholarships available to help cover the cost of undertaking a double degree in this way, such as the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship.
Average scores for admission are a GPA of 6.7 and a GAMSAT of 71. Alternatively, the BMAT, DAT or MCAT may be taken for overseas applicants. The minimum MCAT score is 492, although to be competitive scores of at least 500 are required. Minimum GAMSAT to be considered is 50.
Applicants are invited to an interview based on their GPA and GAMSAT results. The interview is an MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) which consists of eight interview stations. Each station will take five minutes to complete and be built around one topic or theme. The entire interview takes around 50 minutes, and will form part of an MMI day which might also feature tours or lectures designed to help students understand the university. The MMI is designed to assess maturity, motivation, communication skills, empathy, collaboration, and decision making.
Following interviews, offers are made on the following basis: 50% interview score, 25% GPA and 25% MCAT /GAMSAT. This process is therefore more ‘automated’ or objective than many other universities, which will individually review students and have tutors discuss them.
What is it like studying Medicine at Melbourne?
Melbourne is known as a city that boasts a huge amount of culture, and in fact has been dubbed the cultural capital of Australia. There are 30,000 international students in Melbourne from more than 130 countries, meaning that it is a truly diverse academic experience, and a diverse place to live as well. The city has won the Economist World’s Most Livable City award an incredible seven times, is a UNESCO City of Literature, and is traditionally seen as the most forward-thinking and liberal city in Australia.
Parkville, where medics will spend their first year, is well-located with access to cultural institutions like museums, galleries, theatres and nightclubs, as well as cafes and shops. There are more than 200 clubs and societies, and an emphasis on sport that has seen the construction of an athletics track, 25m metre swimming pool, and a well-equipped university gym.
Four Australian Prime Ministers have graduated from the university, and it is seen as a prestigious university in general, not just for Medicine.
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Overview of Medicine at Sydney
The university offers a combined seven year Bachelor of Science / Doctor of Medicine course, and has been training doctors since 1856. The faculty is located in the university’s main campus. It has 1139 students in total, and a highly-regarded academic staff who are known to be particularly strong in cancer research and cardiovascular medicine.