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Facts & figures

Demographics at Sydney Medical School in 2018

  • Gender 50% male and 50% female
  • Average age 24 years at time of enrolment
  • Examples of first majors Biological science; Human biosciences; Psychology; Pharmacy; Engineering; Nursing; Music; Arts
  • Some countries of citizenship 62% Canada; 9% Singapore; 6% USA; 3% India
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Doctor of Medicine

Become a doctor at the Sydney Medical School
Our Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is an excellent training platform on which to build a career in medicine. Our graduates provide professional, diligent and ethical care to the community.

Study medicine at the University of Sydney

Hear from two of our students about what a day at the Sydney Medical School looks like

The Sydney Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a masters-level degree that provides students with world-class clinical and research training. After completion of the four-year, full-time course, graduates are eligible for registration with the Australian Medical Board as a doctor. 

Our graduates are well equipped with the skills and knowledge to begin their medical careers. They are recognised for their analytic and problem-solving skills, commitment to pursue new knowledge in an ever-changing world, and compassionate understanding of human diversity in the communities they serve.

Why study the MD at Sydney

  • Diverse student cohort. A biomedical science degree is not a prerequisite.
  • Preparation for entry. A foundational knowledge course is available to all students on enrolment to ensure assumed knowledge in anatomy, physiology, molecular and cell biology is met.
  • Opportunities to undertake research. The University has a number of leading centres of excellence, as well as options to partake in electives overseas.
  • MD project and personalised pathways. The program offers dedicated time to complete a substantial research project in year three over a 14-week period. Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in specific areas (personalised pathways) through elective and selective studies.
  • Graduated clinical immersion. The program increases clinical exposure and immersion throughout the degree in rural and urban settings with integration into medical teams. Students are directly supervised on wards, in clinics and in community settings by experienced clinicians and educators.
  • Preparation for practice. The entire fourth-year of the program acts as a pre-internship, giving students full clinical immersion.  
  • Enquiry-based, integrated, spiral curriculum. Clinical knowledge, reasoning and other skills are built on a foundation of biomedical sciences. 
  • Clinical Schools. The University of Sydney has a huge range of clinical schools at teaching hospitals in both Sydney and in wider NSW for students to complete placements. 
  • Overseas opportunities. Sydney Medical School has extensive international connections. You can undertake a four to eight week clinical or research placement during your elective term.
  • International student opportunites: If you are an international student, there are a number of opportunities for you to undertake rotations in your home country, with the aim of allowing you to more easily return home after studies in Sydney.

Please note: The University of Sydney's 2020 MD course updates (as reflected above) are pending approval from the Australian Medical Council in 2019. 

Admission pathways

There are two ways to enter the MD program.

Graduate entry is a four-year postgraduate course for applicants with a bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate admission is available for high school leavers who have achieved exceptional results. The seven-year double degree medicine pathway combines the Doctor of Medicine with an undergraduate degree in arts or science.

Admission process

The admission process for the Doctor of Medicine is very detailed, please follow our step-by-step timeline and download the latest version of the Admissions Guide available on the relevant course page.