Selection Criteria - Local Applicants

Students are selected for entry into the UNSW Medicine Degree on the basis of:

  1. academic merit
  2. results of the UMAT and
  3. performance at an interview

These three elements are equally weighted. You are most likely to be selected if you achieve the highest possible result in each of these criteria. This is illustrated by the fact that although the minimum ATAR for eligibility is 96.00, the median ATAR required for entry is always greater than 99.60. Similarly for both UMAT and the interview, the median scores required for entry are close to the top of the respective ranges.

UNSW Medicine continues to be an exceptionally popular program and there were in excess of 3500 applicants for the 135 standard (non rural) entry places for 2016.

Further information about the Selection Criteria

1.  Academic Merit

(a)  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.

This table lists minimum achievements for eligibility for consideration to UNSW Medicine on the basis of high school results. However, as previously stated, the minimum academic score is unlikely to be sufficient to be selected for an interview.

NSW, ACT, VIC, SA, NT, WA, TAS ATAR of 96.00
Queensland OP3
International Baccalaureate 37


Assumed Knowledge
There are no prerequisites for entry into UNSW Medicine. However, there is assumed knowledge of Standard English (in the NSW HSC). Assumed knowledge is a level of achievement at the HSC (or equivalent) considered desirable for successful study. Students who do not have the assumed level of knowledge are not prevented from enrolling, but may be placed at a disadvantage.

Please also refer to the section "What subjects should I study at High School?" in the section "Frequently Asked Questions".

(b) University students and graduates

Applicants who apply for entry in 2017 and who will have completed one year or more of tertiary studies at undergraduate level by the end of 2016 will be assessed on the basis of both their high school results and their tertiary results. These will be combined in the ratio of 50:50. They will be required to attain an academic rank of at least 96 to be eligible for consideration for UNSW Medicine.

Applicants who will have completed less than 0.75 Full Time Equivalent study at the tertiary level by the end of 2016 will be assessed only on the basis of their high school qualifications. Tertiary results for such students will not be taken into consideration. They will also be required to have obtained an academic rank of at least 96 in their final high school results to be eligible for consideration for entry to UNSW Medicine.

Please also refer to the section "Can I gain admission after partly completing or completing another undergraduate degree?" in the section "Frequently Asked Questions".

Please note that there is no separate quota for university students.

Applicants who have not completed the NSW HSC (or equivalent) are required to complete a minimum of one year full time of recognised university studies.


(c)  UNSW Bachelor of Medical Science students ("Lateral Entry")

This graduate entry stream is only available to UNSW students commencing the Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc). Up to 10 places will be available for students to enter year 4 of the Medicine program with advanced standing. This entry scheme is not available to international students.

Selection will be on the basis of the weighted average mark for the first two years of BMedSc, the UMAT score and interview results. These three selection criteria will be weighted equally. Please note:

  • Students must have completed all 8 core courses for Stage 2 of the BMedSc and all other required courses by the end of Year 2 of BMedSci program. HSC (or equivalent) results will not be taken into consideration.
  • Students must have a valid UMAT score
  • The interview results used will be from the interview held during or immediately following the second year of BMedSc at UNSW.
  • Students applying for the Graduate Entry Stream are not required to submit an application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
  • International students are ineligible to apply for this scheme.
  • During Year 2 of the BMedSc, the process for application will be as for all other non-HSC applicants, with the exception of not submitting an application through UAC. That is, students will be required to:

Applicants will be selected for interview in the November/early January immediately after completion of Year 2 of their degree, on the basis of BMedSc results to date (weighted average mark) and UMAT score. Note that the interview may differ from that undertaken by applicants in the other categories of entry.

This entry pathway leads to the offer of a provisional place and is subject to completion of all the other requirements for the BMedSc with Honours plus additional coursework as prescribed. Further details and conditions on the graduate entry stream.

2. Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT)

The 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 score is valid for one year only. UNSW uses the actual scores for the three test components, not the percentile rank. Minimum UMAT score required for interivew selection is 150 (total raw score - there is no required score minimum for test components).

3. Interview

Applicants are offered interviews on the basis of their combined predicted or actual ATAR and their actual UMAT scores. Interviews are offered to the highest ranking applicants until all interview places have been filled. Interviews take place in late November/early December and early January in Sydney only. A maximum of 400 applicants will be interviewed.

All shortlisted applicants must be available to attend an interview in person 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 in 2016, schools will be asked to submit predicted HSC ATAR (or equivalent) results to assist in the selection of students for the November round of interviews. Offers of interviews for January 2017 will be based on actual ATAR and UMAT.

There is a special round of interviews held in late January for applicants from interstate (excluding ACT) and New Zealand. As this is after the first round offers are made, it allows interstate applicants to wait until they know whether or not they have a place in a medical school in their home state. This means that most applicants are saved the very significant time and expense of travelling from interstate to UNSW for an interview.

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.

Note: Achieving the minimum criteria for interview does not guarantee selection for interview. Applicants whose combined UMAT score is less than 150 will not be considered for interview. Applicants whose ATAR and/or University marks are lower than 96.00 will not be considered for interview.

No applications received after 30 September 2016 will be considered. UNSW Medicine adheres strictly to the closing date. Applications received after this date will not be accepted under any circumstances.

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