2. Pathways and entry requirements

There are two entry pathways into the Doctor of Medicine (MD):

There are no interview requirements for either pathway.

In March 2018, changes to the selection process for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program were approved. The changes to MD Admissions will be progressively introduced between 2019 and 2022, allowing prospective students ample time to prepare.

Provisional entry for school leavers

Provisional entry is only available to students who are completing Year 12 (or equivalent) at the time of their application.

Provisional entry provides a guaranteed pathway to the Doctor of Medicine (MD), provided you achieve minimum entry requirements and successfully complete your first bachelor's degree at UQ.

Minimum entry requirements are:

Provisional entry students must complete their first bachelor's degree at UQ within the minimum time specified.

During your bachelor's degree, you must also achieve a minimum overall GPA of 5.0 (on a 7-point scale).

For more information about bachelor's programs, please refer to the Faculty of Medicine’s Pathways to Medicine page.

Queensland Year 12 English is the only prerequisite for admission to the MD (Provisional Entry). Please note your preferred bachelor's degree may have other prerequisites. Refer to the relevant program page for information about prerequisites.

UCAT scores

If you are planning on applying for 2020 entry, you will have to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). You are required to sit the test the year of your application to the MD program. Results are valid for one year.

Here's how the application process works for the Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry):

Once QTAC has assessed all applications based on English subject prerequisites and entry scores (OP/Rank), each eligible applicant is ranked according to their UCAT score.

If you're applying for 2020 admission or later, please note that no information has been released yet about how the UCAT is scored.

The minimum required score aggregate depends on the performance of applicants and available places in the MD program. This varies each year an can't be determined in advance.

For entry in 2020 or later, a tie-breaker has not yet been determined. Similarly, no previous data is available on minimum UCAT scores for bonded and rural places. This data will emerge over the next 2 years.

There are approximately 140 Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for provisional entry students.

Direct entry for graduates

If you have completed, at minimum, a three-year bachelor's degree (at least six full-time semesters), you can apply for direct entry into the Doctor of Medicine (MD).

Your degree must have been awarded by an accredited Australian university or overseas equivalent, and must have been completed before 31 December in the year of application.

Direct entry applicants need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

  • minimum GPA of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in a key degree (bachelor, honours, graduate diploma, master's or PhD) completed in the past 10 years.
  • minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT completed in the past two years.

Your key degree can be in any discipline, although strong scientific knowledge is required for a competitive GAMSAT score. In general, we recommend degrees with a biomedical background.

If you have completed more than one degree (e.g. an approved bachelor's degree plus an approved honours, graduate diploma, master's program, PhD etc.), the most recent degree will be used as your key degree.

If your most recent degree was completed more than 10 years before to the proposed MD commencement date, it will not be accepted.

You must have passed the equivalent of one full-time semester of postgraduate coursework study in the 10 years before the proposed MD commencement date.

GAMSAT cut-off scores

Successful applicants are selected on the basis of their overall GAMSAT score.

In situations where applicants have the same GAMSAT score, the GPA from your most recent key degree is used as a tie-breaker.

The required overall GAMSAT score depends on how many people apply for each intake – it cannot be determined in advance.

As a guide, please see the overall GAMSAT scores for recent Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)** intakes.

** The MBBS was discontinued in 2015. It was replaced by the MD.

 

MD

Year

2015**

2016

2017

2018 2019

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

66*

70*

73*

74* 72

Bonded Medical Places (BMP)

65

68*

72*

73* 71

CSP (rural sub-quota)

64

68*

68*

72* 70

BMP (rural sub-quota)

58*

63*

64*

65* 64

* In this year, not all applicants with the minimum required GAMSAT score received an offer.

Applicants only need a GPA of 5.0 on a 7-point scale to be considered for a place based primarily on GAMSAT results.

Because GPA cut-offs are only relevant to individual offer rounds, they are not an indicator of competitive standing and they are not reported in this table.

All listed GAMSAT scores also do not include any relevant bonus points (e.g. from the Rural Background Scheme)

There are approximately 140 Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for direct entry graduates.

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Provisional entry for school leavers 

If you are a current school leaver and wish to apply for UQ's Doctor of Medicine (MD), submit your application online through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).
 


Apply to QTAC
 

Direct entry for graduates

If you have already completed bachelor degree or equivalent and wish to apply for UQ's Doctor of Medicine (MD), submit your application through the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS).


Apply to GEMSAS

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