Undergraduate pathways into medicine

Undergraduate pathways into medicine

Our innovative and fast-tracked Bachelor of Clinical Science is designed to be the ideal preparation for the Macquarie MD and other graduate-entry medicine programs. 

Choosing the Bachelor of Clinical Science as a pathway into the Macquarie MD has distinct benefits. For international students, a Bachelor of Clinical Science/Doctor of Medicine (Macquarie MD) program package is also available.

If you are a school leaver, you can study two programs – the Bachelor of Clinical Science followed by the Doctor of Medicine (Macquarie MD), offering a potential pathway into medicine within six years of full-time study.

Applicants will need to satisfy specific program entry and academic progress requirements to complete this program pathway. Please note that separate admissions criteria apply for each program.

Macquarie University program

Years of study (full time)

Bachelor of Clinical Science

2

Macquarie MD (Doctor of Medicine)

4

If both courses are studied (directly after each other)

6

The University offers two potential undergraduate pathways into medicine:

  • an indirect pathway for domestic applicants
  • a direct pathway for international applicants.

Domestic pathway into medicine for school leavers

Domestic school leavers seeking a potential pathway into medicine can apply for the Bachelor of Clinical Science through UAC and, following completion and attainment of minimum academic requirements, can then apply through GEMSAS for the Doctor of Medicine program, the Macquarie MD.

Separate admissions criteria apply for each program.

Domestic applicants entering this pathway will need to meet specific Macquarie MD admission requirements including GPA, GAMSAT, prerequisites, satisfactory personal statement and competitive performance in a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI).

For Bachelor of Clinical Science graduates who apply for the Macquarie MD, there are some advantages:

  • The program includes preparation for medical admission tests.
  • A three-per-cent bonus is automatically applied to applicants’ weighted GPA.
  • 20 MMI places are reserved for Bachelor of Clinical Science graduates.
  • Macquarie University Bachelor of Clinical Science graduate scholarships are available – up to five scholarships worth AU$30,000 for each year of the program.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Clinical Science and the Macquarie MD.

International pathway into medicine for school leavers

The Bachelor of Clinical Science/Doctor of Medicine (Macquarie MD) is an innovative, combined program package for international high school graduates seeking a direct undergraduate pathway into medicine at Macquarie University.

International applicants can apply directly for the Bachelor of Clinical Science/Doctor of Medicine (Macquarie MD) program package. Online applications should be sent to International Admissions at Macquarie University.

International students complete two full-time programs over six years: the Bachelor of Clinical Science over two years followed by the Macquarie MD over four years.

Please note that entry is competitive, and that this program package has a set quota for places.

Minimum entry requirements

  • Secondary school results –competitive performance in final examinations. Minimum final examination mark needs to be equivalent to a 95.00 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
  • Satisfactory performance in the CASPer test – CASPer is an online screening tool designed to evaluate non-cognitive skills and interpersonal qualities. Applicants should sit the CASPer test. Please see detailed information below.
  • IELTS – 7.0 overall; minimum 7.0 in each band, or equivalent.
  • Assumed knowledge – prior secondary school learning in mathematics and chemistry. If this has not been completed, a bridging course must be taken at Macquarie University in February prior to commencement.

Progression

Automatic progression from the Bachelor of Clinical Science into the Macquarie MD, without the need for further admissions tests, is guaranteed for students who meet the following criteria:

  • an international student with an unconditional place in the Bachelor of Clinical Science/Macquarie MD pathway
  • completion of the Bachelor of Clinical Science, with a minimum overall GPA of 5.5 out of 7.0
  • achievement of a minimum GPA of 5.5 out of 7.0 in the professional practice units in the Bachelor of Clinical Science.

International tuition fees

  • Bachelor of Clinical Science – indicative annual fee AU$50,724 for this two-year program.
  • Macquarie MD – indicative annual fee AU$70,000 for this four-year program (inclusive of flight and accommodation costs for clinical placements in Hyderabad, India, in Year 3)
  • Indicative total fee for the program package – AU$381,448

The indicative annual fees are based on completing an accelerated study load in the Bachelor of Clinical Science and a standard full-time study load in the Macquarie MD. Fees listed above are current for 2018 and may increase each year. For programs longer than one year in duration, you will pay the fee that is current for the year that you enrol in the unit.

The CASPer Test – Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics 

All applicants for the Bachelor of Clinical Science/Doctor of Medicine (Macquarie MD) combined program package at Macquarie University are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer) to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory to be offered a place in the combined program pathway. Please note CASPer test dates for 2018 entry into the Bachelor of Clinical Science/Doctor of Medicine combined program package have passed.

CASPer is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we think are important for successful students and graduates of our program. CASPer enhances fairness and objectivity in our selection process. It complements other tools that we use for applicant screening.

To take CASPer, you will need access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.

Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up and reserve a test using your student identifier and a government-issued photographic identity document. Please use an email address that you check regularly as there may be updates to the test schedule.

Please direct any enquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com.

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions within a set time limit. The test typically takes between 75 and 90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different assessor, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarise yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to retake it.

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