- Application Process
- Important Dates
- Selection for Interview
- Selection for Offer
- Special Admission Schemes
- Government Policies
- Contact Us
You can find detailed information about the BMed/MD program in the online UNSW Handbook.
Unbonded medical places
Unbonded medical places are available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.
This is the 'standard' entry category. These places have no bonding or scholarships attached to them.
Bonded medical places
Places under the Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme are only available to Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents.
Applicants who accept a place in this category will be bonded to areas of workforce shortage. They will be required to work for one year in an area of workforce shortage for their chosen speciality. This period can be completed between commencing internship and five years after fellowship is achieved. The Australian Government has indicated that outer metropolitan and rural areas are the likely locations for the one year of bonded work.
Visit the Department of Health BMP Scheme website for further information.
Please note that applicants who accept a bonded medical place will automatically be considered for an unbonded place should one become available. This 'upgrade' will be announced after the Semester 1 census day (31 March). This process is an internal process and upgraded students will be informed by email. As a guide, each year we upgrade up to 10 bonded students.
UNSW Medicine continues to be an exceptionally popular Medicine program, usually receiving more than 3500 applicants for 189 domestic student positions (bonded and unbonded). The number of domestic positions are determined by the Federal Government.
You are most likely to be offered a position in the UNSW Medicine program if you achieve the highest possible result for each of the three criteria: ATAR, UMAT and interview. These criteria are used to rank students. Positions are offered from the highest ranked applicant down, until no further positions are available.
Applicants with minimum scores are unlikely to be selected. To illustrate, while the minimum ATAR for eligibility is 96.00, the median required for entry is generally greater than 99.60. Similarly, the UMAT and interview median rankings required for entry are close to the top of their respective ranges.
Due to the limited number of positions, only the top ranked students can be selected. However, many more would potentially be suitable to train as doctors. It is important to note that unsuccessful candidates are not being judged as unsuitable to study Medicine.
Applicants who believe that the UNSW Medicine’s admissions process has not been fairly implemented in relation to their application have the right of appeal. Such appeal is to be in writing to: The Dean of Medicine, UNSW Sydney NSW 2052. The reason for the appeal will be investigated by a UNSW Medicine staff member and the Dean will make a determination.
As it is not considered appropriate for children under the age of 16 to participate in clinical training, applicants who will be under the age of 16 years at the commencement of Year 1 should discuss their proposed application with the Medicine Education and Student Office on +61 2 9385 8765 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
After completing one of the medicine programs, the new graduate usually works for at least one year as a Junior Medical Officer (JMO), also known as ‘intern’, in selected hospitals in order to obtain registration as a medical practitioner with a State Medical Board. Further study and experience is required before specialist qualifications can be obtained. For further information:
- visit the website for the NSW Health's Health Education and Training Institute (HETI)
- visit the websites for the specialist colleges such as the Royal Australasian College of Physicians or the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- research different medical careers
Preparing to apply
Applicants may be aware that there are courses that claim to improve performance in UMAT or in the interview. The Faculty would like applicants to be aware that:
- As stated in the UMAT Information Booklet, ACER and the UMAT Consortium universities do not recommend or endorse any commercially available courses offering UMAT preparation. Neither ACER nor any of the Consortium universities conduct UMAT preparation courses.
- Some claims by those who provide these courses as to the high number who attended their courses and subsequently gained entry into UNSW Medicine have been found either to be untrue or profoundly exaggerated.
- Some providers also give misleading information concerning the application process for UNSW Medicine. One false claim is that the UNSW Medicine Application Form is used as part of the selection of applicants for the interview. The Faculty makes it very clear that students are selected for the interview solely on their UMAT result and their academic record or predicted HSC result. Applicants therefore do not increase at all their chances for an interview by paying someone to review their UNSW Medicine Application Form.
- The interview at UNSW is significantly different from those used at other medical schools, with our interview focussing on your life experiences. There is no evidence that students who undertake interview training courses perform better at the interview. On the contrary, feedback from interviewers has indicated that students who have obviously been coached have been at a disadvantage in our style of interview
- From 2019, all applicants will sit UCAT instead of UMAT as part of the medicine admissions process. Please note that the Faculty does not recomend or endorse any commercially available courses offering UCAT preparation. Neither UCAT ANZ Consortium or any of the Consortium universities conduct UCAT preparation courses.
Although there are no prerequisites for entry into UNSW Medicine, we recommend that students study English for their final high school examinations. There is assumed knowledge of this subject and studying it is considered desirable for successful study in the Medicine Program. Students who do not have the assumed level of knowledge are eligible to apply, be offered a place and to enrol, but may be placed at a considerable disadvantage.
In addition, study in Chemistry is recommended.
Achieving the minimum academic merit and UMAT result does not guarantee selection for interview. You can find details on how we select students for an interview on our Selection Criteria.
UNSW Medicine will receive ATAR information directly from UAC, there is no need for students to provide their results to us themselves.
To find out if you are eligible to apply for medicine or to have your qualification assessed, please contact UAC and request Qualification Assessment Service (QAS) which is available for a fee. This service is available all year round and beneficial to applicants who have completed any University study. The Faculty is unable to do individual qualification pre-assessment outside of the formal application process.
As a guide, if a local applicant has an ATAR of less than 93.00, their tertiary results can never be sufficient to raise their academic results to the equivalent of the minimum ATAR of 96.00 required for consideration for entry. An applicant who scores a ATAR of around 98 would need to achieve results of high distinctions in some courses and distinctions in the rest in order to maintain the equivalent ATAR.
UMAT is only valid for a year. This means that applicants need to sit UMAT in the year they apply for Medicine at UNSW.
Students may apply for admission to UNSW Medicine after completing some tertiary study. Please note that the Faculty does not set a limit to the number of years an applicant may submit an application for admission.
University study includes bachelor degrees, masters by coursework, masters by research and PhD.
Applicants who have completed at least 0.75 full-time study equivalent of their first year of a tertiary program will be assessed based on their secondary and tertiary results which are weighted equally.
For applicants who have completed more than one program of University study, UAC will assess each qualification separately and use the highest score to determine the tertiary academic rank. Tertiary academic rank will then be combined with the secondary academic rank at a ratio of 50:50 to determine the final academic rank used for medicine admission.
To find out if you are eligible to apply for medicine or to have your qualification assessed, please contact UAC and request a Qualification Assessment Service (QAS) which is available for a fee. This service is available all year round and beneficial to applicants who have completed any University study. The Faculty receives academic scores through UAC in December each year and is unable to do individual qualification pre-assessment outside of the formal application process.
As a guide, if a local applicant has an ATAR of less than 93.00, their tertiary results can never be sufficient to raise their academic results to the equivalent of the minimum ATAR of 96.00 required for consideration for entry. An applicant who achieves an ATAR of around 98 would need to reach results of high distinctions in some courses and distinctions in the rest in order to maintain the equivalent ATAR.
Please note that domestic students who are currently enrolled in a medical degree at another Australian university are not eligible to seek admission to UNSW Medicine as a commencing student. Please visit our Special Admission Schemes page for further details.
Please visit our Special Admission Schemes page for details.
No, we do not have a separate quota for non-school leavers.
Due to the structure of the curriculum, few if any credits can be granted to students transferring after partly completing or completing another degree. Exemption from all or part of the requirement to undertake 12 Units of Credit of General Education courses will be considered and granted when applicable.
We do not offer a graduate pathway, i.e. it is not possible to join our program only for the MD component.
There is a graduate entry stream into the Medicine program, but only for students enrolled in the UNSW Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc). More details can be found on our Special Admission Schemes.
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. The GPA will then be converted into an ATAR equivalent.
This is an extremely difficult question to answer, and one which requires a great deal of individual assessment.
In all cases, students should carefully consider their determination to pursue a career in medicine and, in line with that, their willingness to spend one year repeating the HSC or one or more years undertaking a tertiary program in order to again attempt admission to UNSW Medicine.
An alternative to repeating the HSC is to enrol in another tertiary program. This is where the decision may become difficult. A quandary here is that students may undertake tertiary programs in which they have no particular vocational interest and, having completed one or more years, fail to achieve entry into the first year of UNSW Medicine.
The obvious problem, then, is that students are on a degree path in which they have little interest. As no guarantee can be given about the chances of success of students obtaining entry to UNSW Medicine, students should make careful choices of tertiary programs to ensure that if they do not succeed in obtaining a place in UNSW Medicine, they have enrolled in programs in which they do have interest and which can be used to pursue different careers other than the practice of medicine.
Another issue to be considered is that the academic component for selection for students who commence a university degree is based on both the ATAR and tertiary results, which are combined at a ratio of 50:50. Thus, if a local applicant has a ATAR of less than 93.00, their tertiary results can never be sufficient to raise their academic results to the equivalent of the minimum ATAR of 96.00 required for consideration for entry. On the other hand, an applicant who achieves an ATAR of around 98 would need to reach results of high distinctions in some courses and distinctions in the rest in order to maintain the equivalent ATAR.
Students should note that when electing to undertake tertiary studies in another program with the aim of obtaining a place in UNSW Medicine, they are not restricted to programs offered by the University of New South Wales and therefore may consider programs offered by any Australian university. Science and Arts based programs are equally acceptable.
Note that there is a separate admission process for students applying from the Bachelor of Medical Science program at UNSW. You can find more information on the Graduate Entry Stream for UNSW BMedSc Students on our Special Admission Schemes page.
Fees and scholarships
There are no full-fee places available for local (non-international) applicants.
For information on housing, please visit the UNSW Housing website and contact the housing team directly if you have any questions.
Please note that residential college accommodation is limited and there are always waiting lists. Students interested in college accommodation are advised to apply early - preferably three to six months before starting at UNSW.
The main hospitals located in Sydney which are used for clinical teaching are:
- Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick
- St George Hospital, Kogarah
- St Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst
- Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool
- Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
- Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick
- Sutherland Hospital, Caringbah
- Bankstown Hospital, Bankstown
- Fairfield Hospital, Fairfield
The main hospitals located outside of Sydney and in rural New South Wales and Victoria which are used for clinical teaching are:
- Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital, Wagga Wagga
- Albury Wodonga Health, Albury-Wodonga
- Port Macquarie Base Hospital, Port Macquarie
- Coffs Harbour Hospital, Coffs Harbour
- Griffith Base Hospital, Griffith