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 or WAM of 65
  • 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.
  • 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 – overall IELTS score of 7 and 7 in each band
  • Check that you are able to meet the Inherent Requirements and Program Requirements
  • Check the Adjustment Factor 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 enrollment.  GAMSAT scores submitted must be within two years of intended enrollment.

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

Please note that prerequisites in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology are no longer required for admission, however these are areas of assumed knowledge for commencing students.

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 26 September 2020. International applicants must be available during April - November - interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis via Zoom 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 GPA/WAM
  • 50 per cent MMI

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 enrollment; 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 MD welcome email with detailed information, including instructions for enrollment, NSW Health requirements and timetable information.

Adjustment factors and Indigenous Australian Pathway

Adjustment Factor Schemes

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

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 adjustment will be applied to the weighted GPA.

Indigenous Australian Pathway

As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 adjustment 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.

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. Find out more.


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.  Applicants should contact if they have exceptional circumstances.

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