University of Melbourne/La Trobe University Medicine Summary
University of Melbourne's medical degree is a postgraduate degree, so you need to have completed previous university study if you want to do medicine at the University of Melbourne. An undergraduate degree path that has recently been introduced is La Trobe University's Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) degree. This provides guaranteed entry to the University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine degree for students who are come from a rural background and who are willing to practice as a Doctor in a rural location.
Scroll down to see the available entry paths to the University of Melbourne's medicine program
There are 8 paths to medicine at the University of Melbourne.
Path 1: Undergraduate degree (any degree, any university)
There are no prerequisite undergraduate degrees and no requirement for undergraduate degrees to have been completed at the University of Melbourne, so this means, if you have a degree from any recognised university, you are able to apply - provided, in undertaking your degree, you have also completed at least 1 subject in each of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry at second year level.
The additional proviso is the degree must be less than 10 years old. If it's older, you need to complete 1 year tertiary study at Graduate Diploma, Master or PhD level, with this also completed within 10 years of commencing the University of Melbourne medical degree.
In addition to this path, the University of Melbourne provides 5 paths that are University of Melbourne specific. These paths can provide guaranteed entry paths to University of Melbourne medicine for students with high ATARs. An ATAR of 99.9 provides guaranteed entry immediately following Year 12. An ATAR of 99.0 means your guarantee is only granted following successful completion of your undergraduate degree.
Path 2: Bachelor of Biomedicine (University of Melbourne)
Path 3: Bachelor of Science (University of Melbourne)
Path 4: Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne)
Path 5: Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne) and
Path 6: Bachelor of Music (University of Melbourne)
All University of Melbourne degrees, like Path 1 degrees, must include anatomy, biochemistry and physiology studies at second year level.
The University of Melbourne postgraduate medical degree also accepts applicants who have completed further university studies
Path 7: any postgraduate degree at any university - Graduate Diploma, Master or PhD (or equivalent) in a discipline that builds on your undergraduate degree. This must be undertaken in a health-related or biological sciences discipline.
Recent changes to Australian rural medical programs has introduced a guaranteed entry path through La Trobe University with this undergraduate degree predominantly undertaken at Shepparton, Victoria.
Path 8: Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) (La Trobe University)
How selection works
The selection criteria for University of Melbourne medicine for Paths 1 - 7 comprises a 2 stage process (like most universities):-
Stage 1: Your GPA and GAMSAT/MCAT results are used to determine who's offered an interview.
Stage 2: Offers of a place in the University of Melbourne medical degree are made on the basis of a combined ranked list - with GPA (25%), GAMSAT/MCAT (25%) and interview (50%) selection criteria.
Selection for guaranteed entry via La Trobe University's Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) is also a 2 stage process:-
Stage 1: Your ATAR and rural residency together with subject prerequisites are used to determine who's offered an interview.
Stage 2: Offers of a place in La Trobe University's Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) degree and subsequently in the University of Melbourne medical degree are made on the basis of your selection rank (ATAR including any applicable Special Entry Access Scheme adjustments) (50%) and interview (including assessment of your rural connectedness) (50%).
Note: your VTAC application for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) also needs to include a Personal Statement. This information is used by the University to determine your rural connectedness.
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's 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.