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 will be offering a Rural Pathway option within the Doctor of Medicine, where training for the entire degree will be conducted in rural Victoria.

  • The first intake will commence in 2022.
  • There will be 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 will be 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 will be available for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and are able to demonstrate their rural origins. An interview will be required for this entry, which will explore their aptitude for medical studies and their commitment to rural practice. Applicants for these 15 places will apply for the Doctor of Medicine directly to 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

Eligible applicants from a rural background who wish to apply to the University of Melbourne under the MD Rural Pathway (Graduate Entry) option will be required to submit an application directly via the University when applications open next year.

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

Applications for the 2023 Intake will open next year around end April – early May.

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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