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Doctor of Medicine

Overview

Prepare yourself for one of the most challenging and rewarding professions of all as a medical doctor. Gain the hands-on experience, advanced skills and knowledge to help you graduate ready for a successful medical career.

The UQ Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a postgraduate-entry program that is internationally renowned for our outstanding people, the diversity of our student intake, and the excellence of our education. Graduates are recognised for their social accountability, critical scientific thinking and drive to be global leaders in healthcare.

We have a rich and proud history, and have graduated more than 13,000 doctors. The MD program is designed to graduate doctors capable of meeting future medical challenges in a wide variety of settings nationally and internationally. The curriculum has been developed to capture the enthusiasm and maturity of our graduate entrants. It is underpinned by our world-class teachers and experts in their chosen field of research, ensuring the training program is learner-centred, research-driven and evidence-based.

Your first and second years of the program combine biomedical sciences, public health, medical ethics and clinical skills training in a case-based learning context and a series of patient cases, each designed to help you learn the principles of basic and clinical science of health and disease within a relevant clinical context. Early patient contact and opportunities for clinical reasoning and research are embedded to help you develop advanced critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills that are required for safe, high quality clinical practice.

In your third and fourth years clinical placements are organised around core medical disciplines and across clinical schools comprising hospitals, clinics and general practices in metro and rural Queensland. You may also enhance your learning by undertaking a higher degree between second and third years.

USA citizen or permanent resident? You may be interested in our Doctor of Medicine (Ochsner) program, which provides students with an opportunity to spend 2 years in Brisbane, Australia and 2 years in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn more

Location
Herston, Teaching Hospitals, St Lucia
Duration
4 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (3 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
5578
AQF
Level 9
Location
Herston, Teaching Hospitals, St Lucia
Fees
A$81152 (indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (3 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
5578
CRICOS Code
080921G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Develop the advanced critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills required for safe, high-quality clinical practice.
  • Integrated, case-based learning with early patient contact.
  • Incorporate research into your medical degree.
  • Accredited by the Australian Medical Council and recognised by the Medical Board of Australia.

2 in Australia for public health

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

37 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Peer-assisted study sessions
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Clinical Science
  • Clinical Practice
  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Health, Society & Research

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • General practitioner
  • Surgeon
  • Patient assessor
  • Public health manager
  • Clinical academic
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • International aid worker
  • Defence force member

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Medical Board of Queensland

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Medicine is accredited by:

  • Medical Board of Australia

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Graduate Entry: GPA of 5 in a key degree, GAMSAT or MCAT (international applicants) and interview. GAMSAT must be completed within 2 years prior to the year of commencement and MCAT 3 years. Applicants must achieve a min. score in the GAMSAT (50 per section) or MCAT (504). GAMSAT/MCAT will be used to rank for an invite to interview. Entry is competitive based on GPA, GAMSAT/MCAT and interview score. The key degree must be completed within 10 years prior to commencement.

Provisional Entry (available to students completing Year 12 in the year of application): OP1 or Rank99, Year 12 or equivalent English, and UCAT ANZ or ISAT (international applicants). Applicants must achieve a min. score in the ISAT (160 per section). UCAT ANZ/ISAT will be used to rank for an invite to interview. Entry is competitive based on OP/Rank, UCAT ANZ/ISAT and interview score.

To progress to the MD, provisional entry students must complete their first degree at UQ within the min. time specified for the program, GPA of 5 and complete two subject prerequisites.

See our Recommended Entry Pathways.

Min. scores are reviewed annually.

Prerequisites

Graduate Entry: GPA of 5 in a key degree, GAMSAT or MCAT (international applicants) and interview. GAMSAT must be completed within 2 years prior to the year of commencement and MCAT 3 years. Applicants must achieve a min. score in the GAMSAT (50 per section) or MCAT (504). GAMSAT/MCAT will be used to rank for an invite to interview. Entry is competitive based on GPA, GAMSAT/MCAT and interview score. The key degree must be completed within 10 years prior to commencement.

Provisional Entry (available to students completing Year 12 in the year of application): OP1 or Rank99, Year 12 or equivalent English, and UCAT ANZ or ISAT (international applicants). Applicants must achieve a min. score in the ISAT (160 per section). UCAT ANZ/ISAT will be used to rank for an invite to interview. Entry is competitive based on OP/Rank, UCAT ANZ/ISAT and interview score.

To progress to the MD, provisional entry students must complete their first degree at UQ within the min. time specified for the program, GPA of 5 and complete two subject prerequisites.

See our Recommended Entry Pathways.

Min. scores are reviewed annually.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Additional application information

Additional application information

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Medicine are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $81,152

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Medicine for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

HECS-HELP

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $11,155

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This 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 (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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)

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Provisional Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia. 

The QTAC code for the Doctor of Medicine is 721302.

All other international applicants who want to be considered for Provisional Entry should apply to UQ. The program code for the Doctor of Medicine is 5578.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Apply now to QTAC  or     Apply now to UQ

Direct Entry applicants

Submit your application to UQ. The program code for the Doctor of Medicine is 5578.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Apply now to UQ

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are. 

Provisional Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). 

There are two QTAC codes for Provisional Entry:

  • 721302 (non-bonded medical place) and
  • 721402 (bonded medical place).

You can use one or both QTAC codes when you apply.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Apply now to QTAC

Direct Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS).

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Apply now to GEMSAS

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • Applications to UQ International to open from April each year and waitlisted once full. For a full list of educational representatives: www.uq.edu.au/international

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • Please refer to the GEMSAS website www.gemsas.edu.au for application dates.
  • Please refer to the QTAC website (www.qtac.edu.au) for details of closing dates for the submission of applications, documentation and changes of preference.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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