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Prerequisites

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What are prerequisite subjects?
How do you assess subjects from other Universities?
Have you already assessed my subjects?
Do I have to have my subjects assessed before applying for a course?
How do I send you my subjects for assessment?
I didn't complete an approved subject as part of my degree, what can I do?

 

What are prerequisite subjects?

A prerequisite subject is a subject or sequence of subjects which must be completed before entering a course of study. Many programs at The University of Melbourne have prerequisite subjects that must be completed in order to be eligible to apply. The selection requirements for the course you are interested in will normally specify these requirements. 

These entry requirements can be found in the Resolutions on Selection (http://about.unimelb.edu.au/academicboard/resolutions). You can also find this information using the University's Coursesearch.

The Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Physiotherapy have very specific prerequisites. For all three courses, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than ten years prior to commencing.

If you have not completed the subjects at the time you apply, you may still submit an application if you provide evidence of enrolment in approved subjects in the second half of the year. If you receive an offer, you will need to provide evidence of completion.

Evidence of completion must be provided no later than the following dates for each program:

Doctor of Medicine
  • 8 November – International applicants residing outside of Australia
  • 2 January – International applicants residing in Australia at the time of application
  • 2 January – Citizens and permanent residents of Australia and citizens of New Zealand 
 
Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • 15 November – International applicants residing outside of Australia
  • 13 December – International applicants residing in Australia at the time of application
  • 13 December - Citizens and permanent residents of Australia and citizens of New Zealand
 
Doctor of Physiotherapy 
  • 13 December – all applicants

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Surgery

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) require prerequisite subjects in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology taught at the second-year level, or equivalent.

The second-year level subjects that we recommend here at The University of Melbourne as meeting the prerequisites are:

Anatomy:  ANAT20006 Principles of Human Structure
Biochemistry: BCMB20002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Physiology: PHYS20008 Human Physiology

It is possible that a combined sequence of subjects may be required for a single prerequisite, and these subjects will be marked on our list of assessed subjects as conditional.

Doctor of Physiotherapy

The Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) requires prerequisite subjects in anatomy and physiology taught at the first year level, or equivalent.

Approved anatomy and physiology subjects on the lists of approved subjects below will satisfy the requirements for the Doctor of Physiotherapy. A list of additional subjects which have been approved specifically for the Doctor of Physiotherapy is available from the Melbourne School of Health Sciences.

Subjects listed as approved on the Doctor of Physiotherapy's list of prerequisites will not necessarily be approved for the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Dental Surgery. Applicants should refer to the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Surgery prerequisite lists below to ensure that you have satisfied the requirements for these degrees. 

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How do you assess subjects from other Universities?

We compare your subjects to the recommended subjects here at The University of Melbourne using the following criteria:

Anatomy

Year level: 2nd year equivalent
Lecture program: The number and content of the lectures (in the gross anatomy component of an integrated course) must be equivalent to ANAT20006 ‘Principles of Human Structure’
Labs: There must be a lab component to the course which includes human material as a resource.
Text book: Standard human anatomy texts should be the prescribed resource

ANAT20006 Overview:
This subject covers the terminology of topographic anatomy; the principles related to key anatomical structures: skin, fascia and skeletal muscles, bones and joints, vessels, nerves and viscera; the organisation of the body into regions and the anatomy of the major organ systems. The material is presented in 36x1hour lectures, 4x2hour wet labs and 8 Anatomy-Directed-Self-Learning.


Physiology

Year level: 2nd year equivalent
Lecture program: The number and content of the lectures (in the physiology component of an integrated course) must be equivalent to PHYS20008 ‘Human Physiology’.
Text book: The recommended text for this unit is D. Silverthorn “Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach”.

PHYS20008 overview:
Physiology is the study of the normal functioning of living organisms.  The 2nd year course at Melbourne focuses on neuro-endocrine control mechanisms and homeostasis in humans, with specific content on basic mechanisms of excitable tissues, nerve-nerve and nerve-tissue communication, autonomic nervous system, skeletal muscle, and the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems.  Interactive learning is emphasized in lectures (34 in total) and self-directed, computer-assisted tutorials (6). 


Biochemistry

Year level: 2nd year equivalent
Approved pre-requisite subjects would be deemed equivalent BCMB20002 based on the following criteria:
Lecture program: The number and content of the lectures must be equivalent to BCMB20002 ‘Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’.

BCMB20002 Overview:
30 x 1 hour lectures or more (a semester).  The content must build on strong chemistry prerequisites to cover biochemical structures of protein, polysaccharides and nucleic acids dealing with monomeric units and the biological polymers.  The function of enzymes should be covered and DNA functions.  Metabolism should include glycolysis, pentose phosphate, Krebs cycle and oxidative phoshorylation.
Labs: There is no specific requirement for a lab component
Text book: A standard biochemistry text should be the prescribed (e.g. Stryer or Lehninger).

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Have you already assessed my subjects?

We have assessed a large number of subjects from Australian and international institutions. If the subjects you have studied are not included in the lists below, please submit an assessment request to the MDHS Student Centre via our prerequisite assessment form. We are happy to assess combinations of subjects if you feel that you have covered the required content.

Subjects that have been assessed from Australian, New Zealand and other international  universities:


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Do I have to have my subjects assessed before applying for a course?

If your subjects have not been previously assessed, we strongly recommend having your subjects assessed well in advance of applying.  The assessment process may be lengthy, so we recommend having your subjects assessed one year in advance of applying. 

Prospective applicants for the 2015 intake of the MD, DDS or DPT must submit documentation through the prerequisite assessment form for assessment by Friday 2nd May 2014 in order to be considered for admission for the following year.  Applicants who submit complete documentation by 30th April will be advised of the subject equivalent before the closing date for applications. 

Note: Submissions received after this date will be processed but applicants will not receive advice about the outcome of the request until after the closing date for applications.

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How do I send you my subjects for assessment?

Please first check if your subjects have already been assessed, including subjects from International Institutions.

To have your subjects assessed please use the prerequisite appointment form:

Submit subjects for assessment
 

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I didn’t complete an approved subject as part of my degree, what can I do?

You must complete an approved subject in order to be eligible to apply for admission, no exemptions will be granted, but that subject does not have to be part of a degree (though it must be passed). Most universities have a program enabling you to take subjects through single subject study. At the University of Melbourne this is called the Community Access Program (CAP). The three recommended University of Melbourne prerequisite subjects are available via CAP, however please note that a quota applies to ANAT20006: Principles of Human Structure. For more information on this quota click here

Prospective applicants for the MD, DDS or DPT must show evidence that they have completed or enrolled in the approved prerequisites at the time of application.

Please note that due to Australian law, it is not possible for international students to obtain a student visa to study CAP subjects at the University of Melbourne.

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