Undergraduate Medicine Programs

UNSW Difference

As a UNSW Medicine student you will be joining a community of leading educators, researchers and clinicians who are translating discoveries into breakthrough cures, therapies and treatment strategies and turning high achieving students into caring healthcare professionals with globally recognised qualifications. In addition, UNSW Medicine offers the following unique program features:

ILP Research Year

The Independent Learning Project (ILP) provides UNSW medical students with a period of in-depth research in a specialist area. It provides student with the opportunity to develop self-directed learning, improve employment opportunities and get research published.
For more information, visit the ILP webpage. 


Clinical Skills from Year One

UNSW Medicine students are taught clinical skills in a state of the art Clinical Skills Centre supported by high fidelity technology from first year.  Practical experience so early in the program is a unique feature of UNSW Medicine and requires students to work in facilities which replicate real clinical settings and with volunteer simulated patients.

For more information, visit the South West Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation website
or watch Clinical Skills Centre's (Kensington) video.


Teaching staff

The Faculty’s teaching cohort is world class and noted for its innovation and use of blended learning. Many academics and teachers are recognised internationally as leaders in their field. Many have won teaching awards, conduct research into medical education and publish in the highest ranked medical education journals and all have strong links with the nation’s best hospitals, research centres and institutes. UNSW Medical Education Research Group (MERG) also undertake a number of research projects aimed at enhancing teaching and learning in medical education alongside advancing theories and knowledge in the field.


Strong Alumni Community and Partnerships

UNSW Medicine have a strong alumni community with many graduates in leadership roles in some of the world’s finest hospitals, healthcare organisations, research centres and institutes. The Faculty also has strong affiliations with partners across UNSW, affiliated Independent Medical Research Institutes (iMRI’s) and state and federal healthcare and health services providers across medical disciplines.


State of the Art Facilities

Most Kensington-based teaching takes place in the Wallace Wurth Building, which reopened in 2014 after a $140 million redevelopment. The building offers lecture theatres, flexible interactive teaching spaces, group scenario teaching rooms, clinical skills and exercise physiology suites as well as wet teaching laboratory spaces. Together with the Lowy Cancer Research Centre and the soon to be refurbished Biological Sciences Building, the Wallace Wurth is part of a new biomedical research precinct on the upper campus. New teaching and research facilities have also been built at the South Western Sydney Clinical School and on the campuses of the Rural Clinical School including a $20 million medical & allied health campus officially opened in Port Macquarie in 2016.


Social Equity

We proactively engage Indigenous and rural students, and have one of the largest cohorts of Indigenous students in the country. We continue to produce some of Australia’s most diverse and well-rounded medical practitioners.


Rural entry: The Rural Student Entry Scheme to Medicine (RSES) was first introduced in 1997. Applicants with a significant rural background compete for a separate entry quota of at least 27% of the Medicine cohort. 
Indigenous entry: The Indigenous Entry into Medicine Scheme at UNSW helps redress the imbalance of access for the Indigenous population to Indigenous medical practitioners at a similar level of availability as non-Indigenous doctors to the non-Indigenous population.