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 Curtin Connect on 1300 222 888 or complete the form at this link.

What score do I need to apply for medicine?

For school leavers, the minimum ATAR achieved 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.

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) are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test ANZ (UCAT ANZ), and must satisfy the chemistry prerequisite and English entry requirements to be eligible for further consideration.

The minimum scores noted above for your entry pathway is the rank needed to be considered for entry to this course. Achieving this score does not guarantee an interview or admission to the course.

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 UCAT ANZ?

Yes non-school leaver applicants will need to sit UCAT ANZ. The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dental surgery and dental science, and clinical sciences 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. Applicants will require a 4-course ATAR score.

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 language proficiency.

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 UCAT ANZ:Applicants must register to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test ANZ (UCAT ANZ) before the application closing date on 17 May 2019 at 11:59pm AEST.

Applicants are responsible for making their own arrangements to register for the UCAT ANZ. Please refer to the UCAT ANZ website, which explains the test in detail and sets out the procedures for registration including the fees payable, test centre procedures and regulations.

  1. TISC application:Applicants who have registered to sit the UCAT ANZ must apply to TISC. TISC applications open at the beginning of August and close at the end of September each year. Applicants are responsible for checking the specific deadlines which are available on the TISC website. Applicants will be asked to enter their UCAT ANZ 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 2020 there will be an intake of approximately 90 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?

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?

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

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?

The key dates for 2020 will be released soon. Please see the key dates for applicants for more detailed information.

 

 

 

I would like to teach at Curtin Medical School. How do I enquire?

If you are interested in teaching at Curtin Medical School, please fill out and submit the staff enquiry form.

Q&A from the 2019 Medicine Information Evening Questions from the live event and webinar, answered by Curtin Medical School staff.

What is the difference between a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and a Doctor of Medicine (MD)?

The MD is usually a postgraduate medicine course that is completed over four years. You will need to have obtained a Bachelor degree prior to applying for entry into an MD. You are not studying medicine for the entire seven years, but instead are completing three years of another degree prior to entry.

The MBBS is an undergraduate medicine course that is completed over five years. You can apply for entry straight from school. In this course you study medicine over five years.

Upon completion of both courses, MBBS graduates and MD graduates are eligible to access an internship at a hospital.

How is the UCAT assessed?

The UCAT ANZ is assessed in five different sections. For further information on each section please see https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/test-format/

Will there be interviews directly after UCAT scores are out?

No, interviews are traditionally run in late November for local applicants and in mid-January the next year for interstate and competitive local applicants. UCAT ANZ scores are scheduled to release in September.

What is the date of the interviews?

Dates for our 2020 intake interviews have not been finalised. Interviews are usually scheduled in late November for local applicants and mid-January the next year for interstate and competitive local applicants.

How many school leavers will be accepted into the degree per year?

Approximately 90 per cent of each intake is comprised of school leavers.

Is there a minimum qualifying score for each section of the UCAT to be considered, or is it just whatever the total UCAT score is then it is combined with the ATAR for ranking for interview?

There is no minimum score for each section of the UCAT ANZ. An applicant’s total UCAT ANZ score will be combined with their ATAR to rank them for interview.

Is the minimum ATAR of 95 inclusive of adjustment factors (bonus points) or is it raw score?

The minimum ATAR of 95 is inclusive of adjustment factors.

Do you have to maintain a certain standard of marks (GPA/average) over the five years of studying?

In order to successfully progress through the course students are required to successfully pass each unit in the course. Students are also required to meet professional behaviour requirements to progress through the course. Further information on professional behaviour requirements can be found here

What do we do if we don’t get one of the 90 places offered?

You can consider reapplying the following year depending on the results that you have achieved. Please see our current year admissions guide here