2. Pathways and entry requirements

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

Please note there are no interview requirements for either pathway. 

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 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 (or equivalent Australian or international studies) is the only prerequisite for admission to the MD (Provisional Entry for School Leavers). Please note your preferred bachelor's degree may have additional prerequisites. Refer to the relevant program page for more information about prerequisites.

Direct entry for graduates

If you have already completed, at minimum, a three-year bachelor's degree (at least six full-time semesters), you can apply for direct entry to the 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, masters, graduate diploma or PhD) completed in the past 10 years
  • minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT completed in the past two years (or a minimum total of 504 for new MCAT* scores)
  • at least a score of 7 overall and a minimum of 7 in each sub-band of the IELTS or equivalent.

*Please note the Faculty of Medicine only accepts results from the new MCAT (April 2015).

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, masters 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 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.

Successful applicants are selected through an order of merit based on their overall GAMSAT score. The GPA from your most recent academic qualification is used as a differentiator between applicants with the same GAMSAT scores.

Please note, all applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission. 

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I’m currently studying Year 12 in Australia

If you’re an international student currently studying Year 12 in Australia and wish to apply for UQ's Doctor of Medicine Provisional Entry, submit your application online through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Apply to QTAC

All other international applicants

If you’re currently studying Year 12 or equivalent secondary studies abroad and wish to apply for UQ's Doctor of Medicine Provisional Entry, or you have already completed a bachelor degree or equivalent and wish to apply for Direct Entry for graduates, submit your application directly to UQ.

Apply directly to UQ

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