Medical Program* entry requirements

Entry into the Bachelor of Medical Studies is currently only open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa and New Zealand citizens (but not New Zealand permanent residents).

Domestic and international** students eligible to graduate from the Bond University programs: the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (in the Pre-Health Professional major), the Master of Occupational Therapy, the Doctor of Physiotherapy or the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, meeting the minimum required GPA will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). Currently, this is the only pathway into the Bachelor of Medical Studies available to international students.

The Bachelor of Medical Studies is not available as a standalone program. All students must complete both the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Bond University to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand. Both degrees are awarded at the completion of the MD program.

The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) is open to Year 12 school leavers and to students who have completed an undergraduate program. Bond University will be offering 80% of total places to undergraduate applicants and 20% of total places to graduate applicants.

Enrolments in the program are strictly limited to ensure small class sizes and sufficient clinical placements. As such, entry is extremely competitive.

Applicants are selected through a rigorous assessment process based on outstanding academic achievement, in combination with a demonstrated ability to achieve graduate outcomes of knowledge and critical thinking, leadership, initiative and teamwork, communication skills, responsibility, ethical decision-making skills, motivation and non-verbal reasoning.

Please note: From 2018, the Medical program* will introduce an extra step in the selection process - a Psychometric test. Approximately 50% of applicants will be offered the opportunity to complete an online psychometric test based on their academic achievement. This test will incur a fee, to be paid by the applicant direct to the test provider. The results of this test will determine eligibility for being offered an interview.

Interviews will be held in person at Bond University on the Gold Coast, where their general suitability to medicine and preparedness to undertake a highly demanding course will be examined in a structured multi mini interview (MMI).

In relation to entry into the Bachelor of Medical Studies, the following definitions apply:

  • Undergraduate – An applicant who has completed High School Senior Certificate (equivalent to Queensland Year 12) with, or without, incomplete tertiary studies.
  • Graduate – An applicant who has completed a bachelor degree.

Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

Applicant TypeAcademic Results*Subject PrerequisitesInterviewPsychometric Testing
UndergraduateYesYesYesYes 
GraduateYesYesYesYes

*Unless otherwise stated, the qualification/s used for assessment must have been undertaken within nine years immediately preceding the close of applications for the relevant application period.

**Domestic and international students eligible to graduate from the Bond University programs: the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (in the Pre-Health Professional major), the Master of Occupational Therapy, the Doctor of Physiotherapy or the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, meeting the minimum required GPA will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). The selection process will be based on GPA, completion of GAMSAT and an interview. Places in Year 2 of the BMedSt  for the graduates of these aforementioned programs are limited and dependant on availability. Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the BMedStudies

Currently, this is the only pathway into the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine available to international students.  Successful students will commence in Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies and will be allowed to progress to the Doctor of Medicine (MD).

Important note for international/overseas students:

Students, including New Zealand citizens, who will not be Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time of enrolment, may not be automatically entitled to registration, internship, and access to a provider number in Australia. Graduates who wish to stay in Australia after graduation must make their own enquiries regarding their situation related to these matters as they lie beyond the control of the University.  In Australia, the number of internships is controlled by the Department of Health or Human Services in each state/territory and Australian citizens and permanent residents currently receive priority for internship access. Graduates wishing to register in their home country or graduates wishing to practise medicine in countries other than Australia must contact the professional medical associations in that country to determine requirements to practice. Bond University is not responsible for organising any internship or medical registration of students upon their graduation.

  • Undergraduate Applicants: Overall secondary (High School / Year 12) academic results and/or GPA from any incomplete tertiary studies.
  • Graduate Applicants: Grade Point Average (GPA) from previous completed undergraduate program and/or Graduate Diploma or Masters coursework program

Please refer to the entry assessment table to determine the manner in which your academic rank may be calculated at the time of submitting an application.

Based on data from the most recent intake, to be considered competitive for the Medical Program^ an applicant would need to achieve the following minimum scores:

 Undergraduate ApplicantGraduate Applicant
Minimum academic rank to be competitive for an interviewOP 1-2 or ATAR 97+ IB Total 39+Cumulative GPA of greater than 6.00 on a 7.00 point scale from a recognised tertiary program

Applications to the Medical Program^ are administered through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (‘QTAC’).  A full assessment of your qualifications cannot be undertaken until a complete application is received by QTAC during the relevant application period.

Subject Prerequisites

4 semesters at Sound Achievement (or higher) of Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent):

  • English and one of:
    • Chemistry; or
    • Maths B; or
    • Physics

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The Undergraduate Medicine Admission Test (UMAT) is no longer required for the Bachelor of Medical Studies application.

From 2018, the Medical program will introduce an extra step in the selection process - a Psychometric test. Approximately 50% of applicants will be offered the opportunity to complete an online psychometric test based on their academic achievement.

The medical program has partnered with an experienced external commercial provider to run the psychometric test. The external provider is used by the Police, Ambulance, Fire Service and military to assist with choosing the best candidates. It will be conducted as an on-line test that can be taken anywhere with internet access over a specified time period. Many graduate programs, i.e. the CBA and leading accounting and legal firms use similar processes in their recruitment.

The test will be designed to “rule in” for personal attributes recognised as being important for a successful career as a doctor such as resilience, logical reasoning and empathy. The test will also “rule out” for those personality traits such as narcissism which have been identified as a common cause of rogue medical practitioners. 

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview in person at Bond University on the Gold Coast, where their general suitability to medicine and preparedness to undertake a highly demanding course will be examined in a structured multiple mini interview (MMI).

Interviews are conducted using a MMI structure consisting of eight mini interview stations. Interviewers are doctors and community members from both medical and non-medical backgrounds, who are highly trained in the interview process for entry into medicine. 

Interviews are held on campus for short-listed applicants only. Interviews will be undertaken in mid to late February. View the important dates & deadlines.

The interview process is designed to test:

  • Communication skills
  • Ethics
  • General suitability to medicine
  • Knowledge and critical thinking
  • Leadership, initiative

Find out more about the interview process by reading our frequently asked questions.

Applicants should be aware that there are compulsory compliance requirements prior to commencing the Bachelor of Medical Studies.

All applicants must provide formal documentary evidence of English language proficiency. Please refer to the english language proficiency requirements page for detailed information.

Bond University does not offer scholarships for the Bachelor of Medical Studies or the Doctor of Medicine programs.

All students of the Bachelor of Medical Studies can apply for external scholarships during their first year.

Subject credits are not available for previous studies.