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Top Medicine Colleges in Australia

Komal Yadav Komal Yadav
Study Abroad Expert

According to the QS Rankings, around 20 medical colleges in Australia offer bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. They cater to an array of fields along with providing numerous specialisations like anatomy and histology, applied medical science, immunology and pathology and more.

In the year 2018, around 1,685,100 people were employed in the medical sphere in Australia. Thus making the health care and social assistance industry of this country the fastest growing in the world. Thus, more international students are interested to study in Australia

Also, some of the top-ranking medicine universities of the world are located in Australia. For example, University of Sydney ranks 27, Monash University ranks 58, University of New South Wales ranks 43, according to QS Rankings 2020.

An employee earns an average of 127,000 AUD after pursuing a program from medical colleges in Australia. With global health care allocating expected to escalate at a CAGR of 5 percent in 2019-23, it will likely present opportunities for the sector. 

Top Medical Colleges in Australia

There are 5 top universities in Australia offering a program in medicine that are ranked among the top 50 in the world. They are listed below along with the program offered and global ranking: 

UniversityProgramQS Ranking 2020
Australian National UniversityBachelor of Medical Science (Honours); Doctor of Medicine; Doctor of Medicine and Surgery51-100
The University of SydneyBachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine*18
The University of MelbourneBachelor of Medical Science; Doctor of Medicine; Master of Surgery;16
Monash UniversityBachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine; Bachelor of Medical Science; Bachelor of Paramedicine; Bachelor of Physiotherapy31
University of New South Wales, SydneyBachelor of Science (Medicine); Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine;46
The University of QueenslandDoctor of Medicine; PhD48
University of AdelaideBachelor of Medicine and Surgery; Bachelor of Medical Studies51-100
The University of Western AustraliaMajor in Medical Sciences; Master of Surgery; Doctor of Medicine;101-150
James Cook UniversityBachelor of Medicine and Surgery251-300

Course Curriculum of Medical Colleges in Australia

Medicine universities offer an assortment of courses that cater to the student’s needs in every manner. Before applying for an Australian university, one needs to understand different specializations offered in the field. 

Bachelor of Medicine: Specializes in genetics, immunology, nutrition, physiology, microbiology, anatomy and biochemistry. 

Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine: A dual degree program which aims at providing a bachelor’s degree to the students for three years and then continuing with the postgraduate course for four years. The four years program aims more towards the internship purpose.

Bachelor of Paramedicine: Focuses on the delivery of emergency health care along with securing a registered paramedic. This course solely aims at preparing the student for handling emergency situations by teaching paramedical skills.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy: This course aims at preparing the student to cater to all the health conditions related to healing. An experienced physiotherapist trains the students.

Master of Surgery: This course aims at undertaking a research project dedicated to a concerned aspect of surgery under academic supervision.

The following table gives an overview of specializations offered in medical colleges in Australia: 

Anatomy and HistologyAgroecosystems
Animal Health, Disease and WelfareApplied Medical Science
Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyCell and Development Biology
Behavioral SciencesRadiology
SociologyMedical Imaging

Research Areas for Ph.D. Offered by the Medical Colleges in Australia

The following are the areas of research offered by the majority of the medical universities in Australia. Most of the colleges have major and minor options to choose from.

AnesthesiaAnatomy and histology
EndocrinologyGastroenterology and hepatology
General practiceGeriatric medicine
HematologyInfection and immunity
Medical geneticsNeurology
Nuclear medicineObstetrics
OncologyClinical ophthalmology
Pediatrics and Child healthPathology
Psychological medicineRenal medicine

Undergraduate Programs at Medical Colleges in Australia

These are the courses that mark the foundation of higher studies in medicine. Medical colleges in Australia offer much-diversified course structures as is evident from the list given below. One can always study the course curriculum and opt for their favorite course. MBBS in Australia is one of the most opted medical programs by international students. 

UniversityProgramAnnual Fees (AUD)Duration
Australian National UniversityBachelor of Medical Science (Honours)50,9041 year
The University of SydneyBachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine80,0007 years
The University of MelbourneBachelor of Medical Science62,52837 weeks
Monash UniversityBachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine79,7005 years
Bachelor of Medical Science68,0001 year
Bachelor of Paramedicine34,2001 year
Bachelor of Physiotherapy46,9004 years
University of New South WalesBachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine81,8316 years
Bachelor of Science (Medicine)49,4801 year
University of AdelaideBachelor of Medicine and Surgery76,0006 years

Eligibility Criteria for Bachelors at Medical Colleges in Australia

To secure a seat in the undergraduate degree of a medical university in Australia, a student has to achieve certain goals and those are mentioned below. These are a few mandatory requirements devoid of which the university will not consider the applications.

  • Completion of 12th class 
  •  In certain universities, there are immunization and infection tests carried on.
  •  All the students must complete the International Students Admission Test or ISAT*
  • The interview offer will be based on the ISAT score
  • Proof of English proficiency
    • TOEFL: 94
    •  PTE: 65
    • IELTS: 7.0

Documents Required for Bachelors Admission in Medical Colleges in Australia

  •  ISAT results
  •  Letter of recommendation
  •  Proof of qualifications
  •  Blue card (working with children check)
  • Criminal history check

ISAT exam: This is regulated by the Australian Council for Educational Research which includes a 3 hours test examining the student’s caliber. This test has worldwide recognition and is considered as eligibility by the majority of universities as a pathway to study medicine.

Postgraduate Programs at Medical Colleges in Australia

The majority of the medical universities in Australia offer dual degrees where the students get the opportunity to enroll in a continuing education program and complete their graduation eventually. 

The following are the postgraduate degrees which are offered by the majority of the top universities in Australia.

ProgramsUniversityAnnual Fees (AUD)Duration (Years)
Master of SurgeryThe University of Melbourne191,5072 years
Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer)The University of Queensland40,6402 years (part-time only)
Master of SurgeryUniversity of Western Australia35,1692 years

Eligibility Criteria for Masters in Medical Colleges in Australia

The following details will guide international students to ensure a smooth admission process. It is to be noted, in certain colleges, the student has to undertake a thesis project and work on it for 6 months.

  •  Previously pursued related studies like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry
  •  Must have completed two years full-time course in the related subjects
  •  Passing the interview
  • Proof of English proficiency
    • IELTS: 7.0
    • TOEFL: 94
    • PTE: 65
  • In certain universities, immunization and infection tests are conducted
  • All the students must complete the International Students Admission Test or ISAT
  • The interview offer will be based on the ISAT score

Documents Required for Masters Admission in Medical Colleges in Australia

  • Proof of previous educational qualifications
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Research Proposal for a master’s thesis
  • Personal Statement

Doctoral Programs at Medical Colleges in Australia

A Ph.D. opens the door to certain possibilities like working closely with the government to develop collaborations and research opportunities. The medicine universities in Australia targets the growth of students by incorporating numerous Ph.D. areas: 

ProgramsUniversityAnnual Fees (AUD)Duration
Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine and Health)University of Sydney49,0003-4 years
PhDUniversity of Adelaide48,5004 years
Ph.D. in Medicine, Nursing and Health SciencesMonash University46,5003-4 years
Ph.D. in Medicine, Dentistry and Health SciencesUniversity of Melbourne48,9634 years

Eligibility Criteria for Ph.D. in Medical Colleges in Australia

Once you’ve made up your mind to apply for Ph.D. in Australia, the next thing to do is to pass all the eligibility and gather the documents required to swiftly carry on with the admission process.

  • A bachelor’s degree with a first-class or 70% honors,
  • A master’s program or a higher-level degree is mandatory,
  • A first-class or 70% in bachelor’s degree is also needed,
  • An equivalent qualification which proves research skills, merit and proficiency,
  • If students don’t meet the above requirements, in certain universities, they have to pursue MPhil as a pathway to proceed with Ph.D.
  • Proof of English proficiency:
    • TOEFL iBT: 96
    • IELTS: 7.0
    • PTE: 68

Documents Required for Ph.D. Admission in Medical Colleges in Australia

  • Proof of previous qualifications
  • ISAT scores
  • The research proposal
  • Personal Statement

Scholarships Offered by Medical Colleges in Australia

Scholarships in Australia for international students ensure proper education and would let them focus only on education. International students get an ample option to choose from and some of those are listed below: 

Scholarship NameUniversityOffered toAwards (AUD)
Australian National University(ANU) Canberra India ScholarshipAustralian National UniversityUndergraduate and Postgraduate10,000 per year
Melbourne Research ScholarshipUniversity of MelbourneGraduate Research degree100% tuition fee waiver & 11,000 as stipend
Monash International Merit ScholarshipMonash UniversityUG or PG10,000 per year
Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program (RSMFP)University of New South Wales, SydneyPhD25,000
Global Citizen ScholarshipUniversity of AdelaideUG or PG15-30% tuition fee waiver

Scope Offered by the Medical Colleges in Australia

After the completion of the degrees, the students would definitely want to secure a job in the medical sphere. It is to be noted in this matter, there has been a significant rise in the numbers of general practitioners and resident medical officers in the last five years and the same is expected in the upcoming 5 years - 60,400 in 2018 to 67,800 by 2023. 

It is stated that over the upcoming 5 years, there will be job openings of around 4,200 every year. The healthcare industry has also ranked at the highest with 96.8%. Let us now get an idea of what are the available job roles in Australia are:

DesignationsAverage Annual Salary (AUD)DesignationsAverage Annual Salary (AUD)
Academic Clinician145,000Administrative Director153,000
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic74,600Anatomic Pathology Supervisor159,000
Anesthesiologist289,000Biomedical Engineering Director110,000
Cardiology Manager294,000Care coordinator97,200
Clinic Manager101,000Clinical Director221,000
Director of Medical Staff Services139,000Doctor236,000
Immunologist176,000Nuclear medicine technologist90,800

These are the companies that have climbed the ladder and top the list always. The efficient completion of the degree would aim towards the student’s employment in any of these companies.

CochlearRamsay Health Care
HealthscopeSonic Healthcare
Fisher and Paykel HealthcareVirtus Health
Sirtex MedicalAnsell

Australia is the third favorite place for international students. The medical colleges in Australia offer specialisations which tend to nurture the students into being professionals without lagging behind. It offers dual degrees which helps the student to finish their graduation without any hindrance and that makes the course structures of Australia even better than the rest.

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