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Deakin University

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Doctor of Medicine

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Apply to the Doctor of Medicine and set yourself up for a range of rewarding careers, from general practice to pathology, paediatrics to surgery.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
Course Code
H911, 096842G

About this course

Apply to the Doctor of Medicine and set yourself up for a range of rewarding careers, from general practice to pathology, paediatrics to surgery. The course has a unique focus on rural and regional medicine, Indigenous Health and patient-centred communication skills.

Want a medicine degree that enables you to enhance community health and wellbeing?

Deakin's Doctor of Medicine takes you beyond the classroom to work with patients all across Victoria and beyond. You'll learn how medicine is practised in rural areas, while building valuable relationships that kick start career growth once you graduate.

The course shines a light on Indigenous Health, and will help you broaden your perspective of clinical medicine to encompass public health, legal and ethical perspectives. Your study experience will allow you to advance the health and wellbeing of communities in Australia and beyond.

Be part of a community of learners who support each other as you grow your knowledge and capabilities. Be confident in the support provided by the School, as you learn in an environment where a culture of diversity, inclusiveness, respect and social accountability is built, together.

Start your journey at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, home to our $53 million purpose-built facilities. These facilities provide the ideal training ground for problem-based learning - a key theme of medicine at Deakin. You'll learn to solve the kinds of problems you'll face in your future career, while developing your confidence in foundational medical principles, clinical reasoning and the high-level communication skills necessary for excellent patient-centred care.

Off campus, you'll build real-world clinical experience through placements in a range of medical settings, from hospitals and general practices to community healthcare centres in the Geelong region. In your third and fourth years, you'll have the opportunity to preference one of four clinical schools for training:

  • Barwon Health (Geelong)
  • Eastern Health (Melbourne)
  • Ballarat
  • Warrnambool

In addition, the Rural Community Clinical School is available in your third year, giving you the option of parallel consulting in smaller rural and regional towns. The clinical placement component of the course provides at least four weeks of dedicated rural attachment, meeting your Commonwealth Department of Health requirements and further enhancing your practical experience in regional areas.

Interested in gaining a global perspective of medicine? Your fourth and final year includes an elective unit that you can study overseas, as well as a pre-internship hospital rotation that offers a first-hand taste of the day-to-day life of an intern. You will also develop your skills in research design and data analysis, to equip you for career progression and lifelong learning as a medical practitioner.

The Doctor of Medicine is accredited with the Australian Medical Council. Graduates who successfully complete pre-registration training will qualify as Registered Medical Practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.

Up to 5% of domestic places in Deakin's Doctor of Medicine course are held for Indigenous Australian applicants applying through the Indigenous Entry Stream.

Up to 30 domestic places in Deakin's Doctor of Medicine course are held for Rural Training Stream applicants applying through the Rural Training Stream.

Entry requirements

There are three entry streams available for applicants: general entry stream, rural training entry stream and the indigenous entry stream. Please note that course transfer applications from other Medical Schools are not accepted due to places in the course being capped.

General Entry Stream

The application process for admission to the general stream of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) is administered by the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS).

Academic requirements

Entry requirements include:

  • Academic performance in an approved Bachelor, Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters by coursework completed no more than 10 years before the course commencement date (Degree must have been awarded within 10 years of the projected commencement date of the Doctor of Medicine. Applicants whose degree was completed outside this 10 year period may be considered if they have completed relevant further Higher Education study. The institution must be recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas institution determined by Deakin).
  • A final GPA (weighted) of 5.0 or greater, and
  • A minimum score of 50 in each of the three sections of the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT), and an overall score of 50 or greater. The score on the GAMSAT must have been obtained no more than two years before the course commencement date.
  • Interview performance.

Further details can be found in the 2022 GEMSAS Admissions Guide once released or Deakin's Admission Criteria and Selection Procedure

English language requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements

Adjustment (bonus) information

Applicants may be eligible for the following adjustments (bonuses) which will count towards your aggregate score for interview consideration. For detailed information on the adjustments (bonuses) please refer to the Admissions Guide on the GEMSAS website.

Rural/Regional residency
Applicants who meet defined rural and regional residency criteria have additional points added to the combined grade point average (GPA) and Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) score. To qualify for an adjustment for rural/regional residency, applicants must have lived for at least 10 years cumulatively or any 5 years consecutively after birth in a place classified by the ASGS-RA system as RA 2-5 or the City of Greater Geelong. Residence in:

  • ASGS-RA 2 or the City of Greater Geelong: an adjustment of 4% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT score
  • ASGS-RA 3-5: an adjustment of 8% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT score.

Please note that applicants with a rural background are also eligible to apply for entry through the dedicated Rural Training Stream (RTS).

Further information on Rural Training Stream course structure and eligibility criteria can be found here.

Prior Clinical Experience

Applicants who have completed one year (12 months) of full-time clinical practice (minimum of 36 hours per week) as an AHPRA registered health professional, or in speech pathology or dietetics may have a 4% adjustment (bonus) added to the combined GPA and GAMSAT score.

Applicants with international clinical practice and registration that aligns with the professions listed on the AHPRA website including speech pathology and dietetics, may also be eligible to receive this adjustment (bonus).

Applicants who claim the Work Experience adjustment (below) are not eligible to apply for this adjustment.

Work Experience

Applicants who can demonstrate that they have gained a minimum of 2 years full-time (minimum of 36 hours per week) employment experience in any area of work (consecutively or cumulatively over 4 years) may have a 2% adjustment (bonus) added to the combined GPA and GAMSAT score.

Applicants who claim the Prior Clinical Experience adjustment (above) are not eligible to apply for this adjustment (bonus).

Financial Disadvantage

Applicants who can demonstrate financial disadvantage which may have impacted on academic performance during their recent study may qualify for an adjustment. The following benefits are recognised as providing eligibility for the adjustment:

  • Centrelink income payments
  • Department of Veteran's Affairs income payments.
  • Other Australian Federal or State Government income payments of similar amounts may be considered.
  • StudyLink benefits (exclusive of StudyLink loans) apply for applicants from New Zealand.

Applicants who are able to demonstrate that they have been in receipt of an approved Centrelink/StudyLink benefit for at least 12 months during their undergraduate degree, may have a 2% adjustment (bonus) added to the combined GPA and GAMSAT scores.

Note: Special consideration payments that are not Centrelink payments are not considered.

Deakin Graduate

Applicants who at the time of application meet the following requirements may have a 4% adjustment added to their combined GPA and GAMSAT score:

  • have completed and graduated with a Bachelor degree from Deakin University with a minimum of two years of full-time equivalent study (2FTE); or
  • will be completing an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree with Deakin University and will have completed a minimum of two years of full-time equivalent study (2FTE).

Note: Credit for Prior Learning will not count as having met the two years' full-time equivalent (FTE) completion requirement.

Interview Process

Eligible applicants are invited to attend a Multi-Mini Interview (MMI) which consists of 10 five-minute stations addressing:

  • Communication Skills
  • Commitment to Rural and Regional Practice
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Self-directed service
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation for a Career in Medicine
  • A commitment to social justice
  • Professionalism
  • Effective Use of Resources
  • Health promotion

Interviews are conducted in September. Further information will be provided on the selection update page

Indigenous Entry Stream

The Doctor of Medicine offers an Indigenous Entry Stream. For more information go to https://www.deakin.edu.au/medicine/study-opportunities/indigenous-entry-stream-doctor-of-medicine.

Rural Training Stream

The Doctor of Medicine offers a Rural Training Stream. For more information go to Deakin's School of Medicine Rural Training Stream.

The RTS consists of up to 30 places for applicants with a rural background. The minimum entry requirements align with those for the general stream, with the addition of a written application and a tiered priority entry system aligned with specific rural geographical locations. The application process also remains the same as for the general stream, occurring via GEMSAS with the inclusion of the required written application

Inherent requirements

Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional certification and practise safely. The inherent requirements of the course are listed here: Doctor of Medicine Inherent Requirements (pdf 258kb)

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

In 2021, our student intake had an average GPA of 6.74 and an average GAMSAT of 66.9.

Career pathways

Doctor of Medicine graduates are highly sought-after for internship positions with healthcare providers in Australia and abroad. Deakin's MD program allows you to develop a deep understanding of the challenges and nuances of rural medicine, putting you in a strong position to address the shortfall of doctors in regional areas.

In order to qualify as Registered Medical Practitioners with the Australian Medical Council (AMC), our graduates are currently undertaking accredited internships at a number of prominent Victorian and interstate hospitals.

After successfully completing an intern year, graduates can apply for entry to specialty training programs that lead to a broad range of medical careers.

Course structure

The first two years of the MD are based at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), where students learn in simulated clinical environments and dedicated medical sciences teaching spaces, along with small-group learning sessions. Students will also be exposed to clinical experiences from early in the course, through placements with healthcare providers.

During years three and four students will undergo intensive clinical training within health services attached to one of five clinical schools, Barwon Health (Geelong), Warrnambool, Ballarat or Eastern Health (Melbourne), or with the Rural Community Clinical School. Students will conduct their learning and assessment in the clinical environment, guided by experienced staff associated with the clinical schools.

The course concludes in year four with two five week rotations - an elective that can be taken in Australia or overseas and a pre-internship hospital rotation in which the student experiences the day to day life of an intern.

To complete the Doctor of Medicine students must attain 32 credit points. All units are core units (these are compulsory). Students must pass all units including all components of units in the course.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first semester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

The course is only available on a full-time basis.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Credit for prior study or work

Recognition of Prior Learning will not be granted for this course.