Our medical program is one of the most highly regarded degrees of its kind in Australia and is taught by experts who are passionate about a host of medical specialties. During your studies you'll master clinical sciences and a range of practical skills, to be prepared for the challenges and rewards of being a doctor.

  • The Doctor of Medicine is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities expected of leading junior doctors. There are two entry pathways into the MD program: Provisional Entry (for school leavers) or Direct Entry (for university graduates).
  • The program is structured in two phases: Clinical Preparation and Clinical Practice. Across the program, you'll transition from studying specific cases in classes with a tutor to undertaking clinical rotations in hospitals.
  • Clinical Preparation (years 1 and 2) combines the study of basic and clinical sciences with training in research, ethics, public health and clinical skills. You'll also complete an apprentice-style Observership to gain insight into life as a doctor.
  • Clinical Practice (years 3 and 4) involves undertaking different rotations at a clinical school. Each clinical rotation is eight-weeks long. There are 11 Clinical Schools: nine in Queensland and two overseas (one in Brunei and the other in the US).

The Doctor of Medicine is a demanding program designed to create doctors who are observant, empathetic, skilled and knowledgeable – and ready to help their patients.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ Medicine is the leading provider of education and research in Queensland and has the largest selection of medical programs in Australia. We were also ranked 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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    Accreditation standards

    The MD is accredited by the Australian Medical Council, which means it meets the highest standards of medical education in Australia. Our teaching and research is supported by more than 2500 academic title-holders and experts from 11 different disciplines

  • In the classroom

    Meet a Phase 1 UQ medicine student

  • In the classroom

    Meet a Phase 2 UQ medicine student


Career outcomes

Graduates of the Doctor of Medicine program are eligible to transition from Student Registration to Provisional Registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

Graduates must apply for Provisional Registration in order to undertake a one-year Internship. An Internship is completed the first year after you graduate. Queensland Health is the only provider of intern training in Queensland.

Once you've completed an Internship, you're eligible for General Registration and you can begin a Residency. A Residency typically lasts for between one and three years, and involves a period of research, or further training, so you can qualify for specialist training.

Once fully qualified, medical practitioners may work in:

  • Private practice
  • Hospitals
  • Public health
  • Academia or teaching
  • Research
  • Aid organisations
  • Defence forces.

Areas of specialist practice include:

  • Addiction medicine
  • Anaesthesia
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • General practice
  • Intensive care medicine
  • Medical administration
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Occupational and environmental medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatrics and child health
  • Pain medicine
  • Palliative medicine
  • Pathology
  • Physician (e.g. general medicine, cardiology, geriatric medicine, gastroenterology)
  • Psychiatry
  • Public health medicine
  • Radiation oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation medicine
  • Sexual health medicine
  • Sport and exercise medicine
  • Surgery (e.g. general surgery, neurosurgery).

A full list of medical specialities and specialist fields is available through the Medical Board of Australia

  • Careers

    Rural health experts

    We run some of the most successful Rural Clinical Schools in Australia. Of our students who choose to undertake rotations at a Rural Clinical School, 80 per cent elect to stay for their intern year.


  • Why study

    Join the UQ Medical Society

    The University of Queensland Medical Society (UQMS) represents over 1800 medical students and is one of the most successful student organisations in Australia. Their aim is to enrich the lives of our medical students through leadership, advocacy and community.

    Learn more
  • Why study

    Diverse perspectives

    Clinical Schools are located in rural, regional and urban centres to ensure you're prepared for a range of work settings when you graduate. We also work closely with health services to maintain the largest medical teaching and research presence in Queensland.

  • Research

    Get on track for a research degree

    UQ has an optional Clinician Scientist Track, which lets you study a Master of Philosophy or PhD alongside your MD. Research training gives you a chance to work alongside experts from a variety of medical disciplines.

  • In the classroom

    Develop your leadership skills

    UQ medicine has partnered with the UQ Business School to create the Medical Leadership Program (MLP). Students who enrol in the MLP study four courses about leadership, along with their MD.

    Learn more


  • Program code
  • 721302
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Herston, Teaching Hospitals, Ipswich, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


1. Direct (Graduate) Entry: GPA of 5 in a key degree, and GAMSAT. Entry is competitive based on GAMSAT or MCAT (for international applicants) and GPA.

2. Provisional Entry: OP1 or Rank 99, Year 12 or equivalent English, and UMAT or ISAT (for international applicants). Provisional entry is only available to students completing Year 12 in the year of application. Previous UMAT cut-offs.

Additional information


Students enrolled in the medical program will be registered with AHPRA by the University. Information about Student Registration can be found on the AHPRHA website. Following the successful completion of the medical program, graduates enter the medical workforce, primarily in the major public teaching hospitals, and complete a 1 year program. Upon successful completion of this internship, junior doctors are eligible to receive full registration with the State Medical Board or Council. In general, registration in one state of Australia entitles the doctor to registration in other states.


In Australia, State Health Departments are responsible for the funding of, and placement of students for, internships. Internships are therefore determined by relevant State Health Departments, not universities. The Queensland Health Department has made it clear that Australian-trained international students are not guaranteed an internship upon graduation.

Graduates intending to practise medicine in a country other than Australia must satisfy the particular requirements of that country. In addition to your degree, some countries will have other requirements, such as registration exams. Further information is available here.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Doctor of Medicine are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Doctor of Medicine. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Clinical Placements are an integral component of the MD program. Students complete an elective clinical observership at the end of Year 1. In Phase 2 students undertake ten clinical rotations within clinical units across South-East Queensland and the Rural Clinical School. Students wishing to undertake a clinical placement in an international location may be permitted to do so under certain conditions.

There are a number of requirements that students must meet prior to commencing clinical placement:

  • A current Blue Card (Working with Children Check)
  • A current Criminal History Check
  • A current First Aid Certificate (including CPR)
  • Evidence of immunisation

Further information is available here.

Students are liable for any additional costs associated with attending clinical placements.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Medical Board of Queensland

Accreditation body

The Doctor of Medicine is accredited by:

  • Medical Board Of Australia

Further study options

Graduates of the Doctor of Medicine have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

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