What is a Medicine Degree?
Why should I study medicine overseas?

Medicine is a highly competitive degree programme with limited places, hence many students who could not get into the local universities will consider applying for a medical degree overseas. To be a qualified doctor in Singapore, you must hold a medical degree that is recognised by the Singapore Medical Council and Australia is popular destination for Medical students.

In addition, studying overseas will give you an amazing and eye-opening experience that you will never have just by staying in Singapore. It exposes you to an international experience, whether it is in the healthcare sector or at a personal level. There might be opportunities for students to work in rural hospitals, allowing them to enhance their medical experience in areas unavailable in Singapore.

In Australia, only 6 Medical schools are recognised by the Singapore Medical Council. 4 of these schools offer undergraduate entry and accept students who have completed GCE A Level, IB Diploma or equivalent. Besides obtaining good academic results, the universities will also require students to sit for an interview and an admission test.

The application process to get into medical schools can be quite complex, and again, highly competitive. AECC Global has put together a quick summary of the medical programmes in Australia.


Undergraduate Entry Medicine Programme

University No. of years Estimated annual course fees Min Scores to apply (A levels / IB) Prerequisite subjects Additional requirement
Monash University 5 A$77,000 15 / 39
A Level: 3H2
A Levels: Chemistry
(Min B) GP Min. B or O level Eng B or A level English DIB:
Chemistry – 5 SL or 4 HL English – 5 SL or 4 HL or 6 in B SL or 5 in B SL
Interview and ISAT
The University of Adelaide 6 A$76,000 12 / 33
A Levels: 3H2
Math or Chemistry or Biology Interview and UCAT
UNSW Australia 6 A$66,480 22 / 38
3H2 + 3H1 + 1H3.
Additional H2 or H3 subject may be taken into account
Interview and ISAT
The University of Western Australia 3 (UG)
3 (MD)
UG A$37,800
PG A$78,100
14 / 37
3H2 + 1 H1 (content based) or additional H2
Interview and ISAT

A-level entry is calculated based on the following:-

  • H2 [ A = 5 points, B = 4 points, C = 3 points, D = 2 points, E = 1]
  • H1 subjects [ A = 2.5 points, B = 2 points, C = 1.5 points, D = 1 point, E = 0.5 points]
  • H3 – Distinction = 2.5, Merit = 1.5, Pass = 1


Graduate Entry Medicine Programme

University No. of years Estimated annual course fees Min Entry requirement Additional requirement
The University of Western Australia 4 A$78,100 Bachelor degree with GPA of 5.5/7.0 Interview and GAMSAT or MCAT
Monash University (School of Rural Health – Churchill Campus) 4 A$68,600 A degree with significant Biomedical Science content.

6 /7 GPA

Situational Judgement Test
Australian National University 4 A$72,728 Bachelor’s degree with minimum weighted GPA of 5.6 Interview and GAMSAT or MCAT
University of Queensland 4 A$79,928 Bachelor’s degree with minimum GPA of 5.0 / 7.0 Interview (Multiple mini interview) and GAMSAT / MCAT

University of Melbourne and University of Sydney are also recognized by Singapore Medical Council.


The information in this table should be used as a guide only. Please refer to detailed institution prospectus or handbooks for specific details and conditions. AECC Singapore will not be held responsible for discrepancies shown in these tables. Much of the information for 2020 intake may change from time to time without prior notice.

Like most countries, Singapore would require you to study in an approved medical degree if you are thinking of becoming a doctor in Singapore. The approved medical degrees can be found on the Singapore Medical Council website here.

At AECC Global Singapore, we represent a substantial list of Australian universities that are recognised by the Singapore Medical Council (please refer to the list below).

Approved medical degrees by Singapore Medical Council (SMC)

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Application usually starts in March the year before. If you are applying for 2021 intake, you can submit your application from March 2020. Thus, GCE A level students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as they receive their results.

There is only 1 intake per year in Feb/March.

Students who have completed GCE A levels/IB but are not able to meet the entry requirements can choose to take an Express foundation programme (6 to 8 months). After completing the foundation programme, students will be able to apply with their foundation results. It is important to note that progression from foundation to the medical degree is subjected to final results, the relevant admission test and interview.

Alternatively, students may choose the graduate entry pathway. In this case, students will need to complete a basic degree in any specialisation, preferably in a related field such as biomedicine or biomedical science. Students who have completed a bachelor degree can then apply for a 4-year Doctor of Medicine programme.

You are allowed to resit for ISAT, however there is a 1 year waiting period before you are allowed to rebook the test.

As application to the medicine programme can be a long and complicated process, we strongly encouraged students to engage an education agent to process their applications. At AECC Global, we specialised in one-to-one personalised service, providing end-to-end guidance from course advice and, application processing, to visa application to and accommodation application.

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