What to study in Australia after MBBS BDS?

Medicine, a noble profession, is at the global forefront owing to the importance it lays in humans’ life. The profession has gained significant importance persistently as it influences the health and life concerns of the people. Pursuing the global motto – Healthy living, happy living; the medical professionals stimulate people to balance their physical and mental health. With the urban outlook and fast pacing life, people are rarely concerned about their health which is the reason for escalating medical issues. To understand and workout these challenges, proactive medical professionals are required.

Australia is a land of opportunities, offering impeccable health courses for local and international students. For school pass outs, there is an undergraduate program of duration of about 5-6 years and the degree conferred is MBBS. At the graduate level, international students can opt for various postgraduate or diploma programs. After MBBS BDS, students can opt for further specialization for which different universities and colleges offer different programs, some of which are explained below –

Requirements for entry into Australia for Medicine and Dentistry course upon completion of MBBS BDS –

To further pursue study in Australia in Master of Dentistry or Medicine course, the initial step students are required to undertake include primary source verification of the qualifications student has attained through Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). After verification, students can apply for Australian Medical Council (AMC) assessment. For this, there are three assessment pathways – Competent Authority Pathway, Standard Pathway and Specialist Pathway.

  • Under Standard Pathway, non-specialist applicants are required to take an AMC CAT MCQ examination.
  • Under Competent Authority Pathway, non-specialist as well as general practitioners can apply. If applicants have passed recognized exams or have undertaken appropriate training from Board; only those applicants can apply through this pathway.
  • Under Specialist Pathway, the students who have completed training and examination requirements to practice can apply to become eligible to practice in Australia.
  • After the pathway assessment, the student can lodge his or her application for assessment with the Specialist College. The college might conduct face to face or video conferencing interview.
  • The last step requires registration with Australian Medical Board.
    If student wants to pursue studies in any other health related course than medicine and dentistry, they can apply directly –

  • CQ University – The renowned university offers Master of Public Health program to international graduates. The program is of two years and will introduce you to the social-ecological model of health, contemporary challenges in public health, etc. The career in Australia one can opt for with this program include health related government and non- governmental organisations for health promotion and health administration.
    Another program includes Master of Health Science.

  • Southern Cross University – The University is highly ranked and offers great opportunities for students. The postgraduate courses to study in Australia at SCU include Master of Healthcare Leadership, Master of Science (Health Science), etc. The programs are career oriented and are taught by the industry experts.
  • University of Western Australia – It is ranked amongst the top 100 universities of the world. The university promotes innovation, creativity and individual thinking. The courses provided by the institution include Master of Clinical Pathology, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Master of Exercise Science, Master of Health Science, Master of Public Health, and so on. For BDS graduates, there is a specialised program i.e. Master of Dental Public and Primary Health. The university provides a varied range of courses to choose from. Among various study abroad options, the university is a preferred option.
  • Griffith University – The research intensive university ranks among the top 2% of the world universities. The university provides best infrastructural facilities, career oriented curriculum, and highly qualified faculty. The programs provided include Master of Physiotherapy, Master of Speech Pathology, Master of Rehabilitation Counselling, Master of Dental Technology in Prosthetics, Master of Clinical Dentistry in Implant Dentistry, Master of Public Health, Master of International public Health, etc.
    These are some of the highly accredited universities for your study abroad options in health field. For detailed knowledge and understanding, you can contact the experts of the field – West Highlander Career Consultants. We are the licensed, experienced and most qualified overseas education facilitators for study in Australia.

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