Please click on each section below for frequently asked questions.
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.
- Undergraduate – An applicant who has completed High School Senior Certificate (equivalent to Queensland Year 12) with, or without, incomplete tertiary studies.
- Graduate Applicant – An applicant who has completed a bachelor degree.
- Domestic - Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian Humanitarian Visa holders and New Zealand citizens.
B1. Does Bond University's Medical Program welcome postgraduate students from a non-science/health background?
Yes, we do. The Medical Program entry requirements and pre-requisites will still need to be met.
B2. Can you complete the Bachelor of Medical Studies and not the Doctor of Medicine?
The Bond Medical Program is 2 sequential degrees, Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine. To complete the Medical Program and to qualify as a Doctor you must complete both components.
B3. Does work experience in healthcare increase your chances of getting considered for a Psychometric Test / Interview?
No, work experience is not considered as part of the admission criteria.
B4. How many postgraduate students applied to the Bond Medical program?
We had approximately 310 eligible graduate applicants in 2020.
Applications for the Bachelor of Medical Studies are evaluated on the following criteria:
|Applicant Type||Academic Results*||Subject Prerequisites||Interview|
*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.
We recommend you regularly refer to the entry requirements page for a full list of entry requirements for the up-coming Medical Program^.
C1. I did not complete Year 12 but I want to apply for Medicine. What do I need to do?
You will need to complete sufficient preparatory study to enable you to enrol in a recognised undergraduate program. Once you have completed 1.5 years (or more) of full-time equivalent study in your chosen undergraduate program, your academic rank will be assessed on the GPA from that program. You would then be able to apply to the Bachelor of Medical Studies as an undergraduate applicant, following the process set out in the entry requirements.
C2. Can I apply after starting a bachelor’s degree? If so, is my OP/ATAR still considered or is only my GPA considered?
If you will have received any results from your bachelor study and provide them to QTAC by the time applications close, the results may be included in your rank calculation.
C3. My OP/ATAR is not high enough for the Bachelor of Medical Studies. What can I do to improve my competitiveness?
If your Year 12 results are not high enough to meet the standard entry requirements, you may want to consider enrolling in a relevant undergraduate program, such as Bond’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science. Once you have completed 1.5 years (or more) of full-time equivalent study in your chosen undergraduate program, your academic rank will be assessed on the GPA from that program. Your high school results will not be taken into consideration. You would then be able to apply to the Bachelor of Medical Studies as an undergraduate applicant, following the process set out in the entry requirements for Undergraduate Applicants. Please refer to the entry assessment table for more information.
C4. My undergraduate degree GPA is not high enough for the Bachelor of Medical Studies. What can I do to improve my competitiveness?
You should enrol in a Graduate Diploma or Masters and complete at least one year full time equivalent study in a recognised course-work program. The GPA for this program will then form the basis of calculating your academic rank. Please refer to the entry assessment table for more information.
C5. How can I work out how much tertiary study I will have completed by the time I lodge my application?
Your home (or current) institution will be able to advise you of the amount of full time equivalent (FTE) study you have completed (or will have likely completed), and for which documented evidence can be provided, by the time applications close.
C6. How do I find/work out my GPA?
The GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated average of the grades obtained by a student in all subjects attempted weighted by the credit value of each subject. For more information please go to the entry assessment table.
C7. What GPA cut off is being used this year?
The final cut-off will depend on the quality of the applicant pool in the year of your application. As a minimum you will need a GPA of at least six, on a seven point scale over one year full time equivalent study in a recognised program to be considered for an interview for the Bachelor of Medical Studies. Demand for places is extremely high so applicants only achieving the minimum result are unlikely to be invited for an interview.
C8. Can Bond University assess my GPA so I can work out if I will meet the cut-off criteria?
As the Bachelor of Medical Studies is administered through QTAC we are unable to assist you in assessing your academic rank. A full assessment of your qualifications will be undertaken by QTAC once a complete application is submitted during relevant application period.
C9. I have a qualification that includes some ungraded results. How will my GPA be calculated?
Generally only graded results are included in a GPA calculation. However, ungraded results are included in GPA calculations where the number of ungraded subjects exceeds three-quarters of the program. In such instances, a GPA of four (on a seven point scale) would be applied for an ungraded “Pass” result.
C10. I have completed an Honours program where less than 2/3rd was research / thesis based. How will my GPA be calculated?
Where the research component of your qualification is less than 2/3rds of the program, we will use the GPA from this program as the basis of academic assessment. Please refer to the entry assessment table for more information.
C11. I have completed an Honours program where 2/3rd or more was research / thesis based. How will my GPA be calculated?
Research based qualifications are not used as the basis of academic assessment. In such instances, academic assessment will be based on the GPA from the completed coursework program. Please refer to the entry assessment table for more information.
C12. I have completed my qualifications at an overseas institution. How will my GPA be calculated?
On receipt of your academic transcripts, QTAC will convert your overseas qualifications to an Australian equivalent using the guidelines set by NOOSR (the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition). Where you have an overseas qualification that is likely to be used as the basis of your academic assessment it is highly recommended that you contact QTAC to discuss your situation. Please refer to QTAC's Assessment of Qualifications Service for more information.
C13 What was the minimum OP/ATAR to get an invitation for the Psychometric Test?
The min OP/ATAR for a psychometric test invite in 2020 was an OP 3 / ATAR 96.
C14. If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree and you are studying your second bachelor's degree, are both GPA’s taken into account ?
If your first Bachelor was completed within the last 9 years (no earlier than 2011), your rank will be based on a combined GPA from your completed Bachelor and subsequent undergraduate study (weighted GPA taking into account the full time equivalent)
4 semesters at Sound Achievement (or higher) of Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) for English.
D1. What are the equivalent subjects in other Australian states and territories to Queensland’s English?
Please refer to the prerequisites page to determine the interstate equivalencies.
D2. I need to complete a bridging program prior to applying for the Bachelor of Medical Studies. Which programs have been approved by the Bachelor of Medical Studies?
Please refer to the prerequisites page for a list of bridging and preparatory courses that have been approved by the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine to satisfy the subject prerequisites for the Bachelor of Medical Studies. Please note: the results of any Bridging course must be available by the application deadline for the relevant Bachelor of Medical Studies intake.
D3. Does it matter if my prerequisite is greater than nine years old?
No. There is no time limit on when the prerequisite was undertaken.
D4. Why have the prerequisites changed for entry to the program in 2022 from previous years?
The prerequisite requirements for direct entry to the Bond Medical Program in 2022 have changed to better reflect the diversity of doctors that Australian society requires.Read more
Students will be assessed on their prior academic record through their application on QTAC.
E1. How do I attach documentation of my academic records when applying?
You will need to contact QTAC with regards to the documentation requirements.
E2. When applying to Bond Medicine through QTAC, should I put it above or below the course I was selected for?
Please put Bond University as your number 1 selection. You will also need to make sure you respond to any offers you may have received from other institutions. QTAC can advise on this.
E3. Do students who have not yet completed their bachelor’s degree (e.g. completed 2 years with 1 to go) apply as an undergrad?
Yes - you will need to apply through the Undergraduate pathway via QTAC.
E4. What happens if you do not put Bond as your first preference on QTAC?
You will not be considered for the Bond Medical Program if you do not list it as your first preference.
E5. Do you send rejection letters too, or only acceptance letters?
E6. I’m in NSW, can I apply through UAC?
The Bond Medical Program is not available for application through UAC. You will need to apply through QTAC.
E7. Are there undergraduate degrees that are preferred for postgraduate entry?
There are no preferences regarding degrees completed. Applications are made via QTAC for the academic assessment. Please refer to the Assessment section on the website: https://bond.edu.au/program/medical-program
The Undergraduate Medicine Admission Test (UMAT) is no longer required for the Bachelor of Medical Studies application.
Selected applicants (based on their academic achievement) will be invited to take a psychometric test as part of the selection process for the Bond Medical Program. The results of the psychometric test will determine the applicant’s eligibility for an interview.
G1. Does my ATAR to receive an invite for psychometric test, include any bonus points?
Bonus points are not considered for the Bond Medical Program due to the competitive nature of the program.
G2. How much will the test cost?
Each candidate will be required to pay $181.50 inc. GST. Payment is by credit card.
G3. What does the psychometric test look like and what can we expect?
No preparation is required for the psychometric test. It is best to just be yourself and respond honestly. We recommend that you are well-rested and free from distractions.
G4. How many questions will I have to answer?
The test will require candidates to complete two assessments with a total of 311 questions.
G5. How long will the test take?
Please allow a maximum of one and a half hours to complete the test. Both assessments are untimed but should take approximately 40 minutes and 30 minutes respectively.
G6. Can I get a copy of the results for myself?
Due to interpretation and training requirements of the assessments selected, Bond University has opted not to provide individual reports.
G7. Are the test results made available to Bond?
No. Bond will only receive a list of applicants to be interviewed from the testing body.
G8. Is the test fully online?
Yes, both assessments are available online. Please note that the tests are not compatible with mobile or tablet devices.
G9. What do I need to do the test, other than a computer, a credit card, and an Internet connection?
In addition to a computer with a mouse, credit card, and Internet connection, we recommend you are free from distraction and in a comfortable environment.
G10. How long is the test valid?
Twenty-four (24) months.
G11. Can I choose to re-sit the tests even if it is current or valid?
No, you will not be able to elect to re-sit the assessment until the twenty-four (24) months have elapsed.
G12. If I completed a psychometric test for another tertiary institution or for employment, will I need to complete another psychometric test for my application into Bond University?
G13. If I completed a psychometric test for my application into Bond University in either 2020 or 2021, would I need to sit the test again?
No. The results are valid for 24 months. You can still apply for the program, however we will use your results from the previous year.
G14. If I completed a psychometric test in 2021, will I still get an email to notify I have made it the psychometric testing stage for my application into the Bond Medical Program the following year?
If you completed the psychometric test in 2021, we would still send an email to notify you have been selected for the test. You will not receive the invitation from the testing body, but will get a direct notification from Bond University advising that you have been selected for psychometric testing and will not need to complete the test.
G15. If you successfully completed the psychometric test but failed the interview, are you still eligible for an interview in 2022 if you still have valid results from the psychometric test?
Your application will be treated as a new submission in 2022 against the 2022 applicant pool. We are unable to guarantee an invitation for interview.
G16. If we did not get an interview with 2021’s psychometric score, is it safe to assume that my score will not be sufficient the following year, and therefore cannot resit the test?
As your application will be treated as a new application in 2022, even though you may not have been selected for an interview based on the results last year, your results will be considered against the applicant pool for 2022 so it is not certain that the outcome will be the same.
G17. If we cannot sit the psychometric test again, what other opportunity do we have to show Bond that we have improved as candidates from the previous year and have worked on making ourselves more suited to the medical program?
The psychometric testing assesses stable traits that should not be assessed frequently to maintain the integrity of the tests. Your results are valid for 24 months.
G18. After the Psychometric test invitation, is your ATAR still assessed for further progression?
Invitations to interview are based on results from the psychometric test.
The results of the psychometric test will determine eligibility for being offered an interview as the next step of the assessment process. 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).
H1. How do we prepare for the interview?
Like the psychometric testing, you cannot prepare for the interview.
H2. Will the interviewer have access to our ATAR/GPA and psychometric results ?
No, the interviewer will not have your results.
H3. In an MMI interview, will there only be 1 interviewer who examines you?
No, you will be interviewed by a group of interviewers.
H4. If I’m away when interviews are being scheduled, can someone else arrange the interview for me?
As we are bound by privacy legislation to only provide information about an application directly to the applicant, we are unable to speak to someone other than the applicant regarding the interview appointment. Applicants need to ensure that they have included a contactable email address and mobile number on their QTAC application to ensure they are able to be easily contacted during the interview scheduling process.
H5. When will I know if I have been short-listed for an interview?
Once all applications have been received and assessed, the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine will determine which applicants will be invited to interview. In early to mid-February, successful applicants will be contacted with their interview date and time. Applicants must provide a contactable email address and mobile number on their QTAC application for Bond University to use. Applicants who have not been contacted by March should check their QTAC application status.
H6. Can I change my interview time if the time allocated does not suit me?
Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate your needs, a change cannot be assured.
H7. Can I do my interview via skype?
Candidates will be invited and expected to attend the interviews in-person. However, If you are unable to attend in person due to border restrictions, you may have the option to interview remotely. More information on this will be provided to Interviewees when the interviews are being scheduled.
H8. What do I need to bring to the interview?
You will need to bring the following documents:
- Interview confirmation letter
- Two forms of valid photo ID such as:
- Student ID card
- Drivers licence
- Completed Blue Card application (if you do not already have a Blue Card)
- Blue Card (if you have already been issued with a Blue Card)
- Evidence of citizenship (if you were born outside Australia)
H9. How is the interview conducted?
The interview has been carefully designed to assess candidates’ suitability for success in the program and subsequent clinical practice. The interview is a multi-mini interview format, with a total of eight interview stations. The interview is not science-based and applicants cannot prepare for it. Full instructions will be given on the day of interview.
H10. Can I have someone attend the interview with me?
No. However, family and other support persons are welcome to visit the campus with you.
H11. How long will the interview take?
The interview duration is approximately 2 hours, including registration and debrief.
H12. What is the dress code?
You should attend the interview in neat, professional attire. As the weather is likely to be warm, a coat/jacket is not required.
H13. Are interstate applicants given enough notice to book flights if offered an interview?
We aim to provide interstate and overseas applicants with as much notice as possible. We make an effort to schedule our interstate applicants on the later days at a time that may be more suitable given travel times.
In 2016 Bond University transitioned the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program to a Medical Program^ comprised of the Bachelor of Medical Studies(BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine(MD).
I1. What does this change mean?
The previous double degree MBBS at Bond was a Bachelor level program (AQF Level 7). The current program has been designed as a sequential Bachelor's / Master's program (AQF Level 7/9E). The current curriculum has been developed to ensure that students meet the requirements of a Bachelor's qualification after eight semesters of study: the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). The final six semesters will be delivered at a Masters Level (AQF 9E). This makes graduating students eligible for a Doctor of Medicine (MD). Both degrees are awarded at the completion of Year 5.
I2. Why did Bond change from an MBBS to an MD?
Many graduate medical programs in Australia offer students the MD qualification. To graduate with an MD qualification at many of the public universities, a student may need to complete up to 7 or 8 years of study. Bond’s three-semester-year and innovative curriculum will allow students to achieve the same outcome in 4 years and 8 months (14 semesters).
The evidence from our clinical partners is that the performance of Bond MBBS graduates in the workplace is the equal of those students coming from graduate medical programs (MD). By changing to an MD, we are rewarding the Bond students with a level of qualification they deserve after the completion of an intense 14 semester Medical Program^.
I3. What are the most significant changes?
Through the current curriculum, the problem-based learning component is completed after 5 semesters. Year 3 is a virtual clinical year where students are immersed in the Bond Virtual Hospital that is supplemented by real patient contact every week. The Doctor of Medicine (MD) component in Years 4 and 5 will be at a Master's level. Students will be immersed in the workplace through clinical rotations in hospital and community healthcare settings. During this time they will also undertake a research or professional project, or undertake a capstone clinical experience that can include exciting international clinical placements.
I4. Does the current Medical Program^ take longer to complete than the previous MBBS?
No. The previous Bond MBBS program comprised of 14 semesters (4 years, 8 months). The current curriculum that has been developed for the Medical Program^ remains at 14 semesters. Bond's Medical Program remains the quickest pathway that a student can take to achieve graduation as an Intern, eligible to practice in any state in Australia or New Zealand.
I5. Does the current program cost more?
No. The fee structure remains the same. Please visit fees and other costs for details of fee structure.
I6. When I complete the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) can I start work as a Doctor?
No, completion of the BMedSt prepares students to enter the MD component of the program. All students will have to complete both the BMedSt and MD to graduate as an Intern. Students will be eligible to start their career as an Intern only after achieving the MD qualification.
I7. Can I apply for the Bachelor of Medical Studies only?
No. You must complete the two sequential degrees – the Bachelor of Medical Studies and the Doctor of Medicine.
I8. Can I still apply as an undergraduate student?
The Bachelor of Medical Studies will remain predominantly a school-leaver entry program. Bond University usually allocates approximately 80% of places in the program for school-leavers and 20% of places for graduates. The Bachelor of Medical Studies has one intake of students in May of each year.
I9. If I am a graduate and have a competitive GPA do I still need to complete the full program?
Yes, you will be required to complete the full 14 semesters. Some special circumstances may apply, such as for the Bond University Bachelor of Biomedical Science graduates. The Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree contains specific subjects that allow eligible graduates from this program to receive credit for the first two semesters of the Bachelor of Medical Studies program. This is an internal pathway that enables up to five graduates to gain entry into the second year of the medical program.
I10. How do I apply and does it cost to apply?
The application process to the Bachelor of Medical Studies is administered by QTAC and there is an application fee. There are no application fees payable to the University.
I11. When I apply, what do I apply into?
Applications to the Medical Program^ is via application to the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) via QTAC.
J1. Apart from tuition, what additional costs will I incur whilst undertaking the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine programs?
Please refer to the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine's additional compulsory costs page.
J2. Can I apply for a scholarship to study Medicine at Bond University?
Bond University is committed to providing opportunities in tertiary education for Indigenous Australians, including an Indigenous pathway into its Medical Program. In 2021, Bond University will award scholarships of up to 100% for Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander students commencing in the 2021 Medical Program. People who identify as being Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander and are expected to meet the academic entry requirements for the program are encouraged to apply. Click here to find out more.
J3. Are there any external scholarships available?
Once enrolled, students can apply for external scholarships.
J4. Does Bond have any affiliated banks that will assist with student loans over the allocated $150,000 available from government loans?
Unfortunately, no, we do have any affiliated banks to assist with loans over the FEE-HELP limit.
J5. Does Bond use HECS, or just FEE-HELP?
J6. Can we use VET FEE-HELP to pay for each semester until the amount finishes or there is maximum amount we can spend?
You can't use VET FEE-HELP specifically. There is, however, a combined FEE-HELP limit.
J7. Is there any financial help other than FEE-HELP, that can be provided for us to pay the total fee of the Medical Program?
J8. Can FEE-HELP be used first up?
Yes, you can use the FEE-HELP entirely before you self-fund.
K1. How many spots are available in the medical program after completing Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Bond? And are places guaranteed?
We admitted 13 students from Bond pathways in 2021. Entry is not guaranteed via the pathways as you must meet the minimum GPA to apply. If selected based on GPA, you will be invited to undertake the psychometric test and based on the test results, we will determine eligibility for interview.
K2. Are spots available from Bonds pathway programs included in the 20 graduates’ spots?
No, the Lateral Entry/Bond Pathway positions offered are in addition to the 20 graduate spots
K3. In the final selection process, is selection based on all 3 assessments (academic, psychometric and interview), or just the interview?
The selection is a step-wise, staged process. Final selection for an offer is based on interview results only.
L1. How are internship locations determined after graduating?
It varies by state. In Queensland there is a matching system with lottery when oversubscribed. In Victoria there is a merit-based selection.
L2. Are internships available at Gold Coast hospitals?
L3. After graduating, does Bond Medicine help us with the placements? Or are we required to secure our own places for internship?
The Bond Medical Program offers opportunities to find out more about intern options. Queensland Health undertakes to guarantee the offer of an Internship in Queensland for any graduate of a Queensland medical school.
L4. Do internships take place in public hospitals?
Yes, all internships are offered in public hospitals.
L5. Are there opportunities for placement in rural and/or indigenous communities?
L6. Does Bond have any overseas fellowship opportunities in medicine?
L7. Is the intern year paid?
Yes, interns are employees of state health services.
M1. Are you able to discuss my application with anyone else, including my family?
No. We are bound by privacy legislation to only provide information about an application directly to the applicant.
M2. Will you provide me with updates on my application progress?
The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine will not enter into any discussions regarding individual applications. The QTAC system will be updated regularly with the progress of your application. Please see the important dates & deadlines section.
M3. If I do not receive an interview or offer, am I able to find out why?
The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine will not enter into any discussions regarding individual applications.
M4. How will I be advised if I receive an offer for Bond University?
Successful applicants will be notified with an offer from QTAC as well as with a formal Letter of Offer from Bond University.
M5. If I am successful in attaining a place in the Bachelor of Medical Studies, do I have to attend Orientation?
Yes. There are mandatory sessions during Orientation Week (“O Week”) – including the compulsory compliance appointment.
M6. What does a typical timetable look like for a first year student?
The program is problem-based with an integrated curriculum. Cases are presented at the start of each week. As a result, the timetable is dynamic and is released at the beginning of each week and not any earlier. As a guide, a typical week for a first year Medical student in First Semester will include the following: 5 – 6 hours of problem-based tutorials; 3 – 4 hours of clinical sessions; 5 – 6 hours of lectures; 3 hours lab work; 2 hours of interactive sessions.
M7. What time does a typical day start and finish?
Due to the dynamic nature of the program, each day will differ depending on the classes / tutorials / lab / interactive / placement activities that have been scheduled. Generally, however, the day will commence at around 8.00am or 9.00am and will conclude at around 4.00pm or 5.00pm.
M8. Do you have information sessions about the program?
M9. Can I defer my place in the Bachelor of Medical Studies?
No. Student numbers are strictly limited and applicant places must be accepted in the year for which they are offered. Successful applicants who are unable to accept their offered place are welcome to re-apply at any future time.
M10. I have a disability. Will I be given special consideration?
Applications from academically qualified students with disabilities are welcome. All successful applicants must meet the highly competitive academic criteria, as the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine must be confident that all entrants are capable of coping with the high academic rigour of the program. Once selected, judgements will be made about reasonable adjustments that may be possible to allow full participation in the program and achievement of the Graduate Outcomes required by the Australian Medical Council. Applicants with a disability are advised to inform us of their disability early in the process.
M11. I have started a medicine program at another university. Can I transfer and complete my degree at Bond?
Bond University’s Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine are integrated programs and, as such, no credits or exemptions are given for previous studies, even if they are in another medical program.
M12. I am currently enrolled in a degree elsewhere. Can I continue both?
The Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine are intensive courses and as such do not allow for time to continue your studies or exams elsewhere. Bond will not permit time off in order to study/sit exams at another facility.
M13. Is there BMP available?
The Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine at Bond University do not participate in the Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme.
M14. Will my Personal Competencies Assessment be taken into consideration?
M.15 How much is the accommodation at Bond?
Accommodation costs can be found here.
M16. Are students allowed to take a year off during the program, to work and save money so that they can fund themselves to stay in the program?
This is referred to as a 'Leave of Absence', and while a ‘Leave of Absence’ is possible, it is usually approved on extenuating circumstances that are beyond your control. This involves a discussion with the Dean of Medicine.