The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic University that has a graduate entry medical program. The medical program is only available to Australian or New Zealand citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Humanitarian Visa Holders. There are 10 international places available in Sydney.

Notre Dame has two university campuses - in Fremantle, Western Australia and in Sydney, New South Wales. Notre Dame does not currently disclose the number of medical places on offer at its campus. It is understood that Sydney has 120 places, and this is a slightly larger program than that of Fremantle (with approximately 100 medical program places).

The University of Notre Dame Summary shows there is just 1 path to medicine at Notre Dame, being the requirement to have a previous university degree. Notre Dame does not specify the type of degree or where this needs to have been obtained (apart from being from a recognised university).  


Entry Requirements - The full details regarding the entry requirements for medicine at the University of Notre Dame are given in the table below.

How the University of Notre Dame Compares with Other Universities - Scroll further down, below the table  and you'll also see the University of Notre Dame Comparitor. This tool enables you to compare the path to medicine at the University of Notre Dame, with other university paths to medicine (offered by 19 Australian universities).  



University of Notre Dame detailed entry Requirements


The notable aspects in how Notre Dame structures its postgraduate medical degree are - 


Notre Dame has a 10 year rule

Many universities that offer postgraduate medicine have the proviso that your undergraduate degree needs to be less than 10 years old and, if older, that you have to undertake further study. Notre Dame in this regard is the exception in indicating degrees older than 10 years will not be accepted. 


The Notre Dame Portfolio

Notre Dame as part of its applicant assessment, requires the submission of a Portfolio. This document details your personal qualities, your motivation to study medicine and also your suitability to study at Notre Dame. Importantly your affiliation with Western Australia is also assessed as part of your Portfolio submission (if you are applying for the Fremantle campus), with residency of 10 years or more in Western Australia taken into consideration. 


The importance of higher degrees

Notre Dame’s grade point average calculation is based on Bachelor and Honours degrees only (previously some higher degrees were included). Postgraduate degrees are now solely taken into consideration as part of the Portfolio assessment. 

Notably, Notre Dame does not recognise 2 year Bachelor degrees or 1 year conversion degrees but does recognise accelerated degrees.

Guaranteed interview in Fremantle if you have a Certificate

If you are studying an undergraduate degree at Notre Dame Fremantle you have the opportunity to also undertake a Pre-Medicine Certificate. This additional four course program is studied alongside your undergraduate degree and is specifically designed for students who wish to apply for medicine. The Certificate needs to be separately applied for through the Notre Dame Admissions Office at Fremantle and the option of a Pre-Medicine Certificate does not appear to be offered at the Sydney campus.

There is a minimum ATAR requirement of 90 for students applying to study the Certificate directly after high school. Current undergraduates studying at Notre Dame Fremantle are also able to apply provided they have a 65 percent average, include a supporting statement from the Dean (or Associate Dean) and have sufficient time left in their undergraduate degree to complete the four course program. All applicants also need to submit a Personal Statement.

The key benefit of completing the Pre-Medicine Certificate (that is full fee based) is, provided you meet grade point average and GAMSAT requirements during your undergraduate degree, you are able to secure a guaranteed interview for the Doctor of Medicine degree.

Sydney also offers a Graduate Diploma

Notre Dame Sydney also provides a Graduate Diploma in Health and Medical Sciences that provides further scientific knowledge, important particularly to gradates who do not have a scientifically based degree. The offer of an interview to these graduates is the same as all other applicants, namely based on GAMSAT, GPA and Portfolio results.

Indigenous Entry Arrangements

Indigenous applicants as part of the application and entry process are interviewed by the Aboriginal Health Team and secure a place in Notre Dame medicine based on the outcome of the interview, assessment of specific forms that are submitted and assessment of academic achievements (based on your undergraduate degree or academic transcripts). Indigenous students who successfully gain a place are then required to undertake a mandatory Premedicine preparation program in the December preceding commencement.



University of Notre Dame Comparitor


University of Notre Dame 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 the University of Notre Dame's paths.




University of Notre Dame's Path 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 Notre Dame medical degree and the available path to gain entry. Remember, information can always change, so ensure you keep up to date by regularly checking directly with the University of Notre Dame.