Admissions

Admissions

Admissions

The Macquarie MD is designed for students with a high level of achievement in tertiary study, who engage in a variety of experiences and activities; have the interpersonal skills desirable in a medical student and doctor; and the resilience, commitment and desire to help improve the health of Australian and global communities.

Application process

Applicants should follow the below steps.

1. Read the Macquarie MD website

Read all information on this website to ensure you are aware of the dates and deadlines, the selection process and other important details including University, Macquarie MD program and NSW Health policies and compliance.

2. Read admissions guide

Read the Macquarie MD admission guide that applies to you:

These guides contain specific information on the selection criteria and minimum admissions requirements for the MD.

Domestic applicants are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens. New Zealand permanent residents must apply as international applicants following recent legislative changes.

3. Before you apply checklist

Before applying for the Macquarie MD you need to:

  • Complete a degree with a minimum weighted GPA of 5.0 out of 7.0
  • Check the Prerequisite Checker and complete required prerequisites (or groups of units) in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology
  • Sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) and achieve a minimum overall score of 50 (with a minimum of 50 in each section). International applicants residing outside of Australia can sit the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and achieve a minimum total score of 500 (with a minimum of 125 in each section)
  • Consider your preparedness and capacity to attend the compulsory international clinical placements and write your Personal Statement for upload as part of the application process.
  • Meet English language requirements if required – IELTS 7 and 7 in each band
  • Check that you are able to meet the Inherent Requirements and Program Requirements
  • Check the Bonus Scheme and Indigenous Australian Pathway, if applicable
  • Ensure qualifications and medical test scores are current – qualifications considered for admission must have been completed within 10 years of intended enrolment. Prerequisite units must also have been completed within 10 years of intended enrolment. GAMSAT scores submitted must be within two years of intended enrolment.

Entry is competitive. GPA and GAMSAT/MCAT scores are likely to be significantly higher than minimum entry requirements among candidates selected for interview.

4. Apply for the Macquarie MD

Submit your application online within the allotted timeframe. Important admissions dates are listed on the Key dates page.

Both domestic and international students are required to submit a Personal Statement as part of the application process. The Personal Statement requires you to respond briefly to three set questions.

5. Attend the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) (by invitation only)

Ranking and selection of applicants for interview is based on:

  • 50 per cent GPA
  • 50 per cent GAMSAT/MCAT
  • Satisfactory completion of Personal Statement

If selected, you will need to attend and perform a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). All domestic applicants residing in Australia must be available to attend an interview on either 4 or 5 November 2017. International applicants must be available for interview in October and November 2017 – interviews may be conducted via Skype or similar platform.

6. Wait for interview outcome 

Applicants will be ranked for an offer as outlined in the relevant Macquarie MD Admissions Guide.

7. Offers made

Ranking and selection of applicants for an offer is based on: 

  • 50 per cent GAMSAT/MCAT
  • 50 per cent MMI
  • GPA will be used as a tie breaker should applicants be equally ranked

Successful applicants will be made offers, with some offers being conditional. Final results need to be checked and offer conditions met by applicants.

8. Meet compliance procedures

After accepting your offer, you need to meet compliance procedures before enrolment; for example inherent requirements, immunisation, criminal record check, working with children check, first aid certificate.

9. Accept or decline your offer

Offers need to be accepted or declined online as instructed (if applicable).

10. Receive welcome email

Selected applicants are sent the Macquarie University Macquarie MD welcome email with detailed information, including instructions for enrolment, NSW Health requirements and timetable information.

Prerequisites

You must have completed approved prerequisite tertiary units or groups of units in:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology

Prerequisites must be completed less than 10 years from intended enrolment.

Non-award units can be used to meet prerequisites but will not be used as part of the GPA calculation.

Domestic prerequisites

Only applicants who have completed units (or groups of units) on the approved list will be eligible for the Macquarie MD. To check if you have met the prerequisite study requirements for the Macquarie MD visit Prerequisite checker.

International prerequisites

International applicants to the Macquarie MD at Macquarie University must have successfully completed approved prerequisite tertiary units (or groups of units) in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.

To check if you have met the prerequisite study requirements for the Macquarie MD visit Prerequisite Checker. If the units (or groups of units) you have completed are not listed in the prerequisite checker, you can submit units for assessment as part of your application.

Below is a description of the content that must be covered to meet the prerequisite study requirements for the Macquarie MD.

Human Anatomy

Applicants must study the basic concepts of anatomical sciences including gross anatomy, histology, radiology and embryology. In summary, the following systems of the human body must be studied: cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal and endocrine (hormonal). Specifically, content must include the terminology of topographic anatomy; the principles related to key anatomical structures: skin, fascia and skeletal muscles, bones and joints, vessels, nerves and viscera; the organisation of the body into regions and the anatomy of the major organ systems.  While study of anatomy using cadavers in wet labs is preferred, it is not an essential requirement.

Human Physiology

Applicants must study physiology and functioning of the major systems of the human body. In summary, the following systems of the human body must be studied: cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal and endocrine (hormonal). Specifically, content must cover control mechanisms and homeostasis in humans.

Bonus Scheme and Indigenous Australian Pathway

Bonus Scheme

The following applicants will automatically receive a three per cent bonus to their weighted GPA:

  • Indigenous Australians (domestic applicants)
  • Rural (domestic applicants)
  • Macquarie University Bachelor of Clinical Science graduates (domestic and international applicants).

If applicants belong to two or more of the above categories, a maximum five per cent bonus will be applied to the weighted GPA.

Indigenous Australian Pathway

As an Indigenous Australian applicant, you can apply through the standard pathway or the Indigenous Australian Pathway.

Through the Indigenous Australian Pathway your application will be individually assessed by staff at Walanga Muru, the University's Indigenous office,  and the faculty. You will automatically receive a three per cent bonus to your weighted GPA, submission of GAMSAT results is optional, and you will receive guidance during the application and interview process. You will need to achieve a minimum weighted GPA of 5.0 out of 7.0.

Deferrals

An offer of a place is made for a specified year only. Deferral of offers is not normally granted. Applicants who do not want or are unable to accept their offer of a place must reapply if they wish to be considered for the following year.

Program transfer

Students commencing a medical program at any Australian or New Zealand medical school are expected to complete their program at their chosen university. Transfer of enrolment between medical programs is not normally approved.


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