Selection process

Your offer to study at UNSW Medicine will be based on three selection criteria:  

  • Your academic rank 
  • Your UCAT ANZ overall score 
  • Your interview score 

Applicants are ranked using these three selection criteria. Offers for study in the medicine program are offered to applicants with the highest rank determined by all measures. Scores aren’t averaged, a high score in one area won’t compensate for a low score in another. 

  1. Unbonded and bonded places allocation

    Unbonded places are available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents. This is the standard entry category and there are no scholarships or bonding attached to these places.

    The Bonded Medical Program (BMP) is only available to Australian citizens and permanent residents. In exchange for a medical place, once students have graduated, bonded students agree to work in an area of workforce shortage. You can learn more about a bonded place at UNSW Medicine in our FAQs.

    The Australian Government determines the number of unbonded and bonded places available. All applicants are automatically considered for both types of places.

    Unbonded places are offered to the top-ranking students at the final stage until the allocation is exhausted. Bonded places are then offered until all places have been filled.

  2. Campus allocation 

    Our Kensington, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses have a set number of places available. When you complete your application on the Medicine Application Portal, you must indicate your campus preferences by putting all three campuses in your preferred order.

    You are able to change your campus preference up until the application deadline. Once the deadline has passed no further preference changes can be accommodated, regardless of circumstance.

    Your campus preference order has no influence on whether you are offered a place in the UNSW Medicine program, i.e. preferencing one campus over another does not increase or decrease your chances of receiving an offer.

    UNSW Medicine & Health will allocate students to campuses based on their ranking, campus preference order, and campus availability. We will do our very best to allocate you to your first campus preference, but you should understand that this is not guaranteed and so also be prepared to accept an offer at your second or third campus preference.

    You will only receive one offer for one campus.

    Applicants who accept a place in the Medicine program at the Port Macquarie campus for Year 1 usually have an opportunity to complete all 6 years of the Medicine program in the Mid North Coast (MNC) region (Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour Rural Clinical Campuses). However, relocation to another rural or metropolitan campus for a defined period may also be considered depending upon availability of places.

    Applicants who accept a place in the Medicine program at the Wagga Wagga campus for Year 1 usually have the opportunity to complete all 6 years of the Medicine program in Murrumbidgee, Riverina and Border region (Wagga Wagga, Albury and Griffith Rural Clinical Campuses). However, relocation to another rural or metropolitan campus for a defined period may also be considered depending upon availability of places.

    More information on studying at the UNSW Port Macquarie or Wagga Wagga campuses is available at the Rural Clinical School