Flinders University / Charles Darwin University Medicine - detailed entry requirements and how Flinders University / Charles Darwin University compare with other universities
The Flinders University/Charles Darwin University Summary (see under University Summaries) shows there are 7 paths to medicine at Flinders. These are basically:-
direct entry to the double degree - a combined undergraduate Bachelor of Clinical Sciences degree and Doctor of Medicine degree that can be undertaken either in Adelaide (through Flinders University) or Darwin (through Charles Darwin University and Flinders University) or
graduate entry to the Doctor of Medicine degree.
Entry Requirements - The full details regarding the entry requirements for medicine at Flinders University / Charles Darwin University are given in the table below.
This table shows, not only the requirements to obtain a place in the medical program, but also details how the direct entry and the 6 graduate paths flow into the medical degree and what you need to keep in mind, not only for medicine, but also if you are applying for an undergraduate degree that leads to medicine.
How Flinders University / Charles Darwin University Compare with Other Universities - Scroll further down, below the table and you'll also see the Flinders Comparitor. This tool enables you to compare the 7 paths to medicine at Flinders, with other university paths to medicine (offered by 19 Australian universities).
flinders / charles darwin detailed entry Requirements
There are a number of notable aspects in how Flinders / Charles Darwin structure their undergraduate and postgraduate medical degree.
Flinders University and Charles Darwin University double act
Flinders and Charles Darwin Universities have combined to offer a medical program in either Adelaide and Darwin, with only Australian citizens or permanent residents able to apply for the Darwin location. The Bachelor of Clinical Studies (Darwin) degree is taught by Charles Darwin University.
Indigenous applicants encouraged
Flinders/CDU encourage Indigenous applicants to apply. Places are reserved for Indigenous applicants with the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences Doctor of Medicine degree providing 5 places for NT-based Indigenous applicants and 2 places for non-NT Indigenous applicants, and Doctor of Medicine degree providing 5 places. Indigenous applicants may apply directly or are able to undertake the Indigenous Entry Scheme. This Scheme involves a 4-5 week program comprised of the Preparation for Medicine Program and Flinders University Extended Learning in Science program. Applicants coming through the Indigenous Entry Scheme do not have to undertake the GAMSAT.
Flinders / Charles Darwin medicine is complicated
Flinders / Charles Darwin University (CDU) offer the option of either progressing through a direct entry from high school combined double degree path to medicine, or a postgraduate medical degree.
Add to this the opportunity to also secure entry into the medical program through what are known as "subquotas" - specified places in the medical program reserved for students from humanitarian, rural/regional and/or Indigenous backgrounds, and you have a whole lot of opportunity and diversity - in terms of who can get to medicine. This, however, comes at a price with a resultant range of detailed and specific requirements to grapple with, in terms of how the medical program operates and it’s particular entry requirements.
Flinders / CDU don't have a 10 year rule
Many universities have the requirement that any previous undergraduate degrees need to have been completed no more than 10 years prior to commencing the postgraduate medical degree. Not so for Flinders.
Flinders / CDU Medicine is small and welcoming
It is not fully clear how many places there actually are in the medical program at Flinders / CDU. There are 86 Commonwealth Supported places and additional places for international students. Of the 86 Commonwealth Supported places 75% are reserved for Flinders graduates only - with up to 25 graduates from undergraduate degrees in Health Sciences, Medical Science, Paramedic Studies or Science (Biotechnology) accepted.
The remaining places are for Flinders graduates with other degrees (including higher degrees such as Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters or PhD).
The remaining Commonwealth places (25%) are provided to non-Flinders degree students - with these likely to be allocated to students with rural/remote, humanitarian visa and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. Flinders / CDU have specific programs that provide medical graduates to address needs in these areas. The Darwin program, for example, has up to 12 Northern Territory government bonded places and preference for these places is given to Indigenous applicants and Northern Territory residents.
Flinders has lots of schemes
Part of the reason why Flinders is so complicated is because there are many entrance schemes on offer. These include the uniTEST - which is a multiple choice test that can enhance your chances of getting into a degree at Flinders. The uniTEST applies to all undergraduate degrees at Flinders - with the exception being the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences degree.
Likewise, bonus points can be awarded to students under the Universities Equity Scheme (these can be awarded at an individual or disadvantaged school level) and these apply to all Flinders undergraduate courses.
Then there's the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics bonus scheme - that provides bonus points for high school students studying a language other than English, English/English Literary Studies, Mathematical Methods and/or Specialist Mathematics. Bonus points are awarded for an overall grade of C (min). Like the uniTEST - bonuses under the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics scheme don't apply to the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences degree, but do apply to all other undergraduate degrees.
A further entrance scheme is Research Project B. This provides the opportunity to undertake a research project and combine the result with your ATAR to gain undergraduate entry to Flinders. This scheme is not applicable to Clinical Sciences, Paramedic Science or Medical Science degrees.
Selection criteria for medicine? It all depends your circumstances
If you're a domestic student applying for the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, you're not required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. Instead, your ATAR (90%) and UCAT (10%) are used to determine who's offered a place in the double degree program.
International applicants are interviewed, with selection for the interview based on ISAT ranking. International students are then offered a place in the medical program based on secondary school results, the interview and ISAT.
If on the other hand, you're applying for the postgraduate program, your GAMSAT is used to determine if you are offered an interview. Again, the cut off GAMSAT scores differ, depending upon whether you are in a specific category - such as rural/remote, if you are or are not a Flinders graduate etc, etc.
Offers of a place in the medical program are based on an equal weighting of your GPA, interview and GAMSAT/MCAT. In this, also note the selection criteria for these places only takes your Bachelor degree (and Honours, if applicable) into account, in terms of calculating the weighted Grade Point Average. So if you're applying as a Flinders graduate with higher degrees, your higher degrees won't contribute to your GPA.
If you are a rural applicant or an Indigenous applicant a different set of criteria apply regarding your ability to secure a place. In the case of rural applicants, you are required to submit an autobiographical statement (10%), your interview (40%), a scenario (20%) and your overall performance (30%) determine if you are offered a place.
If you are Indigenous and are applying through the Indigenous Entry Scheme this involves submitting an application form, undertaking an interview and completing the Preparation for Medicine Program and Extended Learning in Science Program.
Flinders Comparitor - Click the arrow to scroll through other university paths to medicine (some universities have numerous paths and these are shown on separate pages) to compare Flinders' paths.
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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 Flinders 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 Flinders University.