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Doctor of  Medicine

Program code: 5578

Delivery location

Herston, Teaching Hospitals, St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (04 Feb, 2019)

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: 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 placements 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 placements at a UQ clinical unit in a range of disciplines. There are eleven clinical units located in Brisbane, four across rural Queensland, and the Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

We aim to be internationally renowned for our outstanding people, the diversity of our student intake, and the excellence of our education. Our graduates will be recognised for their social accountability, critical scientific thinking and drive to be global leaders in health care.

  • 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 30 in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Fast Facts

    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 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 (including Rural Generalist and Rural and Remote 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
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (04 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Herston, Teaching Hospitals, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


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.

Learn more about the admissions process

Additional information

Change to MD Admissions

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 2019-2022, allowing prospective students ample time to prepare.


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

Placements are an integral component of the MD program. Students complete a 4 week Observership at the end of Year 1 and in Phase 2 (years 3 & 4) they undertake 10 core clinical placements in varied disciplines, as well as a final year elective. The Phase 2 placements are delivered by our Clinical Units in South-East and Rural Queensland. Domestic students are eligible to undertake placements at both the Metropolitan and Rural Units, while International students undertake their placements in the Metropolitan Units.

Opportunities are embedded in the program for students to undertake placements overseas or interstate. These include the Observership, Elective and for international students, the Rural and Remote Medicine placement that can be undertaken at a rural location in their home country. Further opportunities are available for students planning to practice overseas following graduation by way of pre-approved placements within our network of partners, such as Queen's University in Canada. In addition, students have the option to undertake placements at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School located in New Orleans, USA and optional elective placements that fall outside of the curriculum.

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:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Doctor of Medicine are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $10,958
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

An “indicative annual fee” is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Doctor of Medicine. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

There are two pathways into the Doctor of Medicine: Provisional Entry and Direct Entry.

Apply now to QTAC

Provisional Entry

Provisional Entry is for students in their final year of high school in Australia.

To be considered for Provisional Entry, you’ll need to apply through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

There are two QTAC codes for the Doctor of Medicine:

  • QTAC Code 721302 (MD Provisional Entry for School Leavers), and
  • QTAC Code 721402 (MD Provisional Entry for School Leavers – Bonded Medical Place).

You can choose one or both of these QTAC codes when you apply.

Apply now to QTAC Apply now to GEMSAS

Direct Entry

Direct entry is for university graduates.

To be considered for Direct Entry, you’ll need to apply through the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS).

Find out more about applying for UQ’s Doctor of Medicine.

Apply now to GEMSAS

Additional application information

Direct Entry for Graduates: Applications must be lodged through GEMSAS. The key degree must have been completed within the ten year period preceding the proposed commencement date. A score of 50 in each of the 3 sections of the GAMSAT is the minimum requirement for further consideration. The GAMSAT result must be gained in the 2 years preceding the year of commencement. View previous years' GAMSAT cut-offs. International students may undertake MCAT as an alternative to GAMSAT.

Provisional Entry for School Leavers: Applicants apply via QTAC and sit the UMAT while in their final year of secondary school. Provisional entry medicine students must complete their first degree at UQ within the minimum time specified with a program GPA of 5.00 in order to progress to the MD.

Provisional entry students should view the Recommended entry pathways.

This program has inherent requirements which must be met prior to undertaking placement.

Admission schemes

Applying for medicine can feel both exciting and daunting, which is why we have several schemes that can improve your chances of getting a place in our program.

Learn more about admission schemes

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