The Australian Medical School Market

The Australian Medical School Market

Medical education in Australia is sanctioned by the Australian Medical Council and is provided by medical schools across various universities. They all follow a similar education program consisting of pre-clinical classes focusing on foundational medical knowledge and clinical placements in diverse specialties at hospitals and clinics. Upon completion of their degree, graduates are provisionally registered with the Australian Medical Board


Current Australian medical schools, their location, select qualifying medical degree(s), duration, and admissions test required for entry.


Medical School

Location

Degree

Minimum Duration

Admissions Test

Australian National University

Canberra, ACT

MChD

4 years

GAMSAT

Bond University

Gold Coast, QLD

BMedSt/MD*

4.7 years

Curtin University

Bentley, WA

MBBS

5 years

UCAT

Deakin University

Geelong, VIC

MD

4 years

GAMSAT

Flinders University

Adelaide, SA

MD

BClinSci/MD

4 years

GAMSAT, UCAT

Griffith University

Gold Coast, QLD

MD, DClinDent*, Provisional Entry MD*

4 years

GAMSAT

James Cook University

Townsville, QLD

MBBS*

6 years

Macquarie University

Sydney, NSW

MD

4 years

GAMSAT

Monash University

Melbourne, VIC

MD, BMedSci/MD*

4 years

UCAT

University of Adelaide

Adelaide, SA

BMedSt/MD, BDentS/DClinDent

6 years

UCAT

University of Melbourne

Melbourne, VIC

MD, DDS, OD

4 years

GAMSAT

University of New South Wales

Sydney, NSW

BMedSt/MD, BMedSt/MD/BA

6 years

UCAT

University of Newcastle/University of New England

Newcastle and Armidale, NSW

BMedSci/MD Joint Program

5 years

UCAT

University of Notre Dame (Fremantle)

Fremantle, WA

MD

4 years

GAMSAT

University of Notre Dame (Sydney)

Sydney, NSW

MD

4 years

GAMSAT

University of Queensland

Brisbane, QLD

MD, DClinDent*, Provisional Entry MD*

4 years

GAMSAT, UCAT

University of Sydney

Sydney, NSW

MD, DMD, BA/MD*, BSc/MD*, BSc/DMD*

4 years

GAMSAT

University of Tasmania

Hobart, TAS

MBBS

5 years

UCAT

University of Western Australia

Perth, WA

MD, DMD, Assured Pathway*

GAMSAT, UCAT

University of Western Sydney/Charles Sturt University

Campbelltown and Orange, NSW

BClinSci/MD Joint Program, BDentSci

5 years

UCAT

University of Wollongong

Wollongong, NSW

MD

4 years

GAMSAT

*Alternative undergraduate pathway which requires UCAT score and/or academic performance

BA = Bachelor of Arts; BClinSci = Bachelor of Clinical Science; BDentS = Bachelor of Dental Surgery; BDentSci = Bachelor of Dental Science BMedSci = Bachelor of Medical Science; BMedSt = Bachelor of Medical Studies; BSc = Bachelor of Science; DClinDent = Doctor of Clinical Dentistry; DDS = Doctor of Dental Surgery; DMD = Doctor of Dental Medicine; MBBS = Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery; MChD = Doctor of Medicine and Surgery / Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda; MD = Doctor of Medicine; OD = Doctor of Optometry

The annual data collection on the Australian medical school market is provided by the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc (MDANZI). There are twenty-one Australian medical schools in total who provide data on enrolments and graduates as of their census dates. This data indicates a projected 14,350 enrolled places for domestic and international students in Australian university medical schools in 2022 collectively over a 6-year period.

MDANZI Australian medical school projected enrolments in 2022 over a 6-year period. 

For those interested in a historical perspective on medical education and university medical schools, information is published by the Australian Government Department of Health. There has been modest growth in medical school places over the last decade; however, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that places have been limited.