Doctor of Medicine (MD) (Provisional Entry for School-Leavers)
The University of Queensland - St Lucia, Herston, Clinical Units and Teaching Hospitals

Course outline

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program aims to nurture and educate future medical graduates who are clinically capable, 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). You will gain a world-class, hands-on education that enables you to become an exceptional doctor capable of working in any global setting. Your 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, you will be immersed in various clinical environments – both in hospital and the community. Your learning will be grounded in the clinical ‘workplace’ setting, supported by structured teaching and learning activities before culminating in a dedicated pre-internship placement that will provide you with the opportunity to be an active pre-intern member of a clinical team. For more information, visit Doctor of Medicine at UQ.

THE CENTRAL QUEENSLAND – WIDE BAY REGIONAL MEDICAL PATHWAY (RMP): As a school leaver you may also consider our Central Queensland – Wide Bay Regional Medical Pathway (RMP). You 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, you will enter the UQ MD program spending all four years at our Rural Clinical School sites in Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Rockhampton.

THE DARLING DOWNS – SOUTH WEST MEDICAL PATHWAY (MP): As a school leaver you may also consider our Darling Downs – South West Medical Pathway (MP). You can apply to the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medicine Pathway) offered by the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) at its Toowoomba campus. Upon completion of UniSQ’s bachelor degree, you will enter the UQ MD program spending all four years at our Rural Clinical School sites in Toowoomba.

ALTERNATIVE ENTRY PATHWAY: 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 and or Torres Strait Islander background to apply. Specific requirements apply; see

RURAL BACKGROUND STUDENTS: 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 2024, 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 https://future-

Inclusive Medical Education Guidelines for studying medicine: The UQ Medical School is committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all applicants. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand publication, Inclusive Medical Education – Guidance on medical program applicants and students with a disability, before applying. Further information is available here support/inclusive-medical-education.

Other requirements

If you receive a provisional entry offer you 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. There are several recommended programs to prepare you for the MD. All of the programs listed include the required prerequisite courses or allow you to complete the prerequisites as electives; refer to Recommended programs

You must complete your 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, further requirements must be met. For further details visit: Program Requirements.

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

Closing Date: QTAC applications and changes of preferences close 27 September 2024.

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). Please note that a minimum of 50% of the domestic applicants invited to the MMI will be Queensland Year 12 students. 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 background-sub-quota for more information regarding the Rural Background Student Sub Quota. .

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.

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, 2024

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.


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Career opportunities

Graduates are ready to work as registered doctors and undertake further training in any specialty of clinical practice. For example, general practice, internal medicine and critical care, across the geographic continuum from urban to remote communities. Many other career opportunities are open to doctors too. These include careers in public health, medical administration, Defence Force medicine or surgery, clinical research, international aid, medical education, medical insurance, journalism and many more.

Course Code
Start Date
Offer rounds

9 Jan 2025

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