Admissions requirements - International

International Students

2023 Direct Entry International Brochure

Monash University's Direct Entry Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) offered at Clayton campus, is only offered to applicants who have completed Year 12 studies (or VCE equivalent) no more than two years prior*, and have not commenced other studies at a tertiary level during that time. Applicants who have commenced tertiary study, including 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.

Approximately 70 international students are accepted into the medicine program at Clayton campus each year, offering international students an opportunity to study medicine in one of Australia's most respected and prestigious undergraduate medicine programs.

International applicants are admitted into the program on a full-fee basis. Additionally, other expenses students would expect to incur are accommodation, transport and living expenses, plus textbooks and stationery.

For all relevant 2023 application requirement deadlines, please refer to our important dates website.

Monash University has a three-stage selection process for undergraduate medicine at Clayton and all three categories are weighted equally.

*Applicants who are required to complete National Military Service in their home country are exempt from the two-year rule and can apply during the final year of their service.


  • Applicants who expect to obtain permanent residency by the commencement of the course are advised to contact the Faculty Admissions Unit for further information. Entry requirements for local applicants can be found on course finder.
  • International students who become permanent residents and/or Australian citizens once they are enrolled in the course are not guaranteed a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), they will be converted to a full-fee domestic student.   CSP places  are limited and based on government allocations.


The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences will determine those applicants who are to be interviewed.

Selection for interview will be based on overall performance in the ISAT but applicants must achieve an overall total score of 170 or above,  with a minimum of 165 in both sections - Critical Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.

Information regarding ISAT can be found online. or by downloading the brochure.  Applicants should register for and sit this test prior to the application closing date in the year they apply for the medicine course. ISAT results contribute toward the overall ranking for entry into the course.

The 2022 testing cycles dates are as follows:

Test Window 1 : 2 May - 20 May 2022

Test Window 2: 1 August - 20 August  2022

Test Window 3: 7 November - 25 November 2022

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


Selection into the medical course is based upon a combination of the applicant's ISAT academic studies and performance at a modified MMI (Multiple Mini Interview).

This proven interview format allows the faculty to better determine which applicants possess the necessary personal qualities required to succeed in the Medicine program. The MMI format allows each applicant to be assessed by trained interviewers. MMI stations will comprise a series of scenarios and associated questions focusing on an applicant's relevant personal qualities including:

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

At this stage Monash will continue to hold the interviews online via Zoom.  Applicants must be available to attend an interview on the date(s) which have been listed to the Important Dates page with the relevant cohort.

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.

ATAR or Year 12 Equivalent

Qualification examplesChemistryEnglishEquivalent Year 12
VCE≥ 30 in Year 12 Chemistry≥ 30 in Year 12 English or ≥ 35 in EAL 
MUFY≥ 75%≥ 75%Minimum 90%
GCE A Level"B"“B” in General Paper or O Level English or
“D” in A Level English

Please note Monash University does not accept IGCSE First Language English 0500 in meeting the English language requirements.
Minimum of 3 A-Level subjects totaling 15*
IB5 in SL or 4 at HL5 in SL or 4 at high level or 6 in English B SL or 5 English B in HLMinimum 39 overall

Applicants can also meet the English language requirement by taking a recognised English language test.

IELTS – Applicants will need to achieve a minimum IELTS score of; Overall 7.0 or above, with no individual band less than 6.5.

TOEFL – 587 with a TWE of 4.5; or an Internet-based TOEFL score of 94 with 24 in Writing and no section lower than 20.

All overseas-based applicants must submit certified copies of the FINAL results to your agent or for direct applicants, directly to Monash. Offers will NOT be made on interim or predicted results. Offers for a place in Medicine will only be made once applicants have provided all official, certified, final academic transcripts. If you are completing your Year 12 equivalent studies late in 2021 and can only provide final, certified documentation in December 2021 or January 2022, you should consider applying for 2023 entry as places for the program at Monash may be filled by the time Monash can fully assess your application for an offer.

Only applicants who complete all three stages of the selection process (i.e. ISAT, interview and academic performance) will be considered for a place in the medicine course at Monash University.

*Score A-Level grades as follows A*=5, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.  1 bonus point is offered when achieving A* in an A-Level subject.


Any offer of a place in the medical course is made on the understanding that Monash University in no way guarantees any period of internship in an Australian or Malaysian hospital. As a result, our international students complete their internships in their home country. Internship places are not allocated by Monash University.

Monash University Malaysia

This program is also offered at the Monash Malaysia campus. It follows the same curriculum and structure of the Clayton-based course and is recognised and accredited by:

*The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)
*The Australian Medical Council (AMC)
*The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC)
*The Medical Council of Thailand
*The Medical Council of Mauritius (MCM)

We strongly encourage international applicants committed to pursuing a career as a doctor to also apply for the course in Malaysia as an alternative entry option.

Applications from International students can be submitted online.