Entry Requirements

The following information was provided by the UNSW Medicine, Higher Degree Committee

 

1.1 Admission To PhD, or Masters by Research

1.Candidates with an Honours degree including a thesis (at least comparable to UNSW class 2 division 1) in a relevant discipline, or with a medical degree from an Australian or New Zealand university (MBBS or equivalent), are in general considered eligible for admission to a PhD program.

2.Candidates with a Masters degree with a significant research component and thesis in a relevant discipline are in general considered eligible for admission to a PhD program.

3.Candidates with Honours below class 2 division 1, or who have not been awarded an Honours degree or a Masters degree with a significant Research component, need to demonstrate appropriate research experience. They are in general considered eligible for admission to a PhD program if they are first author on at least one refereed paper in a journal of sufficient standing. However, first authorship on a publication is not an absolute prerequisite, and the eligibility of all such candidates is determined on a case-by-case basis.

4.Candidates with an MBBS or other medical degree from another country are in the first instance considered to be eligible to enrol for a research Masters program, with later transfer to a PhD if appropriate. Direct enrolment for a PhD may be approved on the basis of strong support from the proposed supervisor and the relevant School.

5.Candidates with a Bachelor's degree (without an Honours degree or a Masters degree with significant research component) and relevant experiencecomparable to a UNSW Honours degree, but no first author publications in refereed journals of sufficient standing, may be eligible to enrol in a research Masters program on the basis of support from the proposed supervisor and the relevant School, with later transfer to a PhD if appropriate.

 

1.2 Admission To Doctor of Medical Science (DMedSc)

Candidates for DMedSc must hold a medical degree from the University of New South Wales of at least five years standing; or hold an equivalent medical qualification from a university other than the University of New South Wales with at least five years’ standing and have been associated with the University of New South Wales or one of its teaching hospitals for a period of at least four years. Support for candidature is needed from the relevant School and is dependent on approval by the Faculty HDC.

 

1.3 Admission To Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Candidates for MPhil shall have been awarded a Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline from the University of New South Wales, or equivalent program from another university, normally with an overall WAM at least at credit level.

 

1.4 Admission To Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Candidates for DrPH must  have  been  awarded  a Master of  Public Health or a qualification considered equivalent from a university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Selection Committee, and have at least three years full-time health related work experience. Only candidates who have been accepted by the School of Public Health and Community Medicine into the Future Health Leaders Program may enrol in a DrPH.

 

1.5 Admission To Masters By Coursework, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate

1.For Masters by coursework and graduate diplomas requiring a medical degree, a candidate for the degree shall have been awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Higher Degree Committee of the Faculty of Medicine AND shall have had at least one year's full-time experience in the practice of medicine. Additional prerequisites may be specified by the program authority.

2.For other Masters by coursework and graduate diploma programs, a candidate for the degree shall have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor of four full-time years duration (or the part-time equivalent) from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Higher Degree Committee of the Faculty of Medicine OR shall have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor of three full-time years duration (or the part-time equivalent) and have had at least three years' relevant experience. Additional prerequisites may be specified by the program authority.

3.For graduate certificates requiring a medical degree (Sports Medicine and Geriatric Medicine), a candidate for the degree shall have been awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Higher Degree Committee of the Faculty of Medicine. Additional prerequisites may be specified by the program authority.

4.For other graduate certificate programs, a candidate for the degree shall have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor of three full-time years duration (or the part-time equivalent) from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Higher Degree Committee of the Faculty of Medicine. Additional prerequisites may be specified by the program authority.

5.For newly established programs, admissions are dealt with by the Higher Degree Committee, so that members are informed about the number of candidates seeking to enrol and their background in terms of prior education and experience.

6.For all coursework Masters, graduate diploma and graduate certificate programs that have been in operation for over 12 months, authority for admission of candidates who satisfy the above requirements is delegated to the Head of School (or the Program Co ordinator as nominee) and the Registrar, while authority for admission of other candidates is delegated to Head of School (or the Program Co ordinator as nominee), the Faculty Co ordinator of Postgraduate Studies, and the Registrar.

 

1.6 English Language Requirements

Please refer to the UNSW requirements listed here.

 

2.1 Advanced Standing

For research higher degrees, admission with advanced standing is usually granted when a candidate is transferring from another Australian university because the principal supervisor has accepted an appointment at UNSW and will continue to supervise the candidate. Except in such cases, however, advanced standing is usually not approved e.g. on the basis of research completed prior to enrolment. Instead, candidates are advised to seek remission of one or more sessions at the time of submission of the thesis, if this should prove to be earlier than the minimum duration of enrolment for the degree.

For coursework Masters programs, standard University-wide rules apply.