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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.