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Established in 1874, Adelaide is the third oldest university in Australia and consistently ranks in the top 1% of universities globally. It's known as the ‘20 minute city’ as everything you need is only 20 minutes away!

Housed within the $246 million Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building (pictured), the Medical School is the largest faculty at the University of Adelaide and describes their approach to medical education as a practical, hands-on experience in both real-world clinical practice and state of the art simulations. It is helpful that the University is home to the most technologically advanced Adelaide health simulation facility in Australia and Asia.

University of Adelaide Medicine Summary Table

Domestic International
How to apply SATAC Application SATAC Application
Through local agent
Programme Length 6 years
Number of Places 139 30
Academic Requirements ATAR: 90+

IB: 34+

GPA: 5.0/7.0+

SACE: Stage 2/ IB*
Exam Requirements UCAT
Interview Yes
Annual fees $11,035 $76,000
Application Deadline 30 September 2020 30 June 2020
Updated March 2020
*One subject chosen from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematical Methods

Adelaide Medical School - The Programme

The University of Adelaide’s Medical Course is six years. Currently, the course is split into three years of Bachelor of Medical studies, followed by a three-year Doctor of Medicine programme. The first year of the programme teaches the fundamentals of biomedical basic sciences and inner workings of a healthcare system through small-group Scenario-Based Learning (SBL).

Students will continue these concepts and clinical cases in clinical based scenarios with further understanding of the role of a doctor. The final year of the bachelor prepares students for clinical studies within the following 3-year Doctor of Medicine program. There is also an introduction to the research component of the health education course. The last 3 years of the Adelaide University Medicine program continues to build on concepts from the first 3 years of the Bachelor with a strong emphasis on scenario-based learning, professional practice and evidence-based decision making.

Students can take these simulated experiences to clinical placements within community settings and public hospitals. There also exists opportunities for clinical placements overseas. In 2021, the previous Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees will be replaced by the integrated Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine (BMD) 6-year program.


Residence requirements

Adelaide accepts both domestic and international applicants for their medical programme.

Academic Requirements


Domestic students applying for the program must have completed Year 12 studies less than two years ago, and have not started other studies at a tertiary level during that time. It is possible to be considered on the basis of secondary school teaching, despite having left more than two years ago, provided that you do not have a tertiary academic record (i.e. you have either not enrolled in a university degree course or you’ve enrolled but withdrawn before receiving results).

ATAR - Applicants need a minimum ATAR score of 90.

IB - Applicants must have a minimum of 34, including Biology, Chemistry or Maths all at a 4 for Standard Level or 3 for Higher Level.

SACE Stage 2Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematical Maths

International applicants must have completed at least one subject in Chemistry, Mathematics or Biology.

‘Tertiary Transfer’ applicants (i.e. change of degree programme) must have a minimum GPA of 5.0 from the University of Adelaide. Applicants must not have any other grades from other universities.


All applicants, except Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway candidates, are required to sit the UCAT. Each section (VR, DM, QR and AR) have equal weight. The SJT portion of the UCAT is not used to select for an interview for admission entry in 2021.

International applicants applying for the programme must also meet the English Language requirements. Candidates must have either IELTS band score overall score of 7.0 or higher, and in all bands, or have the TOEFL with a paper-based total score of 600 with a minimum of 5.0 in the Test of Written English or for the internet-based total score of 94+; 27+ in writing, 23+ in speaking and 24+ in reading and listening.

Application Process

How to apply

Domestic applicants applying for Adelaide’s medical programme must apply with SATAC. International applications must apply with SATAC or through a local agent.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for domestic applicants is September 2020. The deadline for international applicants is June 2020.

Application Documents

Both domestic and international applicants are required to submit either original or certified copies of grade transcripts and a criminal history clearance. Domestic applicants must complete the SATAC application which lists up to six preferences. International applicants can complete the online application form.

Selection Process


When selected for an offer, domestic applicants are ranked based on a weighted combination of 20% UCAT, 40% academic results and 40% interview results.


Approximately 800 applicants are invited for an interview.

Student Opinion

Responses from a student who wished to remain anonymous.

1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

Adelaide is consistently rated among the top five most liveable cities in the world, striking a balance between stability, culture, environment, infrastructure, education, healthcare, and cost of living. Although we͛re proud of our carefree small-city vibe, there͛s plenty going on: our nightlife is particularly known for the wide range of specialty clubs and pop-up bars, big yearly festivals (Fringe, Womad, Adelaide Festival, etc) provide all kinds of entertainment, and our coffee and restaurant scenes have taken off in a massive way in the last 10 years. The University of Adelaide is also one of the top-ranked research institutions in the country, scoring well above world class for health science research across all specialty areas.

2. What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

We’re not a big city – population just over 1.2 million – so if you͛re looking for a sprawling metropolis that never sleeps, you might want to consider elsewhere. Also remember that the cost of living in Australia is generally considered to be higher than in most other Western countries, though Adelaide has one of the lowest within Australia.

3. What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine there?

Do it! Honestly, Adelaide Medical School is a fantastic place to study. Make sure you're familiar with the admissions requirements and you've done your homework checking out options for housing (most non-local med students will either stay in one of the residential colleges or rent a place). The degree structure is 6 years of integrated learning, with clinical exposure from your first week, so there's no slogging through years of preclinical training before putting your knowledge into action!

4. Do you have any tips on how to get in?

Prepare for the interview. Know what is required of you and practice answering questions with friends and family.

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