Monash Medicine - detailed entry requirements and how Monash University compares with other universities
The Monash University Summary shows there are 5 paths to medicine at Monash. These are basically:-
direct entry to the medical degree - a combined undergraduate (Bachelor of Medical Science degree) and postgraduate Doctor of Medicine degree, or
graduate entry to the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine degree.
Entry Requirements - The full details regarding the entry requirements for medicine at Monash 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 4 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 Monash University Compares with Other Universities - Scroll further down, below the table and you'll also see the Monash Comparitor. This tool enables you to compare the 5 paths to medicine at Monash, with other university paths to medicine (offered by 19 Australian universities).
monash detailed entry Requirements
There are a number of notable aspects in how Monash structures its undergraduate and postgraduate medical degree.
Monash medicine is big
The Monash medical degree has a large student intake of 317, with most students (76%) accepted through the direct entry route. The direct entry degree is highly sought after, as Monash University is the only provider of school leaver direct entry into medicine in Victoria.
There are 73 places offered for graduates to progress into the medical degree. Of these, 70% of places are offered to Bachelor of Biomedical Science students. Recent changes to information provided by Monash does not disclose the allocation of the remaining 30% of places across Pharmacy (Honours), Physiotherapy (Honours) and Science graduates.
And Monash is exclusive
The graduate entry pathway is only available if you have previously undertaken a Monash degree (or Monash University recognised international degree), with only Biomedicine, Pharmacy (Honours), Physiotherapy (Honours) and Science graduates accepted. If you are wanting to go down this route, it’s also important to know that Monash changed their Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in 2017 with this now only open to domestic students as a graduate entry degree (international students are still able to undertake this degree straight after high school). So this means if you are a domestic student planning to apply to Monash for medicine as a Pharmacy graduate you will also have to complete a degree prior to Pharmacy, making it a very long path to medicine indeed.
If you’re wanting to apply for graduate entry to Monash medicine through Science it’s also important to know that this means you will need to complete 5 units from a choice of 15 unit designated options. The only exception that may be made to this if you have less than 5 units is where you have completed a major study sequence in a key biomedical science area (pharmacology, physiology, immunology, biochemistry, microbiology or genetics).
The way Monash calculates the weighted average mark for graduate applicants who have multiple degrees is the most relevant degree is used. For applicants with Bachelor of Biomedical Science double degrees Monash designate the Bachelor of Biomedical Science as most relevant, emphasising the increasing preeminence of this degree as the preferred path to medicine at Monash.
International graduates are able to apply for graduate entry without a Monash degree, but in this case your undergraduate degree must have been undertaken at a recognised university and have included significant biomedical science content.
Admission tests - it depends on who you are
If you're a high school student applying for the Bachelor of Medical Science, you're required to sit the standard undergraduate admissions test - the UCAT (or ISAT if you're an International student). Your UCAT results contribute one third of the assessment to whether you're offered a place as a direct entry student in Monash medicine.
If, however, you're a graduate seeking a place in the Monash medical program, you're not required to sit the standard graduate admissions test - the GAMSAT (or MCAT in the case of International applicants). Instead, Monash have their own test, known as the Situational Judgement Test that you'll be asked to take. The Situational Judgement Test is required to be completed only if/when you're offered an interview.
Where you'll start
The main difference in commencing Monash's medical degree between the school leaver/direct entry path and the graduate entry path is where you'll be studying during the first years of your degree. Graduate entrants undertake their first year at Monash's Churchill campus, which is in Gippsland, Victoria. Direct entry students commence at Clayton in Melbourne, Victoria.
Monash, unlike many postgraduate medical degrees does not have a 10 year rule for when previous degrees need to have been completed. Monash in this regard does not prejudice its calculation of graduate academic performance (weighted average mark) in terms of when your marks were achieved.
Rural opportunities at Monash
Monash also have an Extended Rural Cohort Scheme for direct entry students. There are a total of 30 places offered to students through this scheme with these places available to domestic students, but importantly you don’t have to have a rural background to apply as the scheme is open to all domestic students. If you are successful in securing a place in the scheme you will spend your 3rd and 4th years of medical school and at least 12 weeks of you final year in northern Victoria.
Monash, like all other medical programs also has a bonded medical scheme with 28.5% of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) allocated to students who’ll be required to practice in a rural or regional location as part of their place obligations. There are 68 bonded medical places available in the direct entry medical program (these are in addition to the Extended Rural Cohort Scheme) and 21 places available in the graduate entry medicine program.
If you’re applying on the basis of your rural or regional living background you are able to do so for both direct entry and graduate entry to Monash medicine.
Monash Comparitor - Click the arrow to scroll through other university paths to medicine to compare Monash's paths. (Note: Some universities have numerous paths and these are shown on separate pages) .
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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 Monash 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 Monash University.