About this program

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) allows a number of exceptions to the award descriptor for the Masters (Extended) - one of which is the Doctor of Medicine.

This program has been approved by the Australian Government to have student income support payments (Youth Allowance, Austudy and the Pensioner Education Supplement) available for eligible students enrolled in this program. Students are advised to refer to these Centrelink websites for information about eligibility for student income support.

This is your first step on the road to becoming a doctor. Through a combination of problem-based learning, small group practical and clinical skills sessions and considerable online support you will develop the skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to succeed as an intern. This extended Masters program is designed to graduate doctors who have a fundamental understanding of the science of medicine, and who are caring and competent.

The program has an emphasis on communication skills and teaches the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program incorporates extensive clinical placements in off-campus healthcare facilities ranging from rural settings through to the soon-to-be-completed Gold Coast University Hospital. Strategies are provided to promote lifelong learning, resourcefulness in seeking information and the ability to adapt to new technologies, ensuring a successful postgraduate career in any discipline area.

MD/PhD Pathway

This pathway will allow a small number of MD students (5 to 10 students) to complete the first two years of the program before commencing two years of full time PhD work in clinical research related to a range of fields such as neuropsychiatry, pathology, neurology, primary health care, health economics, cardiology, indigenous health, medical education and medical ethics. The program will incorporate clinical/bedside teaching plus reintegration to the MD component while they are doing the PhD research project. Candidates would then recommence the normal MD program to complete Medicine 3 and Medicine 4 of the MD whilst completing the PhD part-time. Students will be eligible for PhD scholarships.