View a recording of our online info session to learn more about studying the Doctor of Medicine at Notre Dame University on our Fremantle or Sydney campuses. You will hear from our National Head of School, Professor Gervase Chaney, alongside Professor Michael Brydon and Associate Professor Janice Wiley, about our unique patient-centered approach in training the next generation of compassionate healthcare professionals.
You’ll also receive important information about how to apply, plus you’ll hear from current Medical students about their experience studying at Notre Dame University.
Check out FAQ from the session below and view the Medicine Admissions Guide on the GEMSAS website.
For domestic applicants, a minimum GPA of 5.4 and a GAMSAT of 52. GAMSAT marks are unweighted, and we will take an average of each of the three sections. International applicants applying for the Sydney program must demonstrate a GPA of 5.2 or higher and a GAMSAT of 50.
Applications for the Doctor of Medicine open in early May and close at 5pm AEST (3pm WST) on 31 May 2021. Applications need to be made through the GEMSAS website. We recommend that you start working on your application early to give sufficient time to complete your Portfolio. The GEMSAS website allows you save as you go, so you can make changes up to the application close date.
For the Fremantle program, there are 71 Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) and 29 Bonded Medical Places (BMP) available. The Sydney program has 43 CSP, 17 BMP and up to 60 full-fee domestic places available, as well as 10 places for international students.
The average of all applicants commencing in 2021 was as follows:
In 2021, we will be interviewing approximately 300 applicants for the Sydney program and approximately 200 for the Fremantle program. Offers for an interview will be made in early September and are expected to take place in the last two weeks of September. These are expected to be conducted on campus, dependent on any impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that prohibit this.
No, it is not possible to defer commencement of the Doctor of Medicine or to transfer an offer from one Notre Dame program to the other.
Rurality documents need to be provided directly to GEMSAS. See the GEMSAS Medicine Guide for further information
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants can apply through the Aboriginal Entry Pathway by completing a separate application form found on the Notre Dame website. More information can be found for the Fremantle program here and the Sydney program by contacting the School of Medicine on 02 8204 4450.
Applicants that are offered an interview for the Fremantle program will be contacted and requested to provide us with proof of WA residency. Applicants that cannot provide this information may no longer be eligible for their interview. The 10-year requirement will be as at 31 May 2021 - we cannot include future time beyond this date.
It is up to each student to decide what they would like to include in their portfolio, as each student has a different experience and background. We have a template on our website that will be useful to use. Contact details of a person who will verify each experience / achievement listed must be provided. Each applicant must provide a Personal Statement that addresses the criteria listed. Failure to do so will result in the rejection of the application.
Notre Dame requires qualifying degrees to be completed after 31 May 2011.
If your qualifying degree(s) were completed before then, you must have, between 31 May 2011 and 31 July 2021, successfully completed a 0.5 FTE Graduate Certificate or the equivalent duration at AQF Level 8 or above or the equivalent of 1.0 FTE study at Bachelor Level AQF 7.
No, there is no Advanced Standing granted in the Doctor of Medicine, regardless of your undergraduate area of study.
The age range of our MD cohort is diverse, and the average age of commencing students is 24-25 years. Age is not a selection criteria for admission.
As part of the GEMSAS application process, you can select six Medical School preferences for which to be considered. The Sydney program and Fremantle program are listed as separate preferences.
There are a number of scholarships for students studying in the Doctor of Medicine. You can find a list of available scholarships here.
The 2021 indicative annual fee rates for the Doctor of Medicine are available on our Fees Page.
If you are an Australian citizen you can utilise the Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme if you are a full-fee paying student. The current limit for HELP loans is $155,448. Visit the Study Assist website to find out more.
While students can apply for and preference most rural placements, there are not guarantees for preferences to be met.
“Notre Dame teaches you to not just see a patient as a collection of symptoms, but to look at everything in their life from a holistic point of view.”
“Notre Dame has prepared me well, not only in learning the necessary information, but also the communication, empathy and ethical aspects of my profession.”
“I believe that treating the patient, rather than the disease, is the epitome of quality health care. Notre Dame has taught me key skills in patient-centred care.”