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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 course weighted average of at least 80.

All applicants (with the exception of those applying through the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and rural applicants) 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 (rural applicants need an overall UMAT total score of 150) 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 2 June 2017. Late registrations are accepted until 16 June 2017 with payment of a late fee. The UMAT exam will be held nationally on 26 July 2017.

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 July 2017 and close 29 September 2017. 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 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.

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 2018 there will be an intake of 70 domestic places.

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. They 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. Applicants must not be in their final year of study. Course switchers MUST commence the MBBS program in the first year of the course but may be eligible for some credit for recognised learning.
*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?

Places will be prioritised for students from rural and regional areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage. These students will receive additional weighting in the admission process in recognition of the historical and current disadvantage experienced by people from these groups accessing higher education.

How will the 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 
2017
2 JuneRegistrations close for the Undergraduate Medicine and Health
Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT)
26 JulyUMAT held
AugustTertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) applications open (must provide UMAT ID)
Applications open for rural and equity applicants (apply to Curtin Medical School) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants (apply to Curtin Centre for Aboriginal Studies)
Late SeptemberUMAT results released
29 September TISC applications close
30 SeptemberSpecial Consideration applications final submission
1 NovemberPredicted ATAR for school leavers to be provided by the relevant school principal to Curtin Medical School
10 NovemberTop ranked applicants are invited to attend a Multi
Mini Interview (First Round)
From 2 DecemberMultiple Mini Interviews held (First Round)
19 DecemberWA ATAR results released
2018
4 January Change of preferences for first round offers closes
17 January First round offers
22 JanuaryChange of preferences for second round offers closes
24 January Multiple Mini Interviews held (Second Round)
31 January Second round offers
12-16 February Curtin Medical School Pre-Orientation Program
19-23 FebruaryCurtin Orientation (O Week)
26 FebruaryCurtin Semester 1 begins