University of Melbourne Medicine and La Trobe University - detailed entry requirements and how Melbourne/La Trobe compare with other universities
The University of Melbourne/La Trobe University Summary shows there are 8 paths to medicine at Melbourne. These are:-
entry to the postgraduate medical degree with any undergraduate degree. Your previous degree/s can be obtained from any university (not just Melbourne),
through the Bachelor of Biomedicine degree at the University of Melbourne,
through the Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne,
through the Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne,
through the Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Melbourne,
through the Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Melbourne,
a postgraduate degree in a health-related or biological science discipline from any university, or
through La Trobe University's the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) degree.
Entry Requirements - The full details regarding the entry requirements for medicine at the University of Melbourne are given in the table below.
This table shows, not only the requirements to obtain a place in Melbourne's postgraduate medical program, but also details how each of the 8 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.
How the University of Melbourne/La Trobe University Compares with Other Universities - Scroll further down, below the table and you'll also see the University of Melbourne/La Trobe University Comparitor. This tool enables you to compare the 8 paths to medicine at the University of Melbourne/La Trobe University with other university paths to medicine (offered by 19 Australian university programs).
University of Melbourne/LA trobe university detailed entry Requirements
There are a number of notable aspects in how the University of Melbourne structures its postgraduate medical degree and how the 8 paths flow to it.
Guaranteed Entry - through University of Melbourne undergraduate degrees
The University of Melbourne offers a guaranteed entry scheme that is ATAR based, providing guaranteed entry to any postgraduate degree - including medicine. The only proviso for all guaranteed entry arrangements is students need to demonstrate adequate communication skills at interview and pass on the first attempt, any subject prerequisites taken at the University of Melbourne.
This generic scheme provides graduated guarantees - high achieving students with an ATAR of 99.9 have guaranteed entry granted following Year 12, meaning when you start your undergraduate degree you know you have a guaranteed place in postgraduate medicine.
Students with an ATAR of 99 have a proviso with their quaranteed entry arrangement that requires students to achieve a weighted average mark in their undergraduate degree of 75% for guaranteed entry to medicine to be secured.
Guaranteed Entry - through La Trobe University's Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) undergraduate degree.
Changes to medical programs in Australia to support and encourage more rural students have recently been approved. From 2019, domestic students who have a rural background are able to undertake La Trobe University's Biomedical Science (Medical) degree. This degree provides a guaranteed entry path to medicine at the University of Melbourne provided the student has a weighted average mark of 75%. A key requirement is students need to continue to live and practice medicine in the country after they graduate. There are 20 places allocated in the Doctor of Medicine (rural) degree to students coming through the La Trobe Bachelor of Medical Science (Medical) path.
The rural nature of the program is evident with undergraduate studies being undertaken in Albury-Wodonga and Bendigo, with the Doctor of Medicine subsequently being undertaken predominantly in Shepparton.
Study anything, anywhere, provided it includes anatomy, biochemistry and physiology.
It doesn't matter where you studied, be it the University of Melbourne or elsewhere, to apply for postgraduate medicine - provided your studies have included second year university anatomy, biochemistry and physiology. Although relaxed about what degree and where, the University is very particular about how - i.e. the level of these studies. The University of Melbourne provides an extensive list of courses offered by other universities that enables you to determine whether the anatomy, biochemistry or physiology course you have in mind meets the requirements set by Melbourne. Not all university courses do.
The courses at the University of Melbourne that flow through to medicine (and therefore include second year university anatomy, biochemistry and physiology) are more varied than you would think - and include Bachelor degrees in Arts, Science, Commerce, Biomedicine and Music. Note the University also references the Bachelor of Environments as a path to medicine. This degree, however, has been discontinued.
The University of Melbourne lives by the 10 year rule
Like many other universities, Melbourne requires your previous degree to have been completed within 10 years of commencing medicine, otherwise further studies at Graduate Diploma, Master or PhD are required. Likewise, these studies also need to have been completed within the last 10 years.
Postgraduate studies and do they help?
One of the paths to medicine at Melbourne is through postgraduate studies, but these studies must firstly be in a health-related or biological sciences discipline and be of a type that builds on your undergraduate degree. Importantly, you won't get credit for these studies in your grade point average - as this is calculated with only Bachelor (and Honours if applicable) grades. The postgraduate path to medicine at Melbourne does, however, provide the benefit of having up to 10 places in the medical program allocated to students coming through this path, with advanced academic qualifications recognised in the selection process with these students potentially being re-ranked.
Honours year and does it help?
The University of Melbourne GPA calculation is based on a multiplier of 2 for the final year of your undergraduate degree, 2 for the penultimate year and 1 for the year prior to that. This applies regardless of whether you have a Bachelor degree with or without Honours. This means your results will be taken into consideration as follows:
Bachelor Degree Bachelor Degree with Honours
Year 1 1
Year 2 2 1
Year 3 2 2
Honours NA 2
The University of Melbourne’s approach to GAMSAT is based on an equal weighting of all three sections of GAMSAT (with a requirement of 50 min in each section) and does not take your overall GAMSAT score into consideration. Students coming through the Guaranteed Entry paths (including those coming through La Trobe’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) degree are not required to sit GAMSAT. Importantly La Trobe students are equally not required to sit UCAT.
University of Melbourne/La trobe university Comparitor
University of Melbourne/La Trobe University Comparitor - Click the arrow to scroll through other university paths to medicine to compare University of Melbourne/La Trobe University's paths. (Note: Some universities have numerous paths and these are shown on separate pages)
UoM/LTU Paths to Medicine
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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 University of Melbourne/La Trobe 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 the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University.