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Undergraduate course

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine or
Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine

UNSW

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* Applicants can nominate their preferred campus (Sydney–Kensington, Port Macquarie or Wagga Wagga) directly with UNSW.

About

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We are ranked among the world’s top 100 universities for Medicine. (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

Our six-year integrated Medicine program, which leads to the awards of Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD), Includes a compulsory Independent Learning Project (ILP) to ensure that all graduates acquire in-depth knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to medicine and its professional practice, and to improve and diversify future career prospects. Students may complete an Honours project in place of the ILP.

Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)
Collaborative learning and teamwork is an important component of the Bachelor of Medical Studies. Phase 1 begins with the Foundations course, leading into basic medical and social sciences in relation to the human life cycle, social, ethical and legal issues. Clinical and communication skills training commences from Phase 1. Phase 2 provides increased clinical exposure in hospitals placements combined with ongoing learning in biomedical sciences.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)
The MD includes the Independent Learning Project (ILP) followed by clinical courses in the disciplines of internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry, primary care, obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics. There is also an elective clinical course that could be undertaken interstate or overseas. Phase 3 consists of 10 eight-week courses with a clinical focus, includes relevant content from the biomedical sciences and the social sciences. Completion results in provisional registration, allowing commencement of a hospital internship before being recognised as a medical practitioner. 

UNSW Medicine & Health offers select students an opportunity to complete the Medicine program at our Kensington, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses.

Bonded medical places: Refer to the Bonded Medical Places Scheme.

Students may choose to enrol in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine.

Other courses available in a health-related field are 428100 Bachelor of Exercise Physiology, 429700 Bachelor of Medical Science, and 429750 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry.

Degree combinations

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine   –   8 years full-time
Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine   –   6 years full-time

Other information

ATAR Profile: Some UNSW offers were issued based on the UNSW Gateway Early Conditional Offer Scheme with a lower ATAR entry requirement. Refer to the Admissions Information for a complete ATAR profile by degree.

Areas of study

Medicine. Content includes aspects of proactive and reactive approaches to health issues in both individuals and populations, and is organised into three broad content streams – biomedical sciences, medical practice, social and behavioural aspects of health and illness.

Career opportunities

Graduates who obtain full registration from the Medical Board of Australia are able to work as medical practitioners in hospitals and private practices. Further study and experience enables graduates to specialise in a specific area of medicine, such as general practice, paediatrics, cardiology, oncology, general surgery, orthopaedics, pathology, radiology or psychiatry. There are also opportunities in medical research, health policy and medical education.

Practical experience

Clinical placements. Contact with patients and observation of the physical aspects of disease commences in first year and continues to sixth year.

Fees and charges

Refer to UNSW current fee information.

Course locations: Sydney (Kensington), Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses.

Essential requirements for admission

UCAT ANZ and direct application/interview: In addition to submitting a UAC application, you must:

  • Submit an application to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) ANZ with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). UCAT ANZ registration closes on Monday 17 May 2021. Please note: Concession UCAT ANZ applications and access arrangement UCAT ANZ applications close on Monday 10 May 2021. Testing will take place from July 2021. UCAT ANZ details and registration.
  • Submit an application through the Medicine Application Portal by Thursday 30 September 2021.
  • If selected for interview, attend an interview in Sydney in late December 2021 or early January 2022 (late January 2022 for interstate and IB applicants).

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: English Standard. English as a Second Language and Fundamentals of English are not considered suitable preparation.

Recommended studies: Chemistry, Biology.

Minimum ATAR (or eqv): 96.00.

Rural Students Entry Scheme: For information on the selection criteria and application process for the Rural Students Entry Scheme, visit the UNSW Rural Clinical School website or call (02) 9385 3250. Applications close Thursday 30 September 2021.

Indigenous Entry into Medicine Scheme: Indigenous students may gain entry through this scheme. A pre-medicine program is run in November to help prepare Indigenous students for the medicine degree. A support program is run through UNSW Medicine & Health and Nura Gili, UNSW's Centre for Indigenous Programs. For further information, email Nura Gili or call (02) 9385 3805.

Gateway Entry Scheme: UNSW Medicine & Health is making it easier for applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds to join our undergraduate Medicine program. Our Gateway Entry Scheme is available for eligible students applying for the 2022 intake. Refer to UNSW Special Entry Schemes.

Medicine transfers: Applications for transfer to UNSW Medicine & Health from students currently enrolled in other medical schools in Australia will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Applicants must apply through UAC and
submit a Medicine application via the UNSW Medicine & Health's website by Thursday 30 September 2021. Requests to transfer received after this date will not be considered. Potential applicants are advised to
email the Medicine Admissions Manager prior to applying.

Applicants with higher education study

Tertiary results: University results will be taken into consideration to select students who, at the end of 2021, will have completed one or more years in their university course (0.75 full-time equivalent load or more).

Medicine transfers: Applications for transfer to UNSW Medicine & Health from students currently enrolled in other medical schools in Australia will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Applicants must apply through UAC and
submit a Medicine application via the UNSW Medicine & Health's website by Thursday 30 September 2021. Requests to transfer received after this date will not be considered. Potential applicants are advised to email the Medicine Admissions Manager prior to applying.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admissions Scheme: Indigenous students may gain entry through this scheme. A pre-medicine program is run in November to help prepare Indigenous students for the medicine degree. A support program is run through UNSW Medicine & Health and Nura Gili, UNSW's Centre for Indigenous Programs. For further information, email Nura Gili or call (02) 9385 3805.

Also refer to UNSW general admission criteria.

Other applicants

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admissions Scheme: Indigenous students may gain entry through this scheme. A pre-medicine program  is run in November to help prepare Indigenous students for the medicine degree. A support program is run through UNSW Medicine & Health and Nura Gili, UNSW's Centre for Indigenous Programs. For further information, email Nura Gili or call (02) 9385  3805.

Also refer to UNSW general admission criteria.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

Double degree options
Double degree options are available in a number of UNSW courses.

Honours at UNSW
Studying honours offers a chance to develop your research and professional skills guided by staff who are passionate about research and the development of new researchers. Honours is an integral component of many UNSW courses or may be offered as an additional year of study to meritorious students.

Medicine
UNSW Medicine & Health offers undergraduate entry to the integrated 428000 Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine program (BMedMD), a globally recognised qualification. Our award-winning, dynamic medicine program features scenario-based learning, innovative teaching and clinical placements from the first term. Students develop rigorous research skills through a year-long Independent Learning Project and work alongside recognised experts in a variety of fields through our close affiliations with some of Australia's leading hospitals and research institutes. The program is delivered in purpose-built research and teaching facilities at our Kensington campus as well as through the Rural Clinical School, with rural campuses located throughout NSW.

We also offer 428100 Bachelor of Exercise Physiology, which provides you with a comprehensive education in health and exercise, and the 428200 Bachelor of International Public Health, which includes unique coursework from both UNSW Sydney and Arizona State University (ASU), bringing a global perspective to your education.

Visit the UNSW Medicine & Health website.