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

Course outline

The Doctor of Medicine is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities expected of leading junior doctors. There are two entry pathways: Provisional Entry (for school leavers) or Direct Entry (for university graduates). Across the program, students transition from studying specific cases in classes with a tutor to undertaking clinical placements in hospitals. Years 1 and 2 combine the study of basic and clinical sciences with training in research, ethics, public health and clinical skills. Years 3 and 4 involve undertaking clinical placements in a range of disciplines at a UQ clinical unit. For more information, visit Doctor of Medicine at UQ.

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 2021, 28% 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 2021, 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 future-students.

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a globally recognised postgraduate-entry program with a focus on early patient contact, clinical reasoning and research. Years 1 and 2 involve studying biomedical sciences, public health, medical ethics and clinical skills training in a series of patient-centred cases. Years 3 and 4 are organised around core medical disciplines and delivered across three clinical schools comprising hospitals, clinics and general practices in Queensland and the United States. Higher research opportunities are also available.

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 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 All students must complete their first bachelor program at UQ within the minimum time specified for that program, achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0 and complete two subject prerequisites before progressing to the medical program. On admission to the medical program, the following requirements must be met: first aid certificate (including CPR); Blue Card; criminal history background check; and compliance with an immunisation schedule.
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Admissions Criteria

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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 2021.

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, 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.

ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2021

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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, 2021

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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.

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CSP/$10,960 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Study Mode
Full time
Course Duration

7 years Full time

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