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Applying to Study Undergraduate Medicine in Australia

Applying to Study Undergraduate Medicine in Australia (for International Students)

by Cara Lau

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Australia has been an extremely popular destination for international students for their tertiary education in the medical field, due to the high-quality facilities and training provided by its various universities.

In addition, many Australian medical courses are well-recognized. In 2018, eight Australian universities have ranked within the Top 100 in the QS World University Rankings. Coupled with an excellent living environment and cultural diversity, Australia is definitely an attractive place to pursue your study at.


·         Schools

Out of all the universities, those who are currently recognized by the Singapore Medical Council and have direct-entry undergraduate medicine courses include:

1. The University of Adelaide
2. Flinders University
3. Monash University
4. University of New South Wales
5. University of Tasmania



Application Details

You can apply directly to these schools, through the online portal found on the individual school websites. Alternatively, you can apply through authorized agents in your home country.

Take note of the application deadline of each school and allocate sufficient time to prepare your documents.

Also, these schools will require you sit for a test, and your scores will be considered for entry.



Application Deadline

Test Required


The University of Adelaide

By 30 June 2018

PQA, which you will register for as you apply for the course.



Flinders University

Apply at any time during the open application period.

There are three decision points:

31 May, 31 July and 19 November




Monash University

There are various interview dates for different locations, so you will have to submit your application by the various dates found at Monash



University of New South Wales

Rolling, but by 30 November 2018.


The application includes questions on why you want to study medicine at UNSW, your relevant personal qualities and skills, your non-academic interests and activities and a brief description of your life experience.

University of Tasmania

Offer Round 1 – closing 25 May 2018

Offer Round 2 – closing 27 July 2018

Offer Round 3 – closing 28 September 2018

Offer Round 4 – closing 23 November 2018





Interview Details

The interview component of your application process is a huge factor in determining your suitability to be a medical student. It is important that you go to the individual school websites to find out how each school conducts its interview in detail, as well as the qualities each school is looking for.  

NOTE: All the schools within our selection require an interview, except for the University of Tasmania.




Interview format:

Interview format:

The University of Adelaide

Late September to early October 2018


Adelaide, Australia – Face-to-face


Toronto, Canada – Video conferencing


Singapore – Video conferencing


Skype, MSN and Yahoo chat requests will not be accepted.


A series of scenarios and associated questions focusing on personal qualities will be given.


Flinders University

July-August –After Decision Point 1


October – After Decision Point 2


December –After Decision Point 3


Those living in Australia, Singapore, China, UK, USA and Canada must attend the interview in person at the respective locations, which can be found at here.


If you live in another country, a face-to-face interview or Skype interview may be offered at Flinders’ discretion.


You may also visit Flinders and have your interview there.



Monash University

Visit here


Only face-to-face interviews at the various locations.


Skype or online interviews are not conducted.

MMI Structure

University of New South Wales


Skype, telephone or face-to-face available



Applying to a foreign university may seem confusing, but it will be much easier if you have a good understanding of the requirements. Therefore, do your research and you will prepare yourself to succeed!


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