Admissions requirements - Domestic

Domestic Students

2023 Domestic Direct Entry Brochure

Our Direct Entry Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) offered at Clayton Campus, is only available to applicants who have completed Year 12 studies (or VCE equivalent) no more than two years prior, and have not commenced any other studies at a tertiary level during that time. Applicants who have commenced tertiary study, including AQF Level Certificate IV and above, are ineligible to apply for this course and should consider the graduate entry program.

The course is 5 years in duration and there is only one intake per year, which is in February. Applicants must submit their preferences to the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) by the timely application closing date. The Medicine program at Monash cannot be added after the close of timely applications. Applicants who remove Medicine from their preferences after the close of timely applications will not be able to add it back into their preferences and will not be eligible to be considered further for the course.


ATAR or Year 12 Equivalent

To be considered for a place in the Direct Entry Medical program at Monash University, you will need to have:

  • a high study score of at least 35 (out of a score of 50) in English as an Alternate Language or 30 (out of a score of 50) in English
  • at least 30 (out of a score of 50) in Chemistry.

Year 12 Biology is recommended, however students who are accepted into the program and have not completed this may choose to undertake the optional Biology bridging program that commences in late January each year. For further information on this program please contact: biology-bridging-course@monash.edu.

The IB requirements are at least a 5 in Standard English or a 4 in Higher Level English or 6 in Standard English B (ESL) or 5 in Higher Level English B (ESL) and a 5 in Standard Chemistry or a 4 in Higher Level Chemistry.

The minimum ATAR to be eligible is 90, but in most intakes the final ATAR is significantly higher due to the competition of a large number of applicants from a national pool, for a relatively small number of places.


Age Requirement

The Faculty is required to adhere to the University minimum age policy for domestic applicants which can be found online.

In addition, applicants who are under 17 years of age at the time of commencement in the course will be required to meet with the Deputy Dean (Medicine), or their representative, and may have additional enrolment requirements, such as deferral of their place, imposed upon them. Those who are allowed to enrol will also be required to attend regular meetings which are required (by law) to continue until they have turned 17.


Selection Process

The selection process for direct entry medicine at Clayton consists of three components; Year 12 (or equivalent) results, completion of the UCAT ANZ (University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand) and a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). All three components are weighted equally.

Selection for an interview (MMI) in December 2022 is open to rural and Victorian students and will be based on the UCAT score alone. This is to ensure completion of the selection process within a tight time frame. ATAR (or equivalent) scores for these applicants will be included after the MMI. The UCAT cut-off score from a preceding year is indicative only, and will change with each intake, depending on the distribution of scores and number of applicants applying to Monash each year. Therefore, the cut-off score may change for each cohort. For 2023 entry, the indicative UCAT score is 2900 to be considered for an interview. Please see our FAQs page for more information.

Selection for an interview (MMI) in January is open to all remaining and interstate students, including Victorian students who may not have been interviewed in the December round, and will then be based on a combination of an applicant’s UCAT and ATAR (aggregate) scores. Please note that due to rural quotas and the national application process, the interviews may be performed in stages with further interviews announced after the main interview. This is because interstate applicants who have been offered a place in more than one course may withdraw.

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences sets the dates for the interview and applicants must attend during the dates specified. Please visit the important dates page for more information.

Diagram of Our National Applicant Pool

We receive a significant number of applications to the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of medicine (MD) each year. Below is an indicative breakdown of the domestic applicant pool, from applications through to places offered.


UCAT

All domestic applicants are required to undertake the UCAT ANZ (Undergraduate Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand). The UCAT test is held between 1st July and 12th August 2022 however you MUST register for the test by 17th May 2022.

Selection for December interviews will be based solely on UCAT results, and selection for January interviews will be based on a combination of UCAT and ATAR (aggregate) results. For 2023 entry, the indicative UCAT score is 2900 to be considered for interview The UCAT cut-off score from a preceding year is indicative only, and will change with each intake depending on the distribution of scores and number of applicants applying to Monash each year. Therefore, the cut-off score may change for each cohort. Please see our FAQs page for more information.

*Please note this indicative UCAT cut-off score would not apply to a Dean's Rural List applicant.

For general information about the UCAT, please visit:  https://www.ucat.edu.au

For any issues regarding your registration or general queries, please email: ucat-anz@monash.edu


Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

Monash uses the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) for the selection of students. MMI Stations comprise a series of scenarios and associated questions focusing on an applicant’s:

  • advocacy
  • collaboration
  • critical thinking
  • empathy
  • ethical reasoning
  • motivation;

The MMI consists of six sequential interview 'stations'. At each station, the applicant will have two minutes reading time with the scenario and will then be interviewed for eight minutes (i.e. ten minutes per station) with a 'circuit’ taking 60-70 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be invited (via email) to participate in the MMI which will be online. Only a set number of applicants will be invited for an interview and this selection will be based on a ranking of their UCAT (December round) or UCAT and aggregate score (January round).

Only those applicants who attend an interview will remain in the final ranked list to be eligible for a place.

Please note all applicants applying for this course are only allowed to attend the interview once. Those who are re-applying for this course and have previously attended the interview for this course are not required to attend the interview again.


Indigenous Students

You can join a vibrant and growing group of Indigenous MD students studying at Monash University.

The Monash University Indigenous Student Access Scheme recognises the systemic under representation of Indigenous Australians in higher education and seeks to remedy this.

Indigenous Australian applicants are encouraged to apply if they:

  • are completing or have completed year 12
  • have completed an undergraduate degree or partially completed an undergraduate degree.

To apply you will need to attend an Indigenous access interview with the Gukwonderuk Indigenous Unit. To attend an interview simply fill in this form.

You are welcome to contact Peggy Swindle for further information peggy.swindle@monash.edu


Inclusive Medical Education

Monash University has a mission to graduate medical students who have the ability and motivation to become the highly capable, safe to practice, patient-focused, and socially-accountable doctors that our communities need.

With the support of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (Medical Deans) we are committed to foster a culture of inclusivity and the provision of equivalent opportunities to access our medical programs for people who have the capabilities to become good doctors, but who have been historically disadvantaged or under-represented as highlighted in the Medical Deans Selections Policy Statement, there are clear benefits to the community of broad representation in the medical workforce of diverse population groups, including of those with a disability.

For information, download and read the Inclusive Medical Education - Guidance on medical program applicants and students with a disability document.