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Important updates to UQ’s Medicine program

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Do you have students interested in pursuing medicine as a future career?

Year 12 school leavers can begin their journey at undergraduate level with Provisional Entry, which provides a direct pathway to the Doctor of Medicine (MD). UQ has recently implemented important updates in the selection process, admissions, and prerequisites for the program. Read on to see how these changes will affect your students.

Changes to the MD selection process

There are two main changes to the selection process for the MD at UQ:

  1. The introduction of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) as a part of the selection process
  2. The introduction of prerequisite subjects to ensure students are well prepared for the first two years of the program.

The changes will be progressively introduced between 2019 and 2022, allowing prospective students ample time to prepare.

Learn more about the changes to the MD selection process

Applying in 2019 for 2020 Provisional Entry Pathway

Provisional Entry is only available to students who are completing Year 12 (or equivalent (PDF, 341KB)) at the time of their application. Provisional Entry qualifies undergraduate students to enter the MD, provided they achieve minimum entry requirements, and successfully complete their first bachelor's degree at UQ within the minimum time specified.

Minimum eligibility requirements to apply are:

Applicants do not need to participate in MMIs.

During a bachelor's degree, students must achieve a minimum overall GPA of 5.0 (on a 7-point scale) and complete two subject prerequisites by the time of enrolment into the MD program.

Visit the Pathways to Medicine page to find out more about relevant bachelor's programs

Additional changes

UMAT admissions test will be replaced by UCAT in 2019

Applicants looking to commence their medical studies in 2020 will need to sit the new University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), as the UMAT will be discontinued. Registration for the UCAT will open in March 2019 and close in mid-May 2019.

Visit the UCAT site for more information about the new test, including testing dates and format

UCAT rankings scores

In 2019, UCAT will become a mandatory admissions test for Medicine (provisional entry) and Dental Science at The University of Queensland. We are unable to provide a guide on the UCAT threshold at this time, as we do not have historical data.

The required UCAT ranking depends on how many people apply for each intake – it cannot be determined in advance.

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