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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements for more detailed information regarding admission criteria, requirements and eligibility, or contact the Future Students Centre:

Tel: +61 8 9266 1000
Email: futurestudents@curtin.edu.au

What score do I need to apply for medicine?

For school leavers, the minimum ATAR must be 95 (including bonus point schemes such as Curtin StepUp for rural, socioeconomic disadvantage and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students).

For non-school leavers who have successfully completed a degree, a minimum notional ATAR of 92 will be required for further consideration.

Curtin course switchers will be required to have attained a minimum actual ATAR or equivalent of at least 95 and have a course weighted average of at least 80.

All applicants (with the exception of those applying through the Centre for Aboriginal Studies) will be required to have attained the minimum academic merit as outlined above as well as a UMAT threshold score of 50 on each of the three UMAT constructs and have satisfied the Chemistry Prerequisite and English entry requirement to be considered for interview.

Please see the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements for more detailed information regarding admission criteria, requirements and eligibility.

I’m a non school leaver applicant. Do I still need to sit the UMAT?

Yes, all applicants, including graduate students, will need to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test. The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level.

Please see the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements for more detailed information regarding admission criteria, requirements and eligibility.

Is a 2-course ATAR accepted for entry?

No, a 2-course ATAR score will not be accepted. School leavers and Curtin Health Sciences course switchers, whose ATAR (plus course-weighted average for course switchers) will be used to demonstrate academic merit, will require a 4-course ATAR score. Non school leavers who have successfully completed a tertiary degree will not need to provide an ATAR score although all applicants must satisfy the Chemistry ATAR or equivalent prerequisite in addition to meeting Curtin’s minimum English requirements.

Please see the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements for more detailed information regarding admission criteria, requirements and eligibility.

Are there any prerequisite subjects?

Yes, applicants must meet the following prerequisite:

•         Chemistry ATAR or equivalent

Study in one of the following Mathematics ATAR courses is desirable: Mathematics Applications, Mathematics Methods, Mathematics Specialist, or equivalent.

In addition, all applicants must meet Curtin’s minimum English entry requirements.

Please see the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements for more detailed information regarding admission criteria, requirements and eligibility.

How do I apply and when do applications open?

All applicants are required to apply through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) with the exception of those applying through the Curtin Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS).

There are two distinct parts to the application process:

1. An application to sit the UMAT: Applicants must register to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) before the application closing date on 3 June 2016. Late registrations are accepted until 17 June 2016 with payment of a late fee. The UMAT exam will be held nationally on 27 July 2016.

Applicants are responsible for making their own arrangements to register for the UMAT with Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Please refer to the UMAT website, which explains the test in detail and sets out the procedures for registration including the fees payable, test centre procedures and regulations.

2. TISC application: Applicants who have registered to sit the UMAT must apply to TISC. TISC applications open 4 July 2016 and close 30 September 2016. Applicants will be asked to enter their UMAT identification number when they lodge their application on the TISC website.

Please see the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements for more detailed information regarding admission criteria, requirements and eligibility.

Where do I find more information?

Please visit our website for more detailed information on admission requirements and a link to the 2017 Admissions Guide which contains information about admission criteria, requirements and eligibility. It is imperative that applicants familiarise themselves with the guide to ensure they understand the requirements of the admission and application process.

Please see the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements for more detailed information regarding admission criteria, requirements and eligibility.

When will Curtin’s medical degree commence?

The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree will commence in 2017.

How long will it take to complete the medical degree and will it be an undergraduate or graduate entry program?

Curtin Medical School will offer a five-year, full-time, direct entry Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree.

How many places are available?

In 2017 there will be an intake of 60 domestic places.

Year2017
Places60
General (50%)*30
Rural (25%)15
Equity (20%)12
Indigenous (5%)3
International0
TOTAL60

*Eight per cent of places (five in 2017) will be available to non school leavers from the general quota.

Please see the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements for more detailed information regarding admission criteria, requirements and eligibility.

Who can apply?

School leavers (those who have completed year 12 or equivalent and have not commenced post-secondary studies (diploma or above) and do not have a higher degree record)

non school leavers (Curtin Faculty of Health Sciences course switchers* OR applicants from any university who hold a completed tertiary degree record)

*A Curtin course switcher is an applicant who has a record of study from Curtin University Faculty of Health Sciences*1 and must not have a tertiary record from any other Australian or overseas university. The study at Curtin must be a minimum of one year full–time (or part-time equivalent) study and maximum of two years full-time (or part-time equivalent) study. Course switcher applicants must also satisfy the essential course prerequisite. Course switchers MUST commence the MBBS program in the first year of the course.
*1 with the exception of medical imaging and radiation therapy (major)

Please see the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements for more detailed information regarding admission criteria, requirements and eligibility.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements to be considered for a place:

  • demonstrate an academic score based on a minimum ATAR of 95 or equivalent year 12 studies
  • undertake an aptitude assessment using the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT). A threshold score of 50 is required on each of the three sections
  • demonstrate qualifications satisfying Curtin University’s minimum English entry requirements.

In addition, applicants must meet the following prerequisite:

  • Chemistry ATAR, or equivalent.

Study in one of the following Mathematics ATAR courses is desirable: Mathematics Applications, Mathematics Methods, Mathematics Specialist, or equivalent.

Top ranked applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

View the full application requirements.

Will there be any places offered to students from equity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or rural backgrounds?

In addition to a minimum target of 25 per cent students from rural backgrounds, another 25 per cent of places will also be prioritised for students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and from schools with significant numbers of students who have experienced educational disadvantage.

Students from these backgrounds will receive an additional weighting in the admission procedures in recognition of the historical and current disadvantage experienced by people from these groups in accessing higher education.

How will the proposed medical degree be structured?

In the first year of the course, students will undertake interprofessional units designed to promote collaborative practice and learning opportunities with other health sciences students. In addition, students will be introduced to problem-based learning in discipline-specific units in medicine and participate in structured activities taking students into the community with a variety of health professionals.

The second and third years will include intensive study of the structure and function of the human body in health and disease, using a problem-based learning approach.  Clinical placement links established in the first year of study will be maintained and interprofessional practice will continue.

In the fourth year there will be a major transition from the University campus into the clinical setting.  Students will be offered a variety of clinical experiences including placements in outer metropolitan, rural and regional locations, in both community and hospital settings.

In the fifth and final year of study, students will work entirely in clinical settings as members of the healthcare team.  The training in the clinical settings will be intensive and in a range of different environments to prepare students for their internship.

What are the key dates?

KEY DATES 
2016
3 JunUMAT registration closes
17 JunUMAT late registrations with payment of fee
4 JulyTertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) opens for applications
27 JulUMAT test date
30 SepLast date to lodge a TISC application online (by 11:00pm WST)
30 SepLast date to lodge supplementary application to Curtin Medical School for rural and equity quota places. Last date to lodge application to CAS for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander quota places
Late SepUMAT results available
14 OctSchool principals provide predicted ATAR for WA school leavers meeting the UMAT threshold to Curtin Medical School
Week beginning 28 NovInterview invitations sent for WA school leavers
3-6 DecInterviews for WA school leavers
29 DecOnline TISC release date for WACE or ATAR results
2017
Week beginning 2 JanInterview invitations sent for interstate applicants, non school leavers who qualify, and school leaver applicants who qualify where their actual ATAR exceeds their predicted ATAR
*5 JanLast date to change order of preferences for TISC application

*Subject to TISC processing schedule
7-10 JanInterviews for interstate applicants, non school leavers who qualify, and school leaver applicants who qualify where their actual ATAR exceeds their predicted ATAR
18 JanFirst round offers released. Change of preferences for second round offers opens
23 JanChange of preferences for second round offers closes
1 FebSecond round offers released
13-17 FebCurtin Medical School Pre-Orientation Program
Week beginning 20 FebCurtin Orientation Week (O-Week)
27 FebFirst day of teaching for Semester 1 2017