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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

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The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a four-year, full-time graduate entry course that gives our students a strong foundation for their future in medicine, whether in clinical practice, research or public health.

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

  • Innovative curriculum: our course focuses on small group, problem-based learning and integrating theory with practice.
  • Early patient care: you will gain hands-on experience in a structured, supervised program throughout years 1 and 2, and will be well prepared when you transfer to your clinical schools in stage 3 (years 3 and 4).
  • Teaching hospitals: Sydney Medical School has clinical schools and provides clinical training in an extensive network of top-tier hospitals in New South Wales.
  • Research excellence: you will have access to world-leading researchers in our diverse range of research institutes and networks.
  • Research training: you will undertake a substantial research project as part of the course, providing experience in project organisation and management, literature searching and reference management, data analysis, oral presentation skills and scientific writing.
  • Rural experience: medical students can apply to undertake an elective placement, or a one year clinical placement in their third or fourth year at our School of Rural Health in Dubbo or Orange.
  • 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 students: 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.

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.

Concurrent enrolment

Some students choose to combine their MD program with another degree,  in either a research or coursework program. If you meet the entry criteria you may enrol in a concurrent degree up to 0.5 of a full-time equivalent course load. 

In order to qualify for concurrent enrolment, you must have a proven academic track record with a weighted average mark of 75 percent or greater and have completed at least one year of the MD program. If you are accepted into the MD program and are near the completion of a research degree, it may be possible to finish your existing degree part-time. These cases are reviewed individually.

Contact Associate Professor Leo Davies to discuss your aspirations prior to submitting your application. The concurrent degree local provisions can be found on the University of Sydney's Policy Register.