Gold Coast, Australia
Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MD) Program
Enrolments in the Bond University Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MD) Program are strictly limited to ensure small class sizes and sufficient clinical placements, Bond University allows a maximum of 120 students in each year. Entry is extremely competitive. Applicants are selected through a rigorous assessment process based on outstanding academic achievement in combination with personal attributes such as knowledge and critical thinking; leadership, initiative and teamwork; communication skills; and responsibility. Short-listed applicants are required to attend an interview in person at Bond University on the Gold Coast where their general suitability to medicine and preparedness to undertake a highly demanding course will be examined at an interview.
As the MD is an undergraduate program, Bond will be offering 80% of total places to school leavers and 20% of total places to graduate applicants.
The course will run for 4 years 8 months, 14 semesters at 3 semesters a year, making it the shortest pathway into becoming a doctor in Australia.
The Bond MD program is only open to Australian Citizens, Australian permanent residents and holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa. Applications are also open to New Zealand Citizens but not to New Zealand permanent residents. Bond University may accept applications from applicants on behalf of Foreign Governments to which it has entered into specific arrangements.
2020 Key Dates
|Thursday 14 January 2021
(9:00am QLD time)
QTAC applications open for the Medical Program applicants (all Domestic applicants apply through QTAC regardless of where they live – either in Australia or overseas). Applications to the Medical Program* is via application to one of:
|Thursday 28 January 2021
(Midnight QLD time)
|QTAC applications close to the Medical Program* (Undergraduate and Graduate).|
|Friday 29 January 2021
(4:30pm QLD time)
|Deadline for all supporting documentation to be provided to QTAC by applicants.|
Monday 15 February to
Wednesday 16 February 2021
Testing conducted on-line: open from 9.00am 10 February and closes 9.00pm 12 February 2020 (QLD time).
|Friday 19 February 2021||Interview invitations will be sent out by email progressively to selected applicants from Friday, 19 Feb 2021 until all available interview spaces are filled.|
|Tuesday 2 March, Wednesday 3 March and Friday 5 March 2021||Medical Program interviews coordinated and conducted at the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine.|
|Friday 12 March 2021||(8:30am QLD time) Round 1 offers released and available from QTAC website. Round 1 offer letters released by Bond University.|
|Tuesday 16 March 2021||Lapse date for Round 1 offers.|
|Tuesday 6 May 2021||O-Week commences (compulsory attendance for Medical students).|
Undergraduate and Postgraduate Applicants
Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Academic results
- Psychometric Test
- Medical Interview (MMI)
All applications to be submitted via QTAC. Further information is available here.
The minimum academic results required to get into the medical Program are:
Minimum academic rank to be competitive for an interview:
- Undergraduate - ATAR 97+ or IB Total 39+.
- Postgraduate - Cumulative GPA of greater than 6.00 on a 7.00 point scale from a recognsed tertiary program.
The assessment and entry pathway (undergraduate or postgraduate) used is dependent on how much progress you have acheived in University, if you have graduated from an undergraduate degree then you must apply as a postgraduate student and your GPA for the highest completed course is used. An Undergraduate or year 12 student must apply as an undergraduate, the academic score used however is dependent on how the student has progressed in an undergraduate course(s), less than 1 year full-time equivalent across all incomplete courses will use year 12 scores only, 1 to 1.5 years FTE will use 50% year 12 results and 50% GPA for the incomplete undergraduate course(s), more than 1.5 years FTE will use the GPA for the incomplete course(s).
More details can be found on Bond University's entry assessment table.
English (Undergraduate applicatnt only) and one of Chemisty, Maths B, or Physics.
The academic assessment used must have been completed be within the last 9 years, this limit does not apply to the prerequisites.
Approximately 50% of applicants will be offered the opportunity to complete an online psychometric test based on their academic achievement.
The medical program has partnered with an experienced external commercial provider to run the psychometric test. The external provider is used by the Police, Ambulance, Fire Service and military to assist with choosing the best candidates. It will be conducted as an on-line test that can be taken anywhere with internet access over a specified time period. Many graduate programs, i.e. the CBA and leading accounting and legal firms use similar processes in their recruitment.
The psychometric testing is designed to provide information on personal attributes recognised as being important for a successful career as a doctor such as the ability to manage pressure, problem solve with emotions, and show empathy. The psychometric testing will focus on your strengths in regard to managing the demands of the program.
The psychometric test will cost $154 along with $5.50 for the Green ID identity verification system. There are two un-timed tests, a 170 question personality test that should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and a 141 question emotional intelligence test that should take about 40 minutes to complete. You should set aside a maximum of 1.5 hours to complete both tests
The psychometric testing will be conducted over a 3-day period, from 10th February (9:00am) until 12th February (9:00pm).
Bond MMI Medical Interviews will be conducted from the 2ndof March 2021 until 5th of March 2021.
Based on the results of the phychometric test, 250 short listed applicants will be required to attend an interview in person at Bond University on the Gold Coast, where their general suitability to medicine and preparedness to undertake a highly demanding course will be examined in a structured multiple mini interviews (MMI).
Invitations for interviews will be sent out early to mid-February.
During the interviews there will be 8 stations, where you will be interviewed by doctors and members of the community from both a medical and non-medical background.
You will be interviewed on the following:
- Outstanding academic achievement
- Demonstrated ability to achieve graduate outcomes of:
- Knowledge and critical thinking
- Initiative and teamwork
- Communication skills
- Ethical decision-making skills
- Non-verbal reasoning
The interviews should take approximately 2 hours in total including registration and debrief.
We encourage applicants to prepare for the medical interview.
Bond University's Medical Interview Training session, the date of which is to be determined, is usually held mid February. Register early to secure your spot, we only accept a small number of students.
Bond University MMI questions and Bond University medicine interview dates can also be viewed via the Bond University School of medicine website.
Alternate pathways into medicine
Domestic and international students eligible to graduate from the following Bond University programs and meet the minimum GPA requirement will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). The same process for entry into first year is used. Places are limited and dependent on availability.
- Bachelor of Biomedical Science (in the Pre-Health Professional major)
- Master of Occupational Therapy
- Doctor of Physiotherapy
- Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice
At present this is the only route that international students can take to get into the medical program.