Australian National University (ANU) Medical School Summary
The ANU medical degree is a postgraduate degree, so you need to have completed previous university study in order to do medicine at ANU.
Scroll down to see the available entry paths to ANU medicine
There are 3 possible paths to medicine at ANU.
Path 1 - Bachelor degree or higher (any degree, any university).
There are no prerequisite undergraduate degrees and no requirement for undergraduate degrees to have been completed at ANU, so this means, if you have a Bachelor degree from any recognised university, you're able to apply.
ANU also accepts applications from students who have undertaken further university studies - Honours degrees, Masters by research, Masters by coursework and PhDs.
So basically, provided you have completed at least one undergraduate degree, you can apply to ANU's medical program.
In addition to this path, ANU provides 2 paths that are ANU specific. These paths provide entry paths to ANU medicine.
Path 2 - Bachelor of Health Science degree (ANU) and
Path 3 - Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Science degree (ANU).
You need a high ATAR (of 99) to be accepted into the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Science degree, compared to 90 for the Bachelor of Health Sciences. It’s also important to note that entry into the Bachelor of Health Science is not based solely on your ATAR. Students wishing to study the Bachelor of Health Science degree also need to submit a written application. Entry into the Bachelor of Health Science is based on a composite score - with your ATAR and your written application taken into consideration
Neither the Bachelor of Health Science nor the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Science degrees have nominated subject prerequisites - though it's worth noting, that certain science courses that can be taken in either of these Bachelor degrees, may have specific prerequisites. More to the point, students wanting to progress into the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery degree from the Bachelor of Health Science degree also need to come through the Pre-med stream - with this involving selection of certain mandatory subjects.
How the paths compare
ANU Bachelor of Health Science degree, and ANU Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons) - Science degree applicants do not have to sit the GAMSAT (nor MCAT), though all other applicants for the medical degree do.
How selection works
The selection criteria for ANU medicine comprises a 2 stage process (like many other universities):-
Stage 1 - For students who are applying with a Bachelor or higher degree your GPA and GAMSAT results (50% for each) are used to determine who's offered an interview.
Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Science applicants also need to be interviewed, though it is not specified how an offer of interview is determined.
Stage 2 - For students who are applying with a Bachelor or higher degree your interview results (50%) are then combined with your GPA and GAMSAT (25% each), to determine offers of a place in ANU's medical degree.
Bachelor of Health Science applicants are only selected from students who have undertaken the Pre-med stream. Applicants are offered a place in the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery degree based on their interview results as well as GPA - with the GPA based on the student’s best results from 14 out of 16 courses/subjects taken within the first 2 years of the Bachelor of Health Science degree. In this students need to have achieved a minimum 75% average. The application to get into the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery degree also requires students to submit a written application. So all in all the process to be accepted through this path is rigorous, being based on interview, GPA and assessment of a written application.
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Science applicants are selected based on their interview results as well as academic criteria. This is set at satisfactory progression within the Bachelor of Philosophy degree and also includes successful completion of the Advanced Studies Course in an area of medical research.
Important changes for 2020 entry
A further important aspect to take into consideration in terms of applications for Path 2 and Path 3 ie ANU degrees, are recent changes to ANU admissions.
ANU have announced major changes for domestic student entry into undergraduate degrees for 2020 entry and beyond. In addition to the above requirements, students will now have to prove they have:
Co-curricular or service requirement skills - demonstrate a minimum of 3 (out of a total of 7) skills. These skills need to be documented by 31 May in the year preceding entry.
Conditional offer - students will now apply to ANU in March of the preceding year (eg March 2019 for 2020 entry) and a conditional offer based on the student's Year 11 results, will be made in August. Conditional offers will need to be accepted by the end of August. The offer will then be confirmed after Year 12 results are received.
ANU have also announced the mandatory requirement for students to also have studied at least 1 semester of maths in either Year 11 or 12 for entry into undergraduate degrees from 2022.
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.