Curtin University Medicine - detailed entry requirements and how Curtin University compares with other universities
The Curtin University Summary (see under University Summaries) shows there are 2 paths to medicine at Curtin. These are:-
Path 1: direct entry for high school leavers or
Path 2: for graduates (with any degree from any university) or students currently at Curtin University in their undergraduate degree who are seeking to switch into medicine.
Entry Requirements - The full details regarding the entry requirements for medicine at Curtin University are given in the table below.
This table shows, not only the requirements to obtain a place in the undergraduate medical degree, but also details how each of the 2 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 if you are seeking graduate entry.
How Curtin University Compares with Other Universities - Scroll further down, below the table and you'll also see the Curtin University Comparitor. This handy tool enables you to compare the 2 paths to medicine at Curtin, with other university paths.
curtin university detailed entry Requirements
There are a number of notable aspects in how Curtin structures its undergraduate medical degree and how the 2 entry paths flow to it.
Curtin University's medical school is small, with only 80 places - making it one of the smallest medical programs in Australia. Like other universities, up to 25% of places are reserved for rural students and Curtin also priortises places for people from Indigenous and disadvantaged backgrounds. As an undergraduate degree, Curtin specifically targets high school students, so this means your chances of getting into Curtin's medical program are much greater if you apply directly from school.
It's UMAT (now UCAT) not GAMSAT
Curtin is an undergraduate program so if you wish to apply to the program for one of the limited number of places available for Curtin Course Switchers or graduates, you need to sit the UCAT - rather than the GAMSAT.
Curtin is very particular
Curtin is very specific about their student definitions. You are only regarded a high school direct entry student if you have not commenced any studies. This means you must not have commenced at university - including not having commenced studies at diploma level or above.
Student definitions also extend to being very precise about people changing degrees within Curtin - with the term "Curtin Course Switcher" defined as someone who has only studied at Curtin and has not completed any other degrees. You are still regarded as a Course Switcher if you have switched before (though are possibly at risk of being regarded as not being able to make up your mind).
Be careful of not ending up in No Mans Land
If you don't fit any of these precise definitions, you run the risk of ending up in No Mans Land and not being able to apply to the Curtin University medical program. This would be the case if, as a high school leaver, you commenced a diploma or degree at a university other than Curtin, but then changed your mind and did not complete it. In this case you wouldn't be able to apply for the Curtin University medical program.
Selection criteria specifics
Curtin does not disclose the relative weightings of their selection criteria to offer a place in the medical program. Curtin places more emphasis on academic performance (at 60%) compared to UMAT (now UCAT) results (40%) when selecting people for interview, but it is not clear how they determine successful applicants once the interview process is completed - other than by ranking students based on merit.
Extra points and extra places
Curtin have introduced for 2019 a rural and equity points program that enables eligible students to add extra points (up to a total of 5) to their ATAR, depending upon their circumstances. In 2019 Curtin will be providing a total of 80 places in their medical program, an increase of 10 places from 2018, with total places increasing to 110 by 2022.
The aspects of switching
Curtin also indicate (in a quite specific way) that in order to switch into medicine from another Curtin degree you need to have completed at least 200 study credits. If you want to try to switch you can’t leave it too late as you must not be in your final year of study. You also need to have a achieved a course weighted average of 80. Interestingly, Curtin indicate second year and beyond Curtin University Optometry students are not able to apply as course switchers.
curtin university Comparitor
Curtin University Comparitor - Click the arrow to scroll through other university paths to medicine to compare Curtin's paths (some universities have numerous paths and these are shown on separate pages).
Curtin'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 Curtin University 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 Curtin University.