How to apply
Can I apply?
The Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Degree Program at Griffith University is a GRADUATE ENTRY Program. As such ALL applicants are to have completed or be in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree before they are eligible to apply for entry.
Applicants to the MBBS are encouraged from all degree backgrounds.
The Medical Selection criteria comprise three essential components:
- completion of a bachelor' degree or other 'key degree' (refer below), achieving an overall GPA of 5.00 or above on a 7 point scale calculated using the GEMSAS/QTAC schema
- performance in the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) (the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) may be utilised by International Students only as an alternative)
- performance in the Griffith University Multi Station Admissions Assessment (GUMSAA).
From 2014, the GPA will be added to the GAMSAT score (50:50) by converting GPA and GAMSAT to a percentage score, in order to rank applicants for selection for GUMSAA.
Applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA of 5.0 in their most recent Bachelors or other key degree. A key degree is a Bachelor degree, Honours degree, Masters (coursework or research), or a PhD .
Applicants are ranked for interview based on selections rank derived from a 50/50 combination of an unweighted GPA (converted to a percentage) and the overall GAMSAT score (also from 100). This combination rank means that a lower GAMSAT score may be offset by a higher GPA and vice versa (within the minimum requirement limits).
Griffith recognises 2 year accelerated bachelor degrees or 1 year conversion degrees for the purposes of admission to Medicine. However, these degrees MUST be complete at the time of Application.
For Bachelor's degrees, the GPA will be calculated using the GEMSAS grading schema and will be calculated over the final three years of full-time study. Applicants who are in the final year of a Bachelor degree at the time of application will have a GPA calculated over all grades available to date.
The GPA for completed Honours degrees will have a final year GPA applied according to the classification awarded (as per the conversion table in this guide). The balance of the GPA calculation will be based on the final two years of the undergraduate degree.
Completed Masters by Research Only (where the degree is non-graded) will receive a GPA of 7.0 for the duration of equivalent full-time study up to a maximum of two years. The balance of the GPA calculation will be based on the final one or two years of the undergraduate degree.
Completed Masters by Coursework, or a combination of coursework and research, will have a GPA calculated from the graded components of the program for the duration of equivalent full-time years of study in the program with the balance of the GPA calculation being based on the final one or two years of the undergraduate degree.
Completed PhDs will receive an overall GPA of 7.0.
The key degree must have been completed within 10 years of the projected commencement date. Applicants whose key degree was completed outside the 10 year period are considered for admission if they have completed, with a passing Grade Average, the equivalent of 1 year of full time tertiary study within the past 10 years.
Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 50 in each GAMSAT section.
There are 150 Commonwealth Supported Places available in the graduate entry Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery program at Griffith University. Some of these places have a bonding requirement attached to them and some also have a scholarship. Applicants for the MBBS program are required to nominate their preferred offer types in order of preference when filling out their GEMSAS applications. Applicants must nominate at least one preference, out of the three possible options. Offers are consequently made according to the student's entry rank and offer preference.
To qualify for any of the scholarship or bonded offer types the School has available, applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia at the time of application (citizens of New Zealand do not meet this requirement).
Applications for admission are to be submitted to the Dean of Medicine (Head, School of Medicine) during Semester 2/Year 2 of study in the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery program. Applicants to the MBBS/PhDs pathway should have:
- a numerical score equivalent to a Distinction for Year 1 of the MBBS;
- approval by the Head of School and satisfying the admission requirements as detailed in the Higher Degree Research policy:
- a bachelors degree with first-class honours or second-class honours (Division A); or
- a masters degree incorporating a significant research component from a recognised institution; or
- a record of research, such as publication authorship, research employment, or a qualification granted by a professional or other body deemed by the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School, to be of a standard comparable to a bachelors degree with second-class honours (Division A).
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are described below.
What is the application process?
How to apply
This program has been withdrawn for commencing (new) students from Semester 1-2014.
Students currently enrolled in this program (continuing students) will be able to complete their studies and graduate with this award.
Prospective (future) students interested in this area are referred to the Doctor of Medicine (5099) program.
What are the language requirements?
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English.
The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:
- A minimum overall band score of 7.0 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 7.0 and
- English test results must be no more than two years old.
Can I apply for credit?
Credit for prior learning
Normally credit will not be granted in this program. However, credit transfer in lieu of prior studies will only be awarded in instances where the relevant Dean or nominee determines that the study is equivalent in level and content to courses in the program. Such studies normally would have been completed in an equivalent medical program.