Admissions - Selection Criteria
- Doctor of Medicine - Graduate entry
- Double Degree Medicine - Undergraduate entry
- Additional Requirements
- Other Information
Sydney Medical School regularly reviews the admissions criteria and application processes for its courses, including the Doctor of Medicine (MD). It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.
We are currently reviewing the GPA and GAMSAT requirements for admission to the MD. It is possible that GPA scores will, in the future, be incorporated into the ranking of applicants for entry into the MD. It is also possible that the GPA requirement will be increased, and/or that a different GAMSAT calculation formula will be introduced. More information will be available on this website later this year. (It is unnecessary to contact the University or Sydney Medical School for further information as no further details are available at this stage.)
| Qualifying degree and GPA
|GPA calculations|| Domestic Applicants
|| International Applicants
For 2016 entry, all domestic applicants to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) are required to have their bachelor's degree assessed, and Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated, by UAC through its Qualifications Assessment Service (QAS) in 2015.
Standard applicants must have a minimum GPA of 5 to be considered eligible for entry; rural applicants must have a minimum GPA of 4.5 to be considered eligible for entry.
Please see the Domestic Admissions Guide 2016 for further details.
You do not need to have your qualifications assessed by the UAC. Your GPA will be calculated by the University. You must provide your official transcripts with your online application.
You must achieve at least a credit average in your studies. (For example, a GPA of 5 out of 7, where 7 represents a "High Distinction" on a 7-point numeric scale.) Applicants with overseas qualifications are required to achieve an equivalent level (e.g. a GPA of 2.7 out of 4 for USA/Canada universities, a GPA of 3.3 out of 5 for Singapore universities, bachelor's degree at a Lower II class for UK universities).
For 2016 entry, international applicants can include a completed master's degree by coursework in calculating their GPA.
Please see the International Admissions Guide 2016 for further details.
| Admission test
All applicants must submit valid admissions test results as part of the application process.
MCAT (international applicants only)
Please see the Domestic Admissions Guide 2016 or the International Admissions Guide 2016, as applicable, for further details.
Each year’s cut-off score is determined once all applications have been received by Sydney Medical School.
| Domestic Applicants
|| International Applicants
Applicants must have achieved a minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT.
Applicants must have achieved a minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT or at least 8 in each section of the old MCAT (the writing section will be excluded for the purposes of admission). The minimum cut-off for the new MCAT will be announced in early June 2015.
|Domestic Applicants||International Applicants|
|Domestic applicants who meet the minimum GPA and GAMSAT requirements will be considered for participation in the Interview process. Applicants will be selected for interview based on their Overall GAMSAT scores. The overall cut-off will be determined once all applications have been received by Sydney Medical School.||International applicants who meet the minimum GPA and GAMSAT requirements will be invited for interview.|
The interview process aims to broadly sample the candidate's competencies in order to gain a more accurate picture of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Information on interviews is available at here. Also see Professor Stewart Dunn talk about the MMI process
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of minimum English language proficiency. Please refer to the Domestic Admissions Guide 2016 or the International Admissions Guide 2016, as applicable, for further information.
*N.B. Applicants applying through a Special Admissions Scheme should refer to the Special Admissions Schemes menu item and the relevant Admissions Guide 2016 for further information.
Please see the Double Degree Medicine page for details.
US citizens/nationals/permanent residents
In 2010, the US Department of Education (‘DOE’) revised its regulations regarding eligibility of students of non-US graduate medical schools to participate in the US Title IV, of The Higher Education Act 1965, Federal Direct Student Loan Program (‘US Direct Loan Program’). These changes were intended by the DOE to provide the data it requires to monitor the quality of education of those non-US graduate medical schools at which it provides financial assistance to students. For further details, please refer to Foreign Graduate Medical School Consumer Information.
If you are applying for the Doctor of Medicine and you are a US citizen/national/permanent resident (regardless of whether you are also a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than USA), you are required to submit MCAT results. The MCAT results are required so that Sydney Medical School can comply with US Department of Education requirements to participate in the US direct loan scheme. The University is required to provide the Department with lists containing MCAT results and the number of times that US students sat MCAT (but without students' names).
Please note that:
- If you are an eligible domestic applicant AND a US citizen or national or permanent resident, you must supply both MCAT and GAMSAT results and your GAMSAT score will be used in the admission process. There is no minimum requirement for MCAT results and if you wish you may supply the required MCAT results at the time of enrolment.
- If you are a US citizen or national or permanent resident (but NOT an eligible domestic applicant), you must submit MCAT results at the time of application. Alternatively, you may submit both MCAT and GAMSAT results at the time of application if they both meet the minimum requirements and the admission procedure will use whichever results in the higher ranking.
Students attending the University of Sydney may be eligible to apply for government funded and private loans. Students from some countries are able to apply for education loans from government departments in their home countries. Students from the US should note that their ability to access US Federal Financial Aid can change from year to year. Sydney Medical School cannot guarantee that MD students will be able source funds from this scheme for the full four years of the program, and students should be prepared in the event that these funds are not available. Please be advised that neither the University of Sydney nor the Australian Government can assist any students if they do not have sufficient funds to support their candidatures. Enquiries can be directed to: . For specific information on all the loan schemes mentioned above, please refer to Education loans for international students.
Sydney Medical School reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to vary or cancel an offer of admission if your conduct prior to enrolment causes the Medical School to form the view that you are unsuitable for admission to the Doctor of Medicine.
Examples of conduct that might make you unsuitable for admission to the Doctor of Medicine include (but are not limited to):
- failure to treat University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community with respect and courtesy, including failure to use appropriate language and tone in your written or verbal communications;
- failure to act honestly and ethically in your dealings with University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community;
- conduct that results in you being excluded from another higher education institution, or from a course or program offered by another higher education institution;
- conduct that gives Sydney Medical School reasonable cause to believe that enrolling you in clinical training may place you, your peers, or members of the public at risk of harm; and
- conduct that results in you being charged with a criminal offence.
In the interest of equity and fairness to all applicants, those applicants who do not meet the Medical School’s admission criteria, including the required Grade Point Average (GPA) and admissions test results, will not be considered for admission to the Doctor of Medicine. The GPA and admissions test results requirements shall apply, regardless of circumstances such as illness, misadventure or disadvantage during the bachelor’s degree or test.
Students who are seeking special consideration should note that the other graduate-entry medical schools do not have identical admission requirements to those of the University of Sydney.
Sydney Medical School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses, including the Doctor of Medicine. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.