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Introduction

Brisbane is the state capital of Queensland, Australia and is nearly 7 times the size of Great Britain. Home to over 100 Koalas and 283 days of sunshine per year, it’s a great place to live and learn at the University of Queensland (UQ).

Founded in 1909, it is the largest medical program in Australia and the oldest medical school in Queensland. The UQ Faculty of Medicine is renowned for one of the most successful rural clinical schools, with 80% of rural trained graduates electing to stay at regional teaching hospitals. Furthermore, it has outstanding links internationally, including offshore clinical schools in New Orleans and Brunei.

This has resulted in the Ochsner health system medical programme, enabling US students to undertake their medical degree in both Australia and the United States and is the only cross-continental medical degree for medical students. The Ochsner program at the University of Queensland Medical School boasts a postgraduate residency (internship) success rate of 93% in 2018, which rivals that of top medical schools in the US.

University of Queensland Medicine Summary Table

Provisional Entry - Year 12 Leavers

Domestic Applicants International Applicants
How to apply QTAC Directly to UQ
OR
International Agent
Programme Length 3-4 years
Number of Places Varies
Academic Requirements OP: 1
ATAR 99.00
IB 42+
Queensland Year 12 English
Exam Requirements UCAT ISAT
Interview MMI
Fees Varies
Application deadline September 2020

Updated March 2020

Graduate Medicine (4 years)

Domestic Applicants International Applicants
How to apply GEMSAS
OR
Directly to UQ
Directly to UQ
Programme Length 4 years
Number of Places 160
Academic Requirements OP: 1
ATAR 99.00
IB 42+
GPA 5.0/7.0+
Integrative Cell and Tissue Biology
AND
System Physiology
Exam Requirements GAMSAT:
50+ in all sections
MCAT 504+
English Proficiency
(IELTS, TOELF, CES,
Pearsons)
Interview MMI
Annual Fees $11,115 AUD $81,152 AUD
Application deadline February 2021

Updated March 2020

University of Queensland Medicine- The Programme

The University of Queensland Medicine offers a 4-year graduate medical programme which awards students with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) upon completion. School leavers are also able to apply for a provisional place in the MD program which they take up once they complete their primary degree.

The 4-year Queensland Medical School programme is split into two distinct phases comprising two years each. In the first two years of the course, there is an introduction to biomedical sciences which are complemented with teaching on other topics such as public health and ethics.

Students studying medicine at UQ receive early patient contact in their course and medical education is mainly delivered through a series of patient-centred cases and simulated teaching experiences which are used to educate students on important topics in medicine. Furthermore, these cases encourage students to develop their clinical reasoning skills through this problem-based learning approach to teaching. At the end of the first year, all students will complete an elective period.

The latter two years of the course are spent mostly in clinical placement. At this time, students rotate through 10 core medical disciplines and can be placed in any of the 11 clinical schools in Queensland, Brunei and the United States, with one of the placements being set in a rural area health care system. Students are also given the opportunity to undertake higher degrees at this point, such as PhDs.

Eligibility

Alternative Pathways

There are alternative pathways for both undergraduates and graduates who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and do not meet the MD entry requirements. They are able to apply through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants scheme.

A rural applicants scheme is also available and 25% of places for the MD 4-year programme every year are designated to candidates from a rural background. This is to encourage and enable students from a rural background who may have limited access to educational opportunities and medical services. When applying, candidates should provide documents which prove their rural residence background.

The University of Queensland also offers a Non-UQ Graduate Entry Pathway. This is for applicants from other universities. Candidates are advised to adhere to the minimum suggested study plan as discussed below.

Finally, the provisional and graduate entry pathway is for candidates who have done a UQ program that already meets the equivalent of the recommended courses as they are already compulsory courses within the program. Other courses have time within the program to fulfil requirements of the study plan to satisfy the prerequisites.

Academic Requirements

Grades

Undergraduate applicants must complete Queensland Year 12 English or equivalent. Graduate students are advised to follow the minimum suggested study plan which includes year two university-level courses in Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology in their undergraduate degree. UQ offers a list of programs that meet this requirement naturally or via an elective study plan scheme.

From 2022 onwards, all graduate entry MD applicants must complete 2 subject prerequisites prior to enrolling into the program. These are: Integrative Cell and Tissue Biology and System Physiology (or equivalent courses or coursework in the candidate’s major). UQ also recommends that applicants take courses in Biostatistics and Anatomy prior to the MD degree.

Graduate applicants must have completed a minimum 3-year bachelor’s degree to apply to the MD program. During the bachelor’s degree applicants must have a minimum overall 5.0 GPA to keep their place in the MD programme.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS ave 7.0+
  • TOEFL IBT: 100+ (listening 25+, reading 25+, writing 27+, speaking 23+)
  • TOEFL PB: 600+ (listening 59+, reading 59+, writing 64+/6)
  • Pearsons: 72+ (All sub bands 72+)
  • CES: 185+ (All sub bands 185*)

Academic Score

Applicants academic score is made up of one of: OP, ATAR, or IB.

Exams

Domestic applicants applying in year 12 must sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). The minimum required score depends on the performance of applicants that year and available places in the MD program and therefore varies.

International applicants must sit the ISAT. A minimum of 160 per section is required.

Domestic graduate applicants to Queensland’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) must take the GAMSAT. A minimum score of 50 per section is required.

International graduate applicants to Queensland’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) must take the MCAT. A minimum overall score of 504 is required.

Application Process

How to apply

Year 12 applicants for provisional entry to the Doctor of Medicine programme must apply through QTAC.

Graduate applicants must apply through GEMSAS or directly on the University of Queensland’s website.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for Year 12 (provisional entry) applicants is September 2020.

The deadline for graduate applicants is February 2021.

Selection Process

In March 2018, changes were approved to the selection process for the MD program. The changes will be introduced slowly between 2019 and 2022. Two main changes are the introduction of the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and prerequisite subjects.

Shortlisting

Year 12 candidates applying for provisional entry will be invited for an MMI based interview based on their UCAT/ISAT ranking. Offers are based on academic score, UCAT/ISAT and interview score.

Graduate applicants will be invited for an MMI based on GAMSAT/ MCAT ranking. Offers are based on GPA, GAMSAT/MCAT and interview score.

Interview

Domestic, international and Ochsner Pathway applicants will all be required to do an MMI from 2020 onwards. This stage of the application process aims to assess an applicant’s non-academic qualities, such as empathy, adaptability and communication skills. Videoconferencing MMIs can be available to international applicants. Applicants who apply through the Ochsner pathway are invited for an in-person MMI in Louisiana, USA.

Competition Ratios

There are approximately 160 places available every year, with 90 reserved for international students.

Rankings

The QS World University Ranking has placed University of Queensland 47th in the world for medicine.


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