MBBS in Australia: Complete Guide for International Students

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    MBBS in Australia is available as two types: a 4 year Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a 5-6 year undergraduate degree. The course structure of later is similar to MBBS in India. However, it is offered by very few Australian universities. MD is more popular here and is offered by most of the top institutes.

    • Some medical institutes of Australia also offer a dual degree of 5 to 6 years combining the curriculum of Bachelor of Medical Science (BMed) and MD. 
    • A GAMSAT or MCAT score is required if you are applying for an MD program here. 
    • Tuition fees for MBBS in Australia range between 255,200 AUD to 630,000 AUD for an international student. 
    • After pursuing this degree, you can earn up to 214,000 AUD per year as a Doctor/Physician in Australia which is 60% more than the average salary of a health and medical professional. 

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    Why Study MBBS in Australia?

    • MBBS at Australia university is considered valid by the Medical Council of India (MCI). Thus, if an Indian student chooses to come back to the home country and practice as a doctor, he/she can do so without going through MCI’s screening test.  
    • Demand for doctors has been continuously increasing in this country for the last five years and is expected to grow more till 2028. Hence, those who want to stay back will get good opportunities.
    Jobs after MBBS in Australia
    • Australia is the highest paying country for the general practitioners offering an average annual salary of 215,000 AUD.  
    • The health care and social assistance industry in Australia is expected to grow from 1.7 million in 2019 to 1.9 million in 2024 in terms of employment. 

    Top Universities for MBBS in Australia

    According to QS Ranking 2020 for medical institutes, following are the top universities offering MBBS at Australia: 

    QS Ranking 2020 University Programs Offered and Duration Total Program Fees (in AUD)
    16 University of Melbourne MD: 4 years 383,015 
    18 University of Sydney MD: 4 years; BA/BS + MD: 7 years 320,000; 630,000
    31 Monash University BMed + MD (Graduate-entry): 4 years; BMed + MD (Direct-entry); 5 years 318,800; 398,500
    46 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) BMed + MD: 6 years; 490,990 
    48 University of Queensland MD: 4 years 324,608 
    51 – 100 Australian National University (ANU) Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD): 4 years 336,572 
    51 – 100 University of Adelaide  MBBS: 6 years 456,000 
    101 – 150 University of Western Australia MD: 4 years 318,800 
    101 – 150 University of Newcastle  BMed + MD: 5 years 381,640 
    151 – 200 Deakin University  MD: 4 years 255,200 

    Admission Process of MBBS in Australia

    International students can apply for MBBS in Australia by following two ways:

    • Dual Degree (BMed + MD) or MBBS: This program is for 12th pass-out students. Required subjects are Mathematics, English, Chemistry, or Biology.
    • MD: Students having a bachelor's degree can directly apply for MD. However, most of the top Australian universities ask for GAMSAT or MCAT scores for admission in this program. 

    Minimum eligibility criteria for applying to MBBS in Australia is tabulated below: 

    University Eligibility Additional Requirements
    University of Melbourne Bachelors with anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry; GAMSAT or MCAT Interview
    University of Sydney (for MD) Bachelors degree; GAMSAT: at least 50 in each section; MCAT: at least 500 Interview
    University of Sydney for (BA/BS + MD) 12th pass with 99%; Mathematics Complete tasks such as communication, observation, physical, intellectual, etc
    Monash University (Graduate-entry) Bachelors degree with 82% Interview; Passing score in Situational Judgement Test (SJI)
    Monash University (Direct-entry) 12th pass with 90%: 75% in chemistry and English; ISAT: at least 170 Interview
    UNSW Sydney  12th pass with 97% (state board students not eligible) OR at least 1370 in SAT Passing score in ISAT; Interview
    University of Queensland Bachelors with 54%; GAMSAT: at least 50 per section OR MCAT: at least 504 Interview
    Australian National University Bachelors with 70%; GAMSAT: at least 55 per section Interview
    University of Adelaide 12th pass with 90% OR SAT: at least 1410; Studied Chemistry or Mathematics or Biology Interview
    University of Western Australia Bachelors with 70%; GAMSAT: at least 55 per section; MCAT: at least 492 Interview; Complete tasks such as communication, observation, physical, intellectual, etc
    University of Newcastle 12th pass; UAC ANZ score Passing score in Multiple Skills Assessment (MSA) and psychometric test (Personal Qualities Assessment or PQA)
    Deakin University Bachelors with 60%; GAMSAT: at least 50 per section Interview

    English Proficiency Requirement for International Students

    Students not from Australia or New Zealand are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting IELTS or TOEFL test scores. The minimum requirement is as follows:

    • IELTS: 6.5 to 7.0
    • TOEFL (iBT): 80 to 100

    Admission Decision for MBBS in Australia Admission

    On the basis of scores and submitted documents, the universities shortlist the qualified candidates. They send an invitation via email or call for interview purposes. The shortlisted candidates have to go through MMI, interview, or other exams as required by the university. MMI or Multiple Mini Interviews last for 2 hours where an applicant is being measured on the scale of logical reasoning, problem solution, interpersonal skills, empathy, and ethical judgment.

    Then the offer letter of the selected candidates will be sent via mail. The selected candidates have to revert back as soon as possible by acknowledging the offer letter. 

    Cost of MBBS in Australia

    The cost of studying abroad can be divided into three major categories: Pre-arrival Cost, Tuition Fees, and Cost of Living. These are further discussed in detail in the following sections. 

    Pre-arrival Cost

    Pre-arrival cost includes the expenses that are incurred before arriving at the campus. This may include the application fees, exam registration fees, Australian student visa application fees, application acceptance deposit, etc.

    Type of Fees Cost (in AUD)
    Application Fees 100 – 150
    IELTS  329 – 368
    TOEFL  276
    GAMSAT 510
    MCAT 320
    Visa Application Fees 575

    Tuition Fees for MBBS in Australia

    MBBS in Australia costs around 63,800 AUD to 95,754 AUD per annum for international students. 

    Tuition Fees for MBBS in Australia

    Cost of Living in Australia

    One of the major expenses incurred is accommodation costs in Australia for an international student. Other costs include food, transport, utilities, etc. The table given below provides an estimate of city-wise monthly expenses incurred while living in Australia: 

    Cities Accommodation (in AUD) Food (in AUD) Transport (in AUD) Miscellaneous (in AUD)
    Melbourne 1400 1120 100 800
    Sydney 1000 1400 150  200
    Brisbane 800 1000 20 1000
    Canberra 1000 668 140 500
    Adelaide 1500 600 140 600
    Geelong 1000 400 100 800
    Hobart 1000 412 100 500

    Scholarships to Study MBBS in Australia

    MBBS in Australia for Indian students is a little expensive program because of the long duration. However, various types of scholarships are provided by universities, government and non-government agencies to provide financial support. 

    The list of some of such scholarships in Australia are given below:

    Scholarship University Amount (in AUD)
    Lindsay MCWha International Accommodation funding for Indian Students University of Adelaide 50% discount on student’s accommodation 
    Monash International merit awards Monash University  50,000 – 100,000
    Sydney Achievers international awards University of Sydney 10,000
    Deakin Warrnambool Residential International Scholarships Deakin University  Up to 50% in residence costs 
    Destination Australia Scholarships International Deakin University  15,000 per year 
    ANU-Study Canberra India Scholarship Australian National University  10,000 per annum 
    India Global Leaders Scholarship University of Queensland 5,000 – 20,000

    For more scholarships in Australia, click here

    Career Opportunities after MBBS in Australia

    Since an MBBS degree from Australia is recognized by MCI, Indian students can come back to their home country and practice as a doctor without going through any additional screening test. The average salary of a Doctor/Physician in India is 75,100 INR per month.

    However, those who wish to stay back in Australia also get great opportunities due to the flourishing health care and medical industry. It is the largest employing industry in the country with approximately 1.7 million people working in the year 2019. This is expected to increase by up to 1.9 million by 2024.

    Salary after MBBS in Australia

    Comparing the salaries of general practitioners across the world, Australia is the highest paying country with an average salary of 215,000 AUD per year. 

    Top Paying Countries for General Practitioners

    Following are the other available jobs in Australia for an MBBS graduate along with the average annual salary offered:

    Job Title Average Annual Salary (in AUD)
    Neurologist 278,000
    Nuclear Medicine Physician 249,000
    Obstetrician 245,000
    Physician: Cardiology 347,000
    Physician: Dermatology 285,000
    Physician: Anesthesiology 320,000
    Physician: Immunology 290,000

    MBBS in USA takes 7 to 9 years to complete whereas it can be completed within 7 years in Australia. Although MBBS from UK is of shorter duration ie. 5 to 6 years but Australia is comparatively cheaper than both these countries and offers a degree of equal value. Thus, it is emerging as another popular choice among Indian students. 


    Ques. What are the tuition fees for MBBS in Australia?

    Ans. The average tuition fees for MBBS in Australia from top universities vary between 255,200 AUD to 630,000 AUD for an international student.

    Ques. What is MBBS called in Australia?

    Ans. MBBS in Australia is available at both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. 12th pass-out students can apply to the dual degree of Bachelor of Medical Studies + Doctor of Medicine or MBBS program. Bachelor's degree students can apply for a 4-year MD degree. 

    Ques. What is the minimum duration required to complete MBBS in Australia?

    Ans. Australia offers medical degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. For the undergraduate program, the students require a minimum of 5-6 years. Postgraduate programs can be completed within a minimum of 4 years.

    Ques. Which countries are the best for medical education?

    Ans. USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are the top countries offering the best medical program for international students.

    Ques. What are the benefits of studying MBBS in Australia for Indian students?

    Ans. As the degree of MBBS from Australia is recognized in India, the graduates need not appear for the screening test conducted by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for practicing medicine in this country. As compared to other countries like the USA and UK, the fee structure is low.

    Ques. Is MBBS in Australia available at the postgraduate level only?

    Ans. Unlike the USA, international students can opt for MBBS as an undergraduate degree also in Australia.

    Ques. What are the career opportunities after MBBS in Australia?

    Ans. After completing an MBBS degree from Australia, the graduates can either opt for practicing medicine in Australia or India. One can also opt for a postgraduate degree in medicine from Australia.