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Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda (Doctor of Medicine and Surgery)

A single four year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 8950XMCHD
  • CRICOS code 077442D
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 8950XMCHD
  • CRICOS code 077442D

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda, requires the completion of 192 units, which must consist of:

192 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

MEDI8011 Medicine 1A

MEDI8012 Medicine 1B

MEDI8013 Research Project

MEDI8013 Research Project

MEDI8020A Medicine 2

MEDI8020B Medicine 2

MEDI8030A Medicine 3

MEDI8030B Medicine 3

MEDI8040A Medicine 4

MEDI8040B Medicine 4

Enrolment in the following professional practice courses:

MEDI8015A Professional Practice 1A

MEDI8015B Professional Practice 1B

MEDI8025A Professional Practice 2

MEDI8025B Professional Practice 2

MEDI8035A Professional Practice 3

MEDI8035B Professional Practice 3

MEDI8045A Professional Practice 4

MEDI8045B Professional Practice 4

Study Options

Year 1 MEDI8011 Medicine 1A 24 units MEDI8013 Research Project 0 units
MEDI8012 Medicine 1B 24 units MEDI8013 Research Project 0 units
Year 2 MEDI8020A Medicine 2 24 units MEDI8013 Research Project 0 units
MEDI8020B Medicine 2 24 units MEDI8013 Research Project 0 units
Year 3 MEDI8030A Medicine 3 24 units
MEDI8030B Medicine 3 24 units
Year 4 Elective
MEDI8040A Medicine 4 24 units MEDI8040B Medicine 4 24 units

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed or be studying the final year of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree or AQF Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree.

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Admission is based on:

  • weighted grade point average (GPA) calculated from the results of the last three years of the most recent Bachelor Degree (25%);
  • GAMSAT score (25%) and;
  • Interview (50%)

The minimum GPA for interview consideration is 5.6.

All sections of the GAMSAT must be passed and an Overall Score of 55 or more achieved.

A bonus for completed graduate study will be added to the combined score GPA and GAMSAT scores when ranking applicants for interview.

Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee an interview.

For detailed information about how to apply, visit the ANU Medical School website

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda, (MChD) is an AQF Level 9 Extended qualification. It is a comprehensive and varied four year course for graduate students looking to enter the rewarding field of medicine as professional medical practitioners. It aims to produce graduates who are committed to compassionate, ethical health care and the expansion of medical knowledge.

The MChD is underpinned by four themes. Medical sciences covers a vast scope of ever changing and expanding knowledge that forms the basis of modern medicine. Clinical skills ensures the acquisition of knowledge is accompanied by communication skills, the ability to examine patients and critically appraise information. Population health addresses the relationship between humans, their society and environment. Professionalism and leadership develops these vital skills of a good doctor.

The curriculum is built on important frameworks that explore the social foundations of medicine, develop understanding of the indigenous health context in Australia, and provide insights and experience in health care in rural and/or remote Australian settings.

Consistent with the research intensive nature of ANU, our program also develops the research skills of our students.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of our MChD program you will be prepared to work safely and effectively as an intern delivering quality care as a member of the health professional team in hospital, general practice and rural settings, conversant with issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s health and wellbeing, and with an understanding of the social foundations of medicine.

You will be equipped scientifically

You will have an excellent understanding of the medical sciences and how they underpin our knowledge of the complexity of health, disease and illness. You will understand the relation between individual and population health. You will understand how knowledge of medical sciences and population health are crucial bases for clinical competence.


You will have a clear focus on patient-centred care, with the necessary knowledge, skills and professional behaviours to safely assess and manage a wide range of clinical problems. You will apply the principles of evidence-based medicine in your practice, drawing on relevant legal, ethical, behavioural, and sociological understandings and be equipped to contribute to patient-centred decision-making in circumstances of uncertainty.

and professionally

You will demonstrate commitment to professional behaviour and be highly skilled at working in teams. You will be aware of, and committed to, the importance of initiatives that enhance the safety and quality of health care. You will be mindful of your own wellbeing, including the importance of this to high quality practice, and know how to maintain your own mental and physical health.

with a strong sense of global connection

Drawing on the ANU's strong global connections, you will be able to discuss the potential impacts of international health, human rights and globalisation on health and health care and justify why respect for cultural, religious and sexual differences are fundamental to health care.

in a research intensive environment at the ANU

Through your association with Australia’s premier research university you will have a sound understanding of the importance of, and a commitment to high quality research for advancing clinical practice. You will have practical experience in undertaking research and gain insight into different research methodologies.

with a commitment to life long learning

You will be able to identify your learning needs for ongoing professional development and have well developed strategies for meeting these needs. You will have had experience of being a teacher and have a well-developed understanding of the importance of sound educational practice underpinning lifelong learning.

you are on a path to a successful medical career.

You will be aware of the range of career pathways open to you and have a developing clarity of your intended career path, including sound knowledge of the admission, education and training requirements. You will understand how the outcomes of the MChd articulate with the skills required of a junior doctor.

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