Frequently asked questions


Admission Criteria

  • Applicants must have completed or be studying the final year of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree
  • All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students
  • The minimum GPA for interview consideration is 5.6
  • The minimum GAMSAT for interview consideration is an overall score of 55 with minimum 50 in each section.

Admission is based on:

  • Weighted GPA (25%) and GAMSAT score (25%) and;
  • Interview (50%)

Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee an interview and/or admission into the program.

What is the GAMSAT?

The Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT) is a requirement for applicants applying to the ANU Medical School. For information about the test and for important dates and locations please visit their website.

For the purpose of admissions, GAMSAT results are valid for two years; eg. 2015 test results are valid for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 application years.

How can I calculate my GPA?

Please visit the GEMSAS website and use the GPA calculation guides. Please note the ANU Medical School uses a weighted GPA calculation for admissions.

Can I apply for the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery after year 12?

The Doctor of Medicine and Surgery Program is a postgraduate entry program. Therefore you must hold a Bachelor Degree to be eligible to apply. You are not eligible to apply straight out of year 12.

Is there a preferred Bachelor Degree or prerequisite courses?

The ANU Medical School does not have a preferred Bachelor Degree or prerequisite subjects. We welcome applicants from all study backgrounds and consider all applicants equally.

While some students may like to choose a field that is related to medicine others may like to choose a program that they especially enjoy and do well in. High level performance in the chosen degree is the main prerequisite.

Am I eligible to apply if I completed my bachelor degree over 10 years ago?

Applicants who completed their bachelor degree more than 10 years ago will only be considered if there is evidence of continuing tertiary level study in the intervening period. Applicants should have completed at least one year of postgraduate study at a minimum of 0.5 FTE in a federally approved and tertiary accredited program at the time the application is assessed.

All applicants who completed their bachelor degree within the past 10 years are eligible to apply.

Does my higher level degree count towards my grade point average?

The grade point average is calculated from your most recently completed Bachelor degree. Post Graduate studies including Masters by coursework and Honours may be included in the GPA calculation.

Post Graduate studies such as Graduate Certificates or Graduate Diplomas are not considered in a GPA calculation.

Bonus’ may be awarded for completed Honours, Masters by Research and PhD.

Is special consideration given for a rural background?

Yes. In line with federal government initiatives, 28 per cent of the ANU intake of medical students should be of rural background; ie have spent five or more consecutive or cumulative years study or work in a rural setting since primary school. This means applicants with a rural background may be preferentially moved up the rank order of students.

Can doctors who trained overseas apply?

Yes, overseas trained doctors may apply for entry in the same manner as any other domestic or international applicant. We do not require overseas trained doctors to have attempted the Australian Medical Council exam prior to applying.

Who can I contact about the outcome of my application?

Domestic applicants please contact GEMSAS for details about your application

International applicants can contact



How is the MChD structured?

See the program structure page on this website.

Can I study a combined MChD / research program?

Yes. The conjoint degrees offered include the combined MChD / PhD and MChD / MPhil programs.

What are the tuition fees for International students?

International students are required to pay the full cost of their medical training. The international fee for the MChD Program can be found on the Program and Courses page. Further information can be found on the student fees website.



What is the medical graduate internship?

Usually, MChD graduates will enter the medical workforce and complete a one year internship program, with the majority of time spent in major public teaching hospitals. On completion of this internship, junior doctors are eligible to receive full registration with the medical board in the State/Territory where they practice.

Placements are allocated through processes run by the Health Directorate, in the ACT and the Postgraduate Medical Council in other states and territories.

Can I undertake my internship through the ANU Medical School after I graduate?

ANU and the Medical School are not responsible for internships. Internships are managed by State and Territory governments. Placements are allocated through processes run by the Health Directorate, ACT Government, in the ACT and the Postgraduate Medical Council in each State and Northern Territory. These departments have made it clear that international students are not guaranteed an internship upon graduation from a medical program.

On completion of the internship, junior doctors are eligible to receive full registration with the State/Territory Medical Board. As each State/Territory has its own Medical Board, doctors are required to register in the State/Territory where they practice. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency may offer additional information.

As an international student, can I stay and work in Australia after I graduate?

Australian trained international medical graduates may be allowed to stay on and work as interns in public hospitals and access vocational medical training. For more information and the current status, please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Note: international students should be aware of the Medical Board of Australia's English requirements for internship registration in Australia, which requires a minimum of IELTS level 7 in all four components.

Is the MChD recognised in other countries?

The MChD degree is recognised in countries outside Australia through its accreditation by the Australian Medical Council and listing on the International Medical Education Directory and the World Health Organisation Medical School Directory.

However, specific countries may require additional steps to be completed before the degree is recognised by that country.

Will I be able to register and practice in countries outside Australia?

MChD graduates wishing to register and practice in countries other than Australia must satisfy that country's requirements for foreign medical graduates.

Updated:  24 March 2018/Responsible Officer:  Dean, Medical School/Page Contact:  Webmaster, Medical School