Doctor of Medicine (MD) Provisional Entry for School-Leavers (Bonded Medical Program)
The University of Queensland - St Lucia&Clinical Schools

Course outline

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program aims is to nurture and educate future medical graduates who are clinically excellent, team players, kind and compassionate, serve responsibly and are dedicated to the continual improvement of the health of people and communities. There are two entry pathways: Provisional Entry (for school leavers) or Direct Entry (for university graduates). Students gain a world-class, hands-on education that enables them to become an exceptional doctor capable of working in any global setting.
Students four-year medical journey begins in year 1 with the foundations of medicine – learning fundamental concepts of medical sciences, clinical and professional skills and the role of the doctor and the health system. Year 2 will concentrate on developing the knowledge and skills required for medical practice, with a focus on the pathophysiology of common conditions. From year 3, students will be immersed in various clinical environments – both in hospital and the community. This clinical immersion will culminate in a ‘transition to practice semester’ providing students with the opportunity to be an active pre-intern member of a clinical team. Higher research opportunities are also available. For more information, visit Doctor of Medicine at UQ.

THE CENTRAL QUEENSLAND – WIDE BAY REGIONAL MEDICAL PATHWAY (RMP): School leavers may also consider our Central Queensland – Wide Bay Regional Medical Pathway (RMP). Applicants can apply to the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathway to Medicine) offered at CQUniversity (Rockhampton and Bundaberg campuses). Upon completion of CQUniversity’s bachelor degree, they will enter the UQ MD program spending all four years at our Rural Clinical School sites in Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Rockhampton.

The UQ Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is committed to diversifying the medical workforce. Our UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Doctor of Medicine Admission Pathway (Provisional) encourages students with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background to apply. Specific requirements apply; see

This UQ and Australian Government initiative aims to proactively improve health services and reduce doctor shortages outside metropolitan areas across Australia. In 2023, 28.5% of all Commonwealth-supported places will be allocated to this scheme. If you accept an offer under this scheme, in return you commit to work in an eligible regional, rural and remote area for a specified period after completion of the MD program. The commitment is referred to as a Return of Service Obligation (RoSO). Specific requirements apply; see

This UQ and Australian Government initiative aims to proactively widen UQ MD program access to applicants from rural and remote backgrounds. This initiative is designed to reduce doctor shortages and improve health services in rural and remote areas of Australia. In 2023, 28% of places will be designated to applicants who have lived for a minimum length of time in a rural area in Australia. Specific requirements apply; see

Inherent requirement to study medicine: The MD Program Admission team is committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all applicants. We encourage all applicants to familiarise themselves with the Inherent Requirements to Studying Medicine in Australia and New Zealand before applying. Further information is available here:


After completion of the first degree, students are located primarily at St Lucia in year 1 and at hospitals in years 2 to 4.

Other requirements

Students accepting an MD offer under the Bonded Medical Program (BMP) scheme must commit to working in an area of workplace shortage for a specified period after they have completed their professional training. A Deed of Agreement (the BMP contract) is signed at the end of the first degree. Students who receive a provisional entry offer may choose any bachelor level program at UQ (minimum three year degree). Enrolment in the first degree is subject to meeting all additional entry requirements for that degree, such as subject prerequisites or auditions. Provisional entry students should note the recommended entry pathways; refer to Pathways to medicine. All students must complete their first bachelor program at UQ within the minimum time specified for that program and achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0 before progressing to the medical program. On admission to the medical program further requirements must be met. For further details visit

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for UQ and for this course, refer to UQ’s website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); Applicant must be a Current Year 12 student; Interview

Fixed closing date

QTAC applications and changes of preferences close 30 September 2022.

Additional entry requirements

Applicants must sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) in the year of application and undertake a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). An adjusted ATAR 95 or equivalent is required. The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a postgraduate medical training program. Provisional entry sets aside a future place in the program and is available to domestic and international students completing Year 12 (at their first attempt) in the year of application. To progress to the MD program, applicants must complete their first bachelor level degree in the minimum timeframe at UQ (minimum of three years study prior to entry), achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0 and complete two subject prerequisites. Entry to this course is highly competitive, and not all applicants with an adjusted ATAR/selection rank 95 will be offered a place. Offers will be based on the following criteria: number of places available and the applicant’s final ranking, based on the combined score of ATAR, MMI total score and aggregate UCAT ANZ score. Details of the UCAT ANZ, including registration procedures, are available at

Rural Background Student Sub Quota: To help address shortages of medical professionals in rural areas, 28% of the places available are designated to students from a rural background. Visit for more information regarding the Rural Background Student Sub Quota.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Highest Rank to receive an offer

Median Rank to receive an offer

Lowest Rank to receive an offer

ATAR/Selection Rank excluding adjustment factors




ATAR/Selection Rank including adjustment factors




Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Career opportunities

Graduates are ready to embark on a host of different and complementary career pathways. They may become experts in patient care, public health, clinical academia and teaching, research or work for aid organisations, the defence forces or set up their own private practice.

Course Code
Start Date
Offer rounds
CSP/$11800 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time
Course Duration

7 years Full time