Medical Program* frequently asked questions

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.

Applications for the Bachelor of Medical Studies are evaluated on the following criteria:

Applicant TypeAcademic Results*Subject PrerequisitesInterview
UndergraduateYesYesYes
GraduateYesYesYes

*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^.

B1. 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.

B2. 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.

B3. 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.

B4. 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.

B5. 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.

B6. 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.

B7. 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.

B8. 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.

B9. 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.

B10. 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.

B11. 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.

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

  • English and one of:
  • Chemistry; or
  • Maths B; or
  • Physics.
C1. What are the equivalent subjects in other Australian states and territories to Queensland’s English, Chemistry, Maths B, and Physics subjects?

Please refer to the prerequisites page to determine the interstate equivalencies.

C2. 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.

C3. I have completed a Chemistry/Maths/Physics subject as part of my undergraduate qualification.  Will this satisfy the subject prerequisite requirement for the Bachelor of Medical Studies?

Where the completed subject was undertaken at a recognised institution under an AQF Level 7 (i.e. equivalent to an Australian Bachelor Degree level), you will be deemed to have satisfied the subject prerequisite requirements for the Bachelor of Medical Studies.

C4. Do I need to contact Bond or QTAC to confirm the Chemistry/Maths/Physics subject as part of my undergraduate qualification will be approved?

No. If the subject has been undertaken at a recognised institution under an AQF Level 7 (i.e. equivalent to an Australian Bachelor Degree level), confirmation is not required.

C5. Does it matter if my prerequisite is greater than nine years old?

No. There is no time limit on when the prerequisite was undertaken.

C6. I have completed a Chemistry/Physics/Maths bridging/preparatory program that is not included on the Prerequisite page.   What should I do?

Please refer to the prerequisites for a list of subjects that have been approved by the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine to satisfy the subject prerequisites for the Bachelor of Medical Studies. In the event the course / subject you have completed does not appear on the list, you are welcome to request that it be assessed for adequacy. We will require the complete course / subject outline in order to undertake such an assessment. Please submit the subject outline to medicine-admissions@bond.edu.au

Important Note: Bridging/preparatory program assessments will not be undertaken after 15 December for the following year’s Bachelor of Medical Studies

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

E1. 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 moible number on their QTAC application to ensure they are able to be easily contacted during the interview scheduling process.

E2. 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.

E3. 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.

E4. Can I do my interview via skype?

No.  All interviews are conducted in-person, on campus.

E5. 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:
    • Passport
    • 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)
E6. 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.

E7. Can I have someone attend the interview with me?

No. However, family and other support persons are welcome to visit the campus with you.

E8. How long will the interview take?

The interview duration is approximately 2 hours, including registration and debrief.

E9. Do I need to wear a suit?

You should attend the interview in neat, professional attire. As the weather is likely to be warm, a coat/jacket is not required.

F1. 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.

F2. 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.

F3. 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.

F4. 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.

F5. 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.

F6. 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.

F7. 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.

F8. 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.

F9. Can I apply for a scholarship to study medicine at Bond University?

Bond University does not offer scholarships for the Bachelor of Medical Studies or Doctor of Medicine.
All students of the Bachelor of Medical Studies can apply for external scholarships during their first year.

F10. Do you have information sessions about the program?

Yes. We hold Information Evenings around Australia. Please check the events page for upcoming dates for a city near you. Registration is essential.

F11. 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.

F12. 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.

F13. 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.

F14. 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.

F15. 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.

F16. Will my Personal Competencies Assessment be taken into consideration?

No.

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).

G1. What does this change mean?

The previous double degree MBBS at Bond was a Bachelor level program (AQF Level 7). The new program has been designed as a sequential Bachelor's / Master's program (AQF Level 7/9E). The new 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 will make graduating students eligible for a Doctor of Medicine (MD).  Both degrees are awarded at the completion of Year 5.

G2. Why is Bond changing 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^.

G3. What are the significant changes?

Through the new 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 Masters level. Students will be immersed in the work place 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. 

G4. Will the new Medical Program^ take longer to complete than the previous MBBS?

No. The current Bond MBBS program is comprised of 14 semesters (4 years, 8 months). The new curriculum that has been developed for the Medical Program^ will remain at 14 semesters. It will remain 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.

G5. Will it cost more?

No. The fee structure will remain the same. Please visit fees and other costs for details of fee structure.

G6. 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 studentswill 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.

G7. 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.

G8. 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.

G9. 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. 

G10. 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.

G11. 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.

* The Medical Program is comprised of two sequential degrees – the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD). All students selected for entry into the Medical Program^ will have to complete both the BMedSt and MD to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand.