Universities in Australia to study medicine    

Australia is an excellent choice for international students wanting to study Medicine. Our universities offer a world-class education and our medical research is recognised as some of the world’s best.

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After all, penicillin-based antibiotics were developed here, the cochlear implant was pioneered here and ultrasound technology is also an Australian invention. So which are the top 5 universities in Australia for Medicine?

We’ve come up with a list for you – all members of the Go8 coalition – to help you decide which gold-standard institutions to apply to.

What is the Go8?

Go8 stands for ‘Group of Eight’ and refers to eight specific world-leading Australian universities that are known to be research-focused. These universities receive 73 per cent of Australian Competitive Grant (Category 1) funding and 99 per cent of Go8 research is world-class or better. Annually, the Go8 invests around $6 billion on research and one third of that is funnelled towards research in Medical and Health Services.

Facts and figures of Go8 universities

  • International students who attend Go8 universities support more than 70,000 jobs in the Australian economy.
  • The Go8’s international student market boosts the economy by $17.98 billion a year!
  • More than 50 per cent of Australia’s doctors, dentists and vets graduated from a Go8 university.
  • Bachelor degree completion rates are higher for Go8 universities than other institutions. In fact, all eight Go8 universities are listed in the top 11 for successful completions.
  • One third of Australia’s international students choose a Go8 university for their studies, and they come from 200 different countries and total around 100,000 enrolments.
  • More than a third of all postgrad students are enrolled in a Go8 university.
  • Nearly one half of all students enrolled in higher degrees by research attend a Go8 university.
  • Half of all Australian doctorates are awarded by Go8 universities.

Studying Medicine at a Go8

If all the above has convinced you that a Go8 university is the choice for you, now you just have to narrow down which of the five that offer Medicine suits you. Keep in mind that all five have been ranked among the world’s Top 50 medical schools, according to the QS World University Rankings.

With all that in mind, it’s easy to see how graduating from one of these will add extra weight to your degree and ultimately, to your CV when you apply for a job.

Your options are:

  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Sydney
  • Monash University
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of New South Wales

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is Australia’s oldest medical school and offers the country’s first professional entry masters level program. Offering degrees from Bachelor of Medical Science to Masters by Coursework and Masters/Doctors by Research and of course, a PhD program, it’s an institution that boasts an extensive array of programs and electives.

Your Doctor of Medicine course is 4 years full time at the Parkville campus and classes begin in February (see here for international student fees - tuition only). Enjoy access to outstanding technologies and facilities and working with inspiring researchers.

You will undertake an MD Research Project involving a single medical discipline of your choosing, and you’ll get to attend a medical conference which is an opportunity to meet and interact with leaders in clinical healthcare, policy and research.

How to apply: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/find/courses/graduate/doctor-of-medicine/how-to-apply/.

The University of Sydney

Ranked number 17 for medical schools by the QS World University Rankings, The University of Sydney was founded in 1850, making it Australia’s first university. The School of Medicine based in Camperdown offers all levels of education, beginning with undergrad courses. The university claims to offer the largest range of health courses of any Australian university and gives you the choice to undertake a science degree with a health major

You could choose a double degree such as Bachelor of Arts/Doctor of Medicine or Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine. Work with the state’s largest range of clinical placement partners to attain hands-on training in the real world. Placement opportunities include prestigious teaching hospitals in Sydney itself or in regional and more remote areas.

The University of Sydney earns regular research funding grants and is across such fields as lifespan and ageing, immunology and infection, cancer, eHealth and mental health and neuroscience.

How to apply: https://sydney.edu.au/courses/courses/uc/bachelor-of-arts-and-doctor-of-medicine.html.

Monash University

The Monash University Department of Medicine is based at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton, Victoria which provides medical and health services to more than one million patients. The institution’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences attracts generous research income (more than $172 million in 2015).

Its findings have been published in the world’s most prestigious medical journals. Monash is the only Victorian university that offers a medical degree that can be commenced directly upon completing high school. The five-year Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) course is offered at the institution’s Clayton campus and international students are admitted on a full-fee basis.

How to apply: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/som/grad-entry/entry-international.

The University of Queensland

A four-year postgraduate Doctor of Medicine degree at The University of Queensland involves two years of Clinical Preparation followed by two years of Clinical Practice with placements at a UQ clinical unit either in Australia or abroad. Some classes will take place at the St Lucia campus and others at the teaching hospital at Herston, Brisbane.

Currently ranked No. 48 in the world in the QS World University Rankings, UQ’s sterling reputation is built on its pioneering research. Its research areas include genetics and genomics, neurosciences, psychology and cognitive science, medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences, immunology and infectious diseases, just to name a few. Famous for developing the HPV cervical cancer vaccine and high-performance superconducting MRI magnets for portable limb scanning, UQ is at the forefront of technology and research.

How to apply: https://apply.uq.edu.au/.

The University of New South Wales

Ranked 45th in the world according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings, the University of New South Wales is another leader in medical research and builds research into its medical program. The institution’s six-year undergraduate Medicine program – Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine – incorporates hands-on learning in wards of some of Australia’s largest metropolitan and rural facilities from the very first year.

UNSW is a world leader in medical education and research in fields such as cancer, immunity and inflammation, cardiovascular disease, addiction, neuroscience and infectious diseases.

How to apply: https://med.unsw.edu.au/international-applicants.


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