Doctor of Medicine Info Session

Sydney & Fremantle & Online 14 Apr 2021

Do you aspire to study Medicine at a leading Australian university?

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.

If you have further questions, contact our Prospective Students Office team in Fremantle or Sydney, or our International Office.


  • What are the minimum GPA and GAMSAT scores required to apply?

    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.

  • When do applications open and close for 2022 intake?

    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.

  • What types of fee places are available for 2022?

    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.

  • What was the average GPA and GAMSAT for 2021 commencing students?

    The average of all applicants commencing in 2021 was as follows:

    • Sydney program GPA was 6.63 and average GAMSAT was 65.0
    • Fremantle program GPA was 6.54 and average GAMSAT was 63.7
  • How many applicants are interviewed and when?

    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.

  • If I’m offered a place, can I defer or transfer from one Notre Dame program to the other campus?

    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.

  • How do I prove rurality?

    Rurality documents need to be provided directly to GEMSAS. See the GEMSAS Medicine Guide for further information

  • How do I apply if I am an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant?

    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.

  • How do I prove WA residency?

    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.

  • What should I include in my portfolio?

    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.

  • What if I completed my degree more than 10 years ago?

    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.

  • If I have studied in a similar field, does it reduce the length of the Doctor of Medicine?

    No, there is no Advanced Standing granted in the Doctor of Medicine, regardless of your undergraduate area of study.

  • What is the average age of students commencing the Doctor of Medicine?

    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.

  • Can I apply for both Notre Dame campuses (Sydney and Fremantle)?

    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.

  • Are there scholarships available?

    There are a number of scholarships for students studying in the Doctor of Medicine. You can find a list of available scholarships here.

  • What are the fees for the Doctor of Medicine?

    The 2021 indicative annual fee rates for the Doctor of Medicine are available on our Fees Page.

  • Do full-fee places require you to pay upfront?

    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.

  • Can students chose where they take their rural placements?

    While students can apply for and preference most rural placements, there are not guarantees for preferences to be met.