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Charles Darwin University

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Important: Following information has been copied as a form of reference from CDU website on October 2021. We highly recommend that you visit Charles Darwin University website for most up to date and more comprehensive information about the CDU medical entry program. 
Bachelor of Clinical sciences – 3 years


The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences course is a direct pathway for CDU students to study medicine, on campus in Darwin. This course is part of a double degree with the Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP) offered by Flinders University. Australian citizen or permanent resident school leavers with year 12 qualifications, or higher education students who have studied for no more than one year are eligible for consideration for entry.

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences is the first award of this double degree. Completion of the first two years of the course to a specific grade point average standard and within the specified time frame, guarantees entry into the NTMP, which you will begin in your third year of study.

In your studies at CDU you will develop a strong foundation in fundamental health and medical-related sciences, building your knowledge, skills and confidence to move on to the NTMP. This course is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) as an entry pathway into medical studies.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course completes the first part of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine (CDU/Flinders University) double degree and may lead to career opportunities in medicine or medical research.


The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences is a highly competitive course with 12 places available each year. Offers to this course are made in the January offer round into the following sub-quotas:

NT Residency sub-quota - Five (5) places are available in this sub-quota. Applicants must meet the NT Residency requirement1.

NT Indigenous sub-quota - Five (5) places are available in this sub-quota. Applicants must meet the NT Residence requirement1 and must be Indigenous2.

National Indigenous sub-quota (2 places) - Two (2) places are available in this sub-quota. Applicants must be Indigenous2.

  • NT residents must have resided in the Northern Territory for two years out of the last six years or for a total of five years since commencing primary school. NT resident applicants will need to complete and submit the CDU NT Residency Statutory Declarationwithin 10 working days of submitting a SATAC application confirming you are a NT resident.
  • Indigenous applicants will need to complete and submit the SATAC Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Statutory Declarationwithin 10 working days of submitting a SATAC application confirming you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent.


You are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Clinical Science if you:

  • hold year 12 qualifications and have studied no more than one year of higher education; and
  • have completed the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) held in July.

Priority is given to Indigenous and NT residents.

The UCAT comprises of four sections; verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning. Each section of the UCAT will contribute equally to produce the UCAT ANZ derived score.

Ranking for a place in this course is determined by

  • Your UCAT derived score (10%)
  • Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) (90%)

In order to be competitive, you will need to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above, 85 for indigenous students (after the addition of any applicable ATAR related adjustment factors).

Only Australian citizens and Permanent residents are eligible to apply.


Please note the following if preparing to apply for 2022

This course has a two-step application process:

  1. Registration to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). Registration to sit UCAT opens 1 March 2021 and closes 17 May 2021. Testing begins 1 July 2021 with final testing held no later than 11 August 2021. Only UCAT scores from 2021 will be used for 2022 applications.
  2. 2. An application to SATAC where you will be asked to enter your UCAT identification number and provide a residency and indigeneity statutory declaration.

A work placement is a requirement in the MD component of the course in the third year of the Bachelor of Clinical Science.

English language requirements

All HE applicants are expected to demonstrate the minimum English language proficiency requirements for their chosen course of study. CDU assumes domestic applicants applying are proficient in the English language. Therefore, domestic applicants do not need to prove their proficiency.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module

A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.

Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency

A minimum overall grade of B2.

Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards)

A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module

A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.

TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)

A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the 
Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

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