Places, fees and scholarships

1. Places

Sydney Medical School has approximately 308 places available for the Doctor of Medicine commencing in 2016, comprising 228 domestic places and up to 80 full fee international places. For information about change in immigration status, click here.

Based on currently available information, Sydney Medical School anticipates that the following Commonwealth funded places will be offered in 2016:

Types of funded places offered in 2016 Quota
Commonwealth supported places (formerly HECS - non-bonded places)* 164
Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme Places (MRBSS)** 7
Bonded Medical Places (BMP) 57
Total 228

* This number includes approximately 30 places reserved for undergraduate Double Degree Medicine students.

**Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme places are dependent on continuing Commonwealth Department of Health approval and funding.

N.B. Applicants are required to number their preferences when they make an interview booking online.

Commonwealth supported places (formerly HECS - non-bonded places)

A 'Commonwealth supported place' is a place in a course that is subsidised by the Commonwealth Government under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme. The Government subsidises a place by paying part of the fees for the place directly to the University, and the student pays the remainder of the fees to the University through a 'student contribution' amount.

Commonwealth supported places are only available for Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent resident visa (known as 'domestic' or 'local' applicants.

Details about the CSP schemes are available from: Study Assist - Australian Government assistance for financing tertiary study

Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme Places

The Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) scheme is an Australian Government initiative designed to address doctor shortage outside metropolitan areas across Australia. In the past, MRBS scheme has provided one hundred additional funded places each year to first year Australian medical students at participating universities across the country. Students accepting the MRBS commit to working for six continuous years in a rural or remote area of Australia less any credit obtained through Scaling, after completing their medical training as a specialist. The Scholarship is worth over $25,000 a year and is currently tax free and indexed anually.

MRBS places are only available to Australian citizens, and holders of a permanent resident visa. For further information ring the following freecall phone number 1800 248 720 (only valid in Australia).

Details about the MRBS scheme are available at: Department of Health - Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme

Bonded Medical Places (BMP)

The Bonded Medical Places (BMP) scheme is intended to provide more doctors for areas experiencing doctor shortages. Twenty five percent of all first year Commonwealth funded medical school places are allocated to the scheme. Students accepting a BMP commit to working in a workforce shortage area of their choice (outer metropolitan, rural and remote areas) for a period of time, equal to the length of their medical degree, less any credit obtained through Scaling.

BMPs are only available to Australian citizens, and holders of a permanent resident visa. If you are a New Zealand citizen, you will require an Australian Permanent Resident Visa to be eligible for a BMP Scheme place. Special Category Visas are not considered permanent resident visas for the purposes of the scheme. For further information regarding your residency status, please phone 1800 987 104 (freecall).

Details about the BMP scheme are available at: Department of Health - BMP Scheme

2. Fees

Pre-application and Application costs

There are costs associated with applying to study medicine in Australia. Some of those indicative costs are listed below:

GAMSAT examination costs: $455 (in 2015)
UAC Qualifications Assessment (GPA calculation): $120 (in 2015)
International application processing fee (University): $100*
Domestic applicant Interview fee: $150*

*Subject to change


Information about the 2015 tuition fees for the Doctor of Medicine is available from Sydney Courses.

Fees are measured by EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Student Load). An EFTSL is a measure of study load. One EFTSL is equivalent to 48 credit points and represents a standard annual full time load. The 4 years medical program is total of 4.0 EFTSL.

Australian students are eligible for financial assistance through HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP. Students may also be eligible for Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information about costs, fees and financial support can be found on the University's Future Students Costs, Fees and Financial Support website.

You will also need to allow for living costs. Please read more information about living costs in Sydney on the university's site for further information.

Additional Costs

Applicants are advised NOT to purchase the following items in advance.

  • Hospital Coat: $55 - $85
  • Stethoscope: $35 - $360
  • Tendon Hammer: $20
  • Torch: $6 - $8
  • Textbooks: $500+*
  • First Aid Course: $135 - $150
  • Immunisation/s: Variable

* Textbooks are available on-line through the University of Sydney Medical Library. You will be provided with a login name and password upon your enrolment in the MD.

Health Cover for International Students

For information on health cover, please refer to Health insurance for international students.

3. Scholarships

Most Sydney Medical School scholarships for medical students are open to all medical students, including international students.

Further information on scholarships is available from Sydney Medical School's scholarships pages: Scholarships

HECS Reimbursement Scheme

The HECS Reimbursement Scheme aims to promote careers in rural medicine and increase the number of doctors in rural and regional Australia. The Scheme reimburses the standard HECS debts of medical students who choose to train and work in rural and remote communities.

More information can be found on HECS Reimbursement Scheme information at the Department of Health and Ageing