- Sydney Medical Program - Graduate entry
- Double Degree Medicine - Undergraduate entry
- Additional Requirements
- Other Information
Sydney Medical School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses, including the Medical Program. 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. Please note that selection requirements for 2015 entry are under review by the Admissions Committee. Any new policy will be posted here when it is available. Please revisit this website on a regular basis for any updates. (It is unnecessary to contact the University at this stage as no further information can be provided.)
| Qualifying degree and GPA
|GPA calculations|| Domestic Applicants*
|| International Applicants**
For 2014 entry, all domestic applicants to the Sydney Medical Program (SMP) are required to have their bachelor's degree assessed, and Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated, by the UAC through its Qualifications Assessment Service (QAS) in 2013.
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 Admissions Guide 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 record of academic achievement (e.g. transcripts) with your online application form.
You must achieve at least a credit average in your studies. 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 2014 entry, international applicants will be able to include a master's degree by coursework in calculating their GPA.
| Admission test
All applicants must submit admissions test results as part of the application process.
MCAT (international applicants only)
Please see the Admissions Guide 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 MCAT (the writing section will be excluded for the purposes of admission).
|Domestic Applicants||International Applicants**|
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/MCAT scores. The overall cut-off will be determined once all applications have been received by Sydney Medical School.
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.
*N.B. Applicants applying through a special admissions scheme should refer to the Special Admissions Schemes menu item or the Admissions Guide for further information.
** International applicants from Singapore and Malaysia should contact the for information about recognition of the University of Sydney qualification for practice in their home country. Other international applicants should make their own enquiries regarding recognition of the University of Sydney qualification for practice in their home country.
Detailed information is available in the Admissions Guide.
Applicants are required to download and read the guide before starting an application.
International research project
Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney is currently involved with an international multi-site research project investigating the efficacy of CASPer (Computer-based Assessment of Personal Characteristics) in a diverse population. The Michael G DeGroote Medical School at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, currently uses CASPer as an admission tool for screening applicants prior to their being offered an interview. The research project is looking at performance in CASPer and areas of diversity such as culture, socioeconomic status, geography, age, educational background, and language to ensure that CASPer does not disadvantage any applicants.
If you apply to Sydney Medical School, you may be sent a letter mentioning this research, and giving you a URL to contact if you are interested in more information about the research.
The Admissions Office at the Sydney Medical School will have no information about who makes inquiries about or who participates in CASPer. Therefore, participation, or lack thereof, will have no influence on your application to the Medical School.
Please note that the research is totally voluntary and NOT part of the Medical School admissions process.
Admission to Double Degree Medicine is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification, such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) leading to the award of an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) or equivalent.
For domestic applicants commencing in 2014, the required ATAR is expected to be 99.95 for all Double Degree Medicine courses, except the Bachelor of Music Studies/Doctor of Medicine for which the required ATAR is expected to be 99.5. Applicants from outside NSW will have their scores converted to ATAR equivalent scores.
International applicants require an ATAR of 99.5 or international equivalent to be considered for admission. Please refer to the conversion table accessible from the website at http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/international/undergraduate/entry-requirements/academic-requirements.php for further information.
Applicants for Double Degree Medicine are also required to participate in a semi-structured interview. Applicants for the Bachelor of Music Studies/Doctor of Medicine will undertake an interview and an audition. The results of the interview and audition (where relevant) will form part of the ranking of applicants.
Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.
|Commerce-Medicine||Economics-Medicine||Music-Medicine||Science-Medicine||Science-Medicine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school-leavers|
|Major studies:||As listed for the BCommerce and MD||As listed for the BEconomics and MD||As listed for the BMus Studies and MD||As listed for the BSc(Adv) or BMedSc, and MD||As listed for the BSc(Adv) or BMedSc, and MD|
|Assumed knowledge:||Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1.||Mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on first year units selected.||Music 2||Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Other assumed knowledge depends on Science degree chosen. All students in the Science-Medicine program must take some units of study in mathematics||Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Other assumed knowledge depends on Science degree chosen. All students in the Science-Medicine program must take some units of study in mathematics|
Applicants are eligible to apply for admission to a Double Degree Medicine program at the first opportunity after graduating from high school, regardless of when their results become available. If their results are NOT available in time to be considered for the 2014 intake (that is, prior to the issue of invitations to the January 2014 interviews) they are required to complete this supplementary form and to upload certified copies of their qualifications and the date that their results were released. If eligible, they will be invited to an interview in January 2015 for the 2015 intake.
- It is not possible for candidates enrolled in a Double Degree Medicine program to obtain credit for previous tertiary studies.
- Applicants are required to submit a formal application to the Universities Admissions Centre or the University of Sydney for 2015 entry in accordance with the normal procedure (see http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/medical-program/admissions/apply.php#combined) prior to completing the supplementary form. The supplementary form must be submitted by 30 September 2014.
- Applicants whose results will be released in time to be invited to an interview in January 2014 should not complete the supplementary form.
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 Medical Program 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 become eligible, and remain eligible, 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.
From the commencement of 2014, it is possible that students studying the Sydney Medical Program will not be able to access US Federal Financial Aid. Unfortunately, we will not be able to confirm whether or not loans will be available until late 2013 or 2014. The university is still working on this issue with the US Department. Applicants should be aware that Sydney Medical School’s eligibility to participate in this scheme is subject to change, and that Sydney Medical School does not, and cannot, guarantee that students attending the Sydney Medical Program will remain eligible for US loans for the duration of their studies. Please see Education Loans for International Students or contact the Financial Aid Officer: at the International Office for further information.
These requirements apply to graduate Medical Program students as well as undergraduate Double Degree Medicine program students.
Double Degree Medicine Program students must complete all requirements for the initial bachelor's degree in minimum time and must maintain, as a minimum, a credit average in each year of that degree (assessed annually). (For details, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/medical-program/combined/index.php#combined). Students will then enrol in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in the Medical Program.
Double Degree Medicine Program students applying for a Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme Place
Double Degree Medicine Program students who wish to apply for a Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme place will be required to sit GAMSAT and attend an interview. They will then be ranked in the same way as applicants for the graduate Medical Program.
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 Medical Program.
Examples of conduct that might make you unsuitable for admission to the Medical Program include:
- 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 Medical Program. 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 Medical Program. 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.