Admissions - Facilitated Entry schemes

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - domestic applicants only
  2. Rural origin applicants - domestic applicants only
  3. PhD or master's by research applicants

1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - domestic applicants only

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply to study medicine at Sydney Medical School, and their applications are welcomed.

Double Degree Medicine - Undergraduate entry

Please see the Double Degree Medicine page for details.

Doctor of Medicine - Graduate-entry

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can apply for entry to the Graduate Entry Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program through:

  1. the Indigenous Facilitated Entry Scheme (for applicants with a bachelor's degree and GAMSAT results); or
  2. the Indigenous Entry Pathway (for applicants with a postgraduate degree).
Proof of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander descent

The University will accept one of the following forms of proof of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander descent as specified in the Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015:

  • a letter stamped with the common seal and signed by the chairperson of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Land Council, in whose area the person lives or has previously lived; or
  • a letter stamped with the common seal and signed by a delegate of an incorporated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation, such as the Aboriginal Medical Service or Aboriginal Legal Service.

Where records are not available, a person’s Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity may be confirmed by a statutory declaration from the individual, declaring that they:

  1. are of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  2. identify as an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander; and
  3. are accepted as such by the community in which they live, or previously lived.

Note: Proof of receipt of Abstudy will not be accepted as confirmation.

Applicants must upload the required document to Sydney Student at the time of application. If you do not provide the appropriate document, your application will be processed as a standard application and not via the special admissions scheme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

1. Indigenous Facilitated Entry Scheme (for applicants with a bachelor's degree and GAMSAT results)

Applicants must have completed a previous degree or be in the final year of a bachelor’s degree to be considered. In general, applicants are required to have their qualifications assessed, and the Grade Point Average (GPA) for their tertiary studies calculated, by the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) through its Qualifications Assessment Service (QAS), and to have achieved at least a GPA of 4.5 (7-point numeric scale). However applicants with a lower mark who can demonstrate improvement over the duration of their tertiary studies will be considered eligible for admission, particularly if their final year of most recent tertiary study demonstrates high level skills, with approval from the Advisory Committee on Indigenous Admissions (ACIC) at Sydney Medical School. The “two-year” rule requiring students to have completed their previous degree with at least two years in their awarding institution will be waived.

Applicants must have sat their GAMSAT examination. It is preferred that applicants have achieved a minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT, and in particular that they have passed the GAMSAT III (science) paper. However applicants may still be considered eligible for admission if this result is not achieved, with approval from the ACIC only.

Applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Eligible applicants will be asked to:

  • undergo the same multiple mini interview (MMI) process as all other applicants; and
  • attend an additional interview as part of the MMI process.
2. Indigenous Entry Pathway (pending Academic Board approval)

Applicants must have completed a postgraduate degree within three years before 1 January of the year in which the applicant is seeking admission, which is either:

  • a postgraduate degree accredited at level 9, or 10 under the Australian Qualifications Framework, from an Australian university or self-accrediting higher education institution; or
  • a postgraduate degree at an overseas university listed in the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition Guide, provided that the postgraduate degree is equivalent to an Australian postgraduate degree accredited at Level 9, or 10.

In general, the applicants’ GPA (as calculated by UAC) should be at least a GPA of 4.5 (7-point numeric scale), but applicants with a lower mark who can demonstrate improvement over the duration of their tertiary studies will be considered eligible for admission, particularly if their final year of most recent tertiary study demonstrates high-level skills, with approval from the ACIC.

This pathway does not require the completion of a bachelor's degree or the undertaking of the GAMSAT examination.

Applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Eligible applicants will be asked to:

  • submit his/her curriculum vitae (CV), including an outline of education, and work experience; and
  • undergo the same multiple mini interview (MMI) process as all other applicants; and
  • attend an additional interview as part of the MMI process.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to contact Associate Professor Lilon Bandler, Indigenous Health Education Unit for more information and support. Please call +61 2 9036 7577 or email .

2. Rural origin applicants - domestic applicants only

Doctor of Medicine - Graduate-entry

Facilitated entry is available for applicants who certify that they are of rural origin. The definition of ‘Australian rural origin’ has been amended by the Commonwealth Government. Rural background is defined as residency for at least 10 years cumulatively or any 5 years consecutively in an Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Remoteness Areas (ASGS-RA) 2 to 5.

ASGS-RA refers to the Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Remoteness Area. The Remoteness Area classifications are:

  • RA1 - Major cities of Australia
  • RA2 - Inner regional Australia
  • RA3 - Outer regional Australia
  • RA4 - Remote Australia
  • RA5 - Very remote Australia.


Please use the ASGS look-up tool to determine if you are of rural origin.

Proof of Rural Origin

Applicants MUST refer to the Admissions Guide for detailed instructions on how to apply as a rural applicant, and the required proof of rural origin.

Applicants must upload the required documentation to Sydney Student at the time of application. If you do not provide the appropriate document, your application will be processed as a standard application and not via the facilitated admissions scheme for Rural Origin applicants.

3. PhD or master's by research applicants

Doctor of Medicine - Graduate-entry

From 2017 entry, the special admissions scheme for applicants with a PhD or a master's by research will no longer be available. These applicants will apply and have their eligibility assessed in accordance with the standard admissions criteria for the MD (unless they qualify under another special admissions scheme).


Note

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.