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Bachelor of Medicine Brisbane | What Are The Pathways?

Are you looking to compare the top universities that offer a Bachelor of Medicine in Brisbane?

Studying a Bachelor of Medicine degree is your first step on the long road to becoming a doctor.

Compare Bachelor of Medicine Degrees in Brisbane

A Bachelor of Medicine is one of the most difficult degrees to get into, so your child may need to spend a year in a bachelor of science first. So, what do you, and your budding doctor need to know about university entries? Here’s our comparison of Medical Degrees at the major Brisbane Universities.

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In this article, we compare all the top universities in Brisbane that offer a Bachelor of Medicine.

Here’s all the info you, and your child, need to know.

University of Queensland

The undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine has been discontinued and no new enrolments will be taken after 2015. Instead, the University now offers a Doctor of Medicine or MD. You can apply for this 4-year, full-time graduate program through the provisional entry pathway or as a graduate entrant.

To be eligible for entry, you’ll need:

For Provisional entry (you must be completing Year 12 in the year you apply):

  • an adjusted ATAR 95 (or equivalent), and
  • Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, and
  • a competitive University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) aggregate score from the year you apply, and
  • attendance at a multiple mini-interview (MMI).

UCAT ANZ scores are used to rank applicants for invitation to interview (MMI). Please note ISAT is not accepted.Provisional entry is competitive, based on your ATAR, UCAT ANZ and interview score. If you receive a provisional entry offer, you’ll need to complete your first bachelor degree at UQ before you start the MD program.To progress to the MD, you’ll also need:

  • to complete your first degree at UQ within the minimum time specified for the program, and
  • to achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your first degree, and
  • to complete MD subject prerequisite courses.

For Graduate entry:

  • a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) (known as a key degree), and
  • a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your key degree, and
  • a minimum score of 50 in each section of the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or for international applicants 504 in the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and
  • attendance at a multiple mini-interview (MMI), and
  • successful completion of MD subject prerequisite couses.

You’ll also need to complete:

  • your key degree within 10 years prior to the year you commence the MD, and
  • the GAMSAT or MCAT within 4 years before the year you commence.

University of Queensland’s MD is a 4 year full-time course and the annual fee in 2024 is $11,800.

Griffith University

Griffith University no longer offers a Bachelor of Medicine. The new degree is the Doctor of Medicine. You can undertake the course at the Gold Coast Campus or at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute. This is a graduate-entry program which means that you must have completed or be in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree in order to apply. You cannot apply as an undergraduate or year 12 school leaver.

The degree is 4 years of full-time study. Annual fees in 2023 were $12,000. For more information about Griffith Uni’s Doctor of Medicine qualification click here.

Bond University

While not a Brisbane University, Bond does offer a Bachelor of Medicine near Brisbane – and to high school leavers. Direct entry is available to year 12 school leavers and other university graduates. Students start their medical study by completing a Bachelor of Medical Studies undergraduate program before moving onto the Doctor of Medicine degree. The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) is open to Year 12 school leavers and to students who have started or completed an undergraduate program, with a competitive ATAR/OP or GPA. Bond University will be offering 80% of total places to undergraduate applicants and 20% of total places to graduate applicants.

For entry into the Medical Program, the following definitions apply:

  • Undergraduate – An applicant who has completed High School Senior Certificate (equivalent to Queensland Year 12) with, or without, incomplete tertiary studies.
  • Graduate – An applicant who has completed a bachelor degree.

Course duration is a total of 14 semesters so full-time study at 3 semesters per year will allow you to complete the course in 4 years and 8 months full-time study. Fees per semester (not per year) in 2023 were $30,160. Head to the Bond Uni website for more information.

Will your child get a high enough ATAR?

If your ATAR wasn’t high enough to qualify for a Bachelor of Medicine but you really want to become a doctor you may still be eligible to study medicine by completing a bachelor degree which then qualifies you to sit GAMSAT. GAMSAT is the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test, a 6.5 hour test offered to anyone who has completed a bachelor degree or is in their final year of completing a bachelor degree. GAMSAT is used to select candidates for graduate-level medical degrees at Australian universities.

Find out when your university of choice is having their University Open Day here.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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