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The ANU Medical School is one of the top Medical Schools in the world and we are committed to providing an environment that fosters excellence and creativity in our future doctors, health professionals and medical scientists. Our world class program offers students a personal and supportive environment to develop the skills necessary to deliver quality, effective, compassionate care.

The ANU offers places for both domestic and international students. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and applicants from a rural origin.

Domestic

Step 1: GPA

Applicants must have completed or be in the final year of their Bachelor degree at the time of application. The Medical School uses a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation and will calculate your GPA from the results of the last three years of your most recent bachelor degree. The minimum GPA for interview consideration is 5.6

  • The ANU Medical does not have a preferred Bachelor degree or prerequisite subjects
  • Your Bachelor degree must have been within 10 years of the date of application
  • Two-year accelerated Bachelor degrees will be accepted but must be complete at the time of application.
  • ANU may provide a percentage bonus for a completed Honours, Masters by Research or PhD

For detailed guidelines please view the GEMSAS Medicine Admissions Guide on the GEMSAS website.

Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or entry into the program.

The GEMSAS website provides guides for how to calculate your GPA.

Step 2: GAMSAT

Domestic applicants must sit the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). The GAMSAT is held in March each year and results are released in May. For the purpose of admissions, GAMSAT results are valid for two years.

Applicants must achieve a minimum overall score of 55 with minimum 50 in each section.

Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or entry into the program.

Step 3: Application

Domestic applicants must apply for admission through the Graduate Entry Medical School Admission System (GEMSAS) website.

On the application form you will be asked to rank your preference for the two types of places available – both of which are government supported:

  • Commonwealth Supported Places (64 available to citizens/permanent residents of Australia and citizens of New Zealand)
  • Bonded Medical Places (28.5% of total domestic places available to citizens/permanent residents of Australia and citizens of New Zealand who held a New Zealand Special Category Visa on or before 26 February 2001)

For detailed application guidelines please view the GEMSAS Medicine Admissions Guide on the GEMSAS website.

Applicants interested in the conjoint MChD/PhD program must include a one-page document outlining their research experience, reasons for undertaking the conjoint program and the link with their Honours research and proposed research, list of publications/conference presentations and contact details for two referees who can comment on their aptitude for research.

Step 4: Interview

Selection for interview is based on a 50:50 composite score using:

  • Weighted GPA - minimum 5.6 to be considered
  • GAMSAT - minimum overall score of 55 with minimum 50 in each section to be considered

Your GPA and Overall GAMSAT score will be weighted 50:50 to produce a ranked list of applicants. Interviews are offered to applicants with a range of GPA/GAMSAT score combinations.

Interviews are held in September of each year and cover a range of topics and scenarios.

Step 5: Offers

Offers of a place will be based on a total score of 50:50 weighting of the composite score (used for the interview ranking) and the interview score.

International

Step 1: GPA

Applicants must have completed or be in the final year of their Bachelor degree at the time of application. The Medical School uses a weighted Grade Point Average (wGPA) calculation and will calculate your GPA from the results of the last three years of your most recently completed bachelor degree. The minimum wGPA for interview consideration is 5.6

  • The ANU Medical does not have a preferred Bachelor degree or prerequisite subjects
  • Your Bachelor degree must have been within 10 years of the date of application
  • Two-year accelerated Bachelor degrees will be accepted but must be complete at the time of application.
  • ANU may provide a percentage bonus for a completed Honours, Masters by Research or PhD

Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or entry into the program.

Step 2: GAMSAT or MCAT

International applicants must sit the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

The GAMSAT is held in March each year. For the purpose of admissions, GAMSAT results are valid for two years.

Applicants must achieve a minimum overall score of 55 with minimum 50 in each section.

The MCAT is held at various times during each year. For the purpose of admissions, MCAT results are valid for two years.

Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 8 in each section (old scale) or 125 in each section (new scale) to be considered for interview.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or entry into the program.

Step 3: Application

International applicants apply directly to the Australian National University (ANU).

Applicants can apply online and must include the following documentation in their application:

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2017.

Up to 20 full-fee paying places are available.

Note: International students should be aware of the Medical Board of Australia's English requirements for internship registration (PDF 216KB) in Australia, which requires an overall IELTS of 7 with a minimum of 6 in each section.

Step 4: Interview

Selection for interview is based on a 50:50 composite score using:

  • Weighted GPA – minimum 5.6 to be considered
  • GAMSAT - minimum overall score of 55 with minimum 50 in each section to be considered

OR

  • MCAT - minimum score of 8 in each section (old scale) or 125 in each section (new scale) to be considered.

Your GPA and Overall GAMSAT or MCAT score will be weighted 50:50 to produce a ranked list of applicants. Interviews are offered to applicants with a range of GPA/GAMSAT or MCAT score combinations.

International interviews are held in July/August of each year and are conducted via Skype. The interviews cover a range of topics and scenarios.

Step 5: Offers

Offers of a place will be based on a total score of 50:50 weighting of the composite score (used for the interview ranking) and the interview score.

Transferring

Domestic and international students who are currently enrolled in a medical degree at another university may request a transfer into the ANU Medical School.

The request will only be considered where exceptional personal circumstances mean that continuation of study at the current medical school would be extremely difficult. The request will be considered on a discretionary basis and will be contingent upon the number of places available, as well as applicants meeting the school’s minimum entry requirements and policies (ie minimum weighted GPA of 5.6, Overall GAMSAT score of 55 with a pass in each section and acceptable interview score).  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an offer of transfer.

An application for transfer must be received by 30 August to be considered for the following year.  All applications will be considered at that time, after an assessment is made of the number of places available in Years 2 and 3.  Note that mid-year transfers are not accepted.

The following documentation must be sent to the ANU Medical School:

Complete applications may be sent by email to the admissions unit or by post to the medical school.

You may be asked to complete a curriculum matching document for your current medical studies to indicate any gaps in learning and clinical skills.

Indigenous

Indigenous Australians may apply for general admission, though applicants should note that there are two additional places each year specifically available for those of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Entry requirements for these places are similar to the general admission requirements. Applicants must:

  • hold, or be in the final year of, a Bachelor degree at pass level
  • have a GAMSAT score within 10 per cent of the mean of the current cohort year who are assessed as being eligible for interview
  • have a satisfactory result at the interview.

The procedure for admission to the MChD in this category is similar to that outlined on the domestic applicant page. In addition, the applicant should:

 

Key dates

Date Activity
30 January - 3 February Orientation Week for Year 1 MChD students
2 February GAMSAT registrations close
25 March GAMSAT held
Early May GEMSAS online applications open for domestic applicants
Mid May GAMSAT results released
31 May GEMSAS online applications close for domestic applicants
30 June International applications close
26 August ANU Open Day
Mid July Interviews for international students
Late July International offers released
Early September Interviews offers for domestic students released
13 September

GAMSAT held

18 - 22 September Interviews for domestic applicants conducted at the ANU Acton Campus, Canberra
Late October First round offers released
November-January Additional offers released

*Please note these dates are subject to change - please contact admissions.medicalschool@anu.edu.au for confirmation.

Accepting your offer

Offers of a place will be based on a total score weighting of 25% GPA, 25% GAMSAT, and 50% Interview.

Successful domestic applicants will receive an offer letter by email in early November. Later round offers will be made from December to February.

Unsuccessful domestic applicants will receive formal notification by email from GEMSAS.

Successful international applicants will receive an offer letter by email in July.

Unsuccessful international applicants will receive formal notification via email from the ANU Medical School.

Deferral of entry will not be considered for any circumstances and program leave will not be considered prior to completion of Semester 1.

What happens next?

You are asked to accept or decline your offer by the date specified in your letter of offer. This provides the opportunity for other applicants to be offered any vacant places.

Your offer email will include:

  • Official Letter of Offer
  • Screening and Vaccination documentation
  • Moving to Canberra documentation (International students)

Further information about Orientation and Enrolment will be communicated to students throughout December and January.

International students are required to pay the full cost of their medical training. Further information can be found on International student fees webpage.

Updated:  28 May 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, Medical School/Page Contact:  Webmaster, Medical School