Admissions - Overview

1. Doctor of Medicine - For applicants with a bachelor's degree

Domestic and international applications for 2019 entry will open at 10am on Monday 23 April 2018 (Sydney, Australia time).

All applicants are required to read and understand the Admissions Guide 2019 (see the right-hand panel) prior to submitting an application.

Domestic

New admission rules or procedures for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program for 2019 entry will include (but are not limited to):

1. Changes to the GPA calculation rules to reflect changes to UAC’s common assessment procedure regarding the combining of academic results, as follows:

- Academic results from multiple records which, in their entirety, clearly contribute to the continuation or award of the same course, may be combined in the following scenarios:

  • cross-institutional study that has been fully credited into a bachelor's degree;
  • non-award study that has been fully credited into a bachelor's degree (such as Open Universities Australia study);
  • studies that are a continuation of the same course and can be fully combined into a later period of study (eg where a student has returned to continue a course after a break). The course code or name may vary slightly but it must be a continuation of the same course;
  • combined bachelor's degrees.

- Academic results from different tertiary courses will not be combined, even where partial credit or advanced standing from a different course has been noted on the academic record.

- As more institutions are moving away from the two semesters per year model, trimester one results may be included in UAC’s QAS assessments. Standard applicants must have a minimum GPA of 5 and rural applicants must have a minimum GPA of 4.5, as calculated by UAC on or before Friday 8 June 2018, to be considered for interview. In order to meet the 8 June deadline, applications for a QAS must be lodged with UAC on or before 24 May 2018.

2. For 2019 entry, an additional research honours year undertaken at an institution other than the institution at which an applicant’s bachelor’s degree was awarded will continue to be included in the GPA calculation. However, this rule is under review for 2020 entry.

3. Applicants whose bachelor’s degree was completed more than 10 years before 1 January 2019 must complete at least 1 year FTE of their postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma at the awarding institution. This requirement will be waived for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

International

New admission rules or procedures for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program for 2019 entry will include (but are not limited to):

1. Changes to the GPA calculation rules regarding the combining of academic results, as follows:

- Academic results from multiple records which, in their entirety, clearly contribute to the continuation or award of the same course, may be combined in the following scenarios:

  • cross-institutional study that has been fully credited into a bachelor's degree;
  • non-award study that has been fully credited into a bachelor's degree (such as Open Universities Australia study);
  • studies that are a continuation of the same course and can be fully combined into a later period of study (eg where a student has returned to continue a course after a break). The course code or name may vary slightly but it must be a continuation of the same course;
  • combined bachelor's degrees.

- Academic results from different tertiary courses will not be combined, even where partial credit or advanced standing from a different course has been noted on the academic record.

- As more institutions are moving away from the two semesters per year model, trimester one results may be included in the University’s calculation of your GPA. The results used to calculate your GPA will be those recorded on your official academic transcript.

2. For 2019 entry, an additional research honours year undertaken at an institution other than the institution at which an applicant’s bachelor’s degree was awarded will continue to be included in the GPA calculation. However, this rule is under review for 2020 entry.

3. Applicants whose bachelor’s degree was completed more than 10 years before 1 January 2019 must complete at least 1 year FTE of their postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma at the awarding institution.

Assumed knowledge

With effect from 2020, the MD Program curriculum will be revised to include more time in clinical settings and preparation for practice. Biomedical science knowledge teaching and learning in Year 1 will therefore be at higher level than the current program. The changes have been endorsed by Sydney Medical School and are subject to approval by the University of Sydney Academic Board.

The assumed knowledge on entry to the MD Program will be in anatomy, physiology and molecular/cellular biology. At or before the start of the MD Program, students will be required to complete an online Foundation Knowledge Course and self- assessment, developed and delivered by Sydney Medical School. This online course will cover the assumed knowledge. Students entering the MD Program from 2020 onwards will have access to the Foundation Knowledge Course once they have been offered and have accepted a place in the Program.

Sydney Medical School highly values the diversity of the medical student community and encourages entry of students from diverse backgrounds and with a wide variety of undergraduate degrees. This philosophy will be maintained after the 2020 changes. A Biomedical Science undergraduate degree is NOT a requirement for entry to the MD Program, and all MD Program students must complete the Foundation Knowledge Course regardless of their prior degree.

Further information will be posted in due course.

Note:

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. Statements in the current Admissions Guide and information on this website provide advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.

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. Applicants are advised to consult this website on a regular basis for any updates. (It is unnecessary to contact the University or Sydney Medical School for information as no further details are available at this stage.)

2. Double Degree Medicine - For high school leavers

Please see the Double Degree Medicine page for details.

Future Students Enquiries

Domestic Applicants (Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia)
If you are a future domestic student click here to ask a question or phone 1800 793 864 (1800 SYD UNI).

International Applicants (Citizens of any country other than Australia and New Zealand, and not permanent residents of Australia)
If you are a future international student click here to ask a question or phone 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864 - within Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)