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What is the minimum FTE study load in semester one of current year study to be included in GPA calculations?

April 1, 2015

Australian National University 37.50%
Deakin University 25%
Griffith University No minimum
Macquarie University No minimum
The University of Melbourne 37.50%
The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle No minimum
The University of Notre Dame, Sydney No minimum
The University of Queensland No minimum
The University of Western Australia More than 25%
University of Wollongong 37.50%

 

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Exchange studies and transcripts

September 5, 2014

Exchange studies are part of your degree and therefore we use the results from those studies in calculating your GPA.  Exchange studies may appear on your home university transcript as pass/fail subjects, but we use your actual results to calculate your GPA.  You must obtain and supply an original transcript for any exchange studies you have doneException: The University of Western Australia will normally use the results that appear on the home university’s transcript (in most cases this is an ungraded pass or an ungraded fail).  Please see the Faculty website for further information and for exceptions to this general rule.

PLEASE NOTE: Any qualification undertaken in a language other than English must be documented by a certified copy of the original transcript, accompanied by an officially translated original (by a NAATI translator), in English.

Please note: extract translations are not acceptable, full translations are required.

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I’ve done a postgraduate degree, do I calculate my GPA on that or on my undergraduate degree?

September 5, 2014

Postgraduate qualifications such as Masters, PhDs, or postgraduate diplomas, may be included in GPA calculations.  However, because schools do have different rules surrounding the use of these qualifications you should read the school entries in this Guide or contact your preferred schools directly for advice.

  • Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate diploma, Masters and PhD results are currently used for the GPA calculation for admission to the University of Queensland (where these awards are deemed to be the ‘key degree’). See UQ’s school entry in this Guide for further information.
  • For The University of Western Australia, Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework are included in a 3-year GPA calculation. Applicants with a completed Masters by research will be awarded a 0.2 bonus to their overall GPA.  Applicants with completed PhDs will be deemed a GPA of 7.0.
  • Griffith awards a GPA of 7.00 for each equivalent full time year taken to complete a Masters by Research only (the remainder of the GPA will be taken from your most recently completed key degree) and an overall GPA of 7.00 is given for a completed PhD.
  • ANU will award a bonus of 4% for successful and complete PhD studies at the time of application. Masters by Research or standalone honours will attract a 2% bonus, Masters by Research must be completed at time of application and standalone Honours must be completed or due to be completed in the year of application. Masters by coursework will not attract any bonus but will be included in the 3-year GPA calculation if the degree is completed or due to be completed in the year of application. Professional Honours will not attract any bonus but may be included in the 3-year GPA calculation if the degree is completed or due to be completed in the year of application.
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle and Sydney will include Graduate Diplomas and Masters by Coursework, completed by 31 July 2018, in the 3-year FTE GPA calculation.
  • Macquarie University will calculate a GPA including Graduate Diploma and Coursework Masters, if this degree will be completed by 31 December the year of application. Completed Research Masters and PhD will be used in GPA calculations. See the Macquarie school entry in this Guide for further information.

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Who uses postgraduate study in GPA calculations?

August 27, 2014

The following schools use postgraduate study in GPA calculations –

  • UWA, who use the most recent three years FTE of results regardless of whether they are complete (except honours which must be complete). Please see school entry for a list of the type of study included in the GPA.
  • UQ, who accept completed postgraduate degrees (Graduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters and PhDs) as standalone key degrees.
  • Griffith will calculate the GPA using the most recently completed key degree/s (a Masters by coursework; Masters by Research; or PhD) if completed by 31 July, 2018. Griffith allocates an overall GPA of 7.00 for completed PhDs and a 7.00 for each full time year of a completed Masters by Research (up to a maximum duration of two years). To complete the 3-FTE years of study when using a masters degree, the next most recently key degree final year/s will be included as required.
  • ANU will include Masters by Coursework results in the 3-year GPA calculation if the degree is completed or due to be completed in the year of application. Professional Honours results may be included in the 3-year GPA calculation if the degree is completed or due to be completed in the year of application.
  • Macquarie University will calculate a GPA including Graduate Diploma and Coursework Masters, if this degree will be completed by 31 December the year of application. Completed Research Masters and PhD will be used in GPA calculations.
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle and Sydney, will calculate the GPA on the most recently completed 3-FTE years of study including qualifications at Graduate Diploma, and Masters by coursework level, if completed by 31 July 2018.

Please see the “Entry requirements – All applicants” section for more detailed information.

All other schools use the most recently-completed undergraduate degree only in GPA calculations.

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I have done (or I am completing) an Honours Year. Will this be used for selection?

August 27, 2014

We include Honours results in GPA calculations, however this can become problematic where the Honours year isn’t complete.  Typically Honours results are only available at the end of the Honours year and we do a GPA calculation for allocating applicants to interviews in the middle of the year.  So you would probably have a GPA calculated on your bachelor degree used for getting an interview and then when the Honours results are available, they would be used to confirm any conditional or provisional offer you may have been made.  However, if you do have results for Honours from Semester 1, these may be used in your GPA calculation together with results from the last two years of your bachelor degree. 

Exception:

The University of Melbourne, if an Honours degree is not completed by mid-year in the year of application, it will not be used.

For UWA, if an Honours degree is not completed by mid-year in the year of application, it will not be used except to confirm any conditional or provisional offer you may have been made.

For Griffith University, if a standalone Honours degree is not completed by the time of application, it will not be used.

Check the relevant schools’ entries in this Guide and their websites to determine if your current Honours will be used in the calculation.

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Will my Honours subject results or the overall Honours grade be used in my GPA calculation?

August 26, 2014

Where an Honours year is eligible to be included; if your Honours year consists of subjects which have results then these will be used to calculate your GPA. If there are no subject results, and only an overall Honours grade, then that will be used (refer to the GPA Conversion Table). If both subject results and an overall Honours grade are available:

ANU, Griffith, Notre Dame, UWA, Wollongong the best GPA will be used.
University of Queensland will use overall Honours grade only.
Deakin, Macquarie, The University of Melbourne will use Honours subject results only.

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Do I need to work out a GPA and can I see the GPA that GEMSAS calculates for me?

June 2, 2011

You don’t need to work out a GPA for the application. It’s only for your information so you can assess your likely competitiveness for the schools you are planning to include on your preference list.

GEMSAS will calculate a GPA for each of the schools on your preference list so there could be six different GPAs calculated for you. It would be very difficult for you to emulate the computer algorithms that do this.

For more information there is a GPA section on our website and a GPA calculator available for use on our application page – https://www.applygemsas.com.au/.

GPA calculations will not be finalised until early August.  You are welcome to email info@GEMSAS.edu.au from the second week in August to request your GPA. When emailing to request your GPA, please include your full name and GAMSAT ID.

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I have taken a diploma to degree conversion bachelor degree in Australia

June 2, 2011

Your degree may not be accepted by all medical schools for the purpose of applying for graduate-entry medicine.  You are advised to check each school’s entry in the Admissions Guide or to contact the schools at which you wish to apply.

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My degree includes credits or exemptions from other institutions

June 2, 2011

You need to include in your application, the names of other institutions at which you have studied.  For ARTS participating universities you don’t need to send original transcripts, but for all non-ARTS universities, please supply an original transcript.

GEMSAS Operations
PO Box 2025
South Melbourne
VIC 3205

See the GPA section on our website – GPA guidelines

Specified credit as per the definition, requires the key degree record to show the subject codes, names, weightings and results, which most results retrieved through ARTS do not show.  So we then will use the most recent prior study up to the number of credit points awarded as credit for prior study.  We do not use transcripts if results are available via ARTS.

Credits from prior study not at the same study level, will not be used in the GPA calculation (e.g. a bachelor degree with prior credits from a diploma).

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I’m still studying this year; do I need to submit a 2018 transcript?

June 2, 2011

Applicants completing their qualifying degree in 2018 will be assessed on the basis of the information available at the time of application.  Semester 1 (or Trimester 1), 2018 results will be included in the assessment for interview if they are available at the time of assessment.

  • For the University of Melbourne, Semester 1 results will not be used in the provisional GPA if they do not equate to at least 0.375 EFTS Load in that semester.  If an Honours degree is not completed by mid-year in the year of application, it will not be used
  • For ANU, if an Honours degree is not completed by mid-year in the year of application, first semester results may be used in the GPA calculation
  • For ANU and the University of Wollongong, Semester 1 results will not be used in the provisional GPA if they do not equate to at least 0.375 EFTS Load in that semester
  • For Deakin University, Semester 1 results will not be used in the provisional GPA if they do not equate to at least 0.25 EFTS Load in that semester
  • For the University of Western Australia, Semester 1 results will not be used in the provisional GPA if they do not equate to more than 0.25 EFTS Load in that semester, unless older/additional study is also available

If your results are from an ARTS university, your Semester 1, 2018 results will be electronically retrieved during June and July.  If you have any unpaid fees at your university we will not be able to retrieve your results until these have been attended to.  Please do this ASAP.

For study at a non-ARTS university, in Semester 1, 2018 please supply an original transcript as soon as possible to the GEMSAS Operations PO Box.  Please post by 25 July noting that the documents must reach us within 5-7 days.  Please use a postal service that will meet this deadline.

Applicants completing their degree in 2018 will only be offered an interview if the GPA at the time of application (with 2018 results to date) meets the required level.

Such applicants should also note that while decisions on interview offers will be made on the basis of results available at the time of application, final 2018 results may be used to determine offers of a place. Refer to each school’s entry in the Admissions Guide for more information.

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