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 futurestudents@curtin.edu.au.

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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 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 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 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 language proficiency.

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
7 AugustTertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) applications open (must provide UMAT ID)
Late SeptemberUMAT results released
29 September TISC applications close

Applications close for rural and equity applicants (apply to Curtin Medical School) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants (apply to Curtin Centre for Aboriginal Studies)
30 SeptemberSpecial Consideration applications final submission
1 NovemberPredicted ATAR for school leavers to be provided by the relevant school principal to Curtin Medical School
Late NovemberTop ranked applicants are invited to attend a Multi
Mini Interview (First Round)
2 and 3 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
22 and 23 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

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.

Webinar Q&A

Read answers to questions submitted by our webinar participants during the Medicine information evening on 26 April 2018. If you have any further questions, please submit them to cmsfuturestudents@curtin.edu.au.

For the 50 required for each UMAT section, is that percentile or raw marks?

We are looking for a score of at least 50 in each of the three UMAT constructs.

Are you considered for the rural pathway if you are an interstate rural student?

Only Western Australian school leavers are eligible to apply for our rural and equity places.

Which other ATAR subjects do we need to get into a career in medicine?

The only course prerequisite that students are required to complete in order to meet our entry requirements is Chemistry ATAR.

What is the application we need to complete and send to our school?

If you’re applying as a school leaver, you will need to submit a predicted ATAR form. This form can be downloaded from our website and is required to be filled in by your school.

Do you need to have lived in a rural area for 5 years to qualify for the rural pathway?

In order to be considered a rural applicant, applicants need to have lived in a rural area as defined by the Modified Monash Model of 3-7 for at least 5 years consecutively or 10 years cumulatively since the beginning of primary school. You can check if your address fits within the above criteria by visiting the Australian Government website.

How do the new bonus points work for rural students? What's the maximum ATAR you can have and still attain the 5 bonus points?

If you’re an eligible rural student, you can be eligible for up to 5 bonus points to your ATAR. These bonus points are to a maximum of 99.95. Students who receive StepUp are not eligible to receive bonus points from the Curtin Medical School. These bonus points are only eligible to be used in applying to Medicine at Curtin.

For rural students, do the UMAT scores have to be different?

Rural students are required to achieve an indicative overall score of 150 in order to be considered.

How many places are allocated for the equity pathway?

Up to a maximum of 20 per cent of places for the intake.

The MBBS is five-year as opposed to MD, a longer degree (e.g. six-year undergrad entry at UWA) - does this disadvantage us? How does all of that content get taught in such a short amount of time?

Applicants are not disadvantaged in any way by choosing one option over the other. Curtin’s MBBS allows you to apply for and commence Medicine straight out of high school. Upon completion of both courses you will be eligible to begin an internship at a hospital.

Does it matter where you do year 12?

It does not matter in which school you complete your Year 12 studies. As long as you meet the minimum ATAR, Chemistry ATAR and UMAT requirements you can be considered further.

For those who use the equity pathway, will their predicted ATAR then have to be at least 90 or the 95?

In order to attract StepUp or Curtin Medical School’s bonus points and become eligible, you will need an ATAR of at least 90 to meet our minimum requirement of 95.

If you complete Year 12 in Perth, are you still eligible for the rural pathway into this course?

Yes, provided that you have met the rural eligibility criteria:

In order to be considered a rural applicant, applicants need to have lived in a rural area as defined by the Modified Monash Model of 3-7 for at least 5 years consecutively or 10 years cumulatively since the beginning of primary school. You can check if your address fits within the above criteria by visiting the Australian Government website.

Will the Curtin University in Midland be medicine-based and will it be open for the start of next year?

The Midland Campus will be a clinical base for Curtin Medical School students in their fourth and fifth years of study, and will also be utilised by Curtin Allied Health Schools including nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy. Students in Years 1-3 will still be based at our Bentley campus.

Can you apply for a bonded place and a rural pathway at the same time?

Curtin does not offer any bonded medical places. We do offer a rural pathway.

If you are offered a place are you able to defer?

Deferral requests following an offer of a place in the MBBS course will only be considered in exceptional and unforeseen circumstances (e.g. National Service). You must submit a request for deferment of a place, along with supporting documentation, within 7 days of your offer to CMSFutureStudents@curtin.edu.au. Your request will be reviewed by the Dean of the Curtin Medical School and you will be advised of the outcome by email in due course.

How big of a part does the interview play in getting an offer to Curtin?

The MMI interview is worth 40 per cent of an applicant’s final ranking composite score. The other 60 per cent is made up of ATAR/Notional ATAR/CWA and the UMAT score.