Medicine Applications - how the Australian system works


 If you want to apply for medicine you need to do so through the application system applicable for that degree.

The key thing to realise is this means you will need to put in multiple applications (through different application systems) if you're wanting to apply for a number of medicine degrees or degrees leading to medicine around Australia. 


It also depends on who you are...

in terms of the specific requirements that apply - ie. whether you're a domestic student, if you're an international student, are you applying for a particular type of place such as a rural placement etc.


In other words you need to

  • determine the medicine degrees or degrees leading to medicine you want to apply for

  • identify the university that provides that degree

  • determine what application approach that university takes for that degree as it applies to you

  • understand the application deadlines for that application system

  • understand the application deadlines for that degree

  • as well as understand any other particular aspects that apply for entry to that degree (such as subject prerequisites, special or additional application requirements such as UCAT etc).


Let me show you why...


Medicine application systems 

There are different types of application systems for Australian degrees, which are either -

  • through to the university directly, and/or

  • through a centralised system - which can either be State based (ie depending upon where the university is located) or through a system such as GEMSAS

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State Medicine Application Systems - and traps for young players

Let's use VTAC as an example of a State medicine application system... 


If you want to apply for the only direct entry medicine degree in Victoria (which is Monash University undergraduate medicine) you need to do this through that State's application system which is VTAC.  The following information summarises some of the key aspects you need to keep in mind in order to apply for medicine through VTAC -


VTAC's Application System for Medicine



And why should you care - if you're not from Victoria?

If you are interested in getting into medicine you should actively consider applying for a number of medicine degrees, including interstate degrees.

The key is to start early, work out the degrees you are interested in, do your homework and put in applications. In Study Medicine you can find application information for each university under University Details in the navigation tab (see also the Free Trial information for Macquarie University). The deadline section also provides summary information. Detailed deadline information updated on a monthly basis and provided in a downloadable format is also available (subscription fee of initial $5 then $5 per month).

There is also helpful information information provided by VTAC, UAC etc as well as universities directly.


Study Medicine information has been compiled from Australian university and other information sources and therefore is a guide only. Authoritative information is only provided by Universities and other sources such as VTAC etc. Make sure you obtain information directly from these organisations before making any decisions.