The ANU Summary shows there are 3 paths to medicine at ANU. These are:-

  • entry to the postgraduate medical degree with any degree (importantly - ANU also accepts applicants who have completed additional postgraduate studies). Your previous degree/s can be obtained from any university (not just ANU),

  • through the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at ANU, or

  • through the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Science degree, also at ANU.


Entry Requirements - The full details regarding the entry requirements for medicine at ANU are given in the table below.

This table shows, not only the requirements to obtain a place in the postgraduate medical degree, but also details how each of the 3 paths flow into the medical degree, and what you need to keep in mind not only for medicine, but also when applying for your undergraduate degree. 

How ANU Compares with Other Universities - Scroll further down, below the table and you'll also see the ANU Comparitor. This tool enables you to compare the 3 paths to medicine at ANU, with other university paths to medicine (offered by 19 Australian universities).  



ANU detailed entry Requirements


There are a number of notable aspects in how ANU structures the postgraduate medical degree and how the 3 undergraduate paths flow to it. 


Higher Degrees Matter 

ANU may provide bonuses for higher degrees and this means if you have also completed Honours or Masters by coursework these results can be included in your GPA. ANU may also provide a percentage bonus included in your GPA if you have Honours, have completed a Masters by research, or have a PhD.

ANU abides by the 10 year rule

ANU like many other postgraduate medical degree universities require previous undergraduate study to have been completed no more than 10 years prior to the date of application. This can, however, be waived if you have undertaken at least 6 months study of undergraduate or postgraduate level study prior to application.


ANU is not picky about your undergraduate degree and where you studied. But there are benefits if you studied at ANU.

You don't need to have studied an undergraduate degree at ANU to apply for medicine. Importantly ANU also accepts 2 year degrees - when many other universities will not. Even so, ANU recommend students with conversation/2 year degrees check with the Medical Admissions Office to verify their particular academic qualifications are accepted.

It's worth keeping in mind ANU provides bonus points (also know as adjustment factors through the National Access Scheme) on top of your ATAR, for some subjects for entry into certain undergraduate degrees - including entry to the Bachelor of Health Science. This undergraduate degree has 60 places with up to 30 places in ANU's medical degree made available to Health Science graduates. 

The other ANU path to medicine is through the Bachelor of Philosophy. You need a serious ATAR (99) to get into this degree and there are 10 places available for students coming through this path to study medicine.

ANU's medical degree has a total of 110 - 115 medical degree places, so these guaranteed entry positions represent a sizable proportion of the total medical intake.

ANU paths through the Bachelor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Health Science have the advantage of not requiring candidates to sit the GAMSAT/MCAT. Offers of medical places for Bachelor of Health Science students are made at the end of second year. Students who are not successful at gaining a place in the medicine degree have the opportunity to apply through the standard graduate path but in this instance will also need to sit GAMSAT in order to apply.


Admission Changes from 2020

ANU are introducing significant changes to their admissions process and these will kick in from the 2020 entry year. The new admissions process will only apply to domestic entrants for undergraduate degrees and is being introduced to provide a single integrated system to cover admission to the degree, accommodation and scholarship requirements.

The important aspect from a medicine entry perspective is the new admissions scheme will mean students will get earlier advice regarding whether they have been accepted into an ANU undergraduate degree. Instead of waiting until January for the commencement of offer rounds, ANU applicants will be advised in August if they have been conditionally accepted into a degree. Commensurately the student will need to accept the conditional offer by the end of August, ie significantly before any other offers are received.

Importantly, the new admission process brings with it an additional entry requirement. The new, compulsory co-curricular or service requirement requires students to attest they meet the threshold of a minimum of 3 out of the 7 required skills. Skill level is not included - so the requirement is satisfied by the skill being either met or not met. The skill categories cover employment, creative and performance, gaming, sport and fitness, academic extension, educational and scholastic and community and service activities. 

Introduction of maths and English from 2022

The other important change that is being brought in at ANU for undergraduate admissions is the mandatory inclusion of maths and English prerequisites. To apply for any undergraduate degree at ANU from 2022, you need to have studied at least one semester of maths and English in either year 11 or 12. These requirements obviously don’t have a bearing on students wishing to apply for postgraduate medicine based on an undergraduate degree from other universities. But these new requirements will have a major bearing on your subject choices in high school if you are wishing to progress into ANU medicine from an ANU undergraduate degree.


New undergraduate deadlines of March 19 and 31 May 19

The new domestic undergraduate entry arrangements include the following:

  • March (commencing in 2019) of your Year 12 year - is when you can apply to ANU

  • 31 May 2019 (for students wishing to commence at ANU in 2020) - is when the co-curricular or service requirement documentation (called a schedule) needs to be submitted and when Admission, Scholarships and Accommodation applications close.

  • August (commencing in 2019) - is when conditional offers for 2020 entry are made. It's important to realise these offers are based on Year 11 results, with the offer then being subsequently confirmed based on Year 12 results.

So get started and check those skill categories and make sure you have put in sufficient work during Year 10 to Year 12 to enable you to provide the required evidence you have at least 3 skills. Remember also your Year 11 results will now determine whether you receive a conditional offer or not.



ANU Comparitor


ANU Comparitor - Click the arrow to scroll through other university paths to medicine to compare ANU's paths (some universities have numerous paths and these are shown on separate pages).




ANU's Paths to Medicine

Compared with -

Other University Paths to Medicine



An important qualification


Study Medicine information has been compiled from Australian university information sources and therefore is a guide. Authoritative information is provided by the university only. Make sure you obtain information directly from the university before making any decisions. 

The above information is intended to help you understand the ANU medical degree and the available paths to gain entry. Remember, information can always change, so ensure you keep up to date by regularly checking directly with ANU.