Academic merit + UMAT + Interview
Year 12 students
For applicants seeking admission on the basis of the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC), a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 96.00 or equivalent is required to be eligible for consideration for UNSW Medicine.
The minimum achievements for eligibility for consideration are:
- ATAR of 96.00 (NSW, ACT, VIC, SA, NT, WA, TAS)
- OP3 (QLD)
- 37 International Baccalaureate
University students and graduates
Applicants who will have completed one year or more of tertiary studies at undergraduate level by the end of the year preceding their start in the Medicine program will be assessed on the basis of both their high school results (ATAR or ATAR equivalent) and their tertiary study results. These will be combined at a ratio of 50:50. Applicants will be required to attain an academic rank of 96.00 or above.
Applicants who will have completed less than 0.75 full-time equivalent study at tertiary level by the end of the year preceding their start in the Medicine program will be assessed only on the basis of their high school qualification.
The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is designed to assess general attributes and skills gained through prior experience and learning. The three sections in UMAT assess the acquisition of skills in critical thinking and problem solving, interactions with others, and abstract non-verbal reasoning. The sections are equally weighted. For further information about UMAT and to register for the test, visit the UMAT website.
Please note that we use the actual raw scores for the three test components, not the percentile rank. The minimum overall UMAT score required for selection is 150. There is no score minimum for the individual test components.
Applicants are offered an interview on the basis of the combination of their predicted or actual ATAR (or ATAR equivalent) and their actual UMAT score. Interviews are offered to the highest ranking applicants until all interview places have been filled. The interview will be semi-structured and will cover a wide range of relevant issues. There will be two interviewers drawn from academic staff, medical practitioners and community representatives. All shortlisted applicants must be available to attend an interview in Sydney during the set interview period. Applicants who are unable to attend their interview on the relevant date will not be considered further.
For students sitting their final high school exams, schools will be asked to submit predicted ATAR (or equivalent) results to assist in the selection of students for the November round of interviews. Interview offers for January will be based on actual ATAR and UMAT results.