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MEDICINE IN AUSTRALIA

MEDICINE IN AUSTRALIA

A detailed view of international students

Medicine is an actively emerging and continuously evolving field of study and research in recent decades globally.

Yes! The scientific and technical development, researches and the study options in medicine have increased widely in the recent days and have bought in tremendous changes in the lifestyle of the people across the world!

Medicine is also one of the most popular subjects sought after by many international students willing to study abroad. Australia undoubtedly is the most favorite and the popular destination of international students for Medicine. Due to its excellent quality and highly ranked medical education and institutions, Australia is placed in Top 5th position by many global rankings.

Medicine & Why study Medicine?

Medicine includes a variety of practices that are evolved to maintain and restore health through the prevention and treatment of illness. And it includes a wide range of fields, namely:

  • Clinical practice
  • Biomedical research
  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Medical devices
  • Alternative and complementary medicine
  • Clinical research
  • Psychotherapy
  • Physical and occupational therapy

And the branches of Medicine are very wide including: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biomechanics, Biostatistics, Biophysics, Cardiology, Cytology, Dermatology, Embryology, Endocrinology, Epidemiology, Gastroenterology, Gynaecology, Genetics, Histology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Nutrition, Orthopaedics, Pathology, Paediatrics, Pharmacology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Surgery and Toxicology, which provides a broad range of opportunities for future jobs in all sorts of medical professions after graduation.

Yes! Medicine is one of the fields in which new discoveries are constantly being made and you will never stop learning. A profession in Medicine is considered as pride and promising for medical aspirants and for the general public. It is a highly respectable and noble profession and holds a good reputation globally.

Why Study Medicine in Australia?  

Australia is a leading country in the world in medical research, from cochlear ear to IVF treatment, heart transplantation to ultrasounds it is changing the life from a long time.

Australia is at the forefront of groundbreaking, life-changing medical research for many years. Its exemplary quality of education, training, research, facilities, & infrastructure, and its internationally recognized degree and reputation across the globe has made it the favorite study abroad destination for Medicine among international students.

Medical schools in Australia are extremely popular worldwide, Yes! Eight of its nineteen universities are featured in the world’s top 100 medical school rankings of which 5 of them are ranked in the world’s top 50.

Medical study in Australia is cheaper compared to the US & UK, but in the quality, it is not lower to them, Yes! Australian Medical universities have adopted a problem-based learning method and integrating medical science and clinical disciplines to ensure optimum learning experience. In the majority of medical programs in Australia, clinical experience is included in the first year of the course.

Program Structure

In Australia, Medicine is offered as an undergraduate or a postgraduate course, Bachelor of Medicine, and Bachelor of Surgery under Undergraduate courses that usually last for about 5 – 6 years and Doctor of Medicine under Postgraduate is on offer that lasts for 4 years.

Some of the Australian Medical universities teach only postgraduate medicine, and few offer only undergraduate programs whereas few others offer both.

Undergraduate Medicine Program

Universities in Australia accept students after the completion of schooling for undergraduate programs in medical studies, i.e. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). There is a wide range of degrees available in medical science but only MBBS degree holder will qualify as a doctor.

The program is essentially 6 years long and has a lot of theoretical coursework followed by extensive practice-based learning sessions implemented by Australian Quality Framework.

This entry-level UG medical course is not offered by many of the medical schools and universities in Australia and very few provide this level of the program for international students.

Information for Applicants:

The applications of the students for an undergraduate degree in Medicine in Australia will be assessed in three criteria:

  • Academic Merit
  • Aptitude Test Score
  • Interview
  • Eligibility Criteria:
  • Minimum 17 years of age
  • Completed higher secondary education or a bachelor degree from science stream
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Documents required:
  • Higher secondary school leaving certificate with qualifying marks from a recognized board/institute or a Bachelor degree certificate, from science stream.
  • Aptitude Test Scores of (any one of these)
    • Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT)
    • International Students Admission Test (ISAT)
    • Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA) for University of Adelaide
  • Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
  • Subject Knowledge Required

Most of the medical schools and universities in Australia will require the applicants to have a strong pass in Chemistry majorly and most others also require Maths, Physics, or Biology.

  • Intakes

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) including all undergraduate pathway options to Doctor of Medicine has one intake in a year in February. And the teaching usually commences from the first Monday of every March.

  • Application Deadline

The application process usually begins in the month of March the year before the intake. The deadlines for the application range from June to end of September, which depends on the university.

  • Program Cost

Tuition fees for international students range from A$55,000 to A$71,000 Per academic year. There is no funding options are available for international students.

Graduate Medicine Program

Universities or Medical schools in Australia accept students into Graduate Medicine program after their completion of Undergraduate degree in Medicine. Almost every medical program in Australia other than undergraduate degree are graded at Level 9 and is considered as a Master’s Program and confers the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD).

Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a four-year graduate program in Australia, including at least two full years of clinical training in hospitals and other clinical environments. Most of the popular universities & medical colleges of Australia offer this program.

Please take a note that some of the universities’ medical program will not be called MD and will have a different nomenclature.

Information for Applicants:

The applications of the students for a Graduate degree in Medicine in Australia will be based on three criteria:

  • Undergraduate Degree GPA
  • Aptitude Test Score
  • Interview
  • Eligibility Criteria:
  • Completed or be in the final year of a Honours or a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Science or Science with a strong GPA
  • English Language Proficiency (Higher level)
  • Appear for Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to test the extent of applicant’s knowledge of science course
  • Documents required:
  • Bachelor degree certificate from Medical Science or any science stream
  • English Language proficiency score
  • Aptitude Test Scores of (any one of these)
    • Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT)
    • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Subject Knowledge Required

Some of the medical schools and universities in Australia will require the applicants to have studied anatomy, physiology or biochemistry in Undergraduate degree for the entry to MD programs.

  • Intakes

Graduate medicine program in Australia has one intake in a year in February and the program session commencement falls in the months of January or March.

  • Application Deadline

The application process usually begins in the month of April the year before the intake. The deadlines for the application are towards September of the previous year of intake. Deadlines usually depend on the university. Applicants are to have their GAMSAT results or at least be expecting the results during the application stage.

  • Program Cost

Tuition fees for international students range from A$64,000 to A$73,000 per academic year. There is no funding options are available for international students.

Best Universities in Australia for Medicine

According to many recognized global rankings such as Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings, etc., a list of best universities in Australia for medicine and the programs they offer is provided hereunder:

University Programs offered
1. University of Adelaide Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
2. James Cook University Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
3. University of Tasmania Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
4. Monash University Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery & Doctor of Medicine
5. Australian National University Doctor of Medicine
6. University of Queensland Doctor of Medicine & Provisional Undergraduate entry
7. Deakin University Doctor of Medicine
8. University of Western Australia Doctor of Medicine
9. University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine and Provisional Undergraduate entry
10. Flinders University Doctor of Medicine and Undergraduate pathway program to Doctor of Medicine
11. Griffith University Doctor of Medicine and Undergraduate pathway program to Doctor of Medicine
12. UNSW Australia Doctor of Medicine and Undergraduate pathway program to Doctor of Medicine
13. University of Sydney Doctor of Medicine and Undergraduate pathway program to Doctor of Medicine, and Provisional Undergraduate entry
14. Bond University Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery & Doctor of Medicine (Not open to International Students)
15. Curtin University Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Not open to International Students)
16. University of Newcastle Bachelor of Medicine in joint with the University of New Zealand (Not open to International Students)
17. University of New South Wales Bachelor of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, MBBS
18. University of Western Sydney Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
19. University of Wollongong Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
20. University of Notre Dame Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Medical Specialist Colleges

In addition to the medical schools and universities, in Australia, the Australian Medical Council has recognized around 16 Medical Speciality Colleges that are responsible for continuing education, training and accreditation standards of their respective specialties.

These Speciality colleges offer fellowship awards in their specialty area for a training period ranging from 3-6 years.

Some of the popular Medical Specialist Colleges in Australia are listed below:

  • Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
  • Australasian College of Dermatologists
  • Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

The Specialities for which the Fellowship is offered are:

  • Addiction medicine
  • Anesthesia
  • Anatomical pathology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardio-thoracic surgery
  • Chemical pathology
  • Clinical genetics
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Community child health
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Forensic pathology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • General pathology
  • General Practice
  • General surgery
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Gynecological Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and allergy
  • Infectious diseases
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Maternal-fetal medicine
  • Medical Administration
  • Medical oncology
  • Microbiology
  • Neonatal and perinatal medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Obstetrics and gynecological ultrasound
  • Occupational and environmental medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric clinical pharmacology
  • Pediatric emergency medicine
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Pediatric Hematology
  • Pediatric Immunology and allergy
  • Pediatric infectious diseases
  • Pediatric intensive care medicine
  • Pediatric medical oncology
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric nuclear medicine
  • Pediatric palliative medicine
  • Pediatric rehabilitation medicine
  • Pediatric respiratory and sleep medicine
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Pain Medicine
  • Palliative care
  • Plastic & Reconstructive surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Public health medicine
  • Radiation oncology
  • Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
  • Respiratory and sleep medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Sexual health medicine
  • Sports & Exercise Medicine
  • Urogynaecology
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery

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