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Doctor of Medicine

Overview

Prepare yourself for one of the most challenging and rewarding professions of all as a medical doctor. Gain the hands-on experience, advanced skills and knowledge to help you graduate ready for a successful medical career.

Looking to apply for the Doctor of Medicine for 2023? Check our new Doctor of Medicine page for details about the program, including how to apply and important dates.

The UQ Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a postgraduate-entry program that is internationally renowned for our outstanding people, the diversity of our student intake, and the excellence of our education. Graduates are recognised for their social accountability, critical scientific thinking and drive to be global leaders in healthcare.

We have a rich and proud history, and have graduated more than 13,000 doctors. The MD program is designed to graduate doctors capable of meeting future medical challenges in a wide variety of settings nationally and internationally. The curriculum has been developed to capture the enthusiasm and maturity of our graduate entrants. It is underpinned by our world-class teachers and experts in their chosen field of research, ensuring the training program is learner-centred, research-driven and evidence-based.

Your first and second years of the program combine biomedical sciences, public health, medical ethics and clinical skills training in a case-based learning context and a series of patient cases, each designed to help you learn the principles of basic and clinical science of health and disease within a relevant clinical context. Early patient contact and opportunities for clinical reasoning and research are embedded to help you develop advanced critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills that are required for safe, high quality clinical practice.

In your third and fourth years clinical placements are organised around core medical disciplines and across clinical schools comprising hospitals, clinics and general practices in metro and rural Queensland. You may also enhance your learning by undertaking a higher degree between second and third years.

USA citizen or permanent resident? You may be interested in our Doctor of Medicine (Ochsner) program, which provides students with an opportunity to spend 2 years in Brisbane, Australia and 2 years in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn more

Location
Herston, Clinical Units, Teaching Hosps, St Lucia
Duration
4 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (31 Jan, 2022)
Program Code
5578
AQF
Level 9
Location
Herston, Clinical Units, Teaching Hosps, St Lucia
Fees
A$82944 (2022 indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (31 Jan, 2022)
Program Code
5578
CRICOS Code
080921G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Develop the advanced critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills required for safe, high-quality clinical practice.
  • Integrated, case-based learning with early patient contact.
  • Incorporate research into your medical degree.
  • Accredited by the Australian Medical Council and recognised by the Medical Board of Australia.

2 in Australia for public health

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

31 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2022

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Peer-assisted study sessions
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

Placements are an integral component of the MD program. Students complete a 4 week Observership at the end of Year 1 and in Phase 2 (years 3 & 4) they undertake 10 core clinical placements in varied disciplines, as well as a final year elective. The Phase 2 placements are delivered by our Clinical Units in South-East and Rural Queensland. Domestic students are eligible to undertake placements at both the Metropolitan and Rural Units, while International students undertake their placements in the Metropolitan Units.

Opportunities are embedded in the program for students to undertake placements overseas or interstate. These include the Observership, Elective and for international students, the Rural and Remote Medicine placement that can be undertaken at a rural location in their home country. Further opportunities are available for students planning to practice overseas following graduation by way of pre-approved placements within our network of partners, such as Queen's University in Canada. In addition, students have the option to undertake placements at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School located in New Orleans, USA and optional elective placements that fall outside of the curriculum.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Clinical Science
  • Clinical Practice
  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Health, Society & Research

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • General practitioner
  • Surgeon
  • Patient assessor
  • Public health manager
  • Clinical academic
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • International aid worker
  • Defence force member

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Medical Board of Queensland

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Medicine is accredited by:

  • Medical Board Of Australia

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

Graduate Entry: GPA of 5 in a key degree, completion of tertiary level subject prerequisites in cell biology and systems physiology, GAMSAT/MCAT (international applicants) and interview. GAMSAT must be completed within 2 years prior to the year of commencement and MCAT 4 years. Applicants must achieve a minimum score in the GAMSAT (50 per section) or MCAT (504). GAMSAT/MCAT and GPA are used to rank for invite to interview. Entry is competitive based on GPA, GAMSAT/MCAT and interview score. The key degree and subject prerequisites must be completed within 10 years prior to commencing.
Provisional Entry (must be completing Year 12 in year of application): Adjusted ATAR 95 (or equivalent) or higher, Year 12 English (or equivalent), and UCAT ANZ. UCAT ANZ are used to rank for invite to interview. Entry is competitive based on ATAR, UCAT ANZ and interview score. To progress to the MD, students must complete their first degree at UQ within the minimum time specified for the program, GPA of 5 and complete two subject prerequisites.
See our Recommended Entry Pathways and subject prerequisites .
Min. scores are reviewed annually. 
Graduate Entry: GPA of 5 in a key degree, completion of tertiary level subject prerequisites in cell biology and systems physiology, GAMSAT/MCAT (international applicants) and interview. GAMSAT must be completed within 2 years prior to the year of commencement and MCAT 4 years. Applicants must achieve a minimum score in the GAMSAT (50 per section) or MCAT (504). GAMSAT/MCAT and GPA are used to rank for invite to interview. Entry is competitive based on GPA, GAMSAT/MCAT and interview score. The key degree and subject prerequisites must be completed within 10 years prior to commencing.
Provisional Entry (must be completing Year 12 in year of application): Adjusted ATAR 95 (or equivalent) or higher, Year 12 English (or equivalent), and UCAT ANZ. UCAT ANZ are used to rank for invite to interview. Entry is competitive based on ATAR, UCAT ANZ and interview score. To progress to the MD, students must complete their first degree at UQ within the minimum time specified for the program, GPA of 5 and complete two subject prerequisites.
See our Recommended Entry Pathways and subject prerequisites .
Min. scores are reviewed annually. 

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Medicine are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Additional application information

Additional application information

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$11,400

2022

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $82,944

2022

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $130 renewed every 3 years)

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Doctor of Medicine are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Provisional Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia. 

The QTAC code for the Doctor of Medicine is 721302.

All other international applicants who want to be considered for Provisional Entry should apply to UQ. The program code for the Doctor of Medicine is 5578.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Direct Entry applicants

Submit your application to UQ. The program code for the Doctor of Medicine is 5578.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are. 

Provisional Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). 

There are two QTAC codes for Provisional Entry:

  • 721302 (non-bonded medical place) and
  • 721402 (bonded medical place).

You can use one or both QTAC codes when you apply.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Regional medical pathway applicants

If you're interested in applying for the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathway to Medicine), offered at Central Queensland University's (CQU) Rockhampton and Bundaberg campuses before transitioning to UQ's MD program, you can apply via CQU.

Direct Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS).

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Important dates

Submit your application by:

  • 10 June 2022 to be considered for interviews on 22 and 23 July 2022
    If you're sitting the MCAT on 13 or 14 May 2022, you can still apply. You'll need to provide evidence of your MCAT booking confirmation. We'll consider your application once results are released on 14 June 2022.
  • 15 July 2022 to be considered for interviews on 27 August 2022
    If you're sitting the MCAT on 17 or 18 June 2022, you can still apply. You'll need to provide evidence of your MCAT booking confirmation. We'll consider your application once results are released on 19 July 2022.
  • 12 August 2022 to be considered for an interview on 24 and 26 September 2022
    If you're sitting the MCAT on 16 July 2022, you can still apply. You'll need to provide evidence of your MCAT booking confirmation. We'll consider your application once results are released on 16 August 2022.

Important dates

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For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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