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Choose a world-class pathway to a career in medicine

Griffith University's School of Medicine opened in 2005 with our first students graduating 2008. Today, more than 1200 graduates are in independent practice or in specialty training.

Griffith's four year graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine will help you take your first step on the road to becoming a doctor. It's accredited by the Australian Medical Council and incorporates a strong community focus.

It also has a strong practical focus, with clinical placements being an integral part of each year of study. In your final two years you will be based primarily in off-campus health care services such as hospitals and general practices.

Rural students required for Medicine

A number of places are set aside for students from rural backgrounds.

Study medicine at Griffith

Get ready to improve health, wellbeing and lives

Griffith’s Doctor of Medicine has a strong emphasis on developing communication skills and aims to equip you with an understanding of the science of medicine.

Most of your learning on-campus will occur in small group settings such as problem-based learning tutorials and clinical skills laboratories. These are combined with clinical placements starting from the second month of your degree, in hospitals and community groups one day per week.

This continues into your second year, which will include placements with GPs. In your final two years, clinical placements are more extensive ranging from rural hospitals through to the state-of- the-art Gold Coast University Hospital located across from the Griffith campus. The emphasis will be on developing your clinical skills, patient management and professional behaviour.

In your final year you’ll also have the opportunity to undertake an overseas elective, such as working with United Nations aid programs in developing countries, or attending various centres of excellence around the world such as Harvard Medical School.

Griffith graduate and Queensland Rhodes Scholarship recipient Dr Beth Hamilton wants to continue learning so she can make a difference to marginalised and vulnerable communities in need of greater medical resources.

Ben Gerhady

Griffith Medicine Graduate

Being part of a small and isolated team has its advantages when studying to be a doctor, says medicine student, Ben Gerhardy. The 26-year-old from the Gold Coast spent each of his final three rotations on a rural placement, ending with a very rewarding spell at Goondiwindi Hospital, 350km southwest of Brisbane. Goondiwindi sits on the Queensland and New South Wales border serving a population of 6000. 'As a medical student it's very easy to get lost in a city hospital,' Ben says. 'A rural environment like Goondiwindi can give you a greater learning experience because there are fewer students competing for the same attention from the supervising doctor.'

Ben Gerhady

Study options

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.


We offer a range of scholarships for new and continuing students.

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Career outcomes

Primed for multiple opportunities

Graduates of our program will normally be eligible for limited registration and will receive full registration by Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency when they've successfully completed a subsequent one year internship in the Australian hospital system.

Medical practitioners work in:

  • Private practice
  • Government organisations and public health
  • Academia/teaching
  • Medical research
  • Aid organisations
  • or a combination of these areas

Some of the specialist career opportunities available to graduates are

  • Accident and emergency doctor
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Cardiologist
  • Dermatologist
  • General practitioner
  • Gynaecologist
  • Histopathologist
  • Intensive care specialist
  • Medical administrator
  • Medical educator
  • Medical research
  • Microbiologist (haematology)
  • Neurologist
  • Obstetrician
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Pediatrician
  • Pathologist
  • Radiologist
  • Sexual health specialist
  • Sports medicine specialist
  • Surgeon (general surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery etc)

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Key dates

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Monday 13 July — Saturday 17 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Monday 21 September — Friday 25 September

Virtual Open House: Mature Student Week

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 26 October — Friday 30 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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