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Doctor of Medicine and Surgery

A single four year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Health and Medicine

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 8950XMCHD
  • Post Nominal MCHD
  • CRICOS code 077442D
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • General Medicine
  • Academic contact
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 8950XMCHD
  • Post Nominal MCHD
  • CRICOS code 077442D
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • General Medicine
  • Academic contact

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

MEDI8022 Research Project OR MEDI8023 Research Project (Advanced) (These courses are to be taken twice as 3 + 3 units over two consecutive periods)

MEDI8020 Medicine 2 (This course is to be taken twice as 21 + 21 units over two consecutive periods)

MEDI8030 Medicine 3 (This course is to be taken twice as 24 + 24 units over two consecutive periods)

MEDI8040 Medicine 4 (This course is to be taken twice as 24 + 24 units over two consecutive periods)


Enrolment in the following professional practice courses:

MEDI8015 Professional Practice 1 (This course is to be taken twice over two consecutive periods and is a co-requisite for MEDI8011 and MEDI8012)

MEDI8025 Professional Practice 2 (This course is to be taken twice over two consecutive periods and is a co-requisite for MEDI8020)

MEDI8035 Professional Practice 3 (This course is to be taken twice over two consecutive periods and is a co-requisite for MEDI8030)

MEDI8045 Professional Practice 4 (This course is to be taken twice over two consecutive periods and is a co-requisite for MEDI8040)

Study Options

Year 1 MEDI8011 Medicine 1A 24 units MEDI8013
MEDI8012 Medicine 1B 24 units MEDI8013
Year 2 MEDI8020A Medicine 2 21 units MEDI8013
MEDI8020B Medicine 2 21 units MEDI8013
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

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.


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 GPA as approved by the ANU Medical School (25%);
  • GAMSAT score (25%) and;
  • Interview (50%)

The minimum Weighted GPA for interview consideration is 5.6.

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

Postgraduate study may be considered as part of admission 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


To Apply

  • Domestic applicants apply through GEMSAS

You are a domestic applicant if you are:

•   An Australian Citizen

•   A New Zealand Citizen

•   An Australian permanent resident

•   An Australian humanitarian visa holder

Or if you are an International student who is undertaking:

•   Australian Year 12 inside or outside of Australia

•   An International Baccalaureate Diploma

•   A New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

If you meet any of these criteria, please click here to apply.

  • International applicants apply here.


Other requirements

All commencing MChD students are required to meet the mandatory screening and vaccination requirements for the ANU, ACT Health and NSW Health.

If you're offered a place in the MChD program, you will receive the Screening and Vaccination Information Booklet with your offer letter. You must complete and provide evidence for all requirements in the booklet by the time you enrol.


Inherent requirements

Students develop a range of skills and knowledge over the course of the medical program to build the foundation for medical practice. A wide range of capabilities and attributes are required of doctors; some of which are inherent in the person, and some developed and learnt during medical training and lifelong learning as a medical practitioner.

Some students with a disability may have difficulty demonstrating their capabilities to meet the inherent requirements of a course, for example, participating in compulsory external clinical placements or meeting particular health and safety requirements. The ANU Medical School with advice from the Access and Inclusion Office will assess the disclosure in accordance with the Policy & Procedure: Adjustments for students who disclose a disability and, where feasible, implement reasonable adjustments to support the student to be able to meet the course and program learning outcomes.

Given that students may not be able to complete their program if their disability prevents them from meeting the inherent requirements of core or compulsory courses, students are encouraged to review the inherent requirements of the courses and supports available to them prior to enrollment.

Inherent requirements for the ANU Doctor or Medicine and Surgery are guided by the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ) Inclusive Medical Education guidance note :

Communication skills – verbal, non-verbal and written

  • Medical students will be expected to communicate effectively and sensitively with a range of different people to establish rapport, involve patients and carers in decision making, and practise in a culturally safe way to deliver high quality, safe care. This applies to listening, speaking, reading, writing, and the capability to use these different modes to elicit information from people, often under pressure and in difficult situations.


  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate capabilities consistent with those of a medical professional, including a commitment to making the care of patients their priority, and to practise safely and effectively, treat people with dignity and respect, and be aware of the limits of their own knowledge, skills and health. They will also be required to comply with the law, regulations and any other university codes or policies.

Insight into their own health and behaviour

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to recognise when they experience poor health and put in place effective processes to ensure their own health or behaviours do not pose a risk to others.

Cognition, critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Medical students will be expected to have an aptitude for problem solving, based on scientific principles to understand and solve the complex medical needs of patients, whilst also considering the context of the patient’s circumstances and the health system they are working in.

Team work

  • Medical students will be expected to work willingly and cohesively as part of a team, taking responsibility for their actions as well as recognising and respecting the skills of other professionals.

Physical and observational capabilities

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to acquire information, carry out a range of procedures suitable to their level of capability, and understand and carry out their role in assisting during a medical emergency.

Sustainable performance

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate both physical and mental performance at a consistent and sustained level to perform multiple tasks in an assigned period of time that provides safe and effective care without compromise.


It should be recognised that there may be cases where students will not be able to meet the requirements of the program, even with reasonable adjustments. Steps should then be taken by university staff to provide guidance on other study options available.

Domestic students are eligible for Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
For more information see:


Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


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, enabling pre-registration as a junior doctor. 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 and provides opportunity for high achieving students to pursue a concurrent research focused degree.


Further Information

Completion of this program does not determine a student’s eligibility for registration as a medical practitioner after graduation – this decision is made by the Medical Board of Australia or the Medical Council of New Zealand, based on their respective regulatory requirements. In Australia, students may wish to consult the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) website for more information about registration.


The MChD qualification is recognised in countries outside Australia through its accreditation by the Australian Medical Council and listing on the International Medical Education Directory and the World Health Organisation Medical School Directory. Specific countries may require additional steps to be completed before the degree is recognised by that country. MChD graduates wishing to register and practice in countries other than Australia must satisfy that country's requirements for foreign medical graduates.


For students following award rules prior to 2021, all courses with a code ending in A or B will be given a like-for-like substitution with the equivalent course without the code ending in A or B, except for MEDI8013A or MEDI8013B, which will be substituted for MEDI8022.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. clinically

    ?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.


  4. 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.


  5. with a strong sense of global connection

    Drawing on the University'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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. 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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