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Melbourne vs. Monash Medicine: Should I study medicine at Monash or Melbourne university?

To Melbourne or Monash for medicine? That  is the question.

It's a question often asked by aspiring med students: 'should I study medicine at Melbourne or Monash?' To help you make up your own mind, we've compiled a clear, concise and simple breakdown of each of the available medicine pathways at Melbourne and Monash. For a comparison of UMAT against the GAMSAT please see the following article: 'UMAT or GAMSAT? which is harder? which is easier?'.  

In summary, Medicine via UMAT  at Monash is far better for the students and their parents, but GMASAT route  at Melbourne is better for the university.

  Monash University Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

duration: 5 years full time fees: CSP approx. $9,792 AUD p/a total min. course cost: approx $ 48, 960 AUD

  • total places available: approx. 240 for domestic students
  • CSP (Commonwealth supported place): approx. 140
  • ERC (Extended Rural Cohort): approx. 30
  • BMP (Bonded Medical Places): approx. 60
  • Full fee places: none.

Monash Medicine entry requirements:


  • Minimum ATAR of 90 or equivalent;
  • Year 12 school leavers or within two years with no tertiary study.
  • English study score 30 or above (35 for ESL);
  • Chemistry study score 30 or above.


  • total test duration: 3 hours
  • All domestic applicants are required to sit the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test).


  • Monash uses an eight station Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). At each station the applicant is interviewed for eight minutes followed by two minutes for changeover and reading time (i.e. ten minutes per station).


The University of Melbourne  Doctor of Medicine

duration: 4 years graduate full time + 3 years undergraduate full time = 7 years full time total cost: see outline below.
  • total places available: approx. 335
  • CSP (Commonwealth supported place): approx. 255
  • BMP (Bonded Medical Places): approx. 64
  • Full fee places: approx. 80 for domestic and international students


duration: 4 years full time fees: approx. $9,792 AUD p/a
•total min. cost: approx. $48,960 AUD

overall cost: $74, 049 AUD

full fee

 duration: 4 years full time fees: approx. $55,200 AUD p/a
indicative total: approx. $237,920 AUD

overall cost: $263,009 AUD

 No Entry.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine requirements:


  • Weighted is calculated by weighting the first of the final three years by 1, the second year by 2 and the final year by 3.


  • total test duration: 6.5 hours (with 1 hour lunch break)
  • sat by approx 2800 each year.


  • The interview component will be a 8 station Multiple Mini Interview. Each station takes 5 minutes and has a single interviewer.

 Bio-medical science or science undergrad.

duration: 3 years full time fees: CSP approx. $8,363 AUD p/a
total min. course cost: approx. $25, 089 AUD
  • satisfactory completion of necessary subjects.
  • you will also be required to complete 'breadth subjects' many of these are not specifically relevant to a career in medicine , but they are fees that you will nonetheless be required to pay.

Entry into science/ biomed. science is based on your ATAR only.

  • biomed. science: 98.90
  • science: 91.95

  Other important things to note:

  • The law prevents Australian universities from charging full fee for undergraduate university places. Thus, in order to make greater profits from  full-fee paying students, universities must do so by creating a graduate pathway entry system.
  • Monash won't let you transfer once you have commenced an undergraduate degree elsewhere. So beware should you choose to re-sit the UMAT a second time, because regardless of your score, you will be ineligible for Monash medicine if you have commenced an undergraduate degree elsewhere.
  • Only the first 2 years of medicine at Monash are at the Clayton campus. The rest consist of clinical programs conducted at a variety of hospitals and other health service clinics.
  • Monash also offers a double degree in law/ medicine i.e Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Laws, which can be completed in the same amount of time as it takes to study medicine via the 'Melbourne Model'.

  The above is an interpretive table of the Melbourne and Monash models' for medicine by MedEntry. For more detailed, accurate and official information please see the respective Monash and Melbourne university websites. Fees indicated above are accurate as at 15th June 2013 but are subject to change. The information above is relevant to and intended for Australian domestic students only.  

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