Direct Entry Medical Schools In Australia

Last updated: 20/08/2021

Here, we provide information on direct entry medical schools in Australia.

Bond University: Bond University Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

Location: Gold Coast, QLD

Medical school or program established: 2005

QS subject ranking 2021: 301-450

First year class size in 2020: 131 students

CSP places? No

International places? Only through specific Bond University degrees.

Bond University is Australia’s first private not-for-profit university. It offers a BMedSt/MD (Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine) medical programme. The BMedSt degree takes 8 semesters to complete (2 years 8 months due to Bond University’s trimester system) and the MD degree takes 6 semesters to complete (2 years). In total, it takes 4 years and 8 months to complete medical education, which makes it the fastest route to becoming a medical doctor in Australia and New Zealand.

While the idea of a fast-track medical degree might sound very attractive, it should be noted that CSPs are not available for Bond University’s medical programme, meaning that the tuition fees will be very high.

For school leavers, you must have a minimum ATAR of 96, while for graduates, you must have a minimum GPA of 6.0. Based on the academic results, about 50% of the applicants will be invited for psychometric testing that consists of a personality test (170 multiple choice questions, untimed) and an emotional intelligence test (141 multiple choice questions, untimed). Results of the psychometric testing will determine the offer for an MMI. UCAT ANZ score is not required.

It should be noted that for graduates and international applicants, only those eligible to graduate from Bond University’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science (pre-health professional major), Master of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physiotherapy, or Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice and meeting the minimum required GPA will be considered for entry. Successful applicants will commence in Year 2 of the BMedSt degree.

All applicants (undergraduate and graduate) need to apply through QTAC.

Check out the official website for more details, such as fees, prerequisites and important dates. 

Did you know?

  • There is free food on campus every Wednesday, and during exam periods.
  • Bond has the shortest Medical pathway in Australia - start to finish in 4 years and 8 months.
  • Bond has been Ranked #1 for 15 years in a row for Student Experience in Australia.

Charles Sturt University: Joint Medical Programme with Western Sydney University School of Medicine

Location: Orange, NSW

Medical school or program established: 2021

QS subject ranking 2021: N/A

First year class size in 2020: N/A

CSP places? Yes

International places? No

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is a multi-campus public university spread out over four different states (ACT, NSW, QLD and VIC). It has recently launched a brand new joint medical programme with Western Sydney University School of Medicine, with a strong emphasis on rural/regional medicine. CSU offers a direct entry 5-year MD (Doctor of Medicine) programme, based in Orange, NSW. You will be able to indicate a preference for Charles Sturt University or Western Sydney University but your preference will not be guaranteed.

To be eligible to apply, you must have a minimum ATAR of 95.5. You must sit the UCAT ANZ and answer a medical admission questionnaire (MAQ). Answers from the MAQ will be discussed as part of the MMI. Invitation to the MMI is for applicants who meet the UCAT ANZ threshold. Final offer will be based on UCAT and interview scores.

All applicants must apply through UAC. There are special entry admission schemes for rural applicants and Indigenous applicants.

Check out the official website for more details, such as fees, prerequisites and important dates.

Did you know?

  • CSU has a brand new state of the art medical facility including anatomy teaching laboratory, simulation hospital wards, interactive study pods and ultrasound room.
  • CSU is Ranked #1 in Australia for full-time employment in Medicine (100% of graduates are employed full time within 4 months of graduating).

Curtin University: Curtin Medical School

Location: Bentley, WA

Medical school or program established: 2017

QS subject ranking 2021: N/A

First year class size in 2020: 91 students

CSP places? Yes

International places? No

Curtin University is a public university based in Bentley and Perth. It recently began offering a 5-year MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) programme, which is the only direct entry medical programme in Western Australia.

To be eligible to apply, you must have a minimum ATAR of 95. For an invitation to the MMI, 60:40 of your academic merit score and UCAT ANZ score is used. For the final selection, academic merit score, UCAT ANZ score and interview score are used.

Domestic applicants need to apply through TISC, while international applicants need to apply online or via a Curtin university registered agent. There are three general entry pathways (School leaver, Curtin course switcher and Graduate) and three special entry pathways available (rural entry, equity entry and Indigenous entry). Ten spots will be made available for international students for 2022 entry.

Check out the official website for more details, such as fees, prerequisites and important dates.

Did you know?

  • Medicine at Curtin is #1 in Australia in its field of study for teaching quality, learner engagement, learning resources and student support.
  • Curtin University is named after John Curtin, Australia’s fourteenth prime minister.

James Cook University: James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry

Location: Townsville, QLD

Medical school or program established: 2000

QS subject ranking 2021: 301-350

First year class size in 2020: 217

CSP places? Yes

International places? Yes

James Cook University (JCU) is a public university based in Queensland. It offers a 6-year direct entry MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) programme with a strong focus on rural and regional medicine.

JCU does not require the UCAT ANZ, but you are required to submit a personal statement. This involves describing your motives for becoming a medical practitioner, activities other than studies that indicate the motivation to study medicine, why you are interested in a course which has a focus on Indigenous health, tropical health and rural medicine, and any other information that supports your application. 

Invitation to the interview is based on your application which includes the personal statement and academic performance in ATAR or GPA in subsequent tertiary studies. For the final selection, a combination of academic performance, written component of the application form and interview score is taken into account.

Domestic applicants need to apply through QTAC and submit the written application directly to the university. International applicants need to apply directly to the university.

Check out the official website for more details, such as fees, prerequisites and important dates.

Did you know?

  • JCU offers the only 6-year undergraduate medical course in Northern Australia.
  • JCU is the most successful university in Australia for producing medical and dental graduates that go on to work in rural and regional settings.

University of Adelaide: University of Adelaide Medical School

Location: Adelaide, SA

Medical school or program established: 1885

QS subject ranking 2021: 102

First year class size in 2020: 179

CSP places? Yes

International places? Yes

University of Adelaide is a member of the G8, a coalition of high ranked, research-intensive universities. Until 2021, it took intakes for a 6-year direct entry MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) programme. From students starting in 2022, its direct entry medical programme will consist of a 3-year Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedStud) and a 3-year Doctor of Medicine (MD).

To be eligible to apply, you must have a minimum ATAR of 90. Invitation to the interview is based on UCAT ANZ scores (sections 1-4 only) for both domestic applicants and international applicants. It should be noted that international students are no longer required to sit a personal qualities assessment (PQA) and are instead required to sit the UCAT ANZ. For domestic applicants, the final selection is based on a combination of scores from the UCAT ANZ (20%), interview (40%) and academic merit (40%). For international applicants, the final selection is based on interview (first ranking level), UCAT ANZ (second ranking level) and academic results (third ranking level to be used as a tiebreaker between applicants with the same summed interview and UCAT ANZ scores).

Domestic applicants need to apply through SATAC and international applicants need to apply directly to the university.

There are special pathways such as Rural Background Entry pathway and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Access Scheme.

Check out the official website for more details, such as fees, prerequisites and important dates.

Did you know?

  • Five Adelaide alumni have been awarded the Nobel Prize, including Howard Florey, who played a key role in the development of penicillin.
  • University of Adelaide is Ranked #1 in Australia for full-time employment in Medicine (100% of graduates are employed full time within 4 months of graduating).

University of Newcastle & University of New England: University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health & University of New England School of Rural Medicine

Location: Newcastle (UON) and Armidale (UNE), NSW

Medical school or program established: 1978 (UON), 2008 (JMP)

QS subject ranking 2021: 132 (UON), 551-600 (UNE)

First year class size in 2020: 191

CSP places? Yes

International places? Direct applications not accepted, but limited places available for students through UON’s foundation program.

University of Newcastle (UON) and University of New England (UNE) are public universities located in NSW. They offer a “joint medical programme (JMP)”, which is a 5-year direct entry medical programme consisting of BMedSc (Bachelor of Medical Science) and MD (Doctor of Medicine).

To be eligible to apply, you must have a minimum ATAR of 94.30. Those with at least one year of full-time tertiary study may apply for entry based on university study. Invitation to the JMP assessment is based on the UCAT ANZ (except the situational judgement test section). The JMP assessment consists of multiple skills assessment (MSA), which is similar to a MMI, as well as an online personal qualities assessment (PQA) that is taken on the same day as the MSA. You can select a preferred location of study (Newcastle or Armidale), but this cannot be guaranteed.

All applicants must apply through the JMP website, as well as through UAC.

There are special entry schemes such as rural and remote admissions schemes and Miroma Bunbilla programme for indigenous applicants.

Check out the official websites for more details, such as fees, prerequisites and important dates: 

Did you know?

  • UoN pioneered the use of problem-based learning (PBL) in their medical school, which is now mandated in all Australian medical schools
  • UNE medical school has a very small cohort of 60 students, which allows formation of close bonds with fellow medical students

University of New South Wales: University of New South Wales Faculty of Medicine

Location: Sydney, NSW

Medical school or program established: 1960

QS subject ranking 2021: 45

First year class size in 2020: 302

CSP places? Yes

International places? Yes

University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a member of the G8, a coalition of high ranked, research-intensive universities. It offers a 6-year direct entry medical programme consisting of BMed (Bachelor of Medical Studies) and MD (Doctor of Medicine).

To be eligible to apply, you must have a minimum ATAR of 96 (applicants who have completed one or more year of tertiary studies will be assessed on 50:50 of ATAR and tertiary study results), and you are expected to have a UCAT ANZ ranking of 50th percentile as a minimum (the situational judgement test section is not considered). Invitation to the interview is based on combined ranking of ATAR and UCAT ANZ. For the final selection, a combined ranking of ATAR, UCAT ANZ and interview is used.

For international applicants, interviews are offered based on academic merit, and final selection is based on combined ranking of academic merit, ISAT (minimum score of 150) or UCAT and interview.

Domestic applicants (and international applicants sitting an Australian Year 12 or New Zealand Year 13 examination) need to apply directly to the university, as well as to the UAC. International applicants need to apply directly to the university only.

Special entry schemes exist for rural applicants, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants, UNSW BMedSc students, other medical school students, applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds, and applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage.

Check out the official website for more details, such as fees, prerequisites and important dates. 

Did you know?

  • UNSW has a secret tunnel running underneath the campus.
  • UNSW has a Medical Society (MedSoc) with 1,600 members.

University of Tasmania: University of Tasmania School of Medicine

Location: Hobart, TAS

Medical school or program established: 1965

QS subject ranking 2021: 351-400

First year class size in 2020: 105

CSP places? Yes

International places? Yes

University of Tasmania (UTAS) is a public university that hosts the only medical programme in the state of Tasmania. It offers a 5-year direct entry MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree.

To be eligible to apply, you must have a minimum ATAR of 95. You must also have a minimum rank of 50th percentile in the UCAT ANZ, excluding the situational judgement test section (international applicants must achieve an overall percentile of 50% on the ISAT or a score of 491 on the MCAT). You do not have to sit an interview to gain entry to this course. The final selection is based on ATAR only for domestic applicants. For international applicants, academic results can be combined with either ISAT or MCAT to determine selection.

Both domestic and international applicants need to apply directly to the university.

Half of the available places are reserved for domestic rural applicants and 75% of domestic school-leaver places are reserved for students who have graduated from a Tasmanian high school or secondary college. There is also an Aboriginal Entry Application Process that provides flexible admission options for Aboriginal applicants, and special pathways for University of Tasmania’s BMedRes (Bachelor of Medical Research) students.

Check out the official website for more details, such as fees, prerequisites and important dates.

Did you know?

  • 100% of UTAS Medicine graduates have secured internships.
  • Tasmania is comparable in size to the Republic of Ireland.

Western Sydney University: Western Sydney University School of Medicine

Location: Sydney, NSW

Medical school or program established: 2007

QS subject ranking 2021: 251-300

First year class size in 2020: 140

CSP places? Yes

International places? Yes

Western Sydney University (WSU) is a public university that offers a 5-year direct entry medical programme consisting of BClinSci (Bachelor of Clinical Science) and MD (Doctor of Medicine).

To be eligible to apply, domestic applicants must have a minimum ATAR of 95.5 (93.5 for Greater Western Sydney applicants). You must sit the UCAT ANZ and answer a medical admission questionnaire (MAQ). Answers from the MAQ will be discussed as part of the MMI. Domestic applicants will be invited to the MMI based on their UCAT ANZ and academic scores, and the final offer will be based on MMI and UCAT ANZ score in a ratio of 3:1. For international applicants, a minimum ATAR (or equivalent) of 93.50 is required, as well as an ISAT score.

Domestic applicants need to apply to UAC, and register directly with the School of Medicine. International applicants who are studying HSC, IB or NCEA Level 3 at an Australian school need to apply to UAC, and all other international applicants need to apply through the International Online Application system.

There is an entry pathway for those who have completed tertiary education (in full or in part), and a Rural Entry Admission Scheme that reserves a number of places for rural applicants. Furthermore, interview places are reserved for Western Sydney and rural background applicants. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to discuss their options with the university.

You will be able to indicate a preference for Western Sydney University or Charles Sturt University as they offer a Joint Medical Programme (JMP), but your preference will not be guaranteed.

Check out the official website for more details, such as fees, prerequisites and important dates.

Did you know?

  • WSU is ranked Number 1 in the world for Gender Equality.
  • WSU is Ranked #1 in Australia for full-time employment in Medicine (100% of graduates are employed full time within 4 months of graduating)

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