Australian National University

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The Australian National University (ANU) is one of the most prestigious universities in Australia, currently ranking 45th in the world (and 2nd in Australia, behind the University of Melbourne) according to the Times Higher Education Supplement 2014-15 rankings. It counts two former prime ministers among its alumni, and six Nobel laureates among its staff and former students, including the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Brian Schmidt.

With its first class having graduated in 2007, the ANU Medical School is, by contrast, quite new. It began life in 1993 as the Canberra Clinical School of the University of Sydney. By the beginning of the last decade, it was becoming apparent to policy makers that more medical graduates were going to be needed to keep up with the health requirements of an ageing population. Consequently, ANU was granted permission to found its own medical school, which formally opened in 2004. ANU purchased its curriculum from the University of Sydney but has subsequently expanded and altered it in line with its own vision.

Place Breakdown

Total Graduate Places Available: 110

Degree Info

In 4 years you'll look like this:

Jo(ann)e Bloggs MChD


No known prerequisites

Application Bonuses

A "percentage bonus" is granted to applicants who have completed (or will have completed by the time the medical course begins) postgraduate study. This includes Honours, Masters by Research and PhD courses [1]. ANU allocates two places each year specifically for students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. The application process proceeds through the normal GEMSAS channels, however applicants should also consult the Indigenous Australian Admission Scheme web site to check their eligibility [2].

Required Documentation

International students should note that they need to submit an Undergraduate Application for International Students form directly to the medical school as well as fulfill a number of other requirements [1]. Indigenous applicants will need to complete the ANU Supplementary Indigenous Form. Those applying for the conjoint MChD/PhD program will need to complete an additional one-page document outlining their research experience, publications and referees.

Other Comments

As of the 2013 admissions cycle (students commencing in 2014), ANU has changed its admissions policy to give greater weight to the interview in their selection of candidates. Previously, the interview was considered as pass/fail only; now, the interview contributes 50% towards overall admission scores [1].

As of 2014, ANU awards graduates an MChD instead of an MBBS.

Criteria and Weightings

See the Criteria and Weightings page for further information about what the different weightings and criteria mean.

Minimum Admissions Criteria

GPA Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Overall MCAT
Australian National University 5.60 50 50 50 55 8/8/8

Interview Details and Weightings

Format Ratio GPA GAMSAT/MCAT Other
Australian National University MMI 2.44 50% 50%

Offer Details and Weightings

GPA GAMSAT/MCAT Interview Other
Australian National University 25% 25% 50%

Admissions History

To see the admissions scores required for this (and other) universities in previous years, see the Admissions History page.


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