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Where Should You Study Medicine in Australia?

Published by Afterschool.my on May 18, 2018, 09:25 am

Thinking about studying medicine in Australia, but not sure where to go? We at Afterschool.my are here to help you choose the right institution to pursue your studies abroad. 

There are two types of medical programmes in Australia:

  • Undergraduate programmes, which are typically of four to five years’ duration;
  • Postgraduate programmes, which run for four years (during two of which you will undergo clinical training)

The top eight recommended medical schools in Australia according to University Reviews’ ranking are located in the following universities: 

1. James Cook University

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The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) is a six-year, full-time undergraduate programme offered by the James Cook University Medical School. It is also the only full medical course offered in northern Australia. Located in green and leafy Queensland, James Cook University’s medicine programme puts an emphasis on tropical medicine and medical care in rural hospital and community settings. According to the 2013 National University Experience Survey, alumni of the MBBS course have had a 96% course satisfaction level, in regard to the teaching quality and overall experience.

2. University of Western Australia (UWA)

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UWA, located in Perth, is ranked #2 best medical school in Australia and is in the top 100 in the overall QS World University Rankings 2018. The UWA Medical School offers a Bachelor of Health Science degree as well as Medicine, and Podiatric Medicine (a branch of medicine studying disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity). This would then be followed by a Doctor in Medicine (MD), where students will be prepared with the professional attributes required for internships, clinical attachments and future professional practice as a doctor.

3. Monash University

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The name Monash University may ring a bell, and that’s because they have a branch campus right here in Malaysia! Monash University is part of the ‘Group of Eight (Go8)’ coalition of leading Australian universities, and is thus regarded as one of the most elite in the country. The Monash University Medical School offers a five-year MBBS degree with honours. As a graduate of the Monash University Medical School, you will have access to the largest healthcare provider network in Australia, which includes the Monash Medical Centre and The Alfred, Melbourne's major casualty hospital.

4. University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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Located in Sydney, UNSW offers a six-year medical course which includes a Bachelor of Medical Studies undergraduate programme and MD. UNSW is one of the five Australian universities ranking in the top 50 for medicine and overall by the QS World University Rankings 2018. At UNSW, students are granted an interview based on academic merit; thus, you’ll need to make sure you have performed well before entering, and keep up the good standards once you’re in! UNSW also has close affiliations with Australia’s first-class hospitals, research institutes and healthcare organisations, which gives students the opportunity to go out into the field and learn with trained medical experts.

5. University of Melbourne

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Placed in the top 20 medical schools in the world, the University of Melbourne has certainly earned its reputation as Australia’s leading university for medicine. The University of Melbourne Medical School is the oldest medical school in Australia and is recognised globally for its teaching and accomplishments. In fact, its academic staff includes a 1996 Nobel Prizewinner who discovered how virus-infected cells are recognised by the immune system, and a researcher who developed and commercialised the cochlear implant!

The University of Melbourne offers a Bachelor of Medical Science undergraduate programme that leads to various pathways at the postgraduate level, including the four-year MD programme.

6. University of Queensland

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Having been ranked in the top 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2018, the University of Queensland is regarded as one of the most reputed universities in Australia. The university offers one of the best medical education and research programmes. Aside from an MBBS course and a Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree, the University of Queensland also offers a number of postgraduate programs. The school also has partnerships and associations with leading teaching hospitals and research institutes within Australia as well as worldwide.

7. University of Adelaide

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The University of Adelaide is one of the oldest universities in Australia. Ranked in the top 150 by the QS World University Rankings, the University of Adelaide Medical School offers a six-year MBBS course for undergraduate students on top of a variety of graduate programmes. The medicine programme in the University of Adelaide focuses on a broad study of human health.

8. Australian National University (ANU)

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Ranked #1 in Australia and #20 in the QS World University Rankings 2018, ANU is regarded as one of Australia’s best universities. ANU is located in Canberra, Australia’s capital city as well as its largest inland city. The Bachelor of Health Science undergraduate programme at ANU offers a pathway to its postgraduate Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD). Typically, up to 30 students receive an offer of entry to the MChD depending on their grade point average (GPA). The MChD is a four-year postgraduate programme in which students get to explore the very foundations of medicine and healthcare in Australia.


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