Doctor of Medicine

School of Medicine, Sydney Campus

The Doctor of Medicine of The University of Notre Dame Australia is a four-year postgraduate degree accredited by the Medical Board of Australia on the recommendation of the Australian Medical Council. The School of Medicine has seven clinical schools in Sydney and Melbourne and rural locations in NSW and Victoria. Students undertake clinical placements in the third and fourth years of the program in a wide variety of settings, including aged care facilities, public and private hospitals, general practices and community-based health services.

  • Why study this degree?

    As the only medical program offered by a Catholic university in Australia, the Doctor of Medicine aims to develop and train caring and ethical doctors imbued with the values of compassion, respect, and service. All students at Notre Dame undertake a Core Curriculum component of study that involves an exploration of bioethics in the first year of the program.

    The first and second years of your studies provide a solid foundation for your medical degree. You will have the opportunity to undertake problem-based learning tutorials conducted by medically-qualified tutors, clinical and communication skills sessions, workshops, clinical debriefing tutorials and site visits. In second year, you will begin to work on a research-based or professionally-focused project in one of 10 themes such as Clinical Science, Bioethics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Rural Medicine or Medical Leadership and Health Policy.

    In third year, you will undertake a series of clinical placements in Sydney, Melbourne, Lithgow, Wagga Wagga or Ballarat. By actively participating in hospitals and community settings you will engage with patients, their families and the healthcare professionals caring for them. This strong focus on experiential learning is further complemented by a series of weekly 'Back-to-Base Days', in which you will return to your principal Clinical School for short case tutorials, grand rounds, journal club sessions and expert guest lectures.

    Your fourth and final year will see you complete further clinical placements in the Sydney, Melbourne or Rural Clinical Schools. You will explore a range of disciplines in a range of health settings, as well as present your project for examination in the Applied Research Project course of study. Following the fourth year end-of-year examinations, you will commence a four-week elective learning period where you can extend your medical knowledge in an area of personal interest.

  • Program summary

    Year One

    • Foundations of a Medical Vocation

    Year Two

    • Foundations of Clinical Practice

    Year Three

    • Apprenticeship in Clinical Practice

    Year Four

    • Preparation for Internship
    • Applied Research Project

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Admission to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is currently only available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens. Candidates will be selected for admission based on the following criteria:

    • Bachelor’s degree (recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework or the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition Guide) completed within the last 10 years, or to be in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
    • Personal qualities and motivation to study Medicine at Notre Dame assessed in the Notre Dame portfolio.
    • Overall GAMSAT score of 50 or greater.
    • Overall Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher.
    • Multi mini-interviews.

    All applicants also submit a two-part application:

    1. GEMSAS Online Application
    2. Notre Dame Portfolio

    Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders students are able to apply for entry into medicine at Notre Dame, Sydney via:

    The Standard Entry Pathway:
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply for entry to medicine via the GEMSAS process as detailed above.


    The Aboriginal Entry Pathway:
    The School of Medicine, Sydney provides an alternative entry pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Interested students can contact the School of Medicine, Sydney on (02) 8204 4450 for more information.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index and also includes a loan fee of 25 per cent for all undergraduate programs of study.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

    HECS-HELP is a loan scheme intended for students enrolled in Commonwealth Supported Places. The scheme will pay your student contribution amounts, but not additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Although there is no interest charged on HECS-HELP loans, your debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • Professional accreditation

    The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is accredited by the Australian Medical Council as meeting national standards of medical education, permitting graduates to receive provisional registration and become a junior doctor and enter the medical workforce.

  • More information

    For more information on the Doctor of Medicine, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 2 8204 4404 or email

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