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MBBS in Australia

Medicine studies in Australia are gaining an annual increase of 15-20% each year. With the country providing a structured curriculum, world-class infrastructure, futuristic technologies, globally recognized degree, versatile teaching methods, and lavish lifestyle, migration to Australia for education purposes is gaining momentum. Hence it is not surprising that this is the dream destination among students but education for international students is really expensive in Australia. But with the quality of education and lifestyle, it has to offer to its students, it is worth investing. The students need to qualify UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) which is similar to MCAT conducted in USA & Canada.

With an amendment in 2004, Australian medical colleges have 2 two types of programs to offer

  1. For undergraduate medical degrees, the students are eligible to apply the completion of High School, the duration of which lasts for 5 to 6 years and the degree awarded is MBBS.
  2. For a graduate entry medical program the student is eligible to apply after graduation. The program lasts for 4 years and awards an MD degree.

Undergraduate Programs- MBBS in Australia

The duration of this course is 5-6years and involves in-depth theoretical studies followed by rigorous practical sessions implemented by Australian Quality Frameworks that work towards the quality of education. The degree is offered at selected medical schools and colleges in Australia and only a few seats are offered to international students. The two most popular schools that offer MBBS in Australia are the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Whales.  

Eligibility requirements for entry of international students to this course are –

  • A higher secondary qualification from a recognized board
  • Scoring a minimum of 7 bands in IELTS
  • NEET eligibility for Indian students is mandatory
  • The candidate should have attained the age of minimum of 17 years
  • The qualifying score in UMAT which is the entrance exam and basic requirement for entry into MBBS.

Graduate Medical Program- MD in Australia

MD is a four-year degree program in Australia and offered by almost all top medical schools in the country. Completion of an undergraduate medical degree is a mandatory requirement for entry into this program. Eligibility requirements for this program are

  • Bachelor degree certificate from a recognized university
  • UMAT/GMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admission Test)
  • A round of personal interview.

The medical schools in Australia have a common admission procedure for admission to the MBBS program. Both the graduate and undergraduate medical programs commence in the month of January for international students. Hence, the applications must be applied in September in the previous year. Any applications applied after September will be considered for the next academic session.

For instance, students willing to apply for January fall session 2020, must apply to the university latest by September 2019 to secure their seats for the medical program in Australia.

Top Universities in Australia

Monash University

The University was founded in 1958 and is the second largest university in the State of Victoria. It is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. The university has 4 of its campuses in Victoria and one in Malaysia. The university has a research and teaching centre in Prato, Italy, a graduate research school in Mumbai, India and a graduate school in Suzhou city of China. Monash University’s total revenue reached over AU$ 2.2 billion with an external research income of $282 million in the year 2016. It enrolled more than 50,000 undergraduate and over 22,000 graduate students in different courses in the same year. It receives the most applications than any other university in the state of Victoria.

The university has 10 different faculties which form the university’s major teaching and research departments

  • Faculty of Art Design and Architecture
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Information Technology
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Science

Monash University is highly selective university in the country and the top most in the state of Victoria.  It is the most difficult to gain admission to this university. As of 2009 reports, one out of every 4 candidates had put Monash as a preferred university.

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The RACP or the Royal Australasian College of Physicians is a non- profit professional body which is responsible for education and training and representation of 17,000 physicians and paediatricians, 8000 trainees in 33 medical specialities in Australia and New Zealand. These specialities include

  • Paediatrics and child health
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Neurology
  • Cardiology
  • Public health medicine
  • Occupational and environmental medicine
  • Oncology
  • Palliative medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sexual health medicine
  • Addiction Health medicine

The college publishes two medical journals namely- The Internal Medicine Journal and The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. It has a foundation providing funding for research in the field of internal medicine. The college has the responsibility for the ongoing education of the college fellows and the trainee education.

It was till 1930 that the Australian and the New Zealand physicians had to seek for membership from one of the UK Colleges in London, Glassgow, Ireland or Edinburgh.  Late in November 1930, these physicians decided to meet in Melbourne and founded the Association of Physicians of Australasia which solely consisted of its members and had no building or permanent base. It was later discussed and decided that an examining body must me formed for the enhancement of the prestige of profession and stimulate interest in medical education and research, also to set a standard professional ethical conduct. Hence, this was formed in 1934 on the model of College of London.  In 1937, the association purchased premises at Macquarie Street in Sydney. Funds were raised with the support of NSW Government and the public. The college was incorporated in 1938 and the first official meeting was held. 47 students took their examinations in September in the same year and 41 members were admitted.

St. Marys school of Medicine, Cook Islands

St. Mary’s School of Medicine is a government college in Cook Island, fully accredited by the government. It was established in the year 1998 to operate as a postsecondary degree granting educational institution and offer medical and nursing degree programs. The institution is committed to provide quality education to students in the fields of medicine and nursing who want to fulfil their dream of becoming successful doctor or nurses and wish to practice medicine and nursing in the regions of US and other countries abroad. Choosing the right institution while making your career choice to become a doctor or nurse is a very crucial step. Taking the right decision will significantly affect your career goals. St. Mary’s School of Medicine is registered with the world renowned organizations. It is registered with the World Health Organization publication in their 7th edition and also with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Students graduated from this school are eligible to write the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) which is administered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

Flinders University

Established in 1966, Flinders University is a public university located in Adelaide, South Australia. It got its name in honour of British navigator Matthew Flinders. Matthew Flinders explored and surveyed the coastline of South Australia in the early 19th century. Flinders University is a member of Innovative Research Universities group and a verdant university (an informal group of Australian universities). The university is the pioneer to initiate in the cross disciplinary approach of education. The academics of the university are so well known that the university maintains to stand among the nation’s top 10 universities and faculties in the field of medicine and humanities.

The university also ranked among the top 500 institutions globally in the Academic Ranking of World universities. Times Higher Education ranks the university in the bracket of 251-300th among World’s top universities in its list of 2019.

Late in the 1950’s, the University of Adelaide’s North campus had almost reached it s full capacity. Premier Thomas Playford (the then politician), in 1960 announced that approximately 150 hectares of government owned land in Burbank is ready to be allocated to the University of Adelaide for building its second campus. The planning began in the year 1961. The economist and the reformed Peter Karmel was adamant on the independent operation of the North Terrace Campus. He had hoped that Bedford Park campus would operate independently and would be free for innovation and all sorts of tradition. The Australian Universities Commission granted a fund of ?3.8 million in 1962 and the capital works began. The new university was constructed with future expansions that could accommodate upto 6,000 students.

The university’s main campus is located in Bedford Park in Adelaide which is about 12km  south of the Adelaide city centre. The university also has its study centers in Victoria square in thecity centre and in Tonsley. International students contribute to approximately 10% of the campus strength. The university has maintained a number of external facilities in South Australia, West Victoria and the Northen territory. A large number of offshore programs are offered in the university.

The university has more than 160 undergraduate and postgraduate programs to offer apart from the higher degree research supervision in all disciplines. Finder's university is the only university offering on-campus accommodation to its students in the Adelaide metropolitan area. The two available options are:

  • University Hall (catered)
  • Deirdre Jordan (self-catered)

Finders University runs a free and up-to-date off-campus accommodation service that lists the private accommodation available on rent in the market.

Admission Process in Australia

Documents required at the time of application for MBBS in Australia are:

  • Higher secondary school certificate
  • UMAT Scorecard
  • IELTS scorecard
  • NEET scorecard
  • School leaving certificate
  • Proof of Nationality
  • Record of physical medical check-up
  • Personal statement
  • Bank statement
  • A personal interview is of the candidate is also the part of the application process.

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Scholarships in Australia

The Australian universities in association with the Australian government offer scholarships and fellowships to international students to pursue their education in Australia. The Australian Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships is an initiative by the Australian government to provide scholarships and fellowships to international students and offer 4 different kinds of funds. The scholarship amount can range from AU$15,000 to AU$25,000 which helps in covering the part of tuition fee for MBBS in Australia for international students.  It is recommended to apply as early as possible to avail the scholarship and fellowships.

Visa Requirement in Australia

The visa for Australian visit depends on the candidate’s age, the purpose of visit, duration of stay in the country. A student applying to study MBBS in Australia must apply for a student visa which is the Subclass 500. Subclass 500 visa allows the student to stay and study in Australia for any program up to a duration of 5 years. One must abide by the rules of the country to have a valid visa all throughout the course. The documents required to apply for Student visa Subclass 500 are:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of enrolment from the university
  • Visa application fee
  • Genuine temporary entrant (GTE) statement (which states that visa is for the program as intended and not as a way to gain residency in Australia)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Proof of English Proficiency (IELTS)
  • Proof of financial ability (Bank statement showing funds to bear tuition fee, living expenses etc)
  • Overseas health insurance policy
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Passport size photographs
  • Minor applicants require parent’s consent

Cost Of Living in Australia

A sound proof of financial support detail is a mandatory requirement demanded by the The Department of Home Affairs of the Australian Government. One must show a proof of AU$20,290 in accounts to sustain an annual living cost along with the tuition fee of the university. This recommended amount in the bank accounts is according to the standard guidelines as set by the Australian Immigration Department. However, you may still not spend this huge amount during your stay in Australia depending upon the accommodation you opt for which may be a hostel accommodation in the university campus, a shared room or a private rented apartment. An accommodation may cost you ranging from AU$85-AU$440 per week. The other miscellaneous expenses may cost you around AU$310 per week which includes gas, electricity, water, transportation etc.

Working in Australia after MBBS

The Australian government regularly publishes Skilled Occupation List (SOL) featuring jobs that are in demand in the country ranging from medium to high. The jobs mentioned in SOL are the most demanding and high paying jobs of the Australian economy. This is an additional perk for students who have completed MBBS in Australia and they are most likely to be granted permissions by the government if they wish to practice in the country.

The updated list is always available on the list Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website and these white-collar jobs are highly paid in the country. The list is updated annually in the month of December-January.

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