Local applicants

UNSW Medicine's admission process has a number of steps - please read the instructions below in full before starting your application. For dates, see Important Dates.

Please note:

  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • All short-listed applicants must be available to attend an interview in Sydney during the advertised interview dates. Applicants not able to attend their interview on the relevant date will not be considered further.


Application process

  1. Apply for and sit UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test).
  2. Complete and submit UNSW Medicine Application Form by the closing date. When you start an application, you receive your username and password  and password via email (receipt). Your username and password will allow to save you application and retunr to work on it prior to final submission. UNSW Medicine Application Form is usually available from early May in the year prior to commencement in the Medicine program. It includes questions on why applicants want to study Medicine at UNSW, details of relevant personal qualities and skills, non-academic interests and activities and a brief description of life experience. The information in this form is not used to select applicants for interview. The information is used to set the context of the applicant’s interview.
  3. Complete University Admission Centre (UAC) application by the closing date.
  4. Attend the Medicine interview by invitation. 
  5. Wait for the outcome of your application. The final ranking of applicants will be completed in mid-January and a list of selected students will be sent to UAC. If you are accepted, your offer will be available through your UAC account.
  6. Accept or decline your offer(s) online through UAC/myUNSW.
  7. Selected applicants are sent the UNSW Medicine Newsletter with full instructions for enrolment, NSW Health requirements and timetabling.
  8. Enrol in your courses.
  9. Pay your tuition fees or get a student loan.

If you have any problems completing your online application, do not hesitate to contact us:

Medicine Education & Student Office
+61 2 9385 8765


Admission process special admission schemes

Additional/different steps may need to be taken by applicants that apply under one of our special admission schemes. Additional information and deadlines are available on our Alternate Admission Schemes section.


Information for non-NSW/ACT applicants

Since implementing an interview as part of the selection process, UNSW Medicine's experience is that the preference for almost all interstate applicants is to enter a medical school in their home state. Most applicants apply to UNSW Medicine just in case they are not offered a place in a medical school closer to home. As a result, fewer than 5% of interstate applicants who attend an interview eventually enrol in our course.

To save interstate applicants from the very significant time and expense of travelling to Sydney for an interview, applicants who live outside of New South Wales or Australian Capital Territory are usually not interviewed until late January.

The process we have developed allows an interstate applicant to have the opportunity to have UNSW Medicine as a preference, and yet not be required to attend an interview at UNSW unless they do not obtain a place in their home state medical school.

The process works as follows:

  • NSW/ACT applicants are selected for November/December or early January interview rounds in early November or late-December. Interstate/overseas applicants are selected at the same time but not scheduled for either of these rounds of interviews.
  • The outcome of the first round of offers for places in interstate medical schools will be known around mid-January. Applicants who were selected for an interview at UNSW in either November or late-December will have a chance to come to UNSW for an interview in late-January if their final academic results/UMAT combination are above the UNSW main round cut-off.

Applicants interviewed in late-January will be subject to exactly the same interview and process as those interviewed earlier. If the results of their interview, together with their academic and UMAT results, exceed the cut-off that was required for entry into UNSW Medicine in the main round of offers, they will be offered a place in UNSW Medicine program in the late round of offers (UNSW Medicine puts places aside for these late round offers).

It must be stressed that applicants interviewed in late-January will not be disadvantaged in any way in this process.


Late exam results

Applications cannot be considered for entry in 2017 if exam results are not made available to UAC by 7 January 2017. The reason for the need for this deadline is to allow main round offers to be finalised and also to determine interstate interviewees for the late January round of interviews. It is usually the case that the only students adversely affected by this deadline for results are students who sit one of the "A" Level examinations and university students with unresolved exam results. We will do our best to consider these applicants, but cannot guarantee it.