Doctor of Medicine (Joint Program)

Western Sydney University / Charles Sturt University


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The Doctor of Medicine (MD) Joint Program in Medicine is a five-year undergraduate program offered jointly by Western Sydney University and Charles Sturt University. If your application is successful, you will have the opportunity to choose to study your degree either in the Greater Western Sydney region (Western Sydney University, Campbelltown campus) or in the Central NSW region (Charles Sturt University, Orange campus).

Applicants can only receive one offer to the Joint Medical Program, to study at either Western Sydney University or Charles Sturt University. Your preference of campus will be considered but cannot be guaranteed. The campus offered will be subject to the availability of places and the preferences of other eligible applicants.

The course is structured around problem-based learning. The first two years of learning focus on the basic sciences (pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, population health and biochemistry), clinical skills and evidence-based medicine. An e-portfolio commences in the first year and runs through all five years of the course.

Clinical learning begins in the first weeks of this highly practical course. In your third, fourth and fifth years you’ll extend your professional skills through full-time clinical and community placements covering the broad range of general, specialist medical and inter-professional training. This will include surgery, medicine, critical care, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and medicine in context rotations.

Every student in the Doctor of Medicine program is required to undertake a research project. You will choose a project in the second part of Year 2 and complete the project over Years 3, 4 and 5.

Medicine is a physically and mentally challenging profession in which practitioners are often required to put the interests of their patients above their own. You must be prepared to commit to a lifetime of service and continuous learning.

While medical education will provide candidates with the foundation of knowledge, attitude, skills and behaviours required to practise medicine, it is recognised that there are certain inherent requirements that are necessary to progress through the curriculum and ultimately receive the Doctor of Medicine (MD). Review the inherent requirement statements for Medicine and think about whether you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements.

Areas of study: Clinical medical and surgical specialties, health in the community, hospital-based medicine, medical sciences, mental health, patient care, population health, research and medicine in context, women’s and children’s health.

Career opportunities: Medical practice, public health, medical education and research. Most medical graduates undertake at least several years of postgraduate vocational training before starting independent practice in their chosen area.

Professional recognition: Graduates will be eligible for registration by the Medical Board of Australia and its equivalent in New Zealand. Following successful completion of a period of accredited internship training, general registration as a medical practitioner can be approved. All students must ensure they meet the Medical Board of Australia English language skills for initial registration. For further details regarding English language proficiency refer to the Medical Board of Australia Registration Standards: English Language Skills.

Practical experience: Patient contact and clinical learning begins in the first weeks and continues throughout the program. In Years 3, 4 and 5 you will rotate through clinical placements. You may be required to undertake these placements at locations away from your enrolment location and in NSW Health facilities. You will be subject to NSW Health policies and procedures.

You will be responsible for all travel and other expenses during placements that are away from your enrolment location.

An internship of one year is a requirement of registration as a medical practitioner in Australia. Internships are organised by the Health Education and Training Institute for internship positions in NSW.

During the clinical years, some students enrolled at Western Sydney University may be required to spend several clinical rotations in rural settings outside the Sydney metropolitan area. As a requirement of funding from the Department of Health, approximately 25% of students will have the opportunity to undertake 12 months of study at one of our rural clinical schools, based at Bathurst and Lismore, where subsidised accommodation is available. In the event of there being a shortfall of students volunteering to undertake such rural placements, the School will conduct a ballot to determine which students will undertake those placements.

It is important to note that transfers between Western Sydney University and Charles Sturt University programs are not allowed.

Fees and charges: The Australian Government subsidises the tuition fee for this course. The remaining balance is paid by the student. Current Western Sydney University fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

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

  1. have registered and sat for the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australian and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ)
  2. submit a UAC application and include 725505 Doctor of Medicine - Charles Sturt University/Western Sydney University as one of your preferences by Wednesday 30 September 2020 (Late applications will not be considered.)
  3. if invited based on your UCAT results, participate in an interview in Sydney or Orange in mid to late November 2020
  4. be selected in competition with other eligible applicants. Selection is based on:
    • academic merit
    • results of UCAT
    • performance at a multistation mini interview.

If you are successful, you cannot defer this program.

Also check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Minimum ATAR (or eqv): 95.50 unless you meet the criteria for Greater Western Sydney residence requirements, in which case the minimum ATAR required is 93.50. If you meet the Rural Entry Admission requirements, the minimum ATAR required is 91.50.

Recommended studies: Chemistry.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with a completed undergraduate degree must attain a grade point average of at least 5.5 (non-Greater Western Sydney graduates), 5.2 (Greater Western Sydney graduates) or 4.9 (Rural Entry Scheme graduates). Applicants with an incomplete degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or coursework masters can refer to Doctor of Medicine applicant information.

All applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements.

Applicants currently (or previously) enrolled in a medical degree (leading to registration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), including a combined medical degree, are not eligible to apply via this pathway. These applicants must apply via the Transfer Request process.

Rural Entry applicants

For applicants applying to the Campbelltown campus

The Rural Entry Admission Scheme (REAS) offers a minimum of 15 places specifically for rural students to study medicine at Western Sydney University. It is open to current school leavers, non-current school leavers and graduates.

REAS applicants must have lived in an Australian Statistical Geography Standard - Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA) of 2 to 5 for a minimum of 5 years consecutively or 10 cumulative years, commencing from the age of 5 to immediately prior to commencing the Doctor of Medicine.

The School of Medicine requires all REAS applicants to provide documentation confirming their eligibility to apply as a rural applicant. Applicants must upload a completed Community Member Confirmation form as part of their UAC application.

Download the Community Member Confirmation form.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

For applicants applying to the Campbelltown campus

Western Sydney University is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors. There is a different pathway process for those who apply as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

We encourage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait applicants to email the School of Medicine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support office at atsifuturedoctors@westernsydney.edu.au or call the Student Central Infoline on 1300 668 370 to discuss your interest in applying.

Student profile

Further information

View all details of this course on the Western Sydney University website.

Course updates
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ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2020)


  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = 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
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria