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Introduction

With hundreds of beaches, the largest multicultural community in Australia and home to the famous Opera House, the University of Sydney Medicine has continued to be a top choice for local and international students from around the world and prides itself on the diversity of its students. In fact, a biomedical sciences degree is not a prerequisite to study the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program making for a very diverse student cohort.

Being number 1 in Australia for graduate employment means studying at Sydney Medical School in one of the two pathways will ensure students are improving health with the skills necessary to practice medicine at the highest standard.

The campus has been named among the world’s top 10 most beautiful campuses, and the university in general provides a vibrant and active lifestyle with over 200 clubs and societies, providing opportunities for all interests.

Sydney University Medicine Summary Table

Undergraduate Medicine (7 years)

Domestic Applicants International Applicants
How to apply Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) University representative (agent)
Programme Length 7 years
No. of places 30 10
Academic Requirements Secondary education qualifications inc. Mathematics

ATAR ≥ 99.95
IB ≥ 45
Same as domestic, plus

TOEFL: ≥ 96(23/25)
IELTS (7.0/7.0)
Exam Requirements N/A
Interview MMI
Fees $67,000 (year 1) $80,000 (year 1)
Application deadline September 2020 October 2020

Updated March 2020

Graduate medicine (4 years)

Domestic Applicants International Applicants
How to apply Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

Online MD application
University representative (agent)

Online MD application
Programme Length 4 years
No. of places 230 70
Academic Requirements Secondary education qualifications inc. Mathematics

Bachelor’s degree
Exam Requirements GAMSAT ≥ 50
SJT
MCAT ≥ 500
Interview MMI
Fees $67,000 (year 1) $80,000 (year 1)
Application deadline May 2020

Updated March 2020

Sydney University Medical School - The Programmes

Doctor of Medicine - Undergraduate 7-year Programme

Undergraduate applicants are eligible to apply for the double degree programme which is a 7-year programme for students who have received exceptional results at high-school. This combines a 3-year undergraduate degree with a 4-year graduate entry Doctor of Medicine. Students can obtain an undergraduate degree in either the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science.

Sydney Medical School Application pathways for undergraduates are:

  • Bachelor of Arts/Doctor of Medicine (BArts/MD)
  • Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine (BSc/MD)
Applicants must have an average of 65.0 in their undergraduate studies to stay in the programme. If so, in year 4, the student will progress to the graduate medical program.

 

Doctor of Medicine - Graduate 4-year Programme

This 4 year Sydney Medical Program is for applicants with an undergraduate degree who meet the application criteria. The Medical Degree’s spiral curriculum program consists of 8 vertical themes that run throughout the 4 years including topics like clinical skills, interprofessional teamwork and research. Students undertake a research project in the third year over a 14-week period and the fourth year acts as a pre-internship, giving students real world experience to create a smooth transition into independent practice. Here, students can be placed among various hospitals with opportunities to gain clinical experiences in rural areas with campuses in Dubbo and Orange or in the international student’s home country to assist in returning to their own healthcare systems.

Eligibility

Residence Requirements

The University of Sydney accepts both domestic and international applicants for its seven-year and four-year programmes.

Alternative Pathways

Facilitated admission pathways are possible for the following applications:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
  • Australian Rural Origin applicants

Academic Requirements

Grades

Domestic Undergraduates must have completed year 12 with a minimum ATAR of 99.95, IB of 45 or higher or equivalent. Internationally recognized qualifications include:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examination or American College Test (ACT)
  • GCE A Levels
  • Cambridge Pre-University Diploma
  • European Baccalaureate
  • Specific qualifications for countries/ regions around the world

Graduate applicants must have completed their bachelor degree no more than 10 years before January 1st. Bachelor Degrees must be accredited at Level Seven or be a bachelor’s degree with honours accredited at Level Eight under the Australian Qualifications Framework. International applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an overseas university listed in the “National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition Guide”. Graduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 5.

All applicants must complete the Mathematics equivalent of band 4.

Exams

Domestic Applicants applying for the four-year medical programme must sit the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT). As of 2020, the final GAMSAT score no longer plays a role in the admission process at the University of Sydney. Instead, applications are required to have a minimum of 50 in each section. In 2019 the average GAMSAT score was 60.

Domestic applicants for the four-year programme must sit the Situational Judgement Test.

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

This is an online test where candidates are presented with scenarios and a number of responses that need to be ranked as most to least appropriate and will be administered as an online test and will take 30 minutes to complete. It is free for University of Sydney candidates and no preparation required. T Luckily, the results of the SJT currently do not count towards your application and are purely for research purposes.

International Applicants applying for the four-year medical programme must sit the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). In 2020, the minimum score requirement for the MCAT is 500. If English is not the candidate’s first language, they must upload proof of English language proficiency such as official transcripts or IELTS/TOEFL results. A TOEFL score of 96 (23/25) or higher or IELTS of 7.0/7.0 is required.

Application Process

How to Apply

Domestic applicants applying for the seven-year programme must apply with UAC.

International applicants go through an agent in the candidate’s home country.

For domestic candidates applying for the four-year programme, applications must be done either directly through the University of Sydney website or with UAC.

International applicants can also apply through the University of Sydney website as well as through an agent in the candidate’s home country.

Application Deadlines

Domestic applicants to the undergraduate seven-year programme must apply by September 2020. International applicants to the programme must apply by October 2020.

All applications, both international and domestic, to the graduate four-year programme must apply by May 2020.

Application Documents

In addition to the candidate’s application, other required documents for admission include:

  • Current approved First Aid Certificate and meet Clinical Compliance requirements
  • First Aid qualification (details are outlined in the Admissions Guide)
  • NSW Ministry of Health Compliance Checking
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC)

MD applicants do not need to upload any of the following documents:

  • Evidence of work experience or CV/resumé
  • Information about academic prizes or awards
  • Reference letters

Selection Process

Shortlisting

Applicants will be selected based on either their ATAR or GAMSAT and GPA.

Interview

The University of Sydney medical school uses MMI interviews. MMI interviews can be conducted online to accommodate some international candidates. Plan for the process taking up to 2 hours. The MMI process assesses the quality of applicants based on attributes important for success in the undergraduate and MD program. The interview process tests a candidate's skills like: communication, decision making, teamwork and understanding the role of a doctor with motivation for a profession in medicine and health.


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