As part of the University of Melbourne’s commitment to rural health, the Melbourne Medical School in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences offers a Rural Pathway option within the Doctor of Medicine.

This pathway is for students from a rural background who are committed to undertaking their medical education  wholly in rural setting and becoming a part of rural and regional Australia's medical workforce.

Watch the video below to learn more about the pathway and what makes it unique.

  • There are a total of 30 Commonwealth-Supported places (Bonded Medical Places) available for admission into the Doctor of Medicine through the Rural Pathway.
  • The Rural Pathway will include undergraduate entry and graduate entry options

    Rural Pathway (Undergraduate Entry)
  • 15 places are reserved each intake for graduates of La Trobe University’s Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medical) degree, based in Bendigo and Wodonga. Students must apply through VTAC or UAC and enquiries should be directed to La Trobe University.

Rural Pathway (Graduate Entry)

  • A further 15 places are available for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and are able to demonstrate their rural origins. An interview is required for this entry, which explores their aptitude for medical studies and their commitment to rural practice. Applicants for these 15 places need to apply for the Doctor of Medicine directly through The University of Melbourne (and not through GEMSAS).

It should be noted that satisfying the entry requirements does not guarantee an offer to study.

How to apply

Applications for the 2023 intake are now open. Applications close 31 May 2022.

Eligible applicants from a rural background who wish to apply to the University of Melbourne under the MD Rural Pathway (Graduate Entry) option are required to submit an application directly via the University.

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Supporting Documentation

As part of the application process, applicants are required to provide supporting documentation as evidence of having resided, according to principal home address, for at least 5 years consecutively, or 10 years cumulatively, in areas classified by the Modified Monash Model as category MM2 - MM7 since birth and preferably have completed Years 11 and 12 at a school in an area classified as MM2 to MM7.

Acceptable supporting documents include:

  1. You, the applicant, must provide a statutory declaration in your name.  If you are providing bills or invoices in a parent’s name, from when you were under 18, then both a statutory declaration from a parent and one from yourself will be required.  The statutory declaration/s must be accompanied by either:
    1. Professional supporting letters from a GP/dentist, bank, school, university or workplace.


    2. Professional supporting letters must be dated, signed, include your rural residential address and rural address history, and the dates that you resided at the address.
    3. The professional supporting letters must detail how you are known to the author of the letter and you must be known in a professional capacity e.g. patient of the GP or student of the school/university.
    4. The GP practice/school/bank/work place/university should be in or around the same rural area you are providing support for residing in. If not, the letter needs to clearly detail how the author is able to confirm the rural address history and time periods.  The professional letter of support must be official on letterhead and include, if from a GP their AHPRA registration number or official practice stamp.
    5. Documents to prove residence such as invoices for telephone, utilities, or bank statements showing your (or your family’s) address, can be provided.
      1. If you were over 18 at the time, bills and invoices will only be accepted if in your name.
      2. Rates notices are not acceptable.
      3. An online printed invoice will only be acceptable if dated the year it was issued.  E.g. a bank statement must be dated the year you are supporting (i.e. dated 19 July 2017 if you are supporting the year 2017, it cannot be dated 2021 if you are supporting the year 2017).

Please note:

  • All rural residing should be included in the online application but supporting documentation only needs to support 5 years consecutive or 10 years cumulative rural residing.
  • School reports are not sufficient documentation as we need to clearly see your rural residential address.
  • Please ensure your documentation supports 5 years consecutively or 10 years cumulatively of rural residing.
  • You cannot claim time in the future as part of the 5 or 10 years, as there is no way to establish proof that you will continue to reside in a rural setting.
  • Time spent at a holiday home (second residence) or during school holidays in a rural setting, will not be considered.
  • If selecting 5 years consecutive then the supporting documentation must support 5 full years (documentation is required for every year) and must be consecutive.
  • If selecting 10 years cumulative then the supporting documentation must support 10 full years and documentation will be needed for each time period, one document for the start of each time period and one for the end of each time period (documentation is required for every year).
  • An official statutory declaration template must be used, either your state or territory one or a Commonwealth one.
  • The professional letters of support and statutory declarations must include the rural address history and time periods.

The MD Rural Pathway FAQs contain some key information regarding the program. If after reading through the FAQs you have any further questions about the MD Rural Pathway (Graduate Entry) option, please complete this dedicated enquiry form.

Frequently asked questions

Watch the videos below to meet some of the current Doctor of Medicine (Rural Pathway) students and hear about their experiences.

Find out more about the Doctor of Medicine

Eligible applicants from a rural background who wish to apply for the MD Rural Pathway (Undergraduate Entry) option should refer to the information contained on La Trobe University’s Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medical) webpage. If you have any questions about the requirements for the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medical) course, please contact La Trobe University.

Graduate Access Melbourne

If you are applying for a graduate degree and have experienced, or are experiencing disadvantage you may be eligible for Graduate Access Melbourne.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our frequently asked questions page for more information on the Rural Pathway to the Doctor of Medicine.

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