Doctor of Medicine (MD): Current and Prior Monash MD Degrees

The purpose of this website is to clarify the differences between the current MD degree offered by Monash University, and previous MD degrees offered by Monash University.

Monash University, like every other Group of Eight University in Australia, has transitioned from an MBBS degree to an MD degree. It is important to note however, that the term MD (Doctor of Medicine), can refer to many different types of degrees both in Australia and Overseas.

The current Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine (BMedSc/MD) degree offered by Monash University is classified as a Masters (Extended) degree.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognises three different types of Masters degree: Masters (Research), Masters (Coursework) and Masters (Extended). “The purpose of a Masters (Extended) degree is to qualify individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for professional practice and as a pathway for further learning”; it is not a research degree.

Monash University, like other Universities in Australia, has also offered prior MD Degrees, that are classified as research degrees either at, or above, the level of a PhD. A list of each of the MD degrees currently and previously offered by Monash University is provided in the Table below.

If you previously graduated from one of the previous Monash University MD degrees that was at an AQF10 (PhD or Higher Doctorate level), you could choose to amend your post-nominal title as - MD (by research), which would clearly distinguish your degree as a higher degree. We note, that many previous MD graduates of other Australian Universities have also added the MD (by research) nomenclature to their post-nominal titles. Alternatively, if you would like formal certification from the University to clarify the difference between your research MD and the new Monash MD degree, please fill in the form.

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Course Code

Course Title

Years offered

AQF level

Notes

M6011


M6018

Bachelor of Medical Science & Doctor of Medicine

2017 – current

7 - Bachelor Degree &

9 - Masters Degree (Extended)

First intake in 2017.

3852

Doctor of Medicine (Supervised)

2004 – current (teach out)

10 – Doctoral Degree (Research)

Disestablished.

Last intake 2015.

3853

Doctor of Medicine (Unsupervised)

2004 – 2017

10 – Doctoral Degree (Research)

Disestablished. Last award 2017.

0048

Doctor of Medicine

1975 - 2003

10 – Higher Doctorate

Disestablished.

Last award 1998.

Course Code 3852 - Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement (AHEGS):

The degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), taught in English, signifies that the holder has completed extensive, independent research under the supervision of one or more expert academics. When completed, this research must make a significant contribution to the current body of knowledge in the chosen research area. This course normally takes between three and four years of full-time study or six and eight years of part-time study.

Awardees of the MD will have fulfilled the requirements for supervised study and research at the University, including a thesis of up to 100,000 words which demonstrates an ability to carry out independent research and to analyse and synthesise concepts.

The thesis is examined by two examiners, both of whom are external to Monash University and are recognised experts in the field of research.


Course Code 3853 - Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement (AHEGS):

The degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), taught in English, signifies that the holder has completed extensive, independent research. When completed, this research must make a significant contribution to the current body of knowledge in the chosen research area. This course has no attendance or supervision requirements.  Awardees of the MD will have fulfilled the requirements for research at the University, including a thesis of up to 100,000 words which demonstrates an ability to carry out independent research and to analyse and synthesise concepts.  The thesis is examined by two examiners, both of whom are external to Monash University and are recognised experts in the field of research.


Course Code 0048 - Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement (AHEGS):

The degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), taught in English, signifies that the holder has completed extensive, independent research under the supervision of one or more expert academics. When completed, this research must make a significant contribution to the current body of knowledge in the chosen research area. This course normally takes between three and four years of full-time study or six and eight years of part-time study.

Awardees of the MD will have fulfilled the requirements for supervised study and research at the University, including a thesis of up to 100,000 words which demonstrates an ability to carry out independent research and to analyse and synthesise concepts.

The thesis is examined by two examiners, both of whom are external to Monash University and are recognised experts in the field of research.