Indigenous Entry into Medicine

UNSW Medicine in partnership with Nura Gili Centre for Indigenous Programs offers an alternative entry pathway into the Medicine program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

The Pre-Medicine Program (PMP), designed in partnership with Nura Gili, provides an introduction to the life of an undergraduate Medicine student, navigating studying and university life within a culturally safe and supportive environment. The residential program is designed to engage participants in the program of Medicine at an introductory level and begin to develop foundational skills in studying at an undergraduate level.

The Pre-Medicine Program is designed to give you a taste of the style and pace of a Phase 1 Medicine course.

The content will cover areas in Biology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Anatomy, Ethics & Learning Skills.

The program will assist you in determining if you are ready to commit to a Medical degree at UNSW and provide us with some insight into your ability to successfully complete course requirements and demands.

At the end of the course you will attend an exit interview, giving you a chance to gain feedback about the course and your progress from the convenors of the course. It is here that we also ask for your feedback on the course to continue to build and improve the program.

Recommendation for programs at UNSW are dependent on your progress throughout the course and results in the assessment tasks. You may be offered a position in the undergraduate Medicine program, or alternatively recommended to further develop skills in the University Preparation Program (Science stream). Students who are not selected for progression will be given feedback which can include advice on other courses to consider.

The PMP is competitive and the students who best meet the selection criteria will be considered for entry into the program. The program is designed for high school students, current undergraduate, and postgraduate students, and mature age students.

To apply for the PMP head over to the Nura Gili.

Some of the criteria that is used to assess your application and personal statement:

  • Demonstrated motivation to practice medicine;
  • Academic capability, including, the capacity to achieve within the UNSW Medicine Program;
  • Demonstrable ability to relate to Indigenous Health issues.


Please note that whilst Chemistry is not a pre-requisite of the undergraduate program at UNSW, that it is highly recommended to have some background in Chemistry as it will be of great benefit during the program and the undergraduate degree.

Additional information

For more information about the program, visit Nura Gili.

All applicants are encouraged to get in contact prior to submitting their application, or for any assistance with their application.