Places, fees and scholarships
Sydney Medical School has approximately 308 places available for the Medical Program commencing in 2014, comprising 228 domestic places and up to 80 full fee international places. Information about change in immigration status.
The 228 CSP places quota includes approximately 163 non-bonded places, 57 Bonded Medical Places (BMP) and 8 Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme (MRBSS) places.
|Types of CSP places offered in 2014||Quota|
|*Commonwealth supported places (formerly HECS)||163|
|**Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme Places (MRBSS)||8|
|***Bonded Medical Places (BMP)||57|
N.B. Applicants are required to number their preferences when they make an interview booking online.
*Commonwealth support places (formerly HECS)
A Commonwealth supported place is a higher education place for which the Commonwealth makes a contribution towards the cost of education. The Australian Government allocates a number of Commonwealth supported places to eligible higher education providers each year including the University of Sydney.
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are only available for Australian citizens & permanent residents & NZ citizens.
Details about the CSP schemes are available from: Study Assist - Australian Government assistance for financing tertiary study
The number quoted in the table above includes up to 30 places reserved for double degree medicine program students.
**Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme (MRBSS)
The MRBS Scheme is an Australian Government initiative designed to address doctor shortage outside metropolitan areas across Australia.
Students accepting an MRBSS place will receive an annual scholarship. The scholarship is worth approximately $25,000 a year, is indexed annually and is currently tax free. Students accepting the scholarship commit to working in a rural or remote area of Australia for six years upon completion of basic medical and postgraduate training.
The scholarship is formalised in a contract between successful scholarship applicants and the Commonwealth. Legislation has been passed to allow the Commonwealth to enforce penalties for breaking the bond. Please note that the MRBSS is only available to Australian citizens or Australian permanent resident visa holders.
Details about the MRB scheme are available at: Department of Health and Ageing - Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme
***Bonded Medical Places (BMP)
Twenty-five percent of all Commonwealth Supported Places are allocated to the Bonded Medical Places (BMP) scheme. Students accepting a BMP will be required to sign a Deed of Agreement with the Commonwealth and will have service obligations to the Commonwealth for a period equal to the length of the course, which is 4 years. Please note that BMPs are only available to Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.
Details about the BMP scheme are available at: Department of Health and Ageing - BMP Scheme
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: $425 (in 2013)
UAC Qualifications Assessment (GPA calculation): $110 (in 2013)
International application processing fee (University): $100*
Domestic applicant Interview fee: $100*
*Subject to change
Information about the 2014 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.
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 and can be accessed either on the computer in each PBL room or on your own computer. You will be provided with a login name and password upon your enrolment in the Medical Program.
Health Cover for International Students
Overseas Student Health Cover rates for 2014 are as follows:
- Single: A$2,573
- Dual Family: A$6,476
- Multi Family: A$8,418
For more information on health cover, please refer to Health insurance for international students.
US citizens/nationals/permanent residents
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. Students 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.
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